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Middle School ELL Advisor

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(Expanding Horizons)

United Way North Shore AmeriCorps Member – Salem, MA 01970

LEAP for Education (LEAP) is a non-profit organization that empowers underserved and first-generation-to-college students to succeed in college, career and life. We do this by teaching students academic and life-skills needed to perform at higher levels in middle school and high school. Students also receive ongoing personalized support and community connections which helps them graduate from college and create a future based on their strengths and interests.

About Expanding Horizons:

In partnership with Salem Public Schools, LEAP for Education’s Expanding Horizons middle school program seeks to provide experiences that develop students’ social-emotional and 21st century skills in order to enhance youth’s academic engagement and post-secondary success. Expanding Horizons classes are designed to motivate youth to explore different content areas and career interests, develop self-awareness and confidence, and set goals for their future.

Expanding Horizons meets at the Collins Middle School and is open Monday through Thursday, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and aims to create a safe, welcoming space for middle schools students to be engaged in activities that interest them and complement their passions. The program supports youth from diverse populations and backgrounds, over three ten-week sessions of enrichment programs which align with school district initiatives.

Description of position:

The ELL Advisor will work:

  1. At LEAP for Education 2 mornings a week to work on lesson planning.
  2. At Collins Middle School(CMS) in the classrooms during the school day 2 days per week to work with ELL students.
  3. In the Expanding Horizons program during the after-school hours, Monday through Thursday.

During the time in the school day classroom at CMS, members will work with the ESL department to develop meaningful relationships with students and teachers. Involvement at CMS during the school day will aid in your ability to align LEAP’s student engagement and programs offerings during the after-school time with student’s school day coursework and school expectations.

During the after-school time, you will be responsible for the development and facilitation of a variety of activities to support the needs of the ELL population. As the ELL Advisor your goal is to support, connect and create culturally sensitive and relevant programs for our students. The ELL Advisor would be responsible for supporting Expanding Horizons’ Director and assisting her with the day to day needs of the program.

Position Responsibilities

  • Work inside Collins Middle School ELL classrooms for 15-20 hours per week during the school day, to support ELL students and faculty.
  • Aid in the recruitment of all students for participation in the Expanding Horizons after-school program.
  • Communicate with students and families about the program, events, and student’s needs; particularly within the Latino Community.
  • Develop meaningful relationships with the students in the after-school program through conversation, games, academic enrichment and support and field trips.
  • Assist with the creation of a welcoming safe after-school environment.
  • Work with the Site Director to register students each session and to keep track of daily attendance data.
  • Enter attendance data in our data tracking system.
  • Work with Site Director to revise and develop curriculum for ELL students in an after-school setting to aid in language development and culturally sensitive activities.
  • Other tasks as they are assigned.

Qualifications of Ideal Candidate for LEAP FOR EDUCATION

    • Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills.
    • Strong critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to work individually and as a team to achieve task.
    • Passionate about youth development/mentorship and forming relationships with youth.
    • Able to speak and fully communicate in Spanish and English.
    • Experience in facilitation and/or classroom management.
    • Ability to prioritize task and maintain progress on short and long-term goals.
    • Ability to adapt and be flexible to different environments and situations as they arise.
    • Desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities.
    • Interest in nonprofit organizations and/or public schools, and their development.
    • Program or project management experience.
    • Passion for national and community service.
    • Bachelor degree preferred.
    • Own a car.

Position Benefits:

  • $17,000 taxable living allowance paid in bi-weekly installments.
  • $6,095 Segal Education Award upon completion of service.
  • Paid health and dental insurance.
  • Loan Forbearance.
  • Uniform parts.
  • North Shore YMCA Membership (for the year).
  • Training and networking opportunities among a core groups of Corps members and other nonprofit professionals.


Meghan Murtagh, Director of Middle School Programs
978 744 6667 x103 | mmurtagh@leap4ed.org

LEAP for Education
35 Congress Street, Suite 102
Salem MA, 01970

In the provision of our services, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, religion, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, ancestry, public assistance, veteran history/military status, genetic information or disability. LEAP’s programs are funded in part with funds from the City of Salem Department of Planning and Community Development, City of Peabody Department of Planning and Community Development, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


About the United Way North Shore AmeriCorps Program

Program Summary:

The North Shore AmeriCorps Program is an innovative young program that places 30 AmeriCorps members in schools and nonprofit organizations throughout Lynn, Salem, and Gloucester, MA, to help implement programs designed to reduce the school dropout rate among English Language Learners through strategic tutoring and mentoring programs. AmeriCorps members serve with their host sites, either in a school or a community based nonprofit that provides services to young people. Members provide structured tutoring and mentoring supports to English Language Learners, helping them succeed academically and socially in the community.

About AmeriCorps:

AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The United Way North Shore AmeriCorps Program is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve in organizations throughout Lynn, Salem, and Gloucester, MA to help implement programs designed to reduce the school dropout rate among English language learners grades K-12.

AmeriCorps Member Timeline:

  • Application deadline is June 1st, 2019 – Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis as applications are reviewed.
  • September 3rd to September 20th, 2019 – Three week full team AmeriCorps Member orientation focused on understanding AmeriCorps, United Way, professional development and team building.
  • September 23rd, 2019 – AmeriCorps Members begin full time service at sites.

AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent US Resident
  • High School Diploma or GED as of August 1, 2019.
  • Between the ages of 17 and 29 as of August 1, 2019.
  • Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service over the course of one year, as well as the full-term of service (September 2019- July 2020).
  • Attend all AmeriCorps team meetings and professional development.
  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and reporting.

About United Way:

We unite to create positive, lasting change for people in need. We call it harnessing the power of people working together. And that means everyone — individuals, nonprofits, companies, and government agencies. We work every day to achieve our vision and mission by focusing on two foundations of better lives: Financial Opportunity and Educational Success.

Financial Opportunity: Ensuring that all families have safe housing, healthy food, and quality childcare, that they have jobs that allow them to support themselves and their families, and that they have access to financial tools and coaching to help build a better future.

Educational Success: Preparing children to enter school ready to learn, develop critical social and academic skills, and get the support they need to stay in school and graduate.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay is committed to fostering a work environment characterized by dignity and respect. Our workforce is diverse and is reflective of our community. We wish to celebrate our diversity and create an environment in which each individual’s skills and talents are best utilized to help us achieve our goals. Discrimination, of any kind, is not consistent with our mission and values, and will not be tolerated. United Way is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities as members and provides reasonable accommodations for the application process, interviews and service upon request.