LIteracy FIrst AmerICorps Early LIteracy Tutor

Literacy FIrst - Austin

Job Type: Training/Teaching/Education
Closing date: 08/31/2018

Literacy First Tutors work full-time in a low-income elementary school teaching young children to read. Literacy First places highly trained AmeriCorps tutors in low-income elementary schools in Austin and Pflugerville to ensure K-2nd grade children advance to grade level in reading before third grade. 75% of students in our program either fully reach or make measurable progress reading at grade level helping close the opportunity gap in Austin.

This is a great opportunity to:

  • Be a part of a national movement toward social justice
  • Gain literacy tutoring experience in low-income school
  • Acquire professional development applicable to any career
  • Gain leadership skills
  • Receive ongoing training and support from a Literacy First literacy coach
  • Option to pursue alternative teaching certification through Literacy First’s partnership with Region 13
  • Option to tutor in Spanish and advance your language skills
  • Network with other non-profit organizations in Austin through after-school partnerships What’s Involved?
  • Commit to serve as Literacy First Tutor for 10 months from September through June
  • Provide daily 1-on-1 tutoring to 10-12 K-2nd grade students
  • Teach and learn using a research-based curriculum
  • Participate in community service projects with local non-profits


  • Join the national AmeriCorps national service community and transform lives, including your own!
  • Health Insurance
  • Receive a monthly living stipend
  • Earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,920 to pay back student loans for pay for future tuition

To Apply:

Visit the application page of our website at:

Please follow the application instructions as listed on our website. Literacy First will be accepting applications through August of 2019, or until positions are filled.

Essential Functions: Literacy Tutoring

  • Conduct 30-minute tutoring sessions with K-2nd grade students using Literacy First curriculum
  • Serve 45 hours each week, Monday – Friday from 7:30am-3:30pm tutoring and 5 hours with a community partnership
  • Listen to and document student vocalizations in a noisy environment
  • Communicate effectively with Literacy First staff, school staff, and teammates
  • Maintain organized and proper documentation of all lesson plans and student data
  • Attend pre-service training and ongoing literacy trainings throughout the year
  • Administer assessments to identify students that qualify for Literacy First tutoring
  • Assess and record students’ progress using weekly progress monitoring probes
  • Attend data meetings with campus staff to communicate student progress

Secondary Functions: Community Service

  • Participate in a weekly community partnership with nonprofits and/or after-school programs
  • Attend occasional weekend service projects
  • Engage in professional development activities

Qualifications and Skills

  • Desired Qualifications:
  • Interest in literacy, education, community service, or non-profits
  • Desire to work with young children ages 5-8
  • Interest in social justice and providing educational equity
  • Responsible, professional, motivated
  • Ability to work cohesively on a team
  • Some college required
  • Proficient computer skills, including data entry and email correspondence
  • Bilingual applicants must be proficient in speaking Spanish. Email us if you have questions about becoming a bilingual tutor

Minimum Requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien
  • Commitment to serve 10 months, September 4, 2018 through June 30, 2019
  • Complete 1700 hours of service by June 30, 2019
  • Serve 45 hours per week

Benefits and Professional Development

  • $1,373 gross monthly living allowance
  • $5,920 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of AmeriCorps term of service
  • Loan forbearance on qualified federal loans
  • In-depth early childhood literacy coaching from staff experts
  • Experience teaching economically disadvantaged students in Title 1 schools
  • Professional opportunities including resume-writing, coordinating service events, blog writing, social media, and recruitment
  • Option to pursue alternative teaching certification through Region 13 during a second term of service
  • Housing Guide for Austin, Texas
  • Connection to Austin AmeriCorps’ Housing Network and Housing Guide for relocating to Austin
  • University of Texas discounts including free public transportation
  • Maintain connections with the AmeriCorps Alums Network


To Apply:

Contact Info

Cristina Flores