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NJ Refugee Youth Summer Academy ESL Lead Teacher

Elizabeth (Australia)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Elizabeth (Australia)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Youth
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Managerial positions
    • Translations and Languages
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In late July/early August 2021, IRC in New Jersey will host a three week summer program focusing on English as a Second Language (ESL) enrichment and psychosocial support for refugee youth living in and around Elizabeth, New Jersey. Up to 90 students in six classes, aged 5 – 20, from at least 10 countries will participate in academics, creative arts, recreational activities, and social-emotional learning (SEL). Field trips will be held once per week.The Lead Teacher will lead the classroom instructional team to reinforce English language learning with refugee youth in a positive and healing classroom environment.

IRC seeks six ESL Lead Teachers (one per class) to supervise a self-contained classroom, teaching English literacy and ESL concepts through various subjects and collaborating with volunteer facilitators on specialized activities such as art or music. Each ESL Lead Teacher is expected collaborate with a clinical psychology doctoral student who serves as the classroom psychosocial support facilitator, assistant teacher, and classroom volunteers as they implement a culturally and age appropriate curriculum for a class of approximately 15 students. Given the varied English levels and formal education experiences of the student body, the ESL Lead Teacher must be flexible and comfortable with using various methods for teaching English Language Learners. Throughout their classroom activities, assistant teachers will be expected to contribute to the program’s goals of fostering students’ English competence and social-emotional development.

Anticipated Position Term: July 26-August 20

Anticipated Hours: Teachers will be expected to work approximately 9am – 3:30pm Monday through Friday during RYSA (August 2-20). They will also be expected to participate in approximately 20 hours of training and preparation prior to RYSA’s start during the week of July 26. Some lesson planning work may be expected in advance, and a parent orientation night to be held in July.

Major Responsibilities:

•Implement culturally and age appropriate curriculum for a class of approximately 15 students

•Differentiate instruction to ensure positive learning experiences for students with interrupted formal education and students at various ESL levels

•Collaborate with classroom psychosocial support staff to integrate activities and practices that support students’ social-emotional learning and well-being

•Supervise 1-2 classroom volunteers

•Collaborate with activity facilitators to ensure English language acquisition is promoted throughout all program activities

•Ensure classroom environment is welcoming, nurturing, and supportive to refugee students and promotes trust and self-esteem building

•Participate in staff and volunteer training the week of, including curriculum development and overview of IRC’s Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum (SEL)

•Engage in daily debriefings with psychosocial support staff, youth coordinator and other teachers and assistant teachers

•Assist with daily operations including student arrival and dismissal, lunchtime setup/clean up, and Friday field trips

•Act as a positive role model for students and staff

•Comply with all agency policies and protocols

Job Requirements:


•Teaching certification in New Jersey or another state

•ESL certification required

Work Experience:

•A minimum of three years teaching required

•Experience working with refugee and/or immigrant populations desirable

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

•Proven success planning and delivering creative and engaging curricula for classes of diverse beginner to intermediate ELLs

•Cultural competence and cross-cultural or overseas experience desirable

•Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Language Skills:

•Fluency in English required

•Second language proficiency in Arabic, Kiswahili, Pashto, Dari, Urdu, Spanish, or French desirable

Working Environment:The location and format for RYSA is still under review. Prior to 2020, it was held at a university facility. In 2020, the program was offered remotely. Travel may be necessary to accompany students and staff on field trips.

To Apply: please upload your resume and cover letter indicating your interest in this program AND HOURLY SALARY REQUIREMENT. Candidates may specify interest in working with a particular grade level, however no grade assignment is guaranteed. All applicants must be certified ESL teachers in New Jersey or another state.

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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