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Adult ESL Instructor

International Rescue Committee
Dallas, Texas
Closing date
Oct 3, 2022

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In an effort to support newly arrived refugees and immigrants in starting their lives successfully in the U.S., the IRC's Education and Learning Department provides free ESL classes to adult clients. The classes aim to build vocabulary and communication skills, convey skills necessary for the American workforce, and impart information about integral life skills and systems so that clients can be successful and productive members of their communities.

In Fall 2022, these classes will meet three days per week, for 2-3-hour class sessions, with both in-person and online class options. Classes offer instruction to adult students at varying levels of English proficiencies, from Basic to Advanced. Year-round classes operate with rolling enrollment and new students are oriented and placed into classes and levels weekly. Classes are multi-level, meaning multiple levels will be represented within a single class. Assistance from ESL interns and volunteers allow for breakout groups to separate students by their proficiency level. Instruction is focused on developing literacy, comprehension, and confidence to apply towards real world situations including dealing with housing issues, shopping, the K-12 public school system, public transportation, employment, healthcare, and other daily life skills.


  • Receive client referrals and conduct initial client assessments
  • Prepare for and teach ESL classes for immigrants, newly arrived refugees, and asylee clients, using interactive, learner-centered activities and ESL strategies
  • Document attendance and student progress
  • Conduct participant outreach with partner organizations
  • Attend weekly check-ins with the Education and Learning Manager and team meetings to discuss individual client progress and the best way to provide support as necessary
  • Supervise ESL Assistant Interns and ESL Volunteers
  • Test student's English language skills to evaluate progress
  • Complete other tasks as needed to support the Education and Learning Department


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree or TESOL certificate preferred
  • 3+ years of experience teaching ESL to adults from culturally diverse backgrounds using culturally responsive strategies
  • Previous experience working with refugees or immigrants preferred;
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written, is required;
  • Fluency in English language required. Second language proficiency in relevant language highly desirable (including Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, Spanish, Russian and French)Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Effective, professional presentation skills;
  • Proficient in general office software programs, e.g., MS Office suite, email, internet applications and relational databases (familiarity with Efforts to Outcomes particularly valuable);
  • Proven ability to work as a team member in a cross-cultural environment;
  • Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills, ability to multi-task and complete work in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Valid driver's license, reliable vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area preferred.


  • Standard office work environment combined with considerable time in the field and in neighborhoods where clients live and work.
  • Classes will take place online via Zoom, in the IRC office, and offsite.
  • Travel in and around Dallas/Ft. Worth to facilitate service delivery, build community relationships and represent the IRC with community partners.
  • Hours outside of typical office hours required at times.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

US Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days depending on role and tenure, medical insurance starting at $120 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with immediately vested matching, disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.


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