ESOL Instructor

Employer
International Rescue Committee
Location
United States
Closing date
Mar 1, 2024

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is one of the world's largest international humanitarian non-governmental organizations (INGO), at work in more than 40 countries and more than 25 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. A force for humanity, IRC employees delivers lasting impact by restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions. If you're a solutions-driven, passionate change-maker, come join us in positively impacting the lives of millions of people world-wide for a better future.
Job Overview:

The ESOL Instructor is responsible for providing integrated English language instruction for non-native English speakers. The instructor must be able to successfully develop and tailor curriculum and materials to the needs of students enrolled into the program including the support of student recruitment, registration, attendance tracking, retention, progress and assessment.

This is a part-time non-exempt 18.75 hours per week position, reporting to the Adult Education Instruction Supervisor of the Adult Education Program. Currently the class is scheduled to meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings online using Blackboard's Collaborate platform. Mondays are orientation and registration days for new students and are rolling throughout the year.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Deliver integrated ESOL instruction
    • Plan and prepare curricula and lesson plans for mixed-level classes to meet the English language learning needs of students. Integrated ESOL combines English language lessons with job skills and workforce preparation, digital literacy skills, civics, and other life skills.
    • Tune lesson activities to meet student needs across a range of English proficiency levels, from the most basic through intermediate and advanced levels of speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing.
    • Utilize and oversee community volunteers as classroom assistants, managing the delivery of lesson plan activities through those assistants in breakout groups.
    • Document student progress with goal setting and conference notes and assist in recruitment and retention activities.
  • Orient and conference with current and potential students, assisting students in completing necessary intake and enrollment forms, both virtually, using phone and web-based platforms, and in-person.
  • Administer English language assessments to measure and track student progress and gains.
  • Assist with record-keeping and data entry to support program administration and compliance with programmatic requirements. Document student progress by keeping accurate and timely attendance records, case notes, assessment data, program participant surveys, and observations of student progress.
  • Maintain a positive learning environment. Facilitate student learning activities that build cultural and community knowledge and encourage collaboration and positive peer support.
  • Maintain open and effective communication with adult education team members. Report regularly on program goals, client attendance, learning activities, student progress and any problems or concerns with clients or program.
  • Actively participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings and professional development opportunities.

Job Requirements:

Education
  • Bachelor's degree (4-year) required.
  • Completion of a certificate program in Adult Education, TEFL, TESL, and/or TESOL is preferred.

Work Experience:
  • Relevant professional experience in education and/or human services strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with immigrants or refugees preferred.

Demonstrated Skills & Competencies
  • Strong desire to support vulnerable individuals and families and enthusiasm for working in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Enthusiasm for adult education and language learning.
  • An interest in immigrant and refugee and asylee issues and the resettlement process.
  • Strong communication abilities, including the ability to lead classes and oversee community volunteers and adult learners.
  • Detail oriented and comfortable working with online databases.
  • Comfortable working in a cross-cultural environment, in-person, online, and over the phone, with adult learners, sometimes with little or no English proficiency.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently on projects, and follow through on critical tasks.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment, co-teaching and facilitating learning through others.
  • Strong time management skills and comfortability with computer and web-based office and communication platforms.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English. Bi-lingual abilities in a language spoken by an IRC client group is desired.
  • Other duties as assigned

Working Environment:
  • Standard office work with in-person delivery of orientations, meetings, and online for class sessions.
  • Work schedule to oversee online morning ESOL classes.

Compensation: 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.

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.

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: The IRC offers a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. All US employees are eligible for sick time, a 403b retirement savings plans: up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus an 3-7% additional IRC contribution, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

In addition, full-time employees are eligible for 10 US paid holidays, 20-25 paid time off days, disability & life insurance, medical, dental, and vision insurance (employee contribution starting at $135, $7, and $5 per month respectively) and FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs. Part-time employees are eligible for a proportionate amount of paid time off. These additional benefits apply to employees who work at least 6 months within a 12 month time period.

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Standard of Professional Conduct:The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.
Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures.

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