Tutor Corps – Americorps Fellowship
As a member of the Great Oaks Tutor Corps, you will mentor and tutor middle or high school students at a Great Oaks Charter School for the duration of one school year (August-June). This is a service role through AmeriCorps with regular full-time hours Monday-Friday and some Saturdays.
In exchange for your year of service you will receive a living stipend, free furnished housing with utilities included, health insurance and on-going professional development throughout the year. You will also be eligible for a Segal Education Award through AmeriCorps after the completion of your AmeriCorps term of service. Most importantly you will have an opportunity to shape the future of students living in urban communities.
The ideal candidate for the Great Oaks Tutor Corps is a bright, talented recent college graduate passionate about dedicating a year of service. Great Oaks has schools in Newark, NJ, New York, NY, Bridgeport, CT and Wilmington, DE, and is seeking tutors for all sites. The Tutor Corps plays an integral role in helping our schools achieve their mission: to prepare students to succeed in college. Great Oaks is seeking individuals who are motivated, enthusiastic and up for one of the most rewarding challenges of their lives.
As a Great Oaks Tutor Corps member you will invest your time and energy in the success of a small group of middle or high school students to help pave the way to their college success. The majority of students enter Great Oaks several years below grade level, so this role requires hard work, creativity and a dedication to helping students beat the odds. Most of your day will be spent tutoring students one-on-one or in small groups. You will also take part in secondary projects that directly impact the academic achievements of students. These projects may include providing in-class or curriculum support, organizing or leading after school clubs or working with our culture team.
Specific responsibilities include:
Bolstering student achievement:
- Provide daily tutoring to several small groups of Great Oaks students
- Work closely with teachers to develop individualized tutorial content
- Assess student progress on a regular basis
- Bridge a connection between classroom teachers and the content they deliver in their classrooms with the content you are delivering during tutorial sessions
- Lead after-school student clubs
- Support Saturday Academy over the course of the school year when necessary (dependent on school community placement)
- Work with students to set individualized student driven goals on a frequent basis
- Actively participate in meetings pertaining to your role as a tutor and the success of the students you are working with
Building relationships with families:
- Develop authentic relationships with families through phone calls and other communications to share progress on student tutorial performance
- Attend family and parent events
- Create opportunities to connect with families on an ongoing basis
Assist with overall student success during the school day:
- Be present during transitions and escorting students when necessary
- Engage with students during their lunch period
- Assist with other activities and projects that directly impact student success
Qualifications and Competencies
As a prerequisite, the successful Tutor Corps candidate must believe in the mission of Great Oaks. The candidate should demonstrate a passion for breaking new ground to lead social change. A successful candidate will also bring the following qualifications and competencies:
- A strong academic record with a completed Bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university by August 2018. College seniors we are looking for you!
- Citizenship or legal Permanent Residency in the United States. This is a requirement to serve with AmeriCorps.
- Some experience working or volunteering with children; some tutoring experience preferable
- A commitment to serving children in under-resourced, urban communities
- Exceptional ability to respond well to feedback and implement it immediately
- Tenacity, flexibility, passion and excellent communication skills
This AmeriCorps service role will start in early August of 2018 and run through June of 2019. If you are applying through a mobile phone we suggest using the notes feature and copying and pasting your paragraph into the application to ensure the clarity of your writing.
Great Oaks Tutor Corps positions are available in NYC, Newark, NJ, Bridgeport, CT. and Wilmington, DE.