NYSA Lead Teacher – Elementary At International Rescue Committee

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NYSA Lead Teacher – Elementary

Job type: Full-time
Job category: Education, Refugee Services
Hiring Organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Education level: Teaching certification required
Experience: Minimum 3 years
Deadline: April 22, 2024
Location: USA (New Jersey)

Position Overview

The NYSA Lead Teacher – Elementary is a key role within the International Rescue Committee (IRC), supporting the Newcomer Youth Summer Academy (NYSA) in New Jersey. The Lead Teacher will oversee a self-contained classroom, focusing on English literacy and ESL concepts for refugee youth aged 5 to 20. This role involves implementing a culturally and age-appropriate curriculum, collaborating with classroom staff, and ensuring a nurturing environment conducive to learning.


  • Implement a culturally and age-appropriate curriculum for a diverse class of approximately 15 students.
  • Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of students with interrupted formal education and varied language proficiency.
  • Collaborate with teacher assistants to develop daily lesson plans and integrate activities supporting students’ social-emotional learning.
  • Supervise classroom staff and ensure a welcoming and supportive environment for refugee students.
  • Collaborate with activity facilitators to promote English language acquisition throughout program activities.
  • Assist with daily operations including student arrival/dismissal, lunchtime setup/cleanup, and field trips.
  • Provide feedback on student growth and complete student evaluation forms.

Key Working Relationships

Position Reports to: Education Coordinator
Position directly supervises: Teacher Assistant and Peer Mentor
Indirect Reporting: Youth Program Coordinator, Youth Programs Specialist
Other Internal and/or external contacts: Volunteer Activity Facilitators (Yoga, Art, Sports, Music)


Education: Teaching certification in New Jersey or another state
ESL certification: Strongly preferred
Work Experience: Minimum 3 years teaching required; experience with refugee or immigrant populations preferred
Skills and Competencies:

  • Proven success in delivering engaging curricula for diverse learner groups
  • Cultural competence and cross-cultural experience desirable
  • Second language proficiency desirable (e.g., Spanish, Pashto, Dari, Farsi, Arabic, Haitian Creole)

Working Environment

  • Monday-Friday, on-site at a university contracted space (previously Kean University)
  • Necessary travel to field trips on Fridays


  • Compensation ranges based on factors including labor market, job type, and individual candidate experience
  • IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions and offers benefits supporting gender equality

Equal Opportunity Employer

IRC is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, marital status, or disability status. Reasonable accommodations are available for individuals with disabilities during the application process and employment.

US Benefits

The IRC offers a comprehensive benefits package including retirement savings plans, paid time off, disability & life insurance, medical, dental, and vision insurance, and more.

How to Apply

To apply for the NYSA Lead Teacher – Elementary position, please visit our website.


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