Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Programs
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Excellent Benefit Package Offered

If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

The Teaching Assistant will be primarily responsible for assisting the classroom teacher in the planning, organizing, and implementation of the instructional program in a preschool, elementary, or secondary learning environment. This individual must function in a manner that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential.

For 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has offered welcome and hope to more than half a million refugees. Since 1939, LIRS has transformed lives, with the support and hard work of people like you, to welcome the most vulnerable to the United States - from sea to shining sea.

LIRS is a national organization with a budget of over $88 million per year, and over 100 staff nationwide. Widely recognized for our expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants in the United States, LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and advances the protection and rights of vulnerable migrants.

Headquartered in the beautiful Inner Harbor of downtown Baltimore we provide services nationwide through a network of staff and affiliates. As we continue to grow, we search for the best candidates and offer excellent benefits to include flexible work hours, medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, professional development funds, parental leave, a 403(b) with organizational match, and more!


  • Assist in the planning, preparation, and delivery of lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning;
  • Assist with the delivery of lesson plans and tests that are in accordance with established procedures;
  • Assist with the instruction and monitoring of students in the use of learning materials and equipment;
  • Effectively use relevant technology to support and differentiate instruction;
  • Effectively manage student behavior in the classroom by establishing and enforcing rules and procedures;
  • Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the program;
  • Provide student's the appropriate feedback on work;
  • Encourage and monitor the progress of individual students and use the information to adjust teaching strategies;
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of students' progress and development;
  • Update all necessary records accurately and completely in alignment with ORR requirements;
  • Participate in school activities, as well as staff and treatment team meetings;
  • Supervise children during field trips and in the classroom;
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to Case Manager(s), Clinician, foster parents, and the assigned supervisor regarding student progress, concerns, or needs;
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities;
  • Assist the teacher in the delivery of classroom activities;
  • Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities;
  • Assist or lead classrooms if necessary;
  • Serve as a backup to the teacher and provide instruction to students;
  • Assist the teacher with creating lesson plans and classroom curriculum;
  • Attend internal and external training, and apply newly gained knowledge on the job;
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's level degree in Education from an accredited college, or some college coursework in Educational Instruction;
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish;
  • Prior work experience teaching ELL/ESL, preferred;
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural sensitivity, preferred;
  • Must possess an ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in Spanish and English with strong interpersonal skills;
  • Must be able to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others;
  • Must be able to report to work on a regular and punctual basis;
  • Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic, and ability backgrounds;
  • Must be CPR, First Aid, and AEC certified upon hire or within 60 days of hire;
  • Must be flexible and creative in a diverse work setting;
  • Excellent attention to detail and highly organized;
  • Highly motivated and self-managed;
  • Computer and typing skills sufficient to perform essential job functions;
  • Active motor vehicle license and a reliable automobile with adequate insurance coverage;
  • Pass a criminal history screen, including state and local child protection agency registries;
  • Commitment to LIRS's core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship with colleagues and partners; commitment to refugees and immigrants.

Special Position Requirements

  • Must be able to pass a TB test, an FBI background check, as well as a CA/N check for every state in which they have resided in the last five years.
  • If hired, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Exceptions will be made when required by law.
  • Valid driver's license and clean driving record.
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