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Refugee Transitions (RT) assists refugee and immigrant families in becoming self-sufficient in the U.S. by providing volunteer and staff-directed program services that 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 over 2,000 newcomers throughout the Bay Area.

AuthorAndrew Bogrand

Refugee Transitions (RT) is hiring an Adult English Language and Literacy Instructor to provide English language instruction at Good Samaritan Family Resource Center.

Position Title: Adult English Language and Literacy Instructor - San Francisco

Time Commitment: 12 hours of instruction and 4 hours of preparation time (hours for preparation time to be determined by the instructor and supervisor) as well as additional hours for meetings as needed. The classes are offered Mon-Thu (Level 1: 9:00-10:30 am and Level 2: 11:00-12:30 pm). The teaching schedule follows the San Francisco Unified School District calendar (note: the class will not be offered during the summer).

Location: Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, 1294 Potrero Ave. San Francisco CA 94110

Note: We may have an upcoming position at our Oakland location, so please state in your cover letter if you would prefer San Francisco or Oakland.

Start - End Date: Jan. 28th, 2019- May 16, 2019

Compensation: The instructor will be paid $20-26/hr (depending on education and experience) for teaching and preparation time for this hourly non-exempt position. Part-time benefits, including vacation, some paid holidays, and sick time.

Reports to: Dion Zizak, English Language Instructor


+ Teach two English language and literacy classes for adults (Level 1 targeting adults with very limited English and literacy skills; Level 2 targeting High Beginner and Low Intermediate Level adults). Students are primarily moms of small children, and there will be a few babies and small children in the classroom. Must be comfortable with teaching while babies and small children are present.

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

+ Maintain the integrity of RT's curriculum. Although RT will provide curriculum, the teacher is responsible for supplementing and adapting the agency's curriculum.

+ Help conduct pre- and post- language assessments (using CASAS). Training provided.

+ Maintain online attendance sheets and submit progress reports as needed.

+ Uphold RT's systems of student enrollment and intake.

+ Maintain professional relationship with site partners.

+ Represent RT in a professional manner.


+ Ability to teach multi-level groups;

+ Bachelor's Degree;

+ Completion or near completion of MA TESOL or TESOL certificate;

+ Training and formal classroom experience teaching beginning level English in the U.S. (to low-income newcomers);

+ Experience creating and/or adapting lesson plans from existing curriculum, following program goals and language objectives;

+ Strong understanding of confidentiality and professional boundaries;

+ Enthusiasm for working with those of limited educational background and literacy skills.


+ From a refugee or immigrant family;

+ Basic proficiency in Spanish;

+ Experience working with refugees or other newcomers who have experienced trauma;

+ Experience teaching in a literacy program;

+ Experience teaching computer literacy;

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

+ Experience working with small nonprofits and organizations providing services in San Francisco;

+ Experience working at community or school sites in San Francisco;

+ Excellent administrative and organization skills;

+ Experience with Dropbox, Google Docs, and Microsoft Office;

+ Experience working with English language learners with interrupted education and/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 jobs at (subject line: Adult English Language and Literacy Instructor - San Francisco).

AuthorAndrew Bogrand

Refugee Transitions (RT; is a nonprofit agency that provides education, family engagement, and community leadership programs to low-income newcomers who have sought refuge in the U.S. Refugee Transitions is currently seeking a Program Tutor and Mentor to work in RT’s After-School Program at San Francisco International High School, a public high school serving youth who have been in the U.S. for four years or less.

Time Commitment: 8 hours per week, on an hourly basis, on Mondays and Fridays from 2-6pm.

Compensation: $16.00-$17.50/hour depending on qualifications and experience for this hourly non-exempt position.

Program/Employment Dates: As needed until the end of the school year. (SFUSD 2018-2019 school year is from August 20, 2018-June 4, 2019).

Location: San Francisco International High School (SFIHS), 655 De Haro Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Your primary responsibilities will include:


+ Tutor high school students in all subjects and assist with homework completion and understanding;

+ Read together with students and develop English skills.


+ Plan fun and engaging activities for the Game Room;

+ Organize and recruit students for game tournaments (i.e. ping pong, chess, Connect Four, Uno, etc.)


+ Take students outside to engage in physical activities as per planned schedule or as needed based on student request/behavior;

+ Organize and recruit students for outside activities (soccer, basketball, etc.)


+ Catalogue all board games and draft a game schedule for the Game Room;

+ Obtain food handler certification in order to be able to assist Site Coordinator in the distribution and accounting of snack/supper;

+ Assist Site Coordinator with regular data entry and attendance keeping.


+ Maintain close communication with the Site Coordinator;

+ Develop and maintain a high level of communication and positive relationships with students, principal, teachers, office staff, lunch clerks, custodians, and after-school staff;

+ Interpret as needed;

+ Assist with phone calls home to families.

Required Qualifications:

+ Bilingual in English & Spanish/bi-cultural/native speaker fluency;

+ Highly mature with ability to connect with newcomer youth (in particular male high school age from Central America), and be able to support them to make appropriate choices and to build a supportive environment;

+ Experience working in an education, enrichment and/or recreation program serving youth;

+ Strong facilitation skills;

+ Experience working with or personal connection to English language learner youth;

+ Must be very mature, outgoing, and proactive in approaching and engaging students in the after-school program;

+ Must be able to organize engaging physical and non-physical activities and coordinate groups;

+ Must be very flexible and able to adapt to a changing environment!

+ Ability to work with youth of different cultural backgrounds;

+ Ability to work in collaboration with multiple stakeholders including staff, students, school administrators, and, as needed, parents/guardians;

+ Completion of at least 2 years of undergraduate study (minimum of 48 units) with experience working in youth programming (after-school programs, summer camps, etc.) serving newcomer youth;

+ Commitment to preserving confidentiality, boundaries, and upholding mandated reporting responsibilities; and

+ Ability to work well independently and with minimal supervision. 

Preferred Qualifications:

+ Past experience working in and/or running an after-school program;

+ Past experience supervising volunteers;

+ From an immigrant family (preferably from Mexico or Central America);

+ Should be able to connect with Spanish, Chinese and Arabic speaking youth (as well as other newcomers);

+ Ability to work with English language learners;

+ Experience working with middle or high school age students in the U.S.;

+ Experience working in community-based education programs;

+ Familiarity with San Francisco Unified School District;

+ Experience working with social service organizations and community service providers serving high- need newcomers and non-English speaking families.

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; and ability to carry approximately 15 pounds of food up a flight of stairs.

Special Requirements: Must be able to accept some evening hours for additional meetings/trainings/special events.

Application procedure: Send your resume and brief cover letter (with your availability) to and put in subject line: RT After-School Program Tutor and Mentor @ SFIHS.

AuthorAndrew Bogrand