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Substitute Teacher

Make The Road New York
United States
Closing date
Jan 18, 2024

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Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York operates neighborhood-based community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island; and Brentwood, Long Island. With a membership of 20,000 low-income New Yorkers, MRNY tackles the critical issues facing our community: workplace justice, tenants' rights, immigrant civil rights, language-access, LGBTQ justice, public education, health care access, and immigration reform.

Make the Road New York is a multi-service organization. Our Education Department offers English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), citizenship preparation, health job training classes and in-school and after-school youth programs. Our Community Organizing Projects help New Yorkers to implement strategies to combat shared problems, and develop leadership and the capacity for civic participation. And our Departments of Legal, Health & Support Services provides direct legal representation, case management, and facilitated enrollment into public health insurance programs, training, and strategic support for members and organizing campaigns. Our attorneys and advocates specialize in labor and employment law, public benefits, disability benefits, housing law, healthcare and health insurance access, immigration, public education, domestic violence, and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) civil rights issues.

Current Opening:

MRNY is seeking skilled adult education teachers to work as on-call/ occasional ESOL and Civics substitute teachers for classes in our Bushwick, Brooklyn, Jackson Heights/Corona, Queens and/or Port Richmond, SI community centers.

Note: One Qns evening class and 2 civics classes will require occasional remote subs but almost all subs are needed for in person classes.

Subs will be responsible for delivering instruction to immigrant community residents seeking to improve their English skills and their lives and circumstances, and/or to pass their citizenship exams. Subs lessons and materials are provided to the subs.

Subs will also be responsible for reviewing all materials in advance, getting to the location 20 minutes before class to get set up if the subbing is in person, delivering instruction, and upon completion, tracking attendance and communicating with the teacher for whom the sub is covering.

Sub Responsibilities:
  • Pre-Class set up/post class steps-
  • Review all shared sub lessons and materials in advance of the subbing gig. Communicate well with the team via email or phone before the actual class to confirm that the lesson is clear. Arrive 20 min before the class begins to get acclimated, find/print materials, set up, etc.
  • Email the teacher after the class or leave them a detailed phone message so that they're aware of what happened in class (if there were any activities that took longer, if there are things the students seemed to need more help with, etc.)
  • Capture and file class attendance
  • Instruction- Deliver material in the lesson plans in ways that are sensitive to different students' levels and learning styles, the need to pace and scaffold information
  • Communication with and support of students - Maintain full awareness of class dynamics and support students during class if/as help is needed

Strongly Preferred: Teaching Certification or Masters in TESOL; experience working in community based social justice organizations; experience with collaboration and professional development with team members.

Requirements: BA, at least 3 yrs. ESOL teaching experience, preferably teaching adults. Must be creative, organized, and committed to thematic instruction and learner-centered, participatory education; Seeking candidates with senses of humor, good team players, teachers with excellent computer skills and BEST Plus certification (ESOL).


We need people to specify which offices and schedules they can sub. Please include in your emailed cover letter a note re: which schedules you can work, using the chart below for reference.

Ex- I am interested in subbing for schedules 1,2 and 3. I am interested in subbing for schedules 4,5, and 7. I am interested in subbing in SI only - schedule 6.

Morning schedule

Afternoon schedule

Evening schedule



1) 8:45-1:30


4) T-W-Th 6-9



2) 9-1:30

3) 3-5 or 3-5:30

5) M-Th 6-9, 6-9:30 & 6-10

7) 8:30-12:30, 9:30-3:30




6) M-F 6-10


Subs might work anywhere from 4-15 hours a month.

Length of job: MRNY needs subs primarily between early September and the end of June every school year.

Payment Information:

Most MRNY subbing is done by contractors. To be paid, subs fill out W9s to get on our list of contractors, and then submit invoices after every sub job.

The hourly rate for contractor subs is $29/hr.

Note: When you invoice it's like being self employed. No local, state or federal income and payroll taxes are being taken out by MRNY. When filing taxes at the end of the year you'll receive a 1099 from us that will list all the income you earned. That will be used to calculate your taxes owed.

Please attach a cover letter/resume and submit all documents to the Make the Road New York career center.

We will hold zoom interviews and contact teaching references before the Sept classes begin and again for January classes if needed.

MRNY is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse staff. Women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and people of color strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, disability or marital status.

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