RT is hiring a Vocational English language and computer literacy instructor to provide English language instruction at the agency's Oakland community site.  

Position Title: Adult Vocational English Language Instructor
Time Commitment: Mon-Fri  9:30 am-12:30 pm + 5 hours of preparation time/week (hours to be determined) and additional time as needed for meetings. The teaching schedule follows the Oakland Unified School District calendar.
Location: Refugee Transitions Oakland community site
Starting Date: Immediately
Reports to: Sonia Wong, Education Associate Manager
Compensation: $22-28/hr depending on education and experience. Dental, sick and vacation time included.

-Teach vocational English language and literacy class for adults (with very limited English and literacy skills);
-Teach basic computer literacy;
-Work with RT staff to supplement the agency’s curriculum and help conduct pre-and post- language assessments (using CASAS);
-Work with a bilingual teacher’s assistant who will be supporting students with limited literacy skills;
-Maintain online attendance sheets and 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 staff, site partners and students; and
-Represent RT in a professional manner.

-Bachelor’s Degree;
-Completion or near completion of MA TESOL or TESOL certificate;;
-Training and formal classroom experience teaching level English in the U.S. (to low-income newcomers);
-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; and
-Enthusiasm for working with limited educational backgrounds and literacy skills.

-From a refugee or immigrant family;
-Bilingual in English and Spanish, Arabic, Pashto, or Dari;
-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, and Microsoft office; and
-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; walking down stairs to classroom; 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: Vocational Adult English Language Instructor--Oakland).

AuthorAndrew Bogrand

Refugee Transitions is currently seeking an Early Childhood Development Co-Coordinator to care for and engage toddlers/preschool-age children while their moms participate in our English language and literacy classes. This position will work in partnership with another coordinator and also supervise 1-2 babysitters and volunteers.

Position: Early Childhood Development Co-Coordinator

Time Commitment: 60% FTE (25 hours/week) 8:45 am – 2:00 pm (programming for two groups of toddlers/preschoolers will be provided from 9:00-11:00 am and 11:30-1:40 pm).

Compensation: $17-$21.50 per hour (depending on education and experience) for this hourly non-exempt position. Part-time benefits, including dental, vacation, sick time, and some paid holidays.

Reports to: English Language & Literacy Instructor

Program/Employment Dates: As soon as possible- June 7, 2018 following the Oakland Unified School District Calendar.

Location: Community space in the San Antonio neighborhood in Oakland. 



-Work collaboratively and maintain positive relationships with moms, children, and program team members.

-Plan and implement a child-centered and developmentally appropriate early childhood development/preschool curriculum.

-Track daily attendance.

-Provide a safe and nurturing environment for children that encourages their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.

-Nurture English language development of children, all of whom are native speakers of other languages.

-Aim to meet each child’s individual needs.

-Keep classroom, storage areas, and outside areas clean, safe, and orderly. Set up and clean up before/after each day’s program.

-Supervise, train, and support babysitters/interns/volunteers.

-Provide volunteers and babysitters with hands-on experience in caring for/teaching toddlers and preschoolers with different learning and emotional needs.

-Schedule and conduct regular meetings with interns for planning, encouragement, and evaluation.

-Attend monthly program planning meetings.


-Report any safety concerns to the program manager and site coordinator.

-Work with classroom ESL teacher to incorporate safety issues into adult curriculum (for example, state laws for car seat use, kitchen safety tips).

-Procure (as needed) and train all staff on the use of required safety equipment.

-Review any safety issues at each teacher/provider meeting.

-Assure compliance with applicable state and county codes and regulations.

-Maintain enrollment records, health, and medical information for each child.


-Certification or B.A. in Early Childhood Education/Child Development

-Minimum of 12 ECE units

-Minimum 2 years experience working with children ages 2-5 in formal setting

-Flexible, self-starter, positive attitude, team player

-Excellent rapport/communicator with children and families

-Experience working effectively with children, families, and staff of diverse backgrounds, languages, and family structures

-Strong verbal and written communication skills

-Excellent references


-From a refugee or immigrant family;

-Fluency in Dari, Pashto, Farsi and/or Arabic

-Familiarity with small nonprofits and government grant requirements.

Physical Abilities: Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person; seeing to read to children; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; dexterity of hands and fingers to work with manipulatives and materials; kneeling, bending of the waist, and reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally to retrieve supplies, being able to lift 40 lbs (the weight of the average preschool child).

