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. RT is hiring an English Language and Literacy Instructor to provide English language instruction at Oakland International High School (OIHS).

Position Title: Adult English Language and Literacy Instructor - Oakland

Time Commitment: 18 hours of instruction and 6 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: 8:30-10:45 am and Level 2: 11:15-1:45 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

Start - End Date: September 10, 2018 – May 30, 2019

Point of contact: Nicole Germanov, Associate Manager of Volunteers and Programs

Compensation: The instructor will be paid $23-27/hr (depending on education and experience) for this hourly non-exempt position. Part-time benefits, including dental, vacation, and sick time.



-Teach an English language and literacy class for adults (Level 1 targeting adults with very limited English and literacy skills);

-Teach basic computer literacy (i.e., apps on phone, digital reader, Google maps, navigating community resources);

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

-Work with volunteers and bilingual teacher’s assistant who will be supporting students with limited literacy skills (when available);

-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 site partners; and

-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 level English in the U.S. to low-income newcomers;

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

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

-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;

-Proficiency in Spanish, Tigrinya, and/or Arabic;

-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 organizational 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 (subject line: Adult English Language and Literacy Instructor - Oakland).

AuthorAndrew Bogrand