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We are currently hiring for these positions: 

1) Bilingual Instructional Assistants--San Francisco International High School, San Francisco and Oakland International High School, Oakland

2) Adult English Language and Literacy Instructor--César Chávez Elementary School, San Francisco

3) English Language/Academic Tutor--Roosevelt Middle School, Oakland + 1 additional Oakland middle school (TBD) + Home-based tutoring (94606 zip code) 

4) Academic Tutor/Mentor--Oakland


BILINGUAL INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANTS

RT is seeking bilingual Instructional Assistants (Spanish, Farsi, Arabic, Burmese, etc.) that students will connect with at our After-School Tutoring programs at San Francisco International High School (SFIHS) and Oakland International High School (OIHS). The schools serve 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

Location: San Francisco International High School and Oakland International High School

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

Time Commitment: Approximately 6-12 hours of tutoring/enrichment, 3-5 afternoons/week (we are seeking individuals who can support the program at least 3 days/week)

Starting Date: August 18, 2014

Responsibilities:

1) Tutoring and Enrichment

- Tutor youth in all subjects;
- Lead enrichment and/or technology related activities (i.e., badminton, soccer, computer animation);
- Assist with classroom management; 
- Chaperone monthly field trips as needed.

2) Administrative

- Help maintain records of students, volunteers, and peer tutors.

3) Volunteer Support

- Help the Site Coordinator support volunteer tutors and supervise peer tutors.

Required Qualifications:

- Completion of at least 2-3 years of undergraduate study (minimum of 48 units);
- Ability to tutor immigrant students on multiple academic subjects;
- Bilingual (English and Spanish/Farsi/Arabic/Burmese, etc.);
- Experience working with high school age students in the U.S.;
- Ability to connect with and engage high school age youth students (especially male students);
- Experience working in after-school programs;
- Flexibility and ability to work well independently and with minimal supervision; 
- Strong writing and communication skills in English.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Experience working at summer camps with youth;
- Coming from a refugee or immigrant family; 
- Familiarity with the San Francisco School District or the 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 between 3:00-5:00 pm at least two to three days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday) and/or Wednesdays between 1:00-5:00 pm).

Application Procedure: Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@reftrans.org and put in subject line: Instructional Assistant for SFIHS/Instructional Assistant for OIHS.


ADULT ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERACY INSTRUCTOR

Location: César Chávez Elementary School in San Francisco

Compensation: $20-$26/hour for 5.5 hours/week (4 hours of instruction and 1.5 hours of prep/administrative time each week

Note: The class schedule (holidays and semester) will coincide with the San Francisco Unified School District calendar. 

Responsibilities: 

- Teach an English language and life skills class for parents (literacy/beginning level language learners) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings;
- Work with Refugee Transitions staff to supplement the agency’s curriculum and conduct pre-and post- language assessments (using CASAS);
- Interact and coordinate with staff from Refugee Transitions and school site personnel;
- Support classroom volunteers (if available);
- Maintain attendance sheets (via Google Docs);
- Submit ongoing progress reports as needed.

Required Qualifications: 

- Completion or near completion of MA TESOL program (or equivalent);
- Training and at least one year of formal classroom experience teaching literacy/beginning level English in the U.S.;
- Experience creating lesson plans for low level learners;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
- Experience working with and ability to relate to the Latino immigrant populations in San Francisco;
- Strong understanding of confidentiality and professional boundaries.

Preferred Qualifications: 

- Basic knowledge of Spanish;
- Experience working with classroom volunteers.  

Application Procedure: To apply for this independent contractor position, please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@reftrans.org.
 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE/ACADEMIC TUTOR

Refugee Transitions is seeking a dynamic and engaging English Language/Academic Tutor to support refugee and asylee youth at two middle schools in Oakland and provide individualized home-based tutoring.

Position Title: English Language/Academic Tutor

Location: Roosevelt Middle School, Oakland + 1 additional Oakland middle school (TBD) + Home-based tutoring (94606 zip code) 

Compensation: $20-24/hour depending on qualifications and experience

Time Commitment: 16-20 hours/week, including 6-8 hours of after-school tutoring at the two middle schools, 6 hours of home-based tutoring, and 4-6 hours of administrative work

Starting Date: August 26, 2014 (with training and meetings prior)

Responsibilities:

1)   Site-based Tutoring

- Provide individualized tutoring for refugee and asylee students struggling academically and with English during the After-School program;
- Coordinate with site After-School Coordinator of East Bay Agency for Youth and Children (EBAYC) to ensure attendance and coordinate youth participation in other enrichment activities;
- Meet with EBAYC mentor teachers to track student classroom progress;
- Meet with classroom teachers to discuss homework assignments as needed;
- Act as a liaison between the school and RT Home-based Tutors. 

2)   Home-based Tutoring

- One-on-one home-based tutoring 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 a part of their community; 
- Promote language development, goal-setting, college access, career readiness, and cultural adjustment.

3)   Administrative

- Attend school and RT meetings to report on programming and student progress, as needed;
- Maintain attendance sheets and data records of students and volunteers;
- Correspond with RT Home-based Tutors on a monthly basis; 
- Submit monthly tutoring logs to outline home-based tutoring sessions (online); 
- Submit monthly tutoring invoice to RT Education Manager. 

Required Qualifications:

- Ability to tutor English language learners (with very limited literacy skills) in multiple academic subjects;
- Experience teaching English language learners, or equivalent experience;
- Experience working in an after-school program in the U.S.;
- Experience working with middle school students;
- Ability to relate to and engage middle school age boys; 
- Proficiency with progressive, community-oriented teaching practices and classroom management skills;
- Flexibility and ability to work well independently and with minimal supervision;
- Strong writing and communication skills in English; 
- Experience working with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications

- Coming from a refugee or immigrant family;
- Experience working in a small nonprofit;
- Experience training and managing volunteers or staff;
- Familiarity with the Oakland Unified School District;
- Basic understanding of Common Core standards;
- Excellent administrative and organizational skills;
- Ability to work in collaboration with multiple stakeholders including staff, students, school administrators, and parents/guardians;
- Strong computer skills; 
- Experience working with literacy-level students.

Physical Abilities: Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone; seeing to read, prepare, and proofread documents; 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 available between 2:45-5:45 pm on Mondays--Thursdays for site-based tutoring. Home-based tutoring sessions may require Friday and/or evening availability. 

Application procedure: Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@reftrans.org and put in subject line: English Language Tutor.


ACADEMIC TUTOR/MENTOR

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 Oakland, 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 a 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 aged 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, Mandarin, Somali dialect, 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 accept a weekend and/or evening assignments (until 7:30 pm)

Application Procedure: Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@reftrans.org. Please include Academic Tutor/Mentor: Oakland, CA in the subject line.