Special Requirements: Must be able to accept some late afternoon assignments and be able to work Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm (following the Oakland Unified School District calendar).

Application procedure: Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@reftrans.org with Early Childhood Development Co-Coordinator - Oakland in subject line.

AuthorRefugee Transitions


Title: Development Manager

Current Time Commitment: 1 FTE (40 hours/week) with the option of working less (i.e., .70 FTE)

Salary: competitive based on education and experience (with full benefits)

Location: San Francisco (with weekly meetings in Oakland)

Reports to: Executive Director

Refugee Transitions seeks a Development Manager to lead the fundraising activities of the agency. The Development Manager will be responsible for growing corporate, government and foundation grants as well as supporting our annual giving and major gifts program. We are seeking a self-driven individual who is first and foremost passionate about the work of RT, to lead a team in accomplishing our growing and evolving development needs, and has a desire to join a small but committed team that thrives on making a positive impact within their community.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

-Provide vital input into both the short- and long-term strategy for Refugee Transitions;

-Map out fundraising plan/schedule;

-Conduct grant research, writing, and reporting process for corporate and foundation grants with the support of Refugee Transitions Sr. Development and Communications Coordinator;

-Build relationships, advocate, and maintain networks to ensure funding from government and other sources. Research and engage with partners to apply for local and federal government grants (as a lead and partner agency);

-Manage the daily operations of a small development division to achieve their goals;

-Work with Executive Director to prepare annual budgets and monitor and analyze monthly department budget reports, recommending changes as necessary;

-Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts, and expenditures related to fundraising and the management of the development activities;

-Determine and implement appropriate strategies for retention, upgrade of current donors, and the acquisition of new donors;

-Implement and evolve Refugee Transitions’ current fund development activities and programs through coordination with staff, ED, Board of Directors, and Development Committee;

-Act as Chair of Board of Directors Development Committee (in partnership with the Executive Director);

-Work with the Development Team to execute the annual fundraising and donor cultivation events;

-Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintain accountability standards to donors, and ensure compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives;

-Identify and cultivate potential and existing donors through correspondence, telephone and email communication, and in-person visits;

-Work with Development Team to produce annual report detailing program activities, donors, and financials;

-Engage interns and volunteers for fund development projects, research, etc.;

-Speak on behalf of RT and our clients while serving as liaison between the agency and high-level connections, such as government funders and local leaders.

Essential Competencies:

-Commitment to educational services and refugee/immigrant issues;

-Interest in working with community-based educational programs;

-Experience in nonprofit development and communications;

-Demonstrated record of successful fundraising, including writing grants for government, corporations and foundations;

-Knowledge of private giving trends, foundation grantmaking, and corpo­rate philanthropy;

-Prospect research experience;

-Experience networking, conducting outreach, advocating, and forming relationships with high-level funders, including government funders;

-Knowledge of local philanthropic community foundations and government funders;

-High level of maturity, motivation, and flexibility, as well as a firm commitment and ability to develop high-quality work products;

-Strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to work well with a diverse range of individuals, exhibiting diplomacy and good judgment in man­aging interactions with individuals at all levels inside and outside the organization;

-Substantial experience engaging a senior leadership team, coordinating with staff, and working with Boards and volunteers;

-Ability to work independently, manage time efficiently and self manage to deadlines;

-Flexible schedule and ability to travel within the Bay Area, including the ability to work evenings and weekends when necessary;

-Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to gather, understand, and synthesize information from a variety of sources;

-Ability to multi-task, handle frequent interruptions and competing priorities;

-Strong computer skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Office products and donor databases (preferably with Salesforce).

-Strong organizational, project, budget and time management skills.


-Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree is highly desirable.


-Work experience with small nonprofit agencies that leverage large numbers of volunteers with limited staff.

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 able to accept assignments between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The shift assignments may include some evenings and weekends.

RT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We especially seek individuals from refugee or immigrant families.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a Cover letter, Resume, and Compensation history to jobs@reftrans.org (with Development Manager in subject line) by noon on October 6, 2017. All three attachments must be received; incomplete applications will not be considered. Please forward electronic submissions only. No phone calls please. Only principal, qualified candidates will receive a response.

AuthorAndrew Bogrand