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Instructor - English as a Second Language (Tenure-Track)

Mendocino College
United States
Closing date
Feb 29, 2024

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Mendocino College is seeking a full-time, tenure-track English as a Second Language instructor to join our friendly, dynamic, and dedicated faculty. The English as a Second Language department at Mendocino College offers a broad range of both credit and noncredit ESL courses serving over 500 students. The ESL Program offers beginning through advanced level integrated skills ESL courses focused on the development of reading, writing, grammar, listening, and speaking skills, in addition to courses focused on conversation and vocational preparedness. We support students with varied educational goals including improved language skills for new work opportunities, intermediate and advanced noncredit ESL certificate completion, Career Technical Education course and certificate completion, and English language skill development needed for transfer-level college courses. ESL courses are offered in person and online and at multiple locations, including college center locations in Willits, Lakeport, and Fort Bragg. The ESL Program offers three noncredit ESL certificates and a transferable writing course for multilingual students that bridges students to Freshman Composition.

The ESL instructor will teach all ESL levels in all teaching modalities. While this position will work closely with the existing full-time ESL faculty member based in Ukiah, this faculty position will focus on the needs of ESL students studying at Mendocino College center locations, including coordinating the work of the adjunct ESL instructors. Preference will be given to applicants who can be based at our Coast Center in Fort Bragg, CA. This position will also focus on the noncredit ESL student population and their transition to other college programs. We seek diverse, equity-minded candidates who bring new perspectives and experiences to enrich our educational community.

Please review our District Mission, Goals, and Values at the following website: Mission, Vision, Values, Goals | Mendocino College

This is a full-time, tenure track position offering a 10-month contract (August-May). The annual teaching load is 510 lecture hours, 680 lab hours, or a combination of the two. The annual work year includes 164 instructional days and eleven professional development/flex days. This assignment may include day, evening, and weekend classes, online instruction, as well as travel to, and instruction at off-campus centers.

We recommend downloading this job announcement as you prepare your application materials for submission. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the screening committee.


Through the online portal, submit the following documents:
  • Completed online application
  • Cover Letter that succinctly addresses how your experience and professional qualifications prepare you for this position
  • Resume/CV including education, experience, professional organizations, and accomplishments
  • List three (3) professional or academic references who can speak to your qualifications for the position and their contact information (personal references will not be accepted)
  • Photocopies of all transcripts; a foreign transcript evaluation must be attached if applicable. Official copies of transcripts are required upon employment;
  • During the supplemental questions section of the application you will be required to answer the three (3) questions below. We recommend you prepare your answers before completing the application.
  • Why do you want to teach at Mendocino College?
  • Mendocino College is committed to supporting all students with equity-minded teaching practices. Describe your experiences creating dynamic and engaging learning environments that meet the needs of students with a variety of learning needs and from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Describe your teaching philosophy, and how it shapes your approach to teaching ESL at the community college level.

If meeting the state mandated minimum qualifications based on equivalency, complete the MLCCD equivalency application and include all supporting documents. Applications found at: MLCCD - Equivalency Form and Instructions

Mendocino College welcomes applications from all qualified candidates who demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of our community college students.


Compensation is dependent on education and experience.

Annual salary offered at $69,512 - $99,727. Step seven (7) is the maximum step placement based on year for year teaching experience or two years of FTE work experience in the field per step.

Please see the current salary schedule at: MLCCD - Salary Schedule

Benefits: We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes family medical, dental, vision, EAP benefits and employee life insurance with no monthly premium contribution from the faculty member,. Additional voluntary life insurance is available for employee purchase. Benefits are effective the first of the month following hire date.

Paid Time Off: The successful candidate will earn ten (10) days of sick leave per year.

Retirement: This position is eligible for CalSTRS Retirement. Additional, voluntary 403{b) programs are available.

The successful candidate will support success by providing instructional support and institutional collaboration. This includes the following duties and/or assignments:


Instructs the full range of ESL courses offered in the department, including online, hybrid, and in-person, at any location as assigned;

Evaluates and develops curriculum and instructional materials;

Conducts classes as included in the schedule of classes;

Prepares classroom presentations, student activities, and assignments;

Evaluates and provides feedback of students' performance as described in course outlines;

Teaches courses in accordance with the descriptions published in the catalog, the course outline, and the schedule of classes;

Prepares a level appropriate syllabus for each course and distributes it to students at the first class meeting and/or electronically;

Posts and maintains student contact hours;

Maintains current knowledge of the discipline and teaching practices.


Attends/leads ESL department meetings;

In collaboration with the Dean, develops the ESL class schedule;

Supports and collaborates with full time and part time ESL faculty;

Participates in ongoing professional development and seeks funding to attend conferences;

Stays current with ESL student materials, including free online resources, and communicates with ESL publishers;

In collaboration with appropriate manager, oversees ESL outreach efforts, including the work of ESL Program Specialists;

Collaborates with educational and community partners, including the Mendocino-Lake Adult & Career Education (MLACE) and High School Equivalency Program (HEP);

Participates in program and curriculum development, review, and revision;

Develops and assesses student learning outcomes in the discipline;

Participates in full-time and part-time faculty evaluations.


Attends in-service days, commencements, and faculty meetings as scheduled;

Completes required flex hours for professional development purposes;

Serves on college committees;

May supervise student workers in the discipline;

Participates in the development of an annual budget for the discipline;

Submits purchase orders and maintains related records;

Participates in the completion of program review;

Participates in the processes of shared governance;

Secures and properly stores equipment assigned to the discipline;

Conducts a periodic inventory of equipment;

Participates in activities to create and promote career pathways, with special focus on noncredit student pathways.


