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


  • 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


  • 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


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

AuthorAndrew Bogrand