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Ninth Grade Counts Summer Math Instructor

POSITION: Ninth Grade Counts Summer Math Instructor      

SALARY: $15/hour without benefits                         

APPLY AT: www.irco.org

LOCATION: Madison High School (2735 NE 82nd Ave, Portland OR 97220)

SCHEDULE: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30a:-1:30pm (although days of work and hours may vary slightly) short-term position, from July 5th lasting for 4 weeks

STATUS: On-Call Casual                    

OPENING DATE: June 14th, 2012

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled


LANGUAGE: English required, another language preferred: Vietnamese, Spanish or Somali.


The Ninth Grade Counts Summer Math Instructor is responsible for algebra instruction during the four week IRCO Ninth Grade Counts program. The instructor will prepare and implement one hour lessons for 2 cohorts of students, one ELL and one mainstream. Each cohort is 15 students. Duties include:

  • Prepare and implement lessons in math instruction appropriate for students with academic risk factors and English language learners from levels 1-4.
  • Successfully manage a classroom of 15 incoming ninth grade students.
  • Take daily attendance.
  • Attending weekly program meetings to check in about students.
  • Teach an afternoon enrichment class such as soccer, Frisbee, music, etc.
  • Complete required


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be through the following:

  1. Fluent in English and a second language (highly preferred)
  2. Able to function in a positive manner in a fast-paced, demanding school environment with at-risk students and parents
  3. An independent, self-motivated creative individual who enjoys diverse tasks and serving with ethnically diverse groups of students and parents.
  4. Experience teaching middle to high school age youth.
  5. Strong cross-cultural, organizational and interpersonal communication skills.
  6. Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  7. Ability to pass both IRCO and Portland Public Schools-administered fingerprint and background checks
  8. Possess or willing to earn CPR/First Aid Card.
  9. Ability to lift 40 pounds.
  10. Sit, stand, walk, drive and use computer for extended periods of time.


Knowledge of program implementation practices, student behavior management, outreach methods and data management practices and requirements within the public school settings.  Strong writing skills. Skill in the use of a personal computer and Microsoft Office or comparable word processing and database software.  Skill in the use of standard office machines and database programs. Ability to work with multi-cultural staff in a team setting. Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with partner agencies and school staff.  Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.  Ability to analyze situations, make appropriate decisions, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities.  Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.  Ability to effectively communicate with individuals and groups verbally and in writing.  Ability to listen for understanding and communicate effectively across cultures. Ability to courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, agency representatives, funders, stakeholders, community members, and others.  Ability to work outside of regular business hours as needed.


Applications may be accessed at the IRCO website, www.irco.org, or at the IRCO main office, 10301 NE Glisan, Portland, OR  97220, 503-234-1541.  Applications must be received at the main office by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date, if applicable. Attach resume and cover letter to IRCO application form.  This position required completion of an IRCO application.  Materials submitted without a completed application are considered incomplete and will not be considered.  Due to the high volume of applications received, we will not be able to contact each applicant.   We may not be able to return calls about inquiries about the status of your application. If you are selected for an interview we will contact you by telephone.


The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is a non-profit organization established in 1976 to serve immigrants, refugees, and the broader community in Portland, Oregon. Since its founding, IRCO has served more than 300,000 people through programs and services that meet the needs of our diverse client. Our mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society. In 2011, IRCO was rate one of the 100 Best Oregon Non-profits to Work For by Oregon Business Magazine.   Find out more at www.irco.org.