SHINE Education Coordinator Position

EDUCATION COORDINATORS:

The LEAP Education Coordinator (EC) will work alongside other ECs before the summer program begins to fully understand the creation of the curriculum including the teacher’s guide and the students’ workbooks, to administer and grade diagnostic exams to better understand our student population and to assign them to leveled classrooms accordingly, and to think of ways to better deliver lessons so students become more engaged, and school wide incentives to manage student behavior and motivation. Each EC will be the focal educational advisor for their respective camp and will be responsible for guiding and supporting LEAP volunteers in their instruction and their adaptability with the curriculum and in the classroom. The EC will observe volunteer teachers in the classroom to provide support and constructive feedback; help volunteers with daily lesson preparation; lead curriculum meetings with volunteers and other ECs; be responsible for daily attendance of students and volunteers; substitute classes if and when necessary; lead instruction for the teacher training and development, as well as provide other education related support as required whether creativity or classroom management.

In addition, the EC will coordinate closely with the Project Coordinator (PC), Project Community Coordinator (PCC) and other ECs.  The EC will serve as the intermediary between volunteers, Beit Atfal Assomoud staff (partner organization), the PCs, PCCs, and LEAP’s Education and Program Directors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

ECs must purchase supplies (not with their own budget); create and review lesson plans; manage student behavior by creating classroom-wide or school-wide incentives and rewards; coach LEAP volunteers; coordinate with administrators and LEAP Directors, and PCs; submit a LEAP Summer Evaluation Report alongside the other Coordinators at the end of the program; work with other ECs to create an educational survey at the end of the program; act as a substitute teacher if necessary; manage educational expenses; track daily attendance of volunteers and students; grade the diagnostic examination and determine level-placement at the beginning of the program, as well as recreational placement; assist with other administrative duties upon request; supervise classroom instruction of LEAP volunteers and provide feedback; brainstorm educational games/exercises and recreational activities for students; plan Friday recreational activities and games; follow up with recreational clubs’ assignments, among other duties.

ECs must keep in mind that they are required to advise and lead LEAP volunteers. They should enforce program rules and remind volunteers of their responsibilities. While it is important to have a good rapport with volunteers, we expect ECs to carry themselves as leaders and to handle themselves maturely, have a clear sense of purpose and responsibility throughout the duration of the Program, and demonstrate strong leadership, training and coordinating skills. Essentially, ECs facilitate the culture of the school and classroom, which is the space our volunteers will have the most influence on our youth, so it is of great importance that our volunteer teachers are professional, mature, and responsible or it can cause more harm on the students and culture than help. There is no tolerance for any deviation from the code of conduct and program expectations.

Candidates must demonstrate:

Successful ECs must be able to lead a group while being a constructive part of a team, and build a rapport with the adolescent students, while being culturally sensitive.  In addition, the following skills are required:

  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • creative learning techniques
  • experience in an ESL classroom setting and creating curriculum/lesson plans for ESL students (preferred)
  • motivated and inspiring individual to coach and lead LEAP volunteers
  • strong organization skills and the ability to effectively communicate with various audiences
  • proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • strong character, poise, and maturity to effectively work with program staff and community partners, as well as volunteers
  • a flexible and patient attitude
  • the ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • strong leadership skills

 

LEAP Program

LEAP is a grassroots volunteer program established to provide educational empowerment projects to support the intellectual growth and creative curiosity of refugee-youth in Lebanon so they may become agents of change. As an apolitical humanitarian US-based organization, LEAP aims to raise awareness about the plight of Palestinian refugees in general, but particularly in Lebanon, to American volunteers.

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