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Academic Lead Teacher, Newcomer Youth Summer Academy

New York City | York

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City | York
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

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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 Education and Learning Program 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 focusing on preparing newly arrived refugee youth to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public school system. 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. Field trips are held on Fridays.

At the Lower School levels (K-1st, 2-3rd, and 4-5th) the NYSA Academic Lead Teachers will teach a self-contained classroom, teaching Phonics, Literacy, and Math. At the Upper School levels (6-8th, 9-10th, and 11-12th) Academic Lead Teachers will be responsible for specialized content instruction in one of three specific subjects: English Language Arts, Math, or Social Studies.  Exact grade level groupings are subject to change based on student enrollment demographics.

Each Academic Lead Teacher is expected to drive collaboration with the Dean of Instruction to design pre- and post-assessments.  Academic Lead Teachers are responsible for creating and submitting culturally relevant daily lesson plans and associated slide decks and materials for a class of approximately 15-25 students. Given the varied English language acquisition levels, life, and formal education experiences of the student body, the Academic Lead Teacher must consistently plan for differentiated, trauma-informed instruction and utilize a sheltered instructional approach for teaching English Language Learners. Throughout their classroom activities, Academic Lead Teachers will be expected 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:         July 6th – August 19th, 2022 


·         Training: July 6th , 7th , 8th: Up to 24 hours of training, 9:00AM – 5:00PM 

o    Foundational online training modules to be completed independently ahead of synchronous staff training dates 


·         Main Program: July 11th - August 19th, 2022: 4.5 hours per day plus 1 evening of parent/teacher conferences.  Expect 2-3 hours per week of additional external planning, grading, and data analysis.  

Major Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the mandatory Teachers Meet & Greet (tentatively scheduled for June 23, 2022), instructional planning sessions, pre-program All Staff trainings, and all program meetings and staff development activities, thereafter

·         Plan 6 weeks of culturally responsive, trauma-informed lesson plans for a class of approximately 15-25 students, utilizing the sheltered instructional model (SIOP) for teaching Multilingual Language Learners

·         Submit detailed, daily lesson plans, slide decks, and associated materials utilizing the NYSA lesson planning format, weekly, in advance of date of instruction

·         Administer pre-, formative, and summative assessments and record all data, 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 for each student including work samples

·         Supervise students in cafeteria during lunch in the event of an in-person program

·         Engage in instructional coaching cycles with the Dean of Instruction and/or the Dean of Student Support, as needed

·         Complete all required reporting on time. Comply with all IRC policies and protocols

·         Effectively plan for and incorporate Classroom Culture Lead Teacher(s) and volunteer Peer Mentors into classroom instruction

·         Participate in 1-2 Caregiver/Teacher Conferences throughout the Academy

·         Complete weekly progress reports and final report cards for each student

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Youth Education Coordinator

Position directly supervises:  N/A

Indirect Reporting: N/A
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
The Academic Lead Teacher actively collaborates with the Classroom Culture Lead Teacher(s) and will provide assessment data to the Education & Learning Manager

Job Requirements:

·         Master’s degree in education or related field

·         New York State teaching certification

·         A minimum of three years teaching in the New York City Department of Education (or other accredited school system)

·         Proven success planning and delivering culturally responsive, trauma-informed, sheltered-instructional curricula for classes of diverse beginner to intermediate ELLs/multilingual learners

·         Strong cultural competency

·         Ability to work independently and as part of a team

·         Fluency in written and spoken English required. Second language proficiency in relevant language highly desirable (including Spanish, French, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Arabic, Mandingo, Bambara, Wolof, Fulani, Tibetan, Russian, Urdu, Bengali, Haitian Creole, Burmese and Nepali)

·         Certification or commensurate experience in Responsive Classrooms or Classroom Mindfulness, desirable

Working Environment:  In the event of an in-person program, NYSA takes place in a centrally located public school (TBD) in New York City. In the event of a virtual program, NYSA will take place primarily on Zoom.  All applicants must be willing to relocate to New York City for the entirety of the Academy in the event of an in-person program.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.  


Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.  

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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