AmeriCorps ESL/Family Literacy Instructor and Family Activity Night Coordinator



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Literacy Center of West Michigan
1120 Monroe Avenue Northwest
Grand Rapids
United States


The Literacy Center of West Michigan is seeking highly-effective instructors to help parents in area schools learn English and develop strategies to support their children’s literacy. The ideal candidates for this full-time teaching position will be detailed-oriented, knowledgeable of effective teaching strategies, and autonomous. This position requires the selected candidates to be screened and approved through the national AmeriCorps program.


  • College degree, some coursework in education, English as a Second Language (ESL), or Linguistics highly preferred.
  • Preference is given to candidates who are bilingual in Spanish.
  • Excellent control of the English language and ability to think analytically about language.
  • Experience teaching English Language Learners (ELL).
  • Interest in family and children’s literacy issues.
  • Strong relationship-building skills to develop partnerships with school staff and other agencies.
  • Ability to meet weekly and monthly deadlines.
  • Ability to collaborate with coworkers in a close environment, yet able to display independent decision-making.
  • Demonstrated ability to use technology for word processing, email and calendaring.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and personal transportation.
  • Schedule flexibility for required day and evening responsibilities.

Areas of Responsibility

English Language (ELL) Instruction

  • Teach adult ELL classes to parents in Grand Rapids Public Schools and Godwin Heights Public Schools on-site at the schools.
  • Develop contextualized lesson plans and activities that address learner goals and needs based on the pre-determined curriculum. 
  • Execute components of the Family Literacy model, including weekly parenting discussions.
  • Attend school events to promote the program and recruit potential learners.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date attendance and testing records.
  • Submit required data and reports by specified deadlines.
  • Assist with intake process for new learners from schools including parent surveys and assessments.
  • Be supportive presence in school a few hours a week
  • Prepare individualized lesson plans and tutor 1 learners one-on-one, weekly


Family Activity Night Coordination

  • Work closely with Family Literacy Program instructors to plan Family Activity Nights (weekday evenings), attendance at all Family Activity Nights is required.
  • Communicate and coordinate between volunteers, stakeholders and instructors regarding Family Activity Nights.
  • Ensure that volunteers have an outstanding experience while volunteering with the program.
  • Order and inventory Family Activity Night supplies and food.

Volunteer Recruitment

  • Develop and implement strategies to recruit volunteers needed for effective program activities and outcomes.
  • Assist in creating an annual plan for volunteer diversity, recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Update/expand community contacts to promote volunteer opportunities.
  • Collect and review volunteer applicants.
  • Compile and analyze volunteer related data and identify and implement improvements.
  • Develop and execute volunteer appreciation campaigns for program volunteers.
  • Create new volunteer opportunities as necessary.


  • Ensure accuracy of learner intake and assessment with instructors and learner support advocate.
  • Collaboratively plan, coordinate, and execute monthly literacy events for the learners and their children.
  • Work closely with school staff to build relationships and promote program including attending Community School Leadership Team meetings.
  •  Attend AmeriCorps and Family Literacy Program team meetings at the Literacy Center of West Michigan.
  •  Publicize the Literacy Center of West Michigan in the community.
  •  Participate in periodic AmeriCorps events to promote civic engagement.
  • Collaboratively plan service project events for National Days of Service.

AmeriCorps Requirements and Benefits

  • Must pass local, state, and national FBI background and sex offender registry check.
  • Must be U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States.
  • Full-time (35-40 hours per week) with little time off during required service period.
  • Day and evening hours necessary, with some weekend hours required.
  • An Education Award of $5,920 will be available at the end of service period to members who fulfill service-hour requirements.
  • Basic health insurance, childcare benefits, and loan forbearance may be provided for those who qualify.


  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided

How To Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter to Diedre Deering at