The IRC New York is proud to announce that job postings are live for the 2019 Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA). 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 social emotional learning classes. Field trips are held on Fridays. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Curran at Patrick.Curran [at] rescue.org.
Please see the listings below for the many exciting opportunities to work with us at RYSA!
Lead Teacher (part-time, paid, up to 6 openings)
At the Lower School levels, the RYSA Lead Teachers will teach a self-contained classroom, teaching Literacy, Math, and Social Studies. At the Upper School levels, Lead Teachers will be responsible for specialized content instruction in one of three specific subjects: English Language Arts, Math, or Social Studies. Each Lead Teacher is expected to collaborate with the Dean of Instruction to design culturally relevant lesson plans for a class of approximately 15-25 students. Given the varied English language acquisition levels, life, and formal education experiences of the student body, the Lead Teacher must consistently plan for differentiated, trauma-informed instruction and utilize a sheltered instructional approach for teaching English Language Learners. Click here to apply.
Co-Teacher (full-time, paid, up to 6 openings)
Co-Teachers play an important, highly visible role in the Refugee Youth Summer Academy. Co-Teachers work with a single class level throughout the program (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-10th, or 11th-12th grades) providing support and continuity for their class throughout the day, week, and program. Co-Teachers assist Lead Teachers in delivering RYSA curricula, for example providing differentiated small-group instruction, working with a student one-on-one, or providing additional sheltered instruction support for English Language Learners (ELLs.) Co-Teachers also directly support classroom and behavior management in alignment with program and classroom guidelines, and they play a critical role in ensuring consistent, timely communication among Lead Teachers, Peer Mentors, and Administration. Click here to apply.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Teacher (part-time, paid, 1 opening)
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. Click here to apply.
Substitute Teacher (variable hours, paid, 1-2 openings)
The Substitute Teacher may be called upon to work with any class level throughout the program providing support and continuity for their class throughout the day, in the event of the absence of a RYSA Lead Teacher or Co-Teacher. Depending on the absence s/he is filling, the Substitute Teacher will deliver RYSA curricula and lesson plans which have been written by the RYSA Lead Teachers while providing additional sheltered instruction support for English Language Learners (ELLs) or focus on supporting classroom and behavior management in-class and during transitions in alignment with program guidelines. Click here to apply.
Peer Mentor (part-time, unpaid internship, 40 openings)
Peer Mentors support the students' academic and social emotional growth during the Academy. Peer Mentors will be placed with one class of students for the duration of the Academy, supporting Lead Teachers and Co-Teachers to ensure productive & enriching lessons and to serve as positive role models for refugee youth. Click here to apply.
Student Support Intern (part to full time, unpaid internship, 2 openings)
The Student Support Intern will be expected to contribute to the Program’s goals of fostering community building among the students and staff, and students’ social emotional learning in accordance with the RYSA Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. In addition, the Student Support Intern will meet individually with students who exhibit behavioral or emotional concern in the classroom. The intern will also contribute to the development of individualized student behavior plans for students exhibiting the highest level of need. Click here to apply.
Parent Engagement Intern (part to full time, unpaid internship, 1 opening)
The Parent Engagement Intern will work with the RYSA's administrative staff to coordinate communication between the school and parents, including; weekly newsletters, organizing parent teacher conferences, distribution of report cards and invitations for parents to attend such events as graduation. At the end of the Academy, the Parent Engagement Coordinator will assist in referring families for additional services. Click here to apply.
Physical Education Instructor (part-time, undpaid internship, 1 opening)
The Physical Education Instructor will design and implement a six week curriculum that builds students’ knowledge, skills, and interest in physical education. The Physical Education Instructor will contribute to the Program’s goals of fostering students’ social-emotional development and building a strong sense of community among the students and staff. This is an unpaid volunteer or internship opportunity. Click here to apply.
Management Intern (full-time, unpaid internship, 2 openings)
The Management Intern will assist the Education & Learning Manager to oversee operation of the Refugee Youth Summer Academy and support the Academy’s daily needs. Based at the IRC-NY main office but working as needed on-site at the Summer Academy, the Management Intern will support communication and coordination between the Summer Academy site staff and the main office. The Management Intern will focus primarily on external relations, donor reporting, and personnel support, but overall provide logistical and organizational support to the Education & Learning Manager, assist with key management responsibilities, and help to ensure that special projects and events are a success. Click here to apply.
Monitoring and Evaluation Intern (full-time, unpaid internship, 2 openings)
Each Refugee Youth Summer Academy Monitoring and Evaluation Intern will implement key aspects of the RYSA M&E plan monitoring and evaluation tools, including data collection, analysis, and presentation. One M&E Intern will focus on RYSA’s School Readiness assessments, demographics, and attendance data. The other M&E Intern will focus and student feedback mechanisms and the parent survey. The interns will write up and present data at the program’s mid-point and post-program. Click here to apply.
Assistant to the Dean of Instruction (part to full time, unpaid internship, 1 opening)
The Assistant to the Dean of Instruction will work closely with the Dean of Instruction to ensure high quality daily instruction, academic assessment, and staff appreciation throughout the Refugee Youth Summer Academy. The Assistant to the Dean of Instruction will provide logistical support to teaching staff, coordinate instructional coaching, coordinate classroom assessment materials, collect, enter and analyze assessment data, and ensure the overall day to day classroom needs of the Academy are met. Click here to apply.
Assistant to the Dean of Student Support (part to full time, unpaid internship, 1 opening)
The Assistant to the Dean of Student Support will work closely with the Dean of Student Support to ensure the smooth daily operation of Refugee Youth Summer Academy student support services. The intern will assist the Dean in ensuring that all student support services are implemented in accordance with the guidelines of RYSA’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). This includes collecting and compiling data on student use of Tier II supports (restorative conversations, peace corner) and Tier III supports (meeting with Dean, counseling with Student Support team). Click here to apply.