English Language Arts Specialist (4th Grade), PS/MS 218


About Us:

The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) is a community development
organization founded on the radically simple idea that all people deserve to live in healthy, vibrant
communities. We build award-winning, sustainable, affordable homes – but our work is not over when
our buildings are complete. WHEDco believes that to be successful, affordable housing must be anchored
in strong communities of which residents can be proud. WHEDco’s mission is to create and bridge access
to resources in the South Bronx that support thriving neighborhoods – from high-quality early education
and after-school programs, to fresh, healthy food, cultural programming, and economic opportunity. See
www.whedco.org for more information.

Job Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the After-School Program Director and Education Coordinator, the ELA
specialist will plan and facilitate engaging literacy unit lessons. ELA Specialists will be supported by the
Education Coordinator in identifying age-appropriate texts and planning engaging lessons and learning
activities. This part-time position requires availability to teach Mondays through Thursday from 4:00PM
to 5:00PM, with flexible planning hours.


• Under the supervision of the After-School Program Director and Education Coordinator, and
working in conjunction with in-classroom staff, supervise assigned group of 20 to 28 school
students during after- school program hours.
• Create and facilitate engaging developmentally appropriate lesson plans and implement activities
designed to develop students’ literacy skills that meet and exceed NYS standards.
• Maintain health and safety protocols at all times during program.
• Incorporate projects that foster academic, emotional, cultural and artistic growth into teaching
• Attend all required staff/planning meetings.


• Minimum two years’ professional experience working with children in a classroom, after-school,
or community-based environment leading/organizing group activities. Substantial volunteer work
will be considered.
• Experience creating and delivering lesson plans in formal and/or in-formal settings.
• Strong academic skills in English and a love of literature.
• Demonstrated interest in the field of education, child development or literacy.
• Familiarity with literacy and whole language teaching methodology desirable.
• Able to work Monday through Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
• Well organized, able to work both independently and collaboratively.
• Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.
• Current, active college enrollment or college degree preferred.
• Previous work experience in low-income communities.

Competitive hourly rate ($27-$30) based on experience. This is a part-time position.

All new hires must provide proof of having received at least one dose of a U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (“FDA”) authorized COVID-19 vaccine by their first day of employment, and proof of full
vaccination within 30 calendar days.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to 218afterschool@whedco.org with “4th Grade ELA
Specialist” and your name in subject line.

WHEDco affords all qualified applicants equal employment opportunities without discrimination because
of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability,
predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, or any other
category protected by law. WHEDco follows the requirements of the New York Human Rights Law with
regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.