Office and classroom settings. This assignment may include day, evening, and weekend classes, online instruction, as well as travel to, and instruction at, off-campus centers. Physical demands include sitting, standing, bending, walking, and occasional light lifting (up to 15 lbs).


Must meet Human Resources guidelines for qualified hiring; including by not limited to a Live Scan background check and completion of TB test.

Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, geographic and ethnic backgrounds of students, staff, and faculty.


Master's in TESL, TESOL, applied linguistics with a TESL emphasis, linguistics with a TESL emphasis, English with a TESL emphasis or education with a TESL emphasis


Bachelor's in TESL, TESOL, English with a TESL certificate, linguistics with a TESL certificate, applied linguistics with a TESL certificate, or any foreign language with a TESL certificate AND master's in linguistics, applied linguistics, English, composition, bilingual/bicultural studies, reading, speech or any foreign language

OR the equivalent

The minimum qualifications handbook with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office may be viewed at: CCCCO Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administration

If meeting the state-mandated minimum qualifications based on equivalency, the link below will take you to Mendocino College's equivalency policy and form that must be filled out and submitted with your application packet. MLCCD -Equivalency Form and Instructions


Bilingual abilities including work experience in a non-English speaking environment;

Expertise in all aspects of language development;

Recent ESL teaching experience at the community college or university level;

Interest in teaching all levels of ESL (credit and noncredit);


Teach primarily at our Coast Center in Fort Bragg, CA;

Knowledge of best practices, current methodologies, and innovative teaching and learning strategies (such as learning communities, collaborative learning, and computer-based learning);

Experience and willingness to teach both in-person and online ESL classes; Experience in ESL program coordination;

Experience working with colleagues from other departments;

Experience with effective ESL outreach and collaboration with community partners; Familiarity with state-level policy issues affecting ESL;

Demonstrated commitment to valuing and promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism;

Work effectively with a wide variety of personalities and situations using sound judgment while interacting with students, faculty, staff and the community;

Communicate effectively both verbally and in written form.


All application materials must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date indicated above

Only completed applications with the above required documents will be reviewed by the committee

Application materials not required (including reference letters) for this position will not be reviewed

Remove personally identifiable information such as personal photos, social security number, birth date, age, and gender from your application materials.

Expenses related to the recruitment process are the responsibility of the applicant

Incomplete application packets will not be accepted

Interviews are by invitation only

The college does not reimburse applicants for related travel expenses


A search committee will review and invite applicants for an interview. Meeting the posted requirements does not guarantee an interview. A written performance exercise and/or presentation may be a part of the interview, and finalists may be invited to return for a second interview. All notifications will be via email, and by accessing your application profile.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT(Prior to beginning employment)
  • In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States;
  • Must be fingerprinted through DOJ and FBI and have background clearance; and Must take a TB test (once hired and every four years thereafter).
  • Within 6 months of employment, must complete required District trainings such as Sexual Harassment Prevention.


The Mendocino-Lake Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student success and to recruiting and hiring persons from diverse backgrounds. Diversity in the academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students including first generation students, underrepresented students, and students of color. The District strives to employ and retain faculty, staff and administrative personnel who promote a positive learning environment and are well prepared to serve our increasingly diverse student population.

Mendocino College takes active steps to ensure equal employment opportunity and to create a diverse work and academic environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all.

Mendocino-Lake Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Mendocino College is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of qualified applicants. The policy of the College is to encourage applications from all persons. Mendocino College does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity or race, color, sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, medical conditions, genetic conditions, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), military or veteran status. Mendocino College also prohibits harassment on any of these bases, including sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.


Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Human Resources no later than 72 hours prior to the closing date. Human Resources can be contacted at (707) 468-3065 or via email at


Established in 1973, Mendocino College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, is a vibrant and inclusive academic community, rich in culture, creativity, diversity, and technology. A fully accredited two- year community college, the District serves more than 6,500 students across four locations in the greater parts of Lake and Mendocino Counties. Complete with a friendly small-campus academic setting and a respectfully collaborative work environment, Mendocino College prepares students for a future of innovation and success.

The beautifully landscaped main campus is located in Ukiah, California. With views of oak- covered hills, sprawling vineyards, and distant mountains, the 127-acre campus is equipped with a state-of-the-art Library/Learning Center, high-tech Nursing Facility, and Student Center. The college operates three fully equipped centers in Fort Bragg, Lakeport, and Willits, conveniently providing our valued students with quality instruction, academic support and administrative services in neighboring communities.

With a comprehensive curriculum and engaging instruction, Mendocino College provides a wide variety of degree, certificate, transfer, occupational, and basic skills programs. Mendocino College students learn in a nurturing and supportive environment enhanced by small-sized classes, personalized academic advising, and several hundred dedicated faculty and staff.


Mendocino and Lake Counties include some of California's most picturesque landscape. Because of the geographic location, climate, and natural beauty, Mendocino and Lake Counties attract many visitors. Agriculture, timber, and tourism industries form the economic base of the area with some light manufacturing. Mendocino and Lake Counties have a long and colorful history as a premium grape-growing region within the state's famous North Coast wine country. A relaxed and friendly lifestyle is characteristic of our communities. Recreational opportunities abound for water skiing, swimming, fishing, boating, sailing, camping, hiking, tennis, and golf.

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