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Adult English as a Second Language Instructor

International Rescue Committee
United States
Closing date
Oct 6, 2023

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Requisition ID: req45379

Job Title: Adult English as a Second Language Instructor

Sector: Education

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Compensation: USD 19.50 - 24.00 Hourly

Location: Dallas, TX USA

Work Arrangement: Hybrid


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.

Classes will meet 2-3 days per week, for a total of 3-4-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 allows 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
  • Perform comprehensive assessment on each student to established quality assurance including pre-tests and post- tests.
  • Conduct comprehensive intake and assessments of clients' needs; develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate individualized service plans with each client.
  • Complete all necessary documentation to ensure compliance with funding requirements, licensing requirements, and agency quality assurance standards.
  • Compile data, perform data entry, and assemble information for comprehensive reports or forms.
  • 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
  • Administer clients' pre-and post-tests
  • Conduct participant outreach with partner organizations
  • Attend weekly check-ins with the Adult Education Supervisor 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 clients' 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;
  • 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.

Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.

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.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

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 $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), 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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