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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.

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AuthorAndrew Bogrand

Refugee Transitions (RT, www.reftrans.org) assists refugee and immigrant families in becoming self-sufficient in the U.S. by providing volunteer and staff-directed program services that help them attain the English language, life, job, and academic skills they need to succeed in their new communities. Refugee Transitions is currently seeking a School-Based Americorps Member to support our after-school programs and provide daytime support at Oakland International High School and Fremont High School (Oakland), which offer educational supports to newcomer students, and to match youth with trained volunteer tutors in our home-based tutoring program.

Time Commitment: Up to 40 hours/week on an hourly basis. Required hours: 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM, Monday -Friday.

Compensation:

  • $17,160 ($1,430 monthly living stipend) from RT

  • $10,000 AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,095 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award and $3,905 California For All Education Award).  Members may use the education award to pay for current educational expenses at an eligible institution, to repay qualified student loans, or to do both

  • Health care benefits (through Americorps)

  • Student loan forbearance for qualifying loans

  • Childcare assistance (if eligible)

  • Transportation reimbursement (through Refugee Transitions)

 Program/Employment Dates:

  • Aug 21st Program Start Date

  • Aug 21-23rd Program Orientation Days

  • Aug 26th Member first day @ placement site

  • July 2020- Program End Date

 Locations:

  1. Oakland International High School, 4521 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94609 (Mon/Wed)

  2. Fremont High School, 4610 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601 (Tues/Thurs)

  3. Student homes in Oakland

 Your primary responsibilities will include:

 TUTORING

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

  • Read together with students and develop English skills

  • Provide daytime push-in and pull-out support for targeted students

  • Work with teachers to identify high need students and boost literacy skills

  • Mentor a number of selected students, and provide individual academic and socio-emotional support on-site

HOME-BASED MATCHES

  • Interview new volunteers

  • Match volunteers with youth and adults for home-based tutoring/mentoring

  • Provide ongoing support to volunteers (in partnership with team members and partners)

  • Enter and track volunteer matches and logs in Salesforce

  • Attend follow up meetings, training and events

  • Monitor student wait-list, intake new students, outreach to partner schools and organizations

  • Chaperone group field trips (some weekends and evenings required)

  • Make follow up phone calls to families and volunteers

  • Refer students and families to appropriate wraparound or case management support services

  • Ensure that volunteers are completing monthly logs

  • Communicate directly with schools and teachers to ensure students and tutors receive appropriate support and guidance

  • Participate in and assist with supplemental training for home-based volunteers

 ADMINISTRATIVE

  • Data entry and attendance support for participating programs

  • Enter and track volunteer matches and logs in Salesforce

 COMMUNICATION

  • Maintain close communication with the Site Coordinator and Program Manager

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

  • Interpret as needed

  • Assist with phone calls home to families, as needed

 VOLUNTEER COORDINATION

  • Interview and on-board after-school volunteers

  • Maintain close communication with volunteers in the after-school program ensuring that they understand and know about key dates and happenings in the program

  • Match volunteers with students in the after-school programs, as needed

  • Assist in maintaining and updating volunteer schedules for the after-school programs;

  • Participate in and assist with supplemental trainings for after-school volunteers

 DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION

  • Ensure after-school space and other shared school space is well maintained and left as found

  • Assist in overseeing field trips and transportation for small groups and Youth Leaders (2-3 times per year)

  • Prepare opening and closing activities for after-school programs

  • Recruit new youth leaders to support the after-school program

  • Supervise, mentor, schedule, and build the skills of the Youth Leadership team

  • Participate in weekly team meetings and professional development

  • Support other projects as needed

 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

  • Ability to tutor in all subjects

  • 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, teachers, school administrators, and, as needed, parents/guardians

  • Bachelor’s Degree OR completion of at least 2-3 years of undergraduate study (minimum of 48 units), experience working in youth programming (after-school programs, summer camps, etc.) serving newcomer youth

  • Commitment to preserving confidentiality, boundaries, and upholding mandated reporting responsibilities

  • Ability to work well independently and with minimal supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Past experience working in an after-school program

  • 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)

  • Special skills, abilities or interests such as soccer, dance, music, art, etc. to lead clubs and activities

  • 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 Oakland and/or 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: Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@reftrans.org, with the subject: RT School-Based Americorps Member. Thank you!

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AuthorAndrew Bogrand

Refugee Transitions (RT; www.reftrans.org) 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 Oakland International High School.

