Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Entry-Level AmeriCorps ESOL Jobs with Arlington Works!

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Make a difference!
Serve with AmeriCorps, gain experience with a diverse population, and learn new skills!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-17 Arlington Works! AmeriCorps program year in Arlington, Virginia (beginning on or about September 1, 2016). We are looking for 8 full-time team members who are passionate about serving the immigrant community by providing educational services that assist low-income immigrants in gaining skills needed for greater economic and academic success. Four members will teach English with integrated technology and workplace skills to adults, and four members will help middle and high school students prepare for college and gain leadership skills. All members are involved in special projects and community service beyond their core service responsibilities.

AmeriCorps ESOL Instructors typically teach 10-15 hours a week for 3 twelve-week semesters of intensive and non-intensive English classes. Intensive classes meet 10 hours/week in the mornings or evenings. Non-intensive classes meet 5 hours/week on Saturdays. Classes have managed enrollment with established start and end dates. Classes are held at the Syphax Education Center (REEP's main location) and REEP satellite sites- the Arlington Mill Community Center and Thomas Jefferson Middle School. During each 12-week semester, ESOL instructors can expect to teach a Saturday class as well as a morning or evening class.

Core Responsibilities:
*Teach ESOL classes to adults using the REEP Adult Life skills ESOL Curriculum (http://www.apsva.us/reep)
*Plan & implement objectives-based, learner-centered English instruction that demonstrates best practices and integrates job skills and instructional technology
*Teach basic computer classes to adult English language learners
*Assess language learning needs and interests as well as abilities of learners
*Maintain and report accurate student records on attendance and progress
*Utilize volunteer teaching assistants to enhance student learning in the classroom
*Participate in REEP teacher trainings and in-services throughout the year
*Recruit, train, and support students and community volunteers for community service activities
*Enhance and expand instructional programming, resources, and program capacity, e.g.
o Update curriculum resources and other on-line resources
o Develop instructional materials for use in adult ESOL instruction
*Substitute for adult ESOL classes at multiple sites, days, and times (on an as-needed basis)
*Participate fully in all team responsibilities

SHARED TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES:
In addition to core service responsibilities, members work together on planning community service and other events and participate in regular team activities (meetings, training, reporting, and evaluation activities). Members also –
*assist REEP & Edu-Futuro with recruiting participants and volunteers as well as with enhancing & expanding programming, curriculum, student services, resources, and capacity,
*promote Arlington Works! and AmeriCorps, and
*assist job seekers and teach basic computer skills to adults.

TRAINING AND ORIENTATION: Members receive intensive training at the beginning of the service year as well as training, mentoring, and support throughout the year.
Initial team training includes:
*Team building and service expectations, including prohibited activities
*Orientation to AmeriCorps, REEP, Edu-Futuro, and Arlington Works!
*Working with the immigrant population
*Class observations
*Position-specific training, e.g. teaching ESOL, working with youth
*Timesheets and reporting requirements, including Arlington Works! performance measures

Ongoing training includes recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers, promoting civic participation and national service, leadership development, emergency preparedness, and Life After AmeriCorps.

BENEFITS
*$13,400 taxable stipend + FICA
*Local travel reimbursement for service-related activities
*Professional Development opportunities
*Health insurance paid by Arlington Works!
*Education Award of $5,775 (2015 amount) upon successful completion of service
*Student loan forbearance or deferment
*If eligible, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and childcare assistance

HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to americorpsva@arlingtonworks.org. Upon receipt, additional application materials will be sent to eligible applicants. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. It is not necessary to complete an application on the AmeriCorps website. For more information about the positions as well as about the current program year and members, see http://www.arlingtonworks.org.

Applicants are advised that acceptance is contingent upon receiving sufficient federal AmeriCorps funding in the summer of 2016.
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