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Cultural Facilitator for Syrian IPALS Program

Cultural Facilitator – IPALS for Syrian Families

The IPALS Cultural Facilitator acts a bridge for the students, families and IPALS Program Facilitator. She support the issues related to cultural integration and cross cultural communication within all aspects of the development, implementation and management of the Immigrant Parents as Literacy Supporters Family Literacy Program (for Syrian families).


  • Provides support to the IPALS program that integrates early childhood education, adult education, literacy, and parenting education into a unified family literacy model
  • Supports the identification, recruitment and services of families most in need of the IPALS program and cultural community
  • Helps coordinate ongoing opportunities for parental involvement through activities within the program
  • Encourages families to attend regularly and to remain in the program a sufficient time to meet their goals
  • Helps coordinate with community resources to provide transportation, food services and other support services in order to remove barriers for attendance by families
  • Maintains open lines of communication with parents, staff and other stakeholders
  • Attends program meetings and participates in their functions in order to maintain coordination of programs and services
  • Helps maintain a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate to the physical, social, and emotional development of students with an emphasis on language development and emergent literacy skills
  • Models developmentally appropriate activities and positive behavior management techniques through contact with children
  • Helps the IPALS Program Facilitator select culturally specific books, equipment and other instructional materials appropriate for the program
  • Includes materials and experiences in the classroom that are culturally appropriate and represents diversity
  • Maintains attendance records of children and family members participating in IPALS
  • Participates in planning sessions to ensure well-coordinated and effective delivery of the program
  • Works cooperatively and effectively as a team member by communicating and contributing information on a continuous basis
  • Helps conduct the completion of pre and post assessments for children
  • Maintains open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child’s family and encourages their involvement in the program
  • Demonstrates behavior that is professional, ethical, and responsible



  • At least 1 year working with persons from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds acting as a liaison among family and community.
  • Strong communication, public relations and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to different situations in order to meet the needs of the children, families and program
  • Must come from the cultural cohort of the Syrian program recipients
  • Ability to communicate in native language(s) of Syrian program recipients Ability to translate materials from English to language (primarily Arabic) of program recipients 


  • The program will run starting in January, once a week (likely weekday) with sessions ending in time for participants to pick up older siblings from school
  • There are approxiately 60 to 70 of hours work for the Cultural Facilitator position. The hours outside of the IPALS program are somewhat flexible but would have to work with the program needs and schedule of the IPALS facilitator.  The Cultural Facilitator will work closely with the IPALS Facilitator who has attended IPALS training already.
  • The hourly rate for this position for fully qualified candidates is $31 an hour plus 6% vacation pay
  • Applicants will need to be available for an interview in December

Please send resumes and cover letters to by Thursday,December 14th