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International Rescue Committee Co-Teacher, Refugee Youth Summer Academy in New York, New York

Requisition ID: req4008

Job Title: Co-Teacher, Refugee Youth Summer Academy

Sector: Education

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: USA-New York, NY - USP

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 Education and Learning Program provides year round programming working directly with refugee youth, their parents and families, and their schools.

Job Overview/Summary: The Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA) 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.

Co-Teachers play an important, highly visible role in the Refugee Youth Summer Academy. Co-Teachers work with a single class level throughout the program (K-1 st , 2 nd -3 rd , 4 th -5 th , 6 th -8 th , 9 th -10 th , or 11 th -12 th grades) providing support and continuity for their class throughout the day, week, and program. Grade level groupings are subject to change based on student enrollment demographics. Co-Teachers assist Lead Teachers in delivering RYSA curricula, for example providing differentiated small-group instruction, working with a student one-on-one, or providing additional sheltered instruction support for English Language Learners (ELLs.)

Co-Teachers also directly support classroom and behavior management in alignment with program and classroom guidelines, and they play a critical role in ensuring consistent, timely communication among Lead Teachers, Peer Mentors, and Administration.

In addition, Co-Teachers are responsible for observing, assessing, recording, and monitoring students’ individual progress on the IRC’s School Readiness goals. This requires understanding of the IRC School Readiness indicators, gathering input from other staff to accurately assess individual students’ school readiness assets and needs, and fostering School Readiness growth through implementation of IRC’s Response to Intervention (RTI), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and School Readiness Strategies.

Candidates should indicate the class levels they would be comfortable and interested in working with.

Position term: June 25 - August 16, 2019

Hours: Pre-program: 2 hours of preparation meeting in June

20-24 hours for training: July 1, 2, 3, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Main Program July 8 – August 16: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4 pm

Major Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the June 27 Teachers Meet & Greet, planning sessions, pre-program All Staff trainings, and all program meetings and staff development activities, thereafter

  • With input from IRC Staff and the Lead Teacher, assist in the implementation of a 6 week curriculum

  • Complete on pre- and post-School Readiness observational assessments for each student in assigned class

  • Collaborate with Lead Teacher(s) in planning, coordinating classroom activities, and reviewing student progress

  • Provide classroom and behavior management support to Lead Teachers

  • Assist in management of volunteer Peer Mentors, supporting youth in the classroom

  • Manage dismissal protocols

  • Lead 15-minute class mindfulness exercises (x2 or x3, daily)

  • Supervise students in cafeteria during breakfast

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

  • Participate in weekly Co-Teacher meetings lead by the Dean of Instruction, as well as weekly all school events

  • Complete all required reporting on time. Comply with all agency policies and protocols

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Youth Education Coordinator, Rosalie Arndt

Position directly supervises: N/A

Indirect Reporting: Youth Programs Supervisor

Other Internal and/or external contacts: The Co-Teacher assists in guidance of Peer Mentors, and will provide assessment data to the Education & Learning Manager.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelors in education or related field required; candidate for Master’s degree preferred

  • 2 years of experience working with children or youth, specifically in the context of a classroom, educational, and/or social-emotional program, is highly desirable

  • Experience teaching English Language Learners is required

  • Experience working in New York City public schools is highly desirable

  • Strong classroom management skills and prior professional experience teaching and social emotional learning, highly desirable

  • Experience working with refugee and/or immigrant populations, highly desirable

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Highly organized, dependable, responsive, and collaborative work style

  • Second language proficiency language proficiency in relevant language desirable (including French, Spanish, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Arabic, Mandingo, Bambara, Wolof, Fulani, Tibetan, Russian, Urdu, Bengali, Haitian Creole, Burmese and Nepali)

  • Strength in cultural competency-building

  • Certification or commensurate experience with Responsive Classrooms or Classroom Mindfulness, highly desirable

Working Environment : RYSA takes place in a centrally located public school (TBD) in New York City. Co-Teachers also accompany students on weekly field trips within New York City.

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