Seeking Elementary Writing Teachers for 2018-19 School Year!

Open Position 1: 1st & 2nd Grade Creative Writing Teacher
PositionType: Contract teacher, hourly
Compensation: $24/hour
Weekly Hours: Up to 5 between August 17 and May 16 (up to 4 during session break)

Open Position 2: 3rd-5th Grade Creative Writing Teacher
PositionType: Contract teacher, hourly
Compensation: $24/hour
Weekly Hours: Up to 10 between August 17 and May 16 (up to 4 during session break)

The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) seeks one contract teacher to lead creative writing programming for twelve 1st & 2nd grade students once per week, and a second contract teacher to lead creative writing programming twice per week for two unique groups of twelve 3rd-5th grade students. Teachers will work with CYC staff and volunteers to foster a safe and supportive community. The organization is especially interested in hiring teachers reflective of its diverse body of students.

Requirements: Minimum Bachelor’s Degree, experience teaching youth, relevant experience with diverse populations, strong interest in and experience with creative writing.

Responsibilities include:

  • Establishing and maintaining meaningful and constructive relationships with students
  • Writing, preparing, and teaching weekly creative writing mini-lessons and engaging writing activities, following overarching program year themes and spanning various genres, with support of CYC curriculum and library
  • Picking students up on foot at MLK and walking back to the CYC for programming
  • Providing engaging, supportive written feedback on student writing and guiding students to select and polish written work for publication
  • Working with collaborating artists in a cross-genre project
  • Overseeing and providing individual support to student-volunteer pairs during Book Club
  • Addressing harm/conflict as it arises with students and helping students resolve it
  • Maintaining accurate attendance records and a tidy classroom space
  • Maintaining clear and open communication with parents, program manager, and volunteers

Successful candidates will possess:

  • a desire to empower youth through consistent, compassionate leadership
  • superb classroom management skills
  • a sense of silliness and adventure
  • the capacity to support youth in finding and developing their own voices
  • a passion for diversity, inclusion, and working with the community
  • a love of writing, reading, and language and the ability to share this enthusiasm with students
  • a positive, flexible attitude and a willingness to learn and grow

Programming adheres to GRPS holidays and school closings and runs as follows:

Start Date August 17
Paperwork, trainings, planning time
Session 1: The Book of Explosions September 17 – March 14
3rd-5th: Monday & Tuesday, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
1st-2nd: Wednesday, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Session 2: Creative Collaborations April 8 – May 16
3rd-5th: Monday & Tuesday, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
1st-2nd: Wednesday, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Year End Additional Hours May 22 – Book Launch Dress Rehearsal
May 29 – Book Launch

Required Trainings (by the beginning of Session 1): CPR (contractor covers cost), Mandated Reporter (contractor covers cost), Restorative Practices (CYC provides training)

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Kristin Brace, Executive Director, at kristin@creativeyouthcenter.org by June 8, 2018. Interviews will be scheduled for late June through mid July 2018.