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ESOL Instructor

Make The Road New York
United States
Closing date
Feb 25, 2024

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Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York operates community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island; Brentwood, Long Island and White Plains, Westchester County. With a membership of 27,000, MRNY tackles the critical issues facing our communities, including workplace justice, tenants' rights, immigrant rights and civil rights, TGNCIQ justice, public education, health care access, and immigration reform. (TGNCIQ = transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex and queer.) Make the Road New York is in a bargaining agreement with National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW).

MRNY is a multi-service organization. Our member-led organizing committees -- which work on the issues named above -- implement strategies to combat shared problems, and develop leadership and the capacity for civic participation. We also provide an array of high-quality bilingual services: We also provide an array of high-quality bilingual services: We offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), citizenship preparation and health job training classes and our adult ed classes integrate digital literacy and case management, and in-school and after-school youth programs. We have a robust legal program that offers direct representation across a spectrum of practice areas, including employment law, immigration law, housing and benefits, and TGNCIQ civil rights; we also take on impact litigation as a strategy for achieving broad change. Our health program offers facilitated enrollment into health insurance programs and SNAP benefits, a community health worker home visit program, nutrition education and emergency food pantries, health care navigation, and more.

Current Opening:

The current opening is for 1 instructor (though if needed we could hire 1 for each class instead.)

Class 1) Hybrid T/W/Th 6-9p High beginner level evening ESOL class which will run from early Jan to late June. (Tues will be in person and Wed and Thurs will be taught virtually via zoom.)

Class 2) In-person Saturday 9:30-3:30 Low beginner level class which will run from early Jan to late June.

The position is for 30.5 hours/wk:

A weekly schedule is likely to include 16 hours of instruction, 8 of prep, 1.5 for meetings, 2 for calls/texts to students, and an additional 3 to complete weekly job responsibilities including help with attendance, as well as post testing and re-enrollment, and the completion of monthly brief progress notes if/as required by the funder. (Training will be provided, as well regular support with curricular, administrative and student related issues/questions.)

The instructor will also be paid for occasional required professional development and team or staff meeting time, etc.

Classes will run until the end of June 2024.

Key Responsibilities but not limited to:
  • Curricular design work- Hand in course outlines, unit and lesson plans and related materials in the requested format by the deadlines that are set and agreed to. Maintain all of that in the Google drive, and integrate certain thematic content and materials into lessons as required by funders or decided by the team;
  • Student Assessment- combine BEST Plus initial assessments with original reading and writing assessments at the beginning of the cycle and continue to assess students in an intentional and structured way throughout the cycle
  • Instruction- Deliver content material in ways that take into account students' levels and learning styles, the need to pace and scaffold information, and the need to balance the 4 skills + vocabulary development and grammar skill development
  • Communication with and support of students - Call absent students every day and document calls; make referrals to MRNY's case manager as needed
  • Related admin/grant related tasks- in addition to tracking attendance, help with post testing, grading of samples of students' work, and writing monthly progress notes for a portion of students in the class, as funders require
  • Participate in meetings and trainings- attend external professional development according to funders' requirements, & 1 on 1, team and staff meetings

  • Eligible to work in the US
  • Full vaccination with an FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to first day of employment
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Teaching Certification or Masters in TESOL
  • BEST Plus certification (ESOL)- preferred
  • Strong communication skills
  • Enough Spanish to communicate with students outside of class and occasionally within class
  • Very strong facility with most or all of these: GSuite, Microsoft Office, Zoom
  • Commitment to thematic instruction and learner-centered, participatory education

Job Competencies:
  • Self-starter with strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail
  • Be highly professional and team oriented with a passion for excellence and eagerness to help the department meet our goals.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and complete assignments under strict deadlines with minimal supervision in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure required.
  • Have a working knowledge of Google Suite/Microsoft Office suite
  • Flexible work schedule, to allow participation in occasional trainings, meetings that don't happen during the same time as class
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • High level of accountability and initiative; needs to be a self-starter and eager to do team work to support the organization as a whole

Salary and Benefits: Starting salary is based on a scale set by a democratically-elected personnel committee and will depend on factors such as experience and education. MRNY offers an excellent benefit package including health insurance, 401K, and generous paid vacation, sick, and personal days for employees working over 20 hours. The hourly range for this position will be $23.56 to $31.90 depending on years of experience.

How to Apply: Please attach cover letter/resume and submit all documents to the Make the Road New York career center.

Make the Road believes that social change is best achieved through grassroots community-based organizing that flows directly from and engages the community demanding the change. As a membership-based organization, we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, criminal history, or Veteran status. We strongly encourage those from historically excluded groups to apply.

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