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International Rescue Committee Social Emotional Learning Teacher, Refugee Youth Summer Academy in New York, New York

Requisition ID: req4004

Job Title: Social Emotional Learning Teacher, Refugee Youth Summer Academy

Sector: Education

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Part-Time

Location: USA-New York, NY - USP

Job Description


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

Scope of Work:

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 life skills classes. Field trips are held on Fridays.

As part of the Refugee Youth Summer Academy, the Social Emotional Learning Teacher will implement the IRC SEL curriculum across all grade levels in support of students’ psychosocial development. The Social Emotional Learning Teacher will instruct two SEL lessons per week per student group (three Lower School groups, plus three Upper School groups.) The three daily hour-long lessons are held between 12:30pm and 3:30pm, Monday to Thursday.

SEL sessions are an integral part of RYSA’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) a model that structures expectations for students and staff to create a positive culture and climate for learning and personal growth, ensuring students feel safe, interested in learning, and a sense of belonging. The SEL class is an MTSS support provided to all students. Following pre-program training, the SEL Teacher will be expected to understand how her/his contributions fit into the larger MTSS model for supporting students at the Academy and liaise with other professionals accordingly, especially the Student Support Team.

Position term: June 10-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 Teachers’ Meet & Greet on June 27 and the collaborative planning session with the Dean of Instruction, pre-program All Staff training, and all program meetings and staff development activities, thereafter

  • With input from the Dean of Instruction, revise and submit improved 6-week culturally- and age-responsive curriculum, strengthening sheltered instructional approaches for English Language Learners, K-12 in the curriculum

  • On a weekly basis, submit daily lesson plans in line with improved curriculum and existing RYSA scope and sequence

  • Perform formal pre-, formative, and post-assessments to inform planning and instruction. Record student observations on IRC-defined indicators of school readiness. Complete the all staff program evaluation

  • Regularly review student progress and maintain student data bodies of evidence

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

  • Productively plan for, incorporate, and manage Co-Teachers and volunteer Peer Mentors in classroom instruction

  • Participate in one after-school parent/teacher conference evening during summer school

  • Complete progress reports and final report cards for each student

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Youth Education Coordinator, Rosalie Arndt

Indirect Reporting: Youth Programs Supervisor, Pat Curran

Other Internal and/or external contacts: The teacher will provide assessment data to the Education & Learning Manager

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s in education, social work, psychology or related field required; candidate for Master’s degree preferred

  • 2 years of experience working with children or youth, specifically in the context of educational and social programs is required. Experience working in New York City public schools highly desirable

  • Professional exposure to teaching and incorporating social emotional development into education

  • Experience teaching English Language Learners utilizing a Sheltered Instructional model

  • Experience working with refugee and/or immigrant populations desirable

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Flexible, dependable and collaborative work style required

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

Working Environment : RYSA takes place in a centrally located NYC public school (TBD)