Lead Teacher and Program Coordinator, Children and Youth Programs

Founded in 1926 by Chinese reformers Hu Shi and K.P. Wen, and U.S. educators John Dewey and Paul Monroe, China Institute is the leading non-profit organization in America to focus exclusively on China. Its mission is to advance a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, art, and business. The Institute provides a vital forum for dialogue, connecting, and learning through its School of Chinese Studies, the China Institute Gallery; and Public Programs.

About the Role
For its Children and Youth Programs the Institute is seeking a dynamic, creative and highly organized professional individual who can teach in group and individual settings, and provide necessary administrative support to ensure the operation of the program. The Lead Teacher and Program Coordinator reports to the Director, Children and Youth Programs. This position requires working onsite at China Institute, or/and other locations in New York City as needed. Detailed responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Teach up to 4 group classes or private tutoring in person or online, depending on the needs of the program, on a weekly basis, in accordance with program workload and scheduling
  • Respond timely to inquiries and register students for classes, private tutoring, and other related events and activities of the Children and Youth Programs in accordance with the policies and procedures of China Institute and the School of Chinese Studies
  • Maintain well-organized records and report in a timely manner on registration, student attendance, teacher/volunteer timesheets, payment tracking, as required
  • Communicate with parents, teaching staff and other constituents as required with regard to program offerings, updates and student management
  • Under the supervision of the Director, Children and Youth Programs, coordinate with other teaching staff, interns, and volunteers and provide necessary support to ensure the operation of all classes and private tutoring, as well as other activities deemed necessary by the program
  • Assist in organizing meetings and professional development workshops for program faculty and interns as needed
  • Facilitate and participate in program planning meetings, curriculum design, scheduling, and purchase of materials
  • Under the supervision of the Director, Children and Youth Programs, assist in program marketing, both in print and online, as required to ensure effective promotion of program offerings
  • Provide general administrative assistance for the program as required

A BA in teaching Chinese as a second language, bilingual education, applied linguistics, and education in general, with experience in teaching K-12 group classes, as well as education administration and program development. Familiarity with current developments in foreign language teaching, program evaluation, curriculum design and K-12 pedagogy is highly desirable. The must be a good communicator and team player, and display initiative and flexibility. The successful candidate shall be familiar with online teaching platforms such as ZOOM and be comfortable working with new technology.

Salary and Benefits:
The annual salary range is 50K to 60K dependent upon qualifications. China Institute offers competitive compensation and benefits package, including 403(b) pension plan and generous paid time-off.

To Apply:

Please include a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements and send to hr@chinainstitute.org. No calls please.

For more information about the program, please visit: https://www.chinainstitute.org/school/kids-teens/

China Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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