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Academic Lead Teacher - Elementary

New York NY

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York NY
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2024-08-16

Requisition ID: req49428

Job Title: Academic Lead Teacher - Elementary

Sector: Education

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Part-Time

Compensation: USD 46.00 - 50.00 Hourly

Location: New York, NY RAI USA

Work Arrangement: In-person

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:  Since 1999, the IRC has developed partnerships with New York City public schools, community-based organizations and local colleges and universities to support the positive development of refugee youth and their communities in New York City. The Youth Education Department provides year-round programming working directly with refugee youth, their parents and families, and their schools.

Job Overview/Summary: The Newcomer Youth Summer Academy (NYSA) is a six-week program that prepares newly arrived refugee youth to succeed at their grade. Up to 130 students from ages 5 – 21 from over 20 countries will participate in academic, creative arts, physical education, and social-emotional learning classes. 

At the Lower School levels (Grades K-5), the NYSA Academic Lead Teachers will instruct a self-contained classroom, teaching grade-appropriate Phonics, Literacy, and Math. 

Academic Lead Teachers are responsible for creating and submitting culturally relevant daily lesson plans and associated slide decks and materials. Given the student body's varied English language acquisition levels, life, and formal education experiences, the Academic Lead Teacher must consistently plan for differentiated, trauma-informed instruction and apply a sheltered instructional approach to guiding multilingual English Language Learners. Throughout their classroom activities, the Academic Lead Teachers will be encouraged to contribute to the Program’s goals of fostering students’ social-emotional development and building a strong sense of community among the students and staff. 

Position term:  June 15 – August 16, 2024


Pre-program Planning: Between June 15 and July 1 – Up to 10 hours of lesson planning and instructional planning with Dean of Instruction

Training: July 1-3, 2024: Up to 24 hours of training, foundational online training modules to be completed independently ahead of synchronous staff training dates 

Main Program: July 8 - August 16, 2024: 5.5 hours per day plus 1 evening of parent/teacher conferences. 

Major Responsibilities: 

  • Participate in instructional planning sessions, trainings, and all program meetings.
  • Plan culturally responsive, trauma-informed lesson plans for a class of approximately 15-25 students, using the sheltered instructional model (SIOP) for instructing Multilingual Language Learners
  • Submit detailed daily lesson plans, slide decks, and associated in advance of the date of instruction
  • Administer formative and summative assessments, including content area pre-assessments of students, to inform curriculum and lesson design
  • Complete all staff program evaluations
  • Regularly review student progress and maintain bodies of evidence, including work samples
  • Supervise students during lunch
  • Complete all required reports on time. 
  • Effectively plan for and incorporate Classroom Culture Lead Teacher(s) and volunteer Peer Mentors into classroom instruction
  • Finalize report cards for each student at end of the program.

Job Requirements: 

  • Master’s degree in education or related field 
  • New York State teaching certification preferred
  • A minimum of three years instructing in the New York City Department of Education (or other accredited school system) for relevant age group preferred
  • Demonstrated success in planning and delivering culturally responsive, trauma-informed, sheltered-instructional curricula for classes of diverse beginner to intermediate ELLs/multilingual learners strongly desired
  • Experience with project-based learning preferred 
  • Strong cultural competency desired
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team desired
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required. Second language proficiency in relevant language highly desirable (Arabic, Dari, Farsi, French, Fulani, Haitian Creole, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian.)
  • Certification or commensurate experience in Responsive Classrooms or Classroom Mindfulness desired.

Working Environment:  

  • NYSA takes place in a centrally located school in New York City. All applicants must be willing to be in-person for the entirety of the Academy.

Compensation: Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget.  Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


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