Refugee & Immigrant Transitions (RIT; 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. RIT is hiring an Adult English Language and Literacy Instructor to provide English language instruction at our Oakland Office (located inside Harbor House).

Position Title: Adult English Language & Literacy Instructor (providing Vocational, Citizenship and Digital literacy instruction)

Time Commitment: 23 hours of instruction and 8 hours of preparation time (hours for preparation time to be determined by the instructor and supervisor) as well as additional paid hours for meetings and trainings as needed.  The Vocational English for Speakers of Other Languages (VESOL) class is offered Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The Digital Literacy and Community English for Speakers of Other Languages class is offered Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. The Citizenship class is offered  Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. The teaching schedule follows the Oakland Unified School District calendar for holidays and summer school. 

Why work with us: the Adult English Language & Literacy Instructor will be able to make a tangible impact in the lives of refugees and immigrants in the Bay Area, while building meaningful cross-cultural relationships. The Instructor will work on a diverse team with a welcoming agency culture, collaborate with other instructors and the Education Manager to share and augment curriculum, partner with multilingual/multicultural team members to better support students and make referrals to on-site case workers as needed. 

Location:  Refugee & Immigrant Transitions’ Community Hub @ Harbor House, 1811 11th Avenue, Second Floor, Oakland, CA 94606 )

Starting - End Date:  October 28, 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. $23-$30/hour in addition to full health and dental coverage, accrued vacation time, paid holidays, accrued sick time, and eligibility for RIT’s retirement plan after 1 year.

Responsibilities are to:

  • Teach Vocational English language and literacy, Citizenship, and Computer classes 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 digital  literacy (i.e., apps on phone, digital reader, Google maps, navigating community resources)

  • (Citizenship) Provide instruction based on U.S. Citizenship Exam (civic questions, N-400 application questions, basic commands and procedures for examination day, etc.)

  • 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 & Immigrant 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 RIT’s systems of student enrollment and intake

  • Maintain the integrity of RIT’s curriculum

  • Maintain professional relationships with site partners; 

  • Provide a welcoming and culturally sensitive learning environment for students; and

  • Represent RIT in a professional manner.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to use strength-based approaches (building on the many assets of our students) to  creatively meet the challenges presented by a multi-level ESOL class;

  • Demonstrated ability to build participation in an adult ESOL class, and maintain learner participation. 

  • BA & TESOL Certificate (+ experience); Completion or near completion of MA TESOL; other related education and experience. 

  • 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

  • Demonstrate ability to create and/or adapt lesson plans from existing curriculum, following program goals and language objectives while integrating technology

  • Strong understanding of confidentiality and professional boundaries; and

  • Enthusiasm for working with students with interrupted and/or limited formal schooling and in some cases limited literacy skills (both in English &/or their native language).

 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; seeing to read and prepare lessons; 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 to write on the whiteboard. 

Application procedure: Send your resume and cover letter to (subject line: Adult English Language & Literacy Instructor- RIT @ Harbor House 2019-2020).  If invited for an interview, applicants should prepare a model lesson plan for presentation.

AuthorAndrew Bogrand