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Teaching Assistant

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
parental leave, paid time off, paid holidays, sick time, tuition reimbursement, 403(b)
United States, Maryland, Baltimore
700 Light St (Show on map)
May 23, 2024

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

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Teaching Assistant is primarily responsible for assisting the 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.

This position is expected to function effectively with moderate supervision while following the guidelines given on procedures, along with agency, federal, and state regulatory requirements.

Global Refuge, formerly known as Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), is a nonprofit serving newcomers seeking safety, support, and a share in the American dream. Since 1939, we have welcomed those seeking refuge, upholding a legacy of compassion and grace for people in crisis. We walk alongside individuals, families, and children as they begin their new lives in the United States through our work in refugee resettlement, welcome and respite services for asylum seekers, economic empowerment and employment, and family unification for unaccompanied children. To date, we have served over 750,000 people from around the globe. Our comprehensive services leverage our extensive organizational expertise as well as government, community, and faith partnerships.

Attracting and retaining the best talent is vital to our continued growth and we are proud to offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • medical, dental, and vision available on the first day of employment,
  • professional development, tuition reimbursement,
  • generous paid time off including 20 days of vacation, 12 days of sick leave, 12 paid holidays,
  • 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave and up to 12 weeks of fully paid FMLA leave,
  • company 403(b) contribution of 3%, an additional 7% match which vests immediately,
  • Family Building benefits for reproductive procedures, adoption/foster care assistance, and
  • an annual wellness benefit that can be customized to support your personal needs including funding enrichment classes, gym memberships, and healthy eating plans (to name a few) all in an inclusive and progressive environment!

At Global Refuge, welcoming newcomers isn't just our duty-it's an inherent part of our identity, rooted in our Lutheran heritage and inspired values and serving as a testament to our unwavering commitment to those in search of refuge. Please join us as we make a difference in the lives of newcomers.


  • Assist in the planning, preparation, and delivery of lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning;
  • Assist with delivering lesson plans, tests, and educational assessments in accordance with established procedures;
  • Assist with the instruction and monitoring of students in 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 students the appropriate assistance and feedback on classroom assignments;
  • Encourage and monitor the progress of individual students and use the information to adjust teaching strategies;
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of student's progress and development;
  • Update all necessary records accurately and completely in alignment with ORR requirements;
  • Participate in school activities, staff, and treatment team meetings;
  • Supervise children during field trips and in the classroom;
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to the case management team, Lead Clinician, support team, and the assigned supervisor regarding student progress, concerns, or needs;
  • Serve as backup to the Teacher and provide instruction to students as needed;
  • Assist the teacher with creating lesson plans and classroom curriculum;
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's level degree in Education from an accredited college, or some college coursework in Educational Instruction, preferred;
  • Prior work experience teaching ELL/ESL, preferred;
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic, and ability backgrounds;
  • 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.


  • Must be willing and able to clear a criminal background check for the past seven (7) years;
  • Must be willing and able to request and clear Child Abuse and Neglect background checks in all states lived within the previous five (5) years, updated yearly.
  • Must be willing and able to obtain an FBI fingerprint check every five (5) years;
  • Must have a valid driver's license and MVA check free of major infractions for the last seven (7) years;
  • Must clear a State of Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections Services screening;
  • Must complete a bi-annual physical exam and TB testing, in accordance with Maryland state licensing requirements;
  • Must maintain proof of childhood and annual vaccinations, including MMR, varicella, Tdap, influenza, and COVID-19;
  • Must be CPR, First Aid, and AEC certified upon hire or within 60 days of hire.

Global Refuge is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. We participate in E-Verify.

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package in an innovative and rewarding work environment. Salaries are based on the latest market data and reflect the education, skills, and requirements for the role. Differentials may exist based on the region and language abilities. Global Refuge has been welcoming newcomers since 1939. Learn more at globalrefuge.org.