Harlem Children’s Zone

Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Fellow

3+ months agoNew York, NY

HCZ requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement of employment.

Harlem Gems is the final step in our early childhood pipeline. A top-notch, year-round, full-day pre-kindergarten program, Gems works with 160 children across two sites to ensure that each and everyone enters kindergarten school-ready. Gems staff encourage strong family involvement, engaging parents and caregivers in classroom activities, and creating consistency between home and school.

Early literacy skills are a primary focus of the Gems curriculum. Students are immersed in language-and not just English. They also learn basic vocabulary in French and Spanish, and get to know and explore the world around them through exposure to a range of disciplines-from math, science, and technology to social studies and the arts. They participate in fun fitness activities, playing sports such as golf and tennis, and even learn the basics of health and nutrition, including how to differentiate "go," "slow," and "whoa" foods to foster healthy eating habits. From recreation to reading, our goal is to turn our Gems into lifelong learners. And we reinforce the ultimate goal-college graduation-early and often. Each Gems classroom is named after a prestigious college or university, at once setting a high bar for the future and fostering a culture of academic excellence.

Our team has been comprehensively reviewing best practices from local, national, and international school systems and following government guidelines to ensure we are taking all possible safety measures related to the pandemic. Our safety protocols have been enhanced with the advice and assistance of experts in the areas of public health, epidemiology, air quality control, space design and layout, and building capacity. Our organization continues to prioritize the safety of all students and staff as we navigate these unprecedented times.

We are seeking a Teaching Fellow. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for the mission of HCZ Harlem Gems, an understanding and respect for the culture of all residents of Harlem, and a desire for working in a school setting that fosters a love for children.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the school's academic standards are rigorous, clear, measurable, and aligned with Common Core Standards
  • Work collaboratively with Lead Teacher on lesson planning and delivery of instruction
  • Assist students individually or in small groups in order to help them reinforce and master learning concepts present by teachers
  • Monitor student engagement during lessons and apply refocusing strategies as needed
  • Incorporate direct instruction, discussion, projects and cooperative work to engage students, keep classes focused and infuse a lasting desire to learn
  • Follow the school's policies and procedures for student conduct and discipline, and refuse to tolerate classroom disruptions
  • Communicate effectively with students, parents, and colleagues
  • Share responsibility for grade level and school-wide activities

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • A dedication and commitment to the mission of HCZ Harlem Gems
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Working towards a Master's degree and New York State certification
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

We offer competitive salaries with performance-based bonuses, and a comprehensive benefits package.

To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to HCZCareers@hcz.org . No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. HCZ is an EOE.

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Job ID: Harlem-TEACH01755

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness
    • Wellness Program
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
  • Parental Benefits and Childcare
    • Paid Family Leave
  • Work Flexibility
    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks
    • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Vacation and Time Off
    • Leave of Absence
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Paid Holidays
    • Paid Vacation
  • Financial and Retirement
    • Performance Bonus
    • Pension
    • 401(K)
  • Professional Development
    • Promote From Within