Literacy Center of West Michigan seeks AmeriCorps English Language/Family Literacy Instructor

10/25/2017 6:00 PM | Pamela Bogart (Administrator)

AmeriCorps English Language/Family Literacy Instructor


Full-time for 12 months (Start date of August 8, 2017)


Pay: total living stipend of $12,630 (distributed biweekly)


Location: Grand Rapids and Wyoming area


The Literacy Center of West Michigan is seeking highly-effective instructors to help parents in area schools learn English and develop strategies to support their children’s literacy. The ideal candidates for this full-time teaching position will be detailed-oriented, knowledgeable of effective teaching strategies,

and autonomous. This position requires the selected candidates to be screened and approved through the national AmeriCorps program.


Position Overview:


ELL Instruction:

- Teach adult ELL classes (6-8 classes per week/2 hours per class) to parents in Grand Rapids Public Schools and Godwin Heights Public Schools on-site at the schools

- Develop contextualized lesson plans and activities from that address learner goals and needs based on pre-determined curriculum

- Execute components of the Family Literacy model, including weekly parenting discussions

- Attend school events to promote the program and recruit potential learners

- Maintain accurate and up-to- date attendance and testing records

- Submit required data and reports by specified deadlines


Collaboration:

- Collaboratively plan, coordinate, and execute monthly literacy events for the learners and their children

- Work closely with school staff to build relationships and promote program including attending Community School Leadership Team meetings

- Attend AmeriCorps and Family Literacy Program team meetings at the Literacy Center of West Michigan

- Publicize the Literacy Center of West Michigan in the community

- Participate in periodic AmeriCorps events to promote civic engagement

- Collaboratively plan service project events for National Days of Service


ESL Tutoring:

- Prepare individualized lesson plans and tutor 1-2 learners one-on- one, weekly


Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

- College degree, some coursework in education, English as a Second Language, or Linguistics highly preferred

- Preference given to candidates who are bilingual in Spanish

- Excellent control of the English language and ability to think analytically about language

- Experience teaching ESL

“Bringing about a just and vibrant West Michigan through the power of Literacy.”

- Interest in family and children’s literacy issues

- Strong relationship-building skills to develop partnerships with school staff and other agencies

- Ability to meet weekly and monthly deadlines

- Ability to collaborate with coworkers in close environment, yet able to display independent decision-making

- Demonstrated ability to use technology for word processing, email and calendaring

- Must have a valid driver’s license and personal transportation

- Schedule flexibility for required day and evening responsibilities


AmeriCorps Requirements and Benefits:

- Must pass local, state, and national FBI background and sex offender registry check

- Must be U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States

- Full-time (35-40 hours per week) with little time off during required service period

- Day & evening hours necessary, with some weekend hours required

- An Education Award of $5,815 will be available at the end of service period to members who fulfill service-hour requirements

- Basic health insurance, childcare benefits, and loan forbearance may be provided for those who qualify

- For more information about AmeriCorps, please visit: http://www.americorps.gov/

- For more information about the Family Literacy Program, please visit:

https://literacycenterwm.org/learn#family-literacy


To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter specific to the position to:

Deidre Deering (ddeering@literacycenterwm.org)


The Literacy Center of West Michigan is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, and supports National Career Readiness Certification.



The Literacy Center of West Michigan is committed to bringing about a just and vibrant West Michigan through the power of literacy. This mission statement reflects our intent to improve the current levels of low literacy in our community, driving West Michigan towards having one of the highest literacy rates in the nation. 


The Literacy Center works with adults, both native speakers of English and English language learners, who read below a 9th grade level and want to improve their literacy.  We are at the forefront of adult literacy instruction. Our programs meet learners where they are, offering one-on-one tutoring, classes, and family literacy opportunities at no cost to the learners.

 

http://literacycenterwm.org/


 
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