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.
Ability to teach multi-level groups of adult English language learners
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: Adult English Language & Literacy Instructor-RT @ OIHS)