Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. At work in over 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The IRC New York Resettlement office’s Family Education program provides free classes and educational services to our adult clients. These individuals are individuals who fled war, persecution, and civil conflict, seeking peace and better futures. They have diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. Moreover, they are highly adaptable, usually multilingual, and eager to start rebuilding their lives in America.
Cultural Orientation is an intensive social adjustment course for all newly arrived refugees which focuses on essential information for new Americans through content-based instruction. The class aims to familiarize students with their new environment and prepare them for the daily challenges of living as part of the New York City community.
SCOPE OF WORK:
Teacher will support timely coordination and scheduling of classes in collaboration with colleagues, assist with program and date management, and teach as needed using IRC’s established curriculum.
- Coordinate scheduling orientation dates, times and logistics
- Teach cultural orientation workshops (2 hours each) using IRC’s curriculum and materials
- Assess students at the end of workshop
- Attend training and regular meetings with the program Coordinator
The Cultural Orientation teacher will
- Get hands-on experience working with refugee populations soon after they arrive in the US
- Learn about the refugee resettlement process in NY
- Experience teaching adult English language learners (ELLs)
- Bachelor’s degree in education or ESL Certification highly desirable
- Knowledge of student-centered teaching strategies and adult learning principles
- Comfort working with refugees and immigrants from a variety of backgrounds, including those with limited formal education and/or literacy skills
- Ability to adapt to changing situations, working in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Responsible, dependable, and dedicated
- Second language (Spanish, French, Arabic, Dari or Pashto) required
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.