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Lead Literacy and Performing Arts Instructor

Sector: Education & Literacy    
Location: US - NY -New York    
Employee Type: Temporary    
Employee Category: Part Time    


Lead Literacy & Performing Arts Instructor

SPOTLIGHT! After School Adolescent Literacy Program*


Position:              Lead Literacy & Performing Arts Instructor

Location:             Berta A. Dreyfus Intermediate School 49, Staten Island

Reports to:       Program Officer, NY Refugee Youth Program

Position term:    September 2014 – June 2015

Hours:                  12-15 hours per week; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2:30-5:15 PM mandatory on instruction days

For over 75 years the International Rescue Committee has helped refugees escape persecution and rebuild their lives in New York. The IRC New York Youth Program supports personal growth, cultural adjustment, and education of refugee, immigrant, and other youth and their families through partnerships with New York City public schools, community-based organizations and local colleges and universities to provide year-round academic support, literacy training, and enrichment activities. 
The IRC has been working on Staten Island’s North Shore since 2006 to increase the number and quality of services available to the Island’s growing refugee and immigrant communities, serving in particular the large Liberian, Sierra Leonean and other West African populations. The IRC runs a dynamic after school Adolescent Literacy & Performing Arts Program at Berta A. Dreyfus Intermediate School 49 (IS 49), supported by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.
SPOTLIGHT! operates 3 days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), fusing literacy instruction with the performing arts (theatre, dance, music). The Program employs multiple strategies to improve reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills among 20-25 students reading below grade level. The goal of the Program is to increase student achievement on the State English Language Arts exam.
The Lead Literacy & Performing Arts Instructor will lead the after school instructional team, supervised by the IRC Education Advisor. Key areas of responsibility include development and implementation of an engaging yet rigorous curriculum that integrates literacy and the performing arts focused around units that culminate in small-scale performances, implementation of formal and informal student assessment, and monitoring of student progress. The Lead Literacy & Performing Arts Instructor will balance literacy and performing arts activities, ensuring that activities are engaging, aligned to English Language Arts standards, and promote skill development in both areas. A team of assistant teacher and literacy tutor interns support the instructor and maintain a 5:1 student to staff ratio. The Lead Literacy & Performing Arts Instructor will also work closely with the Site Coordinator to ensure recruitment, attendance, and retention goals and contractual requirements are met.
§ Instruction design & delivery:
  • Develop and implement the Adolescent Literacy Program curriculum that is aligned to NYS Common Core Standards, working closely with the Education Advisor
  • Submit unit maps and lesson plans
  • Supervise Assistant Teacher and Literacy Tutor interns to ensure quality service delivery of all Program activities
§ Monitor student progress
  • Conduct formal and informal student assessment using Developmental Reading Assessment; Develop an individual program plan for each student
  • Monitor & document individual students’ progress towards individual and Program goals
  • Make adjustments to curriculum and activities throughout the course of the Program accordingly
  • Keep individual portfolios of student work
  • Write monthly progress reports for each student
§ Produce and direct 2 student performances for Parent Open Houses
§ Develop and maintain positive relationships with staff, participants, parents, and school partners
§ Participate in Program staff meetings and report students’ progress to Education Advisor on a regular basis
§ Attend required DYCD professional development seminars
§ Assist Site Coordinator to maintain all individual student files
§ Bachelors Degree in Education, Literacy, Drama, Theatre Arts or related field. 
§ Minimum 2 years experience teaching literacy and/or performing arts to youth, preferably in grades 6 through 8 to underserved adolescents, with including experience aligning performing arts to literacy/English Language Arts objectives
§ Significant experience working with literacy programming for immigrant youth, English Language Learners and adolescents reading below grade level
§ Experience working with multicultural groups of youth, especially West African and Hispanic youth
§ Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends (for Parent Open Houses, field trips)
§ Punctuality
§ Flexibility and ability to adapt to a changing environment
§ High energy and optimistic personality
§ Able to provide services in a manner that is sensitive to the backgrounds and cultures of program participants
§ Proficiency in second language desirable: West African dialects, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, or Albanian
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter on the IRC website ASAP. Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a rolling basis.
Position is contingent upon funding availability.


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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


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