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Summer ALI Learning Assistant

Learning Assistants are academic tutors. LAs work with peers in one-to-one sessions to help students become better learners, tackling difficult material with them or breaking down concepts to help students identify the source of their difficulties. LAs help clarify the material and offer their own perspectives on learning it. Additionally, Learning Assistants also design, develop, and/or lead a variety of workshops, group tutoring sessions, or review sessions. LAs must keep up with material in any class for which they tutor.

Trained by the American Language Institute (ALI), the Summer ALI LA will work with International Students beginning in the summer and then rolling over ino the fall, in English Acquisition, leading tutoring sessions as well as educational workshops and excursions.

This year, we have the unique opportunity to hire Learning Assistants who will begin their role in the summer and will receive specialized training from the American Language Institute (ALI). The summer portion begins the week of June 25th and continues through August 24th and then will roll over into the fall with additional ULC training. Throughout the summer, these LAs will be working closely with a group of International Students who are participating in an intensive 8-week language program that focuses on reading, writing, and speaking, as well as acculturation to the American classroom. LAs will hold Study Hall hours (mandatory for students in the program) three evening per week (7-9pm, Mon – Wed) as well as be available for tutoring on Sundays. They will also have “flexible hours” for students who require additional attention, and will participate and be present in various components of the classroom experience. On Fridays, in conjunction with ALI faculty, LAs will lead cultural excursions with students. Throughout the summer, LAs will work on developing programs and workshops, both for the summer and to put in place for the academic year.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time matriculated student in excellent academic standing at NYU. Consideration may be given to non-CAS students with a variety of CAS courses already completed and to students enrolled in the Postbaccalaureate Prehealth Studies Program.
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior status by fall.
  • Minimum 3.5 major and overall grade point average.
  • Recommended by two references. At least one must be a professor at NYU in any one of the subjects in which you would like to tutor. The second reference can be an NYU administrator (adviser, Dean’s office, etc.) or a supervisor from a part-time job who can speak to your qualities as a potential ULC Learning Assistant.
  • Taken and earned a grade of “A-“ or higher in the course(s) which you would like to tutor.
  • Comfortable working in a collaborative group environment.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain a professional demeanor when representing the ULC.
  • Provide regular weekly hours at the ULC and be available to work on an as-needed basis, with commitment to hours of availability submitted at the beginning of the semester.
  • Set and maintain a consistent work schedule. If you are unable to work a session, you are responsible for securing a substitute ULC Learning Assistant to cover your subjects.
  • Stay current and knowledgeable on course material in classes for which you are a Learning Assistant.
  • Provide walk-in, one-on-one and group tutoring in specific subject areas.
  • Assist with marketing and publicity efforts and participate in all aspects of daily operation of the University Learning Center.
  • Contribute ideas for further initiatives and workshops for the ULC and assist in the development of new programs.
  • Complete in-house training before working at the ULC.
  • Attend in-service training sessions and staff meetings during the semester.
  • Additional duties may include leading Peer Tutoring Sessions or Peer Learning Groups, Learning Strategy/Academic Skills workshops, large group review sessions, or other programs. Activities may occur at the two Learning Centers (UHall and the Academic Resource Center) or at other campus locations (Residence Halls, Commuter Lounge, classrooms). 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

How to Apply

Application Procedures:

  • For Summer ALI LA, please include cover letter. Application packet is due May 7th.
  • Select candidates will be invited for an interview on a rolling basis. 
  • If only interested in Fall Learning Assistant Position - Applications and Recommendations must be received by April 30th.

Send completed applications to University.Learning.Center@nyu.edu

Additional Criteria

  • Summer Availability: June 25th - August 24th.
  • Learning Assistants must remain comfortable and knowledgeable tutoring the subjects they have studied, and must be prepared for walk-in sessions by keeping up with the material. Preference is given to students who can tutor multiple subjects.
  • Flexibility in the schedule is highly valued, and necessary for this particular position. Additional assignments may arise which fall outside the regular shifts. On average, we expect this position will entail 15 - 20 hours per week during the summer.
  • LAs will receive a stipend of $2600 for the summer portion. (Academic year remuneration is based on hourly shifts, beginning at $12.50/hour. Students are expected to work a minimum of 6 hours per week during the academic year, but often work more. Please see our website and application for further details.)

Rumeneration

  • LAs will receive a stipend of $2600 for the summer portion.
  • Remuneration for new Learning Assistants will be $12.50 per hour during the school year.
  • Additional hours may become available.
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