Position Title: Adult English Language Instructor - Oakland International High School

Time Commitment: 18 hours of instruction and 7 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 Monday-Thursday (Level 1: 9:00-11:15 am and Level 2: 11:30 - 1:45 pm). The teaching schedule follows the Oakland Unified School District calendar (note: the class will not be offered during the summer). 

Location:  Oakland International High School (4521 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94609)

Starting - End Date: Testing and New Student Intake August 26-27, 2019, Classes Begin September 3, 2019 - December 20, 2019 and January 6, 2020 - May 28, 2020 Potential to teaching during Summer School TBD 

Reports to: Sonia Wong, Education Manager 

Compensation: The instructor will be compensated hourly (depending on education and experience) for classroom teaching time and preparation time for this hourly non-exempt position. Part-time benefits, including dental coverage, accrued vacation time, paid holidays (that fall on the employee's workday), accrued sick time, and eligibility for RT’s retirement plan after 1 year working 10+ hours per week.

Responsibilities are to:

  • 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)

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

  • 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 of adult English language learners

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Completion or near completion of MA TESOL, credential or TESOL certificate

  • Training and formal classroom experience teaching level English 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 and/or adapting lesson plans from existing curriculum, following program 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: 

  • From a refugee or immigrant family

  • Proficiency in Spanish, 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 jobs@reftrans.org (subject line: Adult English Language & Literacy Instructor-RT @ OIHS)

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AuthorAndrew Bogrand

Refugee Transitions (RT; www.reftrans.org) 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 

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’ Community Hub @ Harbor House, 1811 11th Avenue, Second Floor, Oakland, CA 94606 )

Starting - End Date:  August 12, 2019 - December 20, 2019 and January 6, 2020 - May 28, 2020 Summer School (Dates TBD) 

Reports to: Sonia Wong, Education Manager

Compensation: The instructor will be compensated hourly (depending on education and experience) for classroom teaching time and preparation time for this hourly non-exempt position. Part-time benefits, including dental coverage, accrued vacation time, paid holidays, accrued sick time, and eligibility for RT’s retirement plan after 1 year.

Responsibilities are to:

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

  • Provide contextualized instruction and job readiness instruction based on industry-specific jobs opportunities in the Bay Area  (job interview, workers’ rights, communicating with co-workers 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 and/or adapting lesson plans from existing curriculum, following program 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 and working in  job development.

  • 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 jobs@reftrans.org (subject line: Vocational Adult English Language & Literacy Instructor- RT @ Harbor House 2019-2020)

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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 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

Time Commitment: 12 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 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: August 26, 2019 - December 12, 2019 and January 27, 2020 - May 14, 2020

Compensation: The instructor will be compensated hourly (depending on education and experience) for classroom teaching time and preparation time for this hourly non-exempt position. Part-time benefits, including accrued vacation time, paid holidays that fall on a regular workday, and accrued sick time.

Reports to: Grace Lau, Program Coordinator

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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

  • Must be available and reliable to teach every day Monday - Thursday while class is in session.

  • Teach basic tech literacy (i.e., iOS and android apps, 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 prepost language assessments (using CASAS)

  • 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

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to teach multi-level groups

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Basic proficiency in Spanish

  • Completion or near completion of MA TESOL (or another master’s degree with applicable experience) 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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • From a refugee or immigrant family

  • 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 reftrans.org (subject line: Adult English Language and Literacy Instructor - San Francisco).

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AuthorAndrew Bogrand

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

Position: Academic Tutor

Time Commitment: 7.5 hours/week (3 sessions at 1.5 hours, including one weekend day for Santa Clara student/2 sessions at 1.5 hours for San Jose student) during the academic school year and summer

Salary: $18-$24/hour depending on qualifications and experience.

Location: In-Home Tutoring or Library (Santa Clara and San Jose)

Program/Employment Dates: Must be able to make an academic year commitment (beginning June 2019).


RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

1. Tutoring and Enrichment

  • Tutor youth in high school subjects (English, Math, Biology)

  • Help youth develop confidence and feel a part of their high school community;

  • Promote language development, goal-setting, high school graduation, college or 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.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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;

  • Minimum 48 units of college credits;

  • Ability to connect with immigrant youth from African and Asian countries;

  • Flexibility and ability to work well independently and with minimal supervision;

  • Strong writing and communication skills in English; and

  • Experience working with diverse populations.

OTHER PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 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 jobs@reftrans.org (put Academic Tutor-Santa Clara/San Jose in Subject line).

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AuthorAndrew Bogrand