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Refugee Transitions (RT) assists refugee and immigrant families in becoming self-sufficient in the U.S. Our programs help newcomers attain the English language, life, job, and academic skills they need to succeed in their new communities. Refugee Transitions began in 1982 in San Francisco as the Refugee Women's Program and became an independent agency in 1990. With a current FY2018-2019 budget of $1,407,987, the agency provides Education, Family Engagement and Community Leadership programs to 2,500 newcomers throughout the Bay Area.

AuthorAndrew Bogrand

Refugee Transitions (RT; is a nonprofit agency that provides education, family engagement, and community leadership programs to low-income refugee, asylee, and immigrant newcomers throughout the Bay Area. RT is hiring a English Language and Literacy Instructor to provide English language instruction at our Oakland Office (located inside Harbor House).

Position Title: Vocational Adult English Language & Literacy Instructor - Harbor House

Time Commitment: 15 hours of instruction and 5 hours of preparation time (hours for preparation time to be determined by the instructor and supervisor) as well as additional hours for meetings and trainings as needed.  The Vocational English for Speakers of Other Languages (VESOL) classes are offered Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The teaching schedule follows the Oakland Unified School District calendar for summer school.

Location:  Refugee Transitions’ Oakland Office (located inside Harbor House)

Starting - End Date: June 10, 2019 - July 5, 2019, opportunity to continue into the fall

Reports to: Sonia Wong

Compensation: The instructor will be paid $25-28/hr (depending on education and experience) for this hourly non-exempt position. Part-time benefits, including sick time.

This is a temporary position with possibility of moving to a permanent position with increased hours and benefits starting August 8th, 2019.

Responsibilities are to:

  • Teach Vocational English language and literacy class for adults (literacy/low-beginning level to high beginning/intermediate levels)

  • Provide job readiness instruction based on industry-specific jobs opportunities in the Bay Area  (job interview, workers’ rights, communicating with coworkers and supervisors, understanding pay stub/taxes, etc.)

  • Teach basic tech literacy (i.e., apps on phone, digital reader, Google maps, navigating community resources)

  • Work with volunteers, graduate students (doing their practicum), interns and bilingual teacher’s assistants who may assist in the classes &/or teach

  • Work with Refugee Transitions’ staff to supplement the agency’s curriculum and help conduct pre-and post- language assessments (using CASAS)

  • Maintain online attendance sheets & submit progress reports as needed

  • Uphold RT’s systems of student enrollment and intake

  • Maintain the integrity of RT’s curriculum

  • Maintain professional relationship with site partners; and

  • Represent RT in a professional manner.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to teach multi-level groups

  • Completion or near completion of MA TESOL or teaching credential

  • Training and formal classroom experience teaching level English and vocational skills in the U.S. (to low-income newcomers)

  • Knowledge and experience in applying new and emerging technologies to facilitate and advance student learning

  • Experience creating lesson plans--based on a program’s goals and language objectives

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

  • Strong understanding of confidentiality and professional boundaries

  • Enthusiasm for working with limited educational backgrounds and literacy skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching vocational English language classes to adults

  • From a refugee or immigrant family

  • Proficiency in Spanish, Farsi, Pashto, Arabic and/or Tigrinya

  • Experience working with refugees or other newcomers who have experienced trauma

  • Experience teaching in a literacy program

  • Experience teaching computer literacy

  • Experience working with small nonprofits and organizations providing services in Oakland

  • Experience working at community or school sites in Oakland

  • Excellent administrative and organization skills

  • Experience with Dropbox, Google Docs & Microsoft office

  • Experience working with English language learners with interrupted education &/or limited literacy skills

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.

Application procedure: Send your resume and cover letter to (subject line: Vocational Adult English Language & Literacy Instructor- Harbor House Summer 2019)

AuthorAndrew Bogrand

Refugee Transitions, a nonprofit education and social service agency, is partnering with Catholic Charities Santa Clara County to support their Refugee Foster Program and is seeking qualified and committed individuals to provide one-on-one tutoring/mentoring for unaccompanied refugee minors.

Position: College Academic Tutor
Time Commitment: 3 hours/week per student during the academic school year (Hayward and/or San Jose)
Salary: $20-$26/hour depending on qualifications and experience.
Location: In-Home Tutoring (Hayward and/or San Jose)
Program/Employment Dates: Must be able to make an academic year commitment (beginning March 2019).


1. Tutoring and Enrichment
-Tutor youth in college subjects (statistics with a calculus focus in Hayward; physics and electronics in San Jose);
-Help youth develop confidence and feel a part of their college community;
-Promote language development, goal-setting, college graduation, career-readiness, and cultural adjustment.

2. Coordination/Administrative
-Communicate with Refugee Transitions’ staff to gain a better understanding of each youth’s academic needs;
-Submit monthly logs of tutoring hours of progress to Refugee Transitions (online); and
-Submit bi-monthly time sheets to Refugee Transitions.

-Strong desire to help unaccompanied refugee minors succeed academically;
-Patience and sensitivity for working with traumatized youth;
-Ability to tutor non-native English speakers on multiple academic subjects;
-Bachelor’s degree;
-Ability to connect with immigrant 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.

-From a refugee or immigrant family;
-Familiarity with small nonprofits; and
-Strong administrative and organization skills.

Special requirements: Must be able to accept a weekend or evening assignment (until 7:30 p.m.) at least two evenings per week.

Application procedure: Send your resume and cover letter to (put College Academic Tutor in Subject line - San Jose or Hayward or both).

AuthorAndrew Bogrand