Refugee Transitions (RT; 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 our Oakland Office (located inside Harbor House).

Position Title: Vocational Adult English Language & Literacy Instructor 

Time Commitment: 15 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 and trainings as needed.  The Vocational English for Speakers of Other Languages (VESOL) classes are offered Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The teaching schedule follows the Oakland Unified School District calendar for summer school. 

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

Starting - End Date:  August 12, 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. Part-time benefits, including dental coverage, accrued vacation time, paid holidays, accrued sick time, and eligibility for RT’s retirement plan after 1 year.

Responsibilities are to:

  • Teach Vocational English language and literacy class 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 basic tech literacy (i.e., apps on phone, digital reader, Google maps, navigating community resources)

  • 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 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.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to teach multi-level groups

  • Completion or near completion of MA TESOL or teaching credential

  • 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

  • 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

 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 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: Vocational Adult English Language & Literacy Instructor- RT @ Harbor House 2019-2020)

AuthorAndrew Bogrand