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Refugee Transitions is seeking a bilingual Spanish/English Instructional Assistant that students will connect with at our after-school tutoring programs at Oakland International High School, which serves immigrant youth who have been in the U.S. for four years or less. This is a great opportunity to gain experience working for both a community based organization and a high school.

Position Title: Instructional Assistant

Time Commitment: Approximately 6-10 hours of tutoring/enrichment, 3-4 afternoons/week 

Salary: $13-18/hour depending on qualifications and experience

Location: Oakland (10 minute walk from MacArthur Bart Station)    

Program Starting date: As soon as possible

Responsibilities include: 

1)    Tutoring and Enrichment:
- Tutor youth in all subjects; and
- Chaperone monthly field trips as needed.

2)    Administrative:
- Help maintain records of students, volunteers, and peer tutors; and
- Help track/distribute bus passes. 

3) Volunteer support:
- Help the Site Coordinator support volunteer tutors and supervise peer tutors.

Required Qualifications:

- Ability to connect with & engage high school age youth students (especially male students); 
- Role model for newcomers;
- Completion of at least 2-3 years of undergraduate study (minimum of 48 units);
- Ability to tutor immigrant students on multiple academic subjects;
- Bilingual in English & Spanish;
- Experience working with middle or high school age students in the U.S.;
- Experience working in after-school programs; and
- Flexibility and ability to work well independently and with minimal supervision.

Other Preferred Qualifications:

- Strong writing and communication skills in English;
- From a refugee or immigrant family; and
- Familiarity with Oakland Unified School District. 

Physical Abilities: Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone; seeing to read, sitting or standing for extended periods of time; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment; kneeling, bending of the waist, and reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally to retrieve and store files and supplies.

Special Requirements: Must be able to accept assignments at least three to four days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday between 3-5 pm and/or Wednesdays between 1:00-5:00 pm).

Application procedure: Send your resume and cover letter to and put in subject line: Instructional Assistant for OIHS.






Refugee Transitions is partnering with Catholic Charities Santa Clara to support their Refugee Foster Program. RT is seeking qualified and committed individuals to provide one-on-one tutoring/mentoring for unaccompanied refugee minors.

Position Title: Academic Tutor/Mentor

Location: In-home Tutoring based in San Jose, CA

Compensation: $17-$24/hour depending on qualifications and experience.

Time Commitment: 15-20 hours per week

Program/Employment Dates: Must be able to make a 9 month/academic year commitment

Responsibilities include:

1) Tutoring and Enrichment

- Tutor youth in all subjects (some will need remedial support);
- Help youth increase their understanding of the U.S. school system;
- Help youth develop confidence and feel part of their new community;
- Promote language development, goal-setting, college access, career-readiness, and cultural adjustment.

2) Coordination/Administrative

- Communicate with Refugee Transitions staff and the Educational Coordinator at Catholic Charities to gain a better understanding of each youth’s academic needs (and communicate with teachers as needed); 
- Submit monthly logs of tutoring hours of progress to Refugee Transitions (online); 
- Submit monthly invoices to Refugee Transitions. 

Required Qualifications:

- Experience building strong mentor/tutor relationships with middle school/high school age male students;
- Strong desire to help unaccompanied refugee minors succeed academically and develop confidence;
- Patience and sensitivity for the mental health needs of refugee/immigrant youth; 
- Ability to teach English to speakers of other languages;
- Ability to tutor non-native English speakers on multiple academic subjects;
- Familiarity with California K-12 standards, standardized testing, high school graduation requirements, etc.;
- Bachelor’s degree and single subject credential (or some coursework) and/or experience teaching English language learners;
- Ability to connect with newcomer youth;
- Flexibility and ability to work well independently and with minimal supervision;
- Strong writing and communication skills in English; and
- Experience working with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Coming from a refugee or immigrant family;
- Fluency in Kiswahili, Nepali, Burmese, and/or Spanish;
- Familiarity with small nonprofits;
- Familiarity with local school districts (San Francisco Unified School District, Santa Clara, Oakland Unified School District, San Jose Unified School District, etc.);
- Excellent administrative and organization skills;
- Experience working with literacy-level students.

Special Requirements: Must be able to travel to multiple locations each week. Assignment locations may include one or more of the following zip codes: 95111, 95050, 95112, 95126, 95123, and 94087. Must be able to accept a weekend and/or evening assignment (until 7:30 pm). 

Application Procedure: Send your resume and cover letter to Please include Academic Tutor/Mentor: San Jose, CA in the subject line.






Great opportunity to learn the inner workings of a nonprofit serving newcomers in the Bay Area and an after-school program at a high school in San Francisco. Refugee Transitions is looking for a spring intern to work in our San Francisco office and assist with our after-school program at San Francisco International High School (a school serving youth who have been in the U.S. 4 years or less). The internship will involve tutoring, program coordination, administrative work (data entry), and special projects assigned by individual staff members. RT will provide a stipend at the end of the internship as well as a monthly Clipper card for the commute. 


- Learn to run an after-school program;
- Learn about the inner workings of a Bay Area nonprofit and a high school serving newcomers;
- Learn how to assess the language proficiency/reading levels of non-native English speakers;
- Learn about refugee, asylee, and immigrant communities in the U.S.;
- Learn strategies for teaching English to speakers of other languages;
- Get course credit (if applicable);
- Add to your resume and get a recommendation letter.


- 35% administrative work (data entry in Tops Pro and ExCEL After School Attendance Database);
- 50% tutoring, classroom support, and program coordination work at San Francisco International High School;
- 15% miscellaneous projects (also opportunity to pursue projects of interest).


- Ability to connect to youth;
- Desire to learn about new databases;
- Strong clerical abilities (Google docs, spreadsheets, PPT, data entry);
- Cultural sensitivity, commitment and patience;
- Willingness to make a 3 day/week commitment (15+hours/week) for spring 2015 semester;
- Strong computer and organizational skills;
- Desire to learn about a nonprofit;
- Interest in education and working for refugee/immigrant populations.

Desired Qualifications:

- Fluent in Cantonese;
- Ability to tutor high school age English language learners in all subjects; 

- Experience working with youth in a school environment.

To apply, send your resume and a paragraph stating your interest and availability to with the subject line: RT Internship.