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ELA (English Language Acquisition) Instructor / Part-time

Renton Technical College
Renton, Washington
Closing date
Jun 27, 2024

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Job Role
Teacher / Instructor
Job Type

Reporting directly to the Dean and/or Associate Dean of College & Career Pathways, this position is responsible for providing individualized and / or group instruction for adults with a wide range of academic and career goals. This instructor is responsible for teaching all subjects encompassed in our ELA programs including (but not limited to) reading, writing, speaking and listening. This is an ABE (Adult Basic Education) adjunct faculty teaching position. The schedule of hours and dates may vary and will be established based upon assignment. Teaching assignment may include online or hybrid courses. This is an adjunct faculty position contracted on a quarterly basis. The salary for adjunct faculty is $900 per credit, which includes scheduled class time and final exam days. This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Renton Federation of Teachers (RFT) Employees Association and is scheduled to begin winter quarter.

Renton Technical College, located southeast of Seattle, has provided quality education in a variety of occupations for over 80 years. Our professional-technical certificate and degree programs offer entry and mid-level training in the areas of allied health, trades and industry, culinary, business, technology and automotive. Our outstanding college & career pathways program with classes in adult basic education, English as a second language, and GED preparation is available to those who need additional preparation prior to entering a training program and for those who simply wish to improve their math and English skills. Career Education and apprenticeships degree's round out our offerings. As an Achieving the Dream and an Aspen Institute top 10 finalist in Community College Excellence, RTC is also proud to be a Military Friendly School, serving those who chose to serve.

Renton Technical College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its faculty and staff. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds and are over 60% of color. We strongly encourage members of historically minoritized groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.

Key Responsibilities / Essential Functions Include
  • Demonstrate multicultural competence (including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations) and create an educational environment that affirms commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Provide leadership in working to improve access and successful educational outcomes for underrepresented student populations.
  • Develop contextualized curriculum and alternative delivery methods and strive to create a positive learning environment for students using diverse teaching methods to support and enhance student success.
  • Assist in developing, assessing and analyzing program outcomes for the purpose of program improvement and enhanced student learning.
  • Assess, monitor, and document student performance.
  • Advise students in meeting their educational goals; complete required paperwork and submit required attendance.
  • Maintain student records such as grades using the Canvas learning management system.
  • Attend scheduled College & Career Pathways department and team meetings as appropriate.
  • Fulfill part-time faculty responsibilities in accordance with the negotiated agreement and College policies.
  • Support the College's mission by creating a learning environment of mutual respect and fairness, while encouraging creative and critical thinking through an equity lens.
  • Effectively teach the adopted curriculum for ABE.
  • Maintain office hours convenient to students.
  • Develop assessment methods to include individual assignments, group projects, quizzes and exams.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with students and staff.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrated leadership or participation in institutional programs with persons from diverse backgrounds, such as sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, socio-economic, physical and learning abilities, and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable working/ learning environment.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Education (preferably Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Adult Education equivalent) and one year or more experience teaching this population, or equivalent education and experience. Master's Degree in Adult Basic Education, TESOL, or closely related field preferred.
  • Ability to teach skill areas encompassed in an ELA program.
  • Ability to design learning experiences that are interactive and respectful of cultural differences.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals whose first language is not English.
  • Ability to work effectively and engage with adult learners.
  • Experience teaching adults and using various teaching strategies that address different learning styles.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally English.
  • Experience working on teams in collaborative instructional environment.
  • Experience developing curriculum preferred.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail required as well as previous experience maintaining accurate records, managing multiple tasks, and planning and organizing work in order to meet changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to represent the college in a positive and professional manner, while using tact, discretion and courtesy.
  • Ability to speak a regionally top spoken language other than English preferred (Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Chinese).


The position is active in nature and requires standing, lecturing and demonstration of processes in a classroom environment. The job also requires some sedentary time when performing administrative program functions.

Terms of Employment

In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of Renton Technical College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students.

This is an adjunct faculty position contracted on a quarterly basis. Lecture (theory) credits are compensated at $1,058 per credit, which includes scheduled class time and final exam days. All guided practice instructional credits for adjunct will be paid with an additional pay factor of 1.33. Future advancement in base salary, up to the current maximum of $1,592 per credit, is based upon a combination of years of service accrued at our college and professional development activity.

Degree Stipend:

Master's or Doctorate degree stipends are paid on a prorated per credit rate quarterly.

The person hired is required to provide authorization for employment in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent to background checks, including employment and required degree/credential verification. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform successfully in the position. Finalists are required to complete the Sexual Misconduct Disclosure form as required under RCW 288.112.080. Post offer, pre-employment criminal background checks are also required.

For questions regarding this position contact

Nia Williams


EEO STATEMENT: Renton Technical College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veterans or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendment Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Violence Against Women Re-authorization Act and Washington State Law Against Discrimination, Chapter 49.60 RCW and their implementing regulations. Please see policy at The following college official has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Title IX / EEO Coordinator, Vice President of Human Resources 3000 NE 4th Street Renton, WA 98056 (425)235-7873,

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We acknowledge that RTC sits uninvited on the ancestral land of the Puget Salish people, including theDuwamish,Suquamish,Snoqualmie,Tulalip, andMuckleshootNations. We are grateful to the original inhabitants of this land, upon which we gather and dialogue. We also acknowledge our increasingly virtual world, in which RTC's work is done across multiple indigenous lands, in some cases, away from Puget Salish territories. We thank the original caretakers of our local lands and waters, who are still here.

Beyond acknowledgment, we each have an obligation to learn about and support our local tribes. Find out how on our resources page, which includes scholarships for Indigenous students.

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