Academic Tutor

Discover Music: Discover Life (DMDL) is seeking to hire individuals to provide in-person academic tutoring to students attending private schools.

The DMDL tutoring initiative provides assistance in individual or small group settings based on an assessment of student needs, while supporting the classroom curriculum, state and Common Core standards. The DMDL instructional approach to student centered learning is based upon Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligence which suggest that different brains learn in different ways. These intelligences are integrated in interdisciplinary learning to maximize a child’s ability to retain and process information. The educational activities used in DMDL programs, through the exercise of connect and transfer, harness multiple intelligences and make connections with key concepts in core disciplines (reading and math) to create a more effective learning environment.

Some students may not learn well in traditional classrooms. Tutoring can offer student individual attention to help them learn in different and perhaps more effective ways. Lessons are also presented in line with subject matter from the student’s regular classroom. The DMDL methodology allows students to experience subject matter in non-traditional ways. Classroom teachers assess student progress through observation and direct correspondence with supplemental service providers. Students participate in pre and post assessments, which enable instructors to coach them in planning for success.

We are seeking TUTORS to help students excel academically. Candidates will be assigned to nonpublic schools throughout the Chicago Public School District attendance area, providing 2-20 hours per week of classroom and non-classroom academic tutoring to students on an individual and/or group basis.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assess and determine academic strengths and/or deficiencies of each student using approved evaluation tools, observations and conversations with teachers, principals and parents
  • Design and implement tutoring lesson plans at varying academic levels
  • Establish academic goals and milestones with participating students
  • Utilize creative instructional methods to complement each child’s learning modality
  • Tutor individuals or small groups (up to 8 students)
  • Maintain detailed documentation and appropriate paperwork
  • Manage and educate students in a non-classroom setting
  • Document and communicate progress reports
  • Provide constructive feedback for students


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Education (or related field)
  • Previous experience in teaching, tutoring, or other related fields
  • Ability to build rapport with students
  • Sufficient knowledge of core educational subjects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Candidates must be able to work independently, display good judgment and possess excellent organizational and communication skills. Position requires a contractual commitment for 25 – 28 weeks from September through May (Summer positions may also be available). Criminal background checks will be conducted on all candidates. Selected candidates are required to attend all scheduled meetings and professional development trainings.

Personal Characteristics and Attributes:

Respondents for this position must be creative, compassionate towards children, possess a firm belief that all students can learn, and have a detail-oriented work style. Candidates shall possess good relationship building skills, as well as the desire and ability to motivate, mentor and encourage students.

To apply, send a resume to:
Human Resources
1111 N. Wells, Suite 502
Chicago, Illinois 60610