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Educational Specialist (Bilingual)

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STAR Learning Center - New York, NY


Organization Overview: The Goddard Riverside Community Center (Goddard Riverside) and the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center (Isaacs Center) are well-established Manhattan community-based agencies that support services to approximately 30,000 New Yorkers. We are two of New York City’s leading human services organizations meeting the needs of children, youth and families, homeless individuals, and older adults through-out Manhattan and New York City. We work every day for a fair and just society where all people have the opportunity to make choices that lead to better lives for themselves and their families.


Intro/Program Description: Star Learning Center, a program of GRCC, is a year-round tutoring program for underserved students from across NYC. The program provides one-to-one academic support and educational advocacy to students in grades 2 through 12. Each student at Star is matched with a volunteer tutor. Tutors receive an orientation to the Center and their individual students and staff provide ongoing coaching and support. Star also connects students with other GRCC programs and outside resources to enable them to reach their full potential.


Purpose of Position: Star Learning Center seeks a committed, compassionate, and highly organized individual to join a close-knit and diverse community of staff, students, volunteer tutors and parents. The candidate should enjoy working closely with others and also work well independently. We are looking for a team member invested in having an impact on the lives of young people, committed to learning, and inspired to be a part of ending educational inequities.


Schedule: Monday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, Thursday and Friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm/


Salary Range: $37,881 - $47,351



Roles, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties

  • Supervise and support 200+ tutors and students every week

  • Evaluate academic needs of all students; administer testing for new students and write testing reports; create tutoring plans with annual goals using testing results, student report card data, IEPs, and teacher comments

  • Prepare and deliver tutor orientations, provide ongoing supervision of tutoring plans and continual training to volunteer tutors

  • Support all student-tutor pairs with modeling and materials; review and comment on every session plan prepared by tutors; offer trainings

  • Organize and maintain STAR’s library, including researching new book titles and tutoring materials, sorting donations, and working closely with library clerk

  • Research online tutoring materials for 2nd –12th grades

  • Tracking report card and other data to identify need for additional support

  • Occasionally tutor students

  • Communicate with parents regarding special education needs and goals, review IEPs with parents, and refer to special education advocates

  • Encourage and promote reading for pleasure by recommending books based on student interest and reading level

  • Assist in data collection for Star program evaluations


Qualifications/Educational Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred in Education or related field

  • Teaching/tutoring experience with children and teens

  • Knowledge of an Orton-Gillingham based, multi-sensory approach to teaching reading

  • Must be fluent in written and spoken Spanish


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, families and tutors

  • Experience with literacy assessments, teaching strategies, and student data analysis

  • Knowledge of NYC 2-12 curriculum

  • Working knowledge of the New York City Special Education process including services obtained through IEPs

  • Knowledge of early literacy practices and children’s literature


Computer Skills Needed

  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift boxes


Work Environment

  • Office and tutoring center/ work from home hybrid model (through June 2023)


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of duties and responsibilities that will be required of this position and title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.