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Summer Camp Lead Teacher and Teacher's Aide

Reading Partners Plus | San Francisco, CA | Full Time and Temporary

Job Description

Summer Camp Staff Positions – Literacy Lead Teacher; Enrichment Lead Teacher; Teacher’s Aide


Reading Partners launched in 1999 with the mission to expand opportunities for children in underserved communities by fostering a lifelong love of reading, developing strong literacy skills, and building the confidence and self-esteem critical to empowerment and community development.  Reading Partners provides children with robust one-on-one reading support through a structured, research-based curriculum that engages students and provides basic building blocks to supplement their academic growth.  On average, Reading Partners students gain 1.6 months of reading skills for every month in the program.

Working in partnership with teachers, schools, and community volunteers, Reading Partners has grown from serving 100 students in 2003 in northern California with a budget of $180,000 to serving over 5,000 students in California, Washington, D.C., New York, Texas, Maryland, and Colorado with a budget of over $13M. As one of only a handful of nonprofits to receive two highly competitive federal Social Innovation Fund grants, Reading Partners has plans for continued rapid growth into other regions.  For more information about Reading Partners, please visit


Reading Partners is dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers who are excited about learning.

How we do it:

  • Focus on children from low-income communities.
  • Give one-on-one instruction at the student’s reading level.
  • Recruit and train community volunteers to work with children.
  • Partner with high-need elementary schools to offer an effective program on campus.
  • Provide a way for volunteers to give a small amount of their time to make a huge difference in a child’s life.


In addition to one-on-one tutoring, Reading Partners also provides after school and support through our Reading Partners Plus programs where students are exposed to access, equity, and student achievement and provided a safe, nurturing and engaging environment during after school hours. We believe that the after school time should have an academic foundation and create unique learning opportunities for the students that incorporate elements connected to the school day.


We are hiring summer camp staff for the following positions:

Literacy Lead Teacher: Summer Literacy Lead Teachers develop and implement literacy curriculum for K-2 or 3-5 grade groups of campers. The curriculum will have a foundation of read-aloud lessons that expand into project-based learning. All students will rotate into the literacy block planned and facilitated by this individual. 

Enrichment Lead Teacher: Summer Enrichment Lead Teachers directly supervise one group of campers throughout the entire day. They will support the Literacy Lead Teacher and Recreation Coordinator during all activity blocks, and are responsible for planning and leading enrichment activities for their designated group of campers every day of program.

Teacher’s Aide: Summer Teacher’s Aides will support and assist the Lead Enrichment Teachers in planning and executing group summer camp activities, supervising youth during camp hours, and supervising volunteers. Teacher’s Aides will directly supervise before- and after-care, and lead choice club activities at the end of each program day.

Training for this position begins May 30 and ends June 3. The Reading Partners Plus Summer Camp operates from approximately 8:30-4:30pm, Monday through Friday from Tuesday, June 4 to Friday, July 12.

Lead Literacy Teachers are expected to work 37.5 hours a week, with a daily commitment of 8:00-4:00pm including a 30 minute unpaid lunch break.

Lead Enrichment Teachers are expected to work 40 hours a week with a daily commitment from 8:00-4:30pm including a 30 minute unpaid lunch break.

Teacher’s Aides are expected to work 35 hours a week with a daily commitment of either 8:00am-3:30pm or 9:30am-5:00pm including a 30 minute unpaid lunch break.


  • All positions report directly to the Reading Partners Summer Program Coordinator, an experienced elementary educator with a strong background in teaching literacy and afterschool programming. Program Coordinators provide full time on-site support and coaching.
  • This position works closely with other Reading Partners staff, school staff members and administration, community partners, students, and families.


Lesson Planning and Student/Classroom Management

  • Coordinate a group of approximately 20-24 elementary aged students during program hours.
  • Create and implement educational lessons and activities that have a literacy foundation.
  • Lead and support lesson and project planning process.
  • Identify and implement materials, tools, resources and activities to address students’ individual learning needs.
  • Create a safe and respectful learning environment using positive behavior management techniques.

Community Building

  • Facilitate communication and maintaining positive relationships between Reading Partners, students’ families and community partners.
  • Undertake other projects, as interest and time permit.


  • 2-5 years experience developing literacy curricula and working with elementary school-age children in a summer camp and/or school setting
  • Experience and/or training in effective positive classroom management and student engagement strategies
  • Willingness to learn and be coached with professional development related to group instruction, lesson planning and student support services
  • Excellent constituent relations (students, teachers, parents) and customer service skills
  • Commitment to teamwork and collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Positive, creative and engaging personality
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of and ability to follow a structured Reading Partners curriculum
  • Proficient computer skills (email communications and data entry)
  • Reliable and steady access to transportation (public transportation /personal transport) to travel within a defined region on occasion
  • Ability to provide negative TB test results and a clear Criminal Background Check prior to start date
  • Must provide documentation meeting one of the following requirements:
    • An AA degree or higher


  • Official transcripts reflecting 48 college units and a high school diploma/equivalent


  • Completion of CBEST and a high school diploma/equivalent


  • Proficiency in Spanish or Chinese
  • Experience teaching reading to K-5 students or working within a school environment
  • Experience working with a diverse community and/or English Language Learners
  • Experience with data entry, email communications and computer proficiency


For each position, the ideal candidate has experience and passion working with elementary school students in summer camps, afterschool programs or community settings. S/he demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to work independently (as well as with support and guidance from their manager) toward identified goals and objectives. S/he thrives in a casual, yet fast-paced environment and has the ability to work and communicate in diverse communities. S/he is excited about working as part of a team and interested in receiving ongoing coaching and guidance. Most importantly, s/he is committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for all students and willing to work enthusiastically toward achieving this goal.


Rate: Commensurate with experience.  These are non-exempt positions, which do not include health benefits and will require a commitment through July 12. 


Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter clearly stating which position you are applying for, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of that position.

Please no phone inquiries.

Reading Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace.