The IRC New York is proud to announce that job postings are live for the 2020 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 (subject: I%20want%20to%20work%20for%20RYSA!) .
Please see the listings below for the many exciting opportunities to work with us at RYSA!
Each Academic Lead Teacher is expected to collaborate with the Dean of Instruction to design pre- and post-assessments. Academic Lead Teachers are responsible for submitting culturally relevant lesson daily 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 Academic Lead Teacher must consistently plan for differentiated, trauma-informed instruction and utilize a sheltered instructional approach for teaching English Language Learners. Throughout their classroom activities, Academic Lead Teachers will be expected to contribute to the Program’s goals of fostering students’ social-emotional development and building a strong sense of community among the students and staff.
Classroom Culture Lead Teacher (part-time, paid)
Classroom Culture Lead Teachers play an important, highly visible role in the Refugee Youth Summer Academy. Classroom Culture Lead 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. Grade level groupings are subject to change based on student enrollment demographics. Classroom Culture Lead Teachers assist Academic 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.)
Operations Associate (part-time, paid)
The Operations Associate will work closely with the Dean of Operations to ensure the smooth daily operation of the Refugee Youth Summer Academy. The Operations Associate will provide administrative and logistical support related to special events, arrival and dismissal, attendance, student transportation, and meals.
Social-Emotional Learning Teacher (part-time, paid)
As part of the Refugee Youth Summer Academy, 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 a total of 12 lessons each week: 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 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm, Monday to Thursday.
Substitute Teacher (part-time, paid)
The Substitute Teacher plays an important role in the Refugee Youth Summer Academy. The Substitute Teacher may be called upon to work with any 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, in the event of the absence of a RYSA Academic Lead Teacher or Classroom Culture Lead 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 Academic 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. The Substitute Teacher is responsible for submitting a report each day of assignment to the Dean of Instruction.
Peer Mentor (part-time, unpaid)
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. From Monday to Thursday, Peer Mentors work either the morning shift (8:00 am to noon) or the afternoon shift (noon to 4:00 pm). On Fridays, all Peer Mentors work the full day (8:00 am to 4:00 pm) to support students on field trips.
Assistant to Dean of Support (part-time, unpaid)
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). This is an unpaid internship.
Assistant to the Dean of Instruction (part-time, unpaid)
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. This is an unpaid internship.
Management Intern (part-time, unpaid)
The Management Intern will assist the Education & Learning Manager to oversee the 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.
Monitoring & Evaluation Intern (part-time, unpaid)
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, academic assessments, and the parent survey. The interns will write up and present data at the program’s mid-point and post-program.
Caregiver Engagement Intern (part-time, unpaid)
The Caregiver Engagement Intern will work with the RYSA's administrative staff to coordinate communication between the school and parents & caregivers, 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 Caregiver Engagement Intern will assist in referring families for additional services.
Physical Education Teacher (part-time, unpaid)
The Physical Education Teacher will design and implement a six-week curriculum that builds students’ knowledge, skills, and interest in physical education. Additionally, the Physical Education Teacher 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.
School Social Work Intern (part-time, unpaid)
The School Social Work Intern will work with students exhibiting challenges or barriers to success at RYSA according to the program’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. In addition, the School Social Work Intern will meet individually with students who exhibit behavioral or emotional concerns in the classroom. The intern will also contribute to the development of individualized student behavior plans for students exhibiting the highest level of need.
Refugee Youth Summer Academy Caregiver ESOL Teacher (part-time, unpaid)
The Caregiver ESOL Teacher is an unpaid internship position. The role is responsible for planning and delivering engaging, responsive adult ESOL curriculum and instruction to the culturally- and linguistically-diverse RYSA caregivers’ group. Caregiver ESOL classes will take place for 2.5 hours, Monday-Thursday mornings, throughout the 6-week Program.
Photo: Kristin Slaby/IRC.