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Job Posting for Lookout Mountain Youth Services

Lookout Mountain Academy at the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden, CO is seeking a Language Arts Teacher/Teacher-Librarian with a passion for serving at-risk youth!

– Must have valid Colorado Teaching License with appropriate endorsements that allow teaching secondary Language Arts.
– Willingness to be a member of the Rite of Passage team supporting the educational goals and objectives of Lookout Academy
– Strong organizational skills
– Understanding of the behavior, emotional, and cognitive needs of middle and high school students
– Knowledge of education and learning
– Knowledge of instructional practices and pedagogy.
– Ability to manage a classroom
– Willingness to work in a collaborative working environment

– Endorsement in Special Education or a willingness to obtain a Special Education Generalist or Specialist Endorsement.
– Endorsement in Teacher Librarian


Language Arts Teacher:
– Responsible for all instruction, curriculum, tools, and levels of completion in compliance with city, county, state and federal law, licensing agency and Rite of Passage rules and regulations
– Identify Special Education students in each class
– Establish and delivery an appropriate level of language arts instruction
– Prepare educational course outlines, objectives and materials according to curriculum guidelines
– Support the educational goals and objectives of Lookout Academy

– Instill a love of reading in students and create lifelong readers; encourage use of library resources and services
– Develop and maintain an up-to-date reading collection that anticipates and responds to the curricular and recreational needs of the school community
– Maintain computerized library catalog & circulation system
– Process incoming materials; repair and/or withdraw materials, as needed
– Provide instruction in use of library resources, information literacy principles, and other aspects of 21st century learning
– Preserve discipline in the library by supporting positive behaviors and addressing problem behaviors according to agency rules.
– Collaborate with staff to ensure library support of curriculum needs

For more information, please contact Kim Wilton at 303-273-2636 or kwilton@riteofpassage.com


The Vision of Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center is “to teach, to learn, to share, to model, to understand, to be understood, to succeed and to promote positive change.” Lookout accomplishes this through its five community values: safety, respect, ownership, helping others and problem solving. Lookout’s program is grounded in the principles of Restorative Community Justice and is inter-woven throughout our agency.

Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center (LMYSC) in Golden, Colorado is an intensive, secure treatment program for 152 male juvenile offenders who have been committed to the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Corrections. The youth served at Lookout present with complex needs, including between 70-75% with a mental health diagnosis other than Conduct Disorder. The prominent diagnoses are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mood Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Approximately 50% of the youth residing in the program have a substance abuse diagnosis. Many of the youth have special education needs.


Rite of Passage is a leading national provider of programs and opportunities for troubled and at-risk youth from social services, welfare agencies and juvenile courts. For over 25 years, we have developed and operated a continuum of programs based on the needs of youth and our placing agencies. At Rite of Passage, we believe that changing behavior first requires an atmosphere of trust and safety and that all student needs are met. This is why Rite of Passage’s facilities are licensed, accredited and meet the highest standards and requirements of our industry. Meeting the students’ needs and ensuring their health, safety, and welfare is a key to our success.

Camden Tadhg
Acquisitions & Youth Institutions Consultant
Institutional Library Development
Colorado State Library
Colorado Department of Education
201 E Colfax Ave, Room 309
Denver, CO 80203-1799

Phone: 303-866-6727
Fax: 303-866-6940


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