English Language Arts Specialist (3rd Grade)

Title: English Language Arts Specialist (3rd Grade)

Location: PS/MS 218, 1220 Gerard Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452

Reports to: ELA Coordinator

About Us:

The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) is a community development organization founded on the radically simple idea that all people deserve healthy, vibrant communities. We build award-winning, sustainable, affordable homes – but our work is not over when our buildings are complete. WHEDco believes that to be successful, affordable housing must be anchored in strong communities that residents can be proud of. WHEDco’s mission is to give the South Bronx access to all the resources that create thriving neighborhoods – from high-quality early education and after-school programs, to fresh, healthy food, cultural programming, and economic opportunity. See http://www.whedco.org for more information.

Job Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the After-School Program Director and ELA Coordinator, the ELA specialist will plan and facilitate engaging literacy unit lessons. ELA Specialists will be supported by the ELA Coordinator in identifying age-appropriate texts and planning engaging lessons and learning activities. This part time position requires availability to teach Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 PM to 5:00PM, with flexible planning hours.


Under the supervision of the After-School Program Director and ELA Coordinator, and working in conjunction with in-classroom staff, supervise assigned group of 20 to 28 school students during after-school program hours;

Create and facilitate engaging developmentally appropriate lesson plans and implement activities designed to develop students’ literacy skills that meet and exceed NYS standards.

Maintain health and safety protocols at all times during program;

Incorporate projects that foster academic, emotional, cultural and artistic growth into teaching practice;

Attend all required staff and planning meetings;


Minimum of two years’ professional experience working with children in a classroom, after-school, or community-based environment leading or organizing group activities. Substantial volunteer work will be considered.

Experience creating and delivering lesson plans in formal and/or in-formal settings.

Strong academic skills in English and a love of literature.

Demonstrated interest in the field of education, child development or literacy.

Familiarity with literacy and whole language teaching methodology desirable.

Able to work Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Well organized, able to work both independently and collaboratively.

Bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus.

Current, active college enrollment or college degree preferred.

Previous work experience in low-income communities preferred.

Competitive hourly pay rate based on experience. This is a part-time, hourly position.

All new hires must provide proof of having received at least one dose of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) authorized COVID-19 vaccine by their first day of employment, and proof of full vaccination within 30 calendar days.

WHEDco affords all qualified applicants equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, or any other category protected by law. WHEDco follows the requirements of the New York Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.

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Additional Application Instructions To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please include “ELA Specialist” and your name in the subject line.

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