Literacy Center of West Michigan seeks AmeriCorps ESL-Family Literacy Teacher

07/16/2014 9:09 PM | Pamela Bogart (Administrator)

AmeriCorps ESL-Family Literacy Teacher 

Posted: July 11, 2014 until filled 

Full-time for 10 months (position is from late August 2014 – June 2015) 

Pay: total 10-month living stipend of $12,100 (distributed biweekly) 

Location: Grand Rapids and Wyoming area 


The Literacy Center of West Michigan is seeking highly-effective teachers to help parents in area schools learn English as a Second Language, and develop strategies to support their children’s literacy. The ideal candidates for this full-time teaching position will be detailed-oriented, experienced, autonomous, and bilingual in Spanish. This position requires the selected candidates to be screened and approved through the national AmeriCorps program. 


Position Overview: 

ESL Instruction: 

 Teach adult ESL classes: (6 classes per week/2 hours per class) to parents in Grand Rapids Public Schools and Godwin Heights Public Schools on-site at the schools 

 Develop contextualized lesson plans and activities that address parent goals and needs 

 Execute components of our Family Literacy model, including weekly parenting discussions 

 Attend school events to promote the program and recruit potential parents 

 Administer parent surveys and assessments 

 Maintain accurate and up-to-date attendance and progress records 

 Submit required data and reports by specified deadlines 

 Plan, coordinate, and execute monthly literacy events for the parents and their children 


Collaboration: 

 Work closely with school staff to build relationships and promote program 

 Publicize the Schools of Hope Family Literacy Program in the community 

 Attend staff meetings of assigned school, the Literacy Center of West Michigan, and AmeriCorps 

 Participate in periodic AmeriCorps events to promote civic engagement 


Minimum Qualifications: 

 College degree, some coursework in education, English as a Second Language, or Linguistics highly preferred 

 Preference given to candidates who are bilingual in Spanish 

 Knowledge of the English language and ability to think analytically about language 

 Experience teaching or tutoring ESL 

 Interest in family and children’s literacy issues 

 Strong relationship-building skills to develop partnerships with school staff and other agencies 

 Ability to meet weekly and monthly deadlines 

 Ability to collaborate with coworkers in close environment, yet able to display independent 

Literacy Center of West Michigan (LCWM) “Building a literate community and transforming lives by strengthening reading and language skills.” 


Decision-making 

 High-level knowledge of technology 

 Valid driver’s license and personal transportation 

 Schedule flexibility for required day and evening responsibilities 


AmeriCorps Requirements: 

 Must pass local, state, and national FBI background and sex offender registry check 

 Must be U.S. citizens, national, or legal permanent residents of the United States 

 Full-time (42.5 hours per week) with little time off during 10-month required service period 

 Day & evening hours necessary, with some weekend hours required 

 An Educational Award of $5,550 will be available at the end of service period to members who fulfill service-hour requirements 

 Basic health insurance, childcare benefits, and loan forbearance may be provided for those who qualify 

 For more information on AmeriCorps, please visit http://www.americorps.gov/ 


For more information about the services of the Literacy Center of West Michigan, please visit http://www.literacycenterwm.org 

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Dan Drust at ddrust@literacycenterwm.org 

The Literacy Center of West Michigan is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, 

and supports National Career Readiness Certification. 

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