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- Education Specialist (NJ Refugee Youth Summer Academy), Elizabeth, NJ, United States PDF Print E-mail

Education Specialist (NJ Refugee Youth Summer Academy), Elizabeth, NJ, United States

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Country: United States

Field location: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States

Office: IRC in Elizabeth


Education Specialist (NJ Refugee Youth Summer Academy)


Sector: Education & Literacy


Location: US - NJ -Elizabeth


Employee Type: Temporary


Employee Category: Part Time




Background/IRC Summary: Since 2011, the IRC has resettled hundreds of refugee youth to Elizabeth, New Jersey. The trauma of being forced from their homes, prolonged separation from loved ones, displacement, language barriers and poor or lapsed education compounds the academic challenges faced by refugee youth. IRC currently works with over 170 refugee students enrolled in nearly 20 schools within the Elizabeth and Roselle Public Schools, with new students arriving each month. IRC's youth program works in collaboration with schools and families to overcome barriers and promote the academic and social success of refugee students.


Job Overview/Summary: In August 2017, IRC in New Jersey will host a two and a half week summer program focusing on English as a Second Language (ESL) enrichment for refugee youth living in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Up to 70 students in four classes, aged 5 – 20 from at least 10 countries will participate in academic, creative arts, and athletic activities. Field trips will be held on Fridays. The Education Specialist will work closely with the Youth Program Coordinator to design ESL curriculum, recruit and train ESL teachers, and ensure the smooth planning and daily operation of the summer program.


Position Term and Hours: June 5 – July 28 (part-time, approximately 15 hours per week)


July 31 – August 30 (approximately 8:30am – 3:30pm)


Major Responsibilities:


Prior to summer program (June 5 – July 28)


Develop thematic and curriculum framework for ESL teachers

Assist in developing class schedules with age-appropriate activities in each of four classes, including field trips

Recruit and hire four certified ESL teachers, with assistance of youth program coordinator

Assist in development of appropriate assessment tools to measure program effectiveness

Assist with design, distribution and collection of summer program applications, including orientation for families

Training week (July 31- August 4)


Collaborate with teachers and external facilitators to ensure all activities effectively engage students and work towards promoting English language learning

Assist in planning and co-facilitating training for lead teachers and volunteers the week of July 31st, including parts of IRC's Healing Classrooms model

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During summer program (August 7 - 25)


Ensure classroom environment is welcoming, nurturing and supportive to refugee students

Provide ongoing support and instruction to lead teachers and program volunteers; serve as their primary point of contact during days when summer program is in operation

Facilitate student arrival and dismissal, following policies and procedures

Assist with daily operations including student arrival and dismissal and lunchtime setup/clean up

Act as a positive role model for students and staff

Post-program follow up (August 28-30)


Assist with analysis of student assessment data to measure program effectiveness

Ensure program site is left clean and orderly

Send appropriate thank you correspondence to all volunteers and donors

Assist with logistics of curriculum implementation, daily schedule and field trips

Enforce student attendance policies and procedures and attendance tracking

Other Responsibilities


Take on special projects or support roles as needed

Other tasks and duties as assigned

Key Working Relationships:


Position Reports to: Youth Program Coordinator

Position directly supervises: ESL Lead Teachers and volunteers


Indirect Reporting: Resettlement Director


Other Internal and/or external contacts: Kean University


Job Requirements:


Master's degree in Education

At least 5 years' experience working with English language learners, particularly those with interrupted formal education and those impacted by war trauma

At least 3 years' experience supervising in an educational setting

Experience working with youth and/or refugee/immigrant populations

Strong interpersonal, and communication (verbal and written) skills

Cross-cultural or overseas experience

Proficiency with Microsoft computer applications and internet research

Ability to take initiative and problem-solve effectively in high stress situations

Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Fluency in other languages such as Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, Kiswahili, French, Spanish, and Amharic is a plus.

Working Environment: IRC's summer program will be held at the Human Rights Institute facility at Kean University. Travel is necessary to accompany students and staff on field trips.


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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, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.


Job posted on 4 May 2017.

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