AmeriCorps English Language Instructor

AmeriCorps English Language Instructor
Full-time for 6 months (Begins January 3, 2017)
Pay: total living stipend of $6,265 (distributed biweekly)
Location: Grand Rapids and Wyoming area

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

Position Overview:

ELL Instruction:

  • Teach adult English Language classes (2-4 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 from that address learner goals and needs
  • Execute components of the Family Literacy model, including weekly parenting discussions
  • Attend school events to promote the program and recruit potential learners
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date attendance and testing records
  • Submit required reports by specified deadlines



  • Collaboratively plan, coordinate, and execute monthly literacy events for the learners and their children
  • Work closely with school staff to build relationships and promote program including attending Community School Leadership Team meetings
  • Attend AmeriCorps and Family Literacy Program team meetings at the Literacy Center of West Michigan
  • Publicize the Literacy Center of West Michigan in the community
  • Participate in periodic AmeriCorps events to promote civic engagement
  • Collaboratively plan service project events for National Days of Service


Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

  • College degree, some coursework in education, English as a Second Language, or Linguistics highly preferred
  • Preference given to candidates who are bilingual in Spanish
  • Excellent control of the English language and ability to think analytically about language
  • Experience teaching 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 decision-making
  • Demonstrated ability to use technology for word processing, email, calendaring, and data management
  • Valid driver’s license and personal transportation
  • Schedule flexibility for required day and evening responsibilities


AmeriCorps Requirements and Benefits:

  • 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 (30-35 hours per week) with little time off during required service period
  • Day & evening hours necessary, with some weekend hours required
  • An Education Award of $2,887.50 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


For more information about the Family Literacy Program, please visit:

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter specific to the position to: Deidre Deering (

The Literacy Center of West Michigan is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, and supports National Career Readiness Certification.

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