New Americans Initiative Instructor

Employment Type
Job Category
International Programs
Flushing YMCA

SALARY: $30.00 - $32.00 P/H


The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

The YMCA of Greater New York is seeking New Americans Initiative Instructors who will be responsible for developing curricula that is aligned with adult learning principals and the necessary educational gains, facilitating assigned classes (in ESOL, HSE/ ABE, Citizenship, Technology, Foreign Language, or other assigned class), evaluating students’ progress, and supporting the programs and services within the New American Initiative in the Flushing community. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and/or utilize lesson plans that reflect an understanding of how best to teach reading, writing, grammar, listening, speaking, and technology skills in thematically organized and developmentally/ culturally appropriate ways.
  • Maintain up to date hard and soft copies of lesson plans, syllabi, curricula, and handouts.
  • Teach ESOL, HSE/ ABE, Citizenship, Technology, Foreign Language, or other assigned class in a manner which builds student skill level and confidence.
  • Complete student assessments each cycle, within the communicated timeline of the Center. 
  • Maintain accurate and timely student files, including students’ work, documentation of skill development, test results, and case notes, as appropriate. 
  • Support with classroom administration, including ordering supplies as appropriate. 
  • Manage attendance regularly, including documenting classroom and submitting attendance for each class. 
  • Ensure timely data entry into databases (DYCD Connect, ASISTS, Salesforce, and others as assigned), as needed.
  • Pre and posttest students using Best Plus standardized testing. 
  • Model the best practices of hospitality and positive culture. 
  • This position supports all aspects of programming, including but not limited to community outreach, recruitment, and participant outreach. 
  • Work enthusiastically as part of a team and be able to establish positive relationships with participants, the community, collaborators and partnerships.
  • Actively participate in training sessions, designated meetings, and special events.
  • Other activities and duties as needed that address the ongoing health and well-being of our staff and members.
  • Maintain sanitary habits in accordance with CDC guidelines

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in education preferred.
  • Bilingual preferred.
  • Minimum one year of relevant experience teaching English as a Second Language.
  • Ability and interest in working with diverse populations. 
  • Knowledge of principles and practices related to adult literacy.  
  • Knowledge in preparing lesson plans, syllabi, and curricula.
  • Knowledge in conducting and preparing assessment tools. 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel and working knowledge of Microsoft Suite.
  • Knowledge of civic education, immigration legal services, and case management, preferred.
  • Knowledge of Best Plus Testing required.
  • Must be a self-starter, highly organized, patient, and able to work well with others.
  • Must be available to work a flexible schedule during hours of operation, 9am-9pm

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with a culture committed to serving all members of our community. As a leading not-for-profit, community service organization, our Association relies heavily on fundraising to support the wide range of programs we proudly provide the communities we serve. Our expectation is that all staff promotes participation of their branch fundraising efforts in some capacity. 


The YMCA of Greater New York offers a variety of benefits to its staff members including retirement benefits, medical, paid-time off, free YMCA membership and more! Benefit eligibility is determined by an individual’s employment status (ie. full-time or part-time), tenure and/or the number of hours scheduled to work. Click here for more information.

How to Apply:

If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please complete our online application and submit your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization.

If you are a current YMCA employee, please submit your application through the Internal Career Site in Cornerstone. 

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

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