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Vocational and ESL Instructor

Church World Service
United States
Closing date
Dec 28, 2023

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Imagine waking up every morning with the chance to change someone's life. Imagine knowing your efforts will benefit both your career and our neighbors around the world. At CWS, our team knows they are making a difference every day. Whether you're in our U.S.-based offices supporting refugees, asylees or unaccompanied children ... implementing hygiene initiatives in Cambodia or rebuilding projects in Central America ... or even connecting remotely from your home on fundraising campaigns, grant reports, or critical communications - you have the opportunity to work towards a world where everyone has food, a voice and a safe place to call home.

The Vocational and ESL Instructor provides English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to assist newly arriving, employable refugees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, Afghan and Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees and other populations served under the Refugee Social Services and other CWS employment programs as part of employment support activities. Class instruction targets English language acquisition and promotes job readiness. The ESL instructor works with diverse literacy levels, from non-literate adults to those who have mastered conversational English. Lessons are designed to practice English language use in different real-life and professional contexts, including, but not limited to, greetings, following directions, job interviews, communicating on the job with a supervisor and with English-speaking co-workers, and basic math skills. The position also helps lead CWS Lancaster Girls Who Code (GWC) sessions, as needed throughout the year. The Lancaster GWC program promotes STEM learning and career exploration among refugee female youths in the community. In addition, this position develops and operates the CWS computer lab and maintains records of TANF client”s participation for the County Assistance Office / Department of Human Services.

  • Teaches simple English grammar, writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills to adult populations through tailored lessons.
  • Researches and implements new curriculum based on the needs of attending adults on a track toward employability
  • Implements 50% of lesson plans to promote employability and success with interviewing skills, targeting specific job skills. Designs and produces teaching aids/activities to incorporate into the curriculum.
  • Provides four-week class sessions on a rotating basis incorporating approximately 12 hours/week of class. Maintains class attendance logs and adapts schedule as necessary based on program successes and challenges.
  • Refers clients with accelerated skills to advanced ESL opportunities in the community.
  • Tests all students as they complete one ESL cycle and records scores in program tracking. Contributes necessary documentation to client case files.
  • Communicates with the CWS/Lancaster Employment Specialists to recommend clients” entry into the job-search process.
  • Acts as a resource for adult students, providing resources information to help them thrive in their new communities.
  • Maintains confidentiality of class records and personal information at all times.
  • Contacts participants in the CWS Employment programs to encourage attendance and participation in the computer lab and ESL classes.
  • Track daily attendance of all clients and submits attendance to the program supervisor.
  • Refers eligible clients to other career pathways and digital literacy programs.

  • Following initial collaboration with the case manager for extended services, runs weekly afterschool GWC sessions, tracking attendance and coordinating with volunteer supports, as applicable.
  • Conducts community outreach and follow-up on GWC referrals to enroll new participants.
  • Provides digital literacy learning support to GWC attendees as necessary throughout duration of each cohort and promotes program activities with new partners when appropriate.
  • Leads program tracking and reporting in accordance to requirements of program funders.

General Duties
  • Advocates on behalf of refugees, and refugee-serving voluntary agencies.
  • Keeps informed about refugee and immigrant issues, and available services to CWS clients, using current information to better identify and serve refugee clients.
  • Represents the program at meetings and speaking engagements relevant to the responsibilities of the position.
  • Undertakes other duties as assigned by program supervisor.
  • Performs all duties in culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
  • Works varied hours as necessary.

Education: Bachelor's degree and two years” work experience in refugee resettlement and/or classroom experience, teaching adults and children; TESOL certification preferred.

Experience: Previous work experience and interest in refugee resettlement, adult education, ESL, or employment and training related services is desired. Ability to provide culturally sensitive support is required.

Other Skills: Fluency in English is required, with superior written and verbal communication skills. Fluency in a primary refugee language is preferred. The successful candidate must be computer literate, with proficiency in MS Office (Excel, and Word) and Internet applications.

Location: This is an in-person position, with possibility of hybrid schedule

CWS” U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires all new staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as soon as reasonable, no longer than 60 days of employment. Any employee who is pregnant, who is nursing, who has a disability, or who has a medical condition that prevents them from safe vaccination, or who rejects vaccination because of sincerely held religious beliefs, may contact the CWS Benefits Administrator to request reasonable accommodation as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

CWS offers a competitive benefits package that includes:
- 403 (b) Retirement Plan
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
- Generous Paid Time Off (21 Paid Days Off; 27 Days after 2 Years)
- 14 Official Holidays
- Sick Time Off (12 Accrued monthly)
- Life Insurance and AD&D
- Long Term and Short-Term Disability
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Health Savings Account
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Commuter Benefits

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