World Relief Seattle is now accepting applications for a Summer Program Instructor position.

Recent refugee youth in the United States face the unique challenges of adjusting to a new cultural environment, mitigating past traumas associated with seeking refuge, learning a new language, and adjusting to a new way of living. World Relief Seattle’s Refugee Youth Summer Academy is five-week program focused on helping newly arrived refugee youth (K – 8th grade) adjust to their new schools and home. The goal for the summer program is to create a supportive community for refugee youth by providing academic support, mentoring, and facilitating their connection to community.

The Summer Program Instructor will work alongside experienced refugee resettlement staff and trained volunteers to implement the curriculum following general guidelines set by World Relief. In 2021, the Summer Program Instructor will work remotely with students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This contract position will officially begin on June 1, 2021. Summer Academy hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4pm from July 8th - August 13th. In the month prior to instructing students, the Summer Program Instructor will participate in training with World Relief staff, plan age-appropriate virtual lessons for English Language Learner students, and become familiar with environmental sustainability curricullum and activities through close communication with World Relief's Resiliency Programs team, including Equity & Sustainability Interns. During the program, the Summer Program Instructor is responsible for teaching, managing students during online instruction times, and maintaining student records. One week of debrief and reporting follows the program's conclusion.


  • Prepare detailed, engaging, culturally-appropriate, and age-appropriate virtual lesson plans for the five weeks of the summer program focused on helping students develop their literacy, social, and math skills
  • Participate in required trainings with World Relief Seattle’s Next Generation team and other applicable departments including but not limited to Resiliency Programs and Volunteer Coordinators
  • Collaborate with World Relief Seattle’s Resiliency Programs team for environmental and sustainability lessons and activities
  • Maintain close communication with Equity & Sustainability Interns for virtual instruction and student engagement
  • Utilize virtual learning platforms safely and effectively for virtual lessons, engaging students, compiling data, and communicating with staff and interns
  • Lead and/or participate in virtual elective activities for students with volunteers
  • Be available to support or lead in-person activities as needed
  • Request and compile appropriate material and equipment needed to support planned activities
  • Observe and monitor students’ individual progress and adjust lesson plans to address students’ needs
  • Complete English/social-emotional assessments of students as instructed
  • Facilitate the completion of final presentations by each student in the class
  • Maintain records of students’ attendance
  • Foster a positive, safe, and respectful learning environment
  • Build rapport with each student
  • Provide instructions to creatively engage and direct volunteers
  • Communicate with Next Generation Programs Coordinator regarding class progress and any issues that arise during the summer session
  • Complete all required reporting on time
  • Comply with all agency policies and protocols

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively, professionally, collaboratively and positively with students, volunteers, other teachers, and World Relief Staff
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to handle multiple projects at one time
  • Fluent in utilizing technology for instruction and student engagement
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Individuals with lived immigrant experience encouraged to apply
  • Knowledge of relevant languages preferred but not required, including but not limited to Dari, Arabic, and Spanish


  • Experience working with English Language Learner students
  • Demonstrated ability to work sensitively and effectively in cross-cultural settings
  • AA or two years of college in a related field required (i.e. education, child development, school counseling, TESOL); bachelor’s degree in related field preferred
  • Strong classroom and behavior management skills
  • Strong interest in teaching and incorporating social emotional development into education is essential
  • First aid/CPR certification required
  • Previous experience working with immigrant and refugee adults and/or youth preferred

Contract Position: June 1st - August 20th, 2020

Location: Kent, WA

Compensation: $4,000 for total contract time

To apply: review what we do, then submit a resume and cover letter to Katie Stoppler .