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Full-time for 10 months (Start date of Oct. 7, 2019)
Pay: total living stipend of $11,443 (distributed biweekly) + $4,144 education award
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, and Wyoming, MI area

The Literacy Center of West Michigan is seeking dedicated individuals 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 have an interest in teaching and community engagement. The training and coaching provided will equip you to implement highly effective English language classes. 

Ideal applicants will have:

  • A desire to make change in your community through empowering parents’ literacy skills
  • Excellent control of the English language and ability to think analytically about language
  • Experience teaching English Language Learners (ELL) desired, but not required
  • Interest in family and children’s literacy issues
  • Strong relationship-building skills to develop partnerships with school staff and other agencies
  • The ability to meet weekly and monthly deadlines
  • The ability to collaborate with coworkers in a close environment, yet able to display independent decision-making
  • College degree, some coursework in education, English as a Second Language (ESL), or Linguistics highly preferred
  • Experience learning a second language, Spanish skills preferred
  • A driver's license or reliable personal transportation
  • Schedule flexibility for required day and evening responsibilities

As an instructor you will: 

  • Teach adult ELL classes to parents in Grand Rapids Public Schools, Godfrey Lee Public Schools, and Godwin Heights Public Schools 
  • Develop contextualized lesson plans and activities that address learner goals and needs based on the pre-determined curriculum
  •  Attend school events to promote the program and recruit potential learners
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date attendance and testing records
  • Be a supportive presence in the school a few hours each week
  • Prepare individualized lesson plans and tutor 1 learner one-on-one weekly
  • Collaboratively plan, coordinate, and execute monthly literacy events for the learners and their children
  • Attend AmeriCorps and Family Literacy Program team meetings at the Literacy Center of West Michigan
  • Participate in periodic AmeriCorps events to promote civic engagement

AmeriCorps benefits and requirements include:

  • An Education Award of $4,144 to repay qualified student loans or to pay for tuition will be available at the end of service period to members who fulfil service-hour requirements
  • Health insurance, childcare benefits, and loan forbearance and interest repayment provided for those who qualify
  • 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 and evening hours necessary, with some weekend hours required

For More Information

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

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter specific to the position to Diedre Deering (ddeering@literacycenterwm.org).

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

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