First Star Summer Academy English Instructor

Job description

Request/Posting Number


Classification Title

Sponsored Project, Program Associate  

Working Title

First Star Summer Academy English Instructor  

Job Class #


Type of Position

Administrative Professional  

Percent Appointment:

(For Student Employment and Graduate Assistant Only; state hours per week)

part time June 1st > June 30th  




School of Social Work - 04650000  

General Summary

The First Star ISU Academy is a college-preparatory program for high school foster youth (scholars). The Academy strives to keep youth on track for high school graduation, prepare them for higher education, and equip them with the skills to successfully transition to adulthood. The scholars spend all four summers of high school living on the university campus (Summer Academy), and return 1-2 Saturdays per month during the school year (Saturday Academies). While on campus, the scholars attend academic classes, participate in life skills workshops, and explore life on a university campus. The summer 2018 First Star cohort consist of approximately 23 scholars. 

Summer Academy Instructors play a critical role in the success of the scholars. The Instructors are responsible for developing the curriculum, teaching the courses, and providing feedback on each scholar's progress. The course should be aligned with the state curriculum standards and encourage successful learning practices. All Instructors are expected to work part-time while the scholars are on campus the month of June and teach two 50-minute sections (remedial and grade level based on the scholar's academic skills). Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday (June 11, 2018-June 29, 2018) approximately 9:00am to 9:50am and 10:00am to 10:50am. Compensation is $1,600. 

Summer Academy Instructors are expected to attend a mandatory training Monday, May 15, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm, a mandatory scholar/caregiver summer orientation on Saturday, June 2, 2018, and First Star Academy awards ceremony on Saturday, June 30, 2018.  

Additional Information:


Required Qualifications

1. Bachelor's Degree 
2. Certified by the State to teach in the content area for which they are hired 
3. Ability to work as a team member with Academy Administration staff, College Coaches within the classroom, and other campus staff 
4. Responsible, friendly, enthusiastic, patient and willing to learn 
5. Strong classroom management, organization, and communication skills 
6. If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.  

Desired Qualifications:

1. Previous experience in education, a local school system classroom setting or other work experience with youth in a classroom setting. 
2. Preference given to instructors who have experienced with foster care or at-risk youth  

Necessary Licenses/Certifications/Degrees

1. Bachelor's Degree 
2. Certified by the State to teach in the content area for which they are hired  

Hiring Rate/Range




Work Hours

Monday > Friday 9:00 am to 11:00 am June 2018  

Proposed Starting Date:

June 2018  

Posting date


Closing date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

All application materials must be submitted online. Application materials submitted via fax, email, or mail will not be accepted. 

Please prepare in advance separate documents representing a cover letter, reference list (at least three professional references and contact information), and resume/C.V. to attach to this application. 

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by the Office of Equal Opportunity, Ethics, and Access at 309-438-3383. 

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.  

Contact Information

Dr. Deneca Avant 
[email protected]  

Departmental Homepage  

Required Applicant Documents 
PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply For This Posting".

Cover Letter
Reference List  

Optional Applicant Documents

Certification of Retirement Annuity (required for SURS annuitants only)  

Civil Service Test

Not Applicable  

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to complete the following with or without a reasonable accommodation: 
1. Ability to effectively communicate on a daily basis. 
2. Ability to use a computer in day-to-day work (i.e. type on a keyboard and use a mouse). 
3. Ability to conduct or attend meetings in various locations across campus. 
4. Ability to maintain a high level of concentration.  





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Posted: 3/29/2018
Application Due: 5/28/2018
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