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Community ESL Instructor

Community College of Aurora
Aurora, Colorado
Closing date
Jun 24, 2024

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The Community College of Aurora serves our diverse community by providing high-quality instruction and support services to prepare students for transfer and employment. We are particularly interested in applicants that demonstrate a commitment to working with individuals and groups from diverse identities, including but not limited to: socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, gender identity expression, disability, multilingual learners, veterans, non-traditional, race and ethnic backgrounds.

More than 20 different languages and 60 countries are represented at CCA. In addition to traditional degree and certificate programs, CCA offers non-credit professional development courses, customized training, and economic and workforce development resources to employer partners and individual professionals seeking to enhance the capacity and productivity of their workforce or individual knowledge and skills. The college centers diversity, equity, and inclusion and we actively seek to employee partners who want to join us in working to reducing outcome gaps among our diverse student population.


As part of the Center for Adult Education, this position will provide non-credit adult English-as-a-Second-Language instruction to students in CCA's Community ESL (CESL) program who are interested in improving their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar proficiencies. Instructors will teach students who are beginners to high-intermediate/advanced levels. This position will require providing instruction in person with a possibility of occasional remote instruction. Instructors may teach in the mornings, evenings, or on Saturday. Saturday availability preferred. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Prepare lessons and design course materials for a diverse group of adult English language learners
  • Develop homework assignments and projects and provide feedback to students
  • Align materials and objectives with students' goals
  • Create an inclusive, welcoming classroom environment
  • Assess student progress regularly and adjust course materials to meet students' needs
  • Create opportunities for active student-student interaction and language practice
  • Design and use Open Educational Resources (OER) that align with standardized course objectives and the program's transition to OER
  • Integrate digital literacy skills instruction regularly into instruction
  • Integrate career-based (workforce) regularly into instruction
  • Develop and implement curricula that ties together the program's current goals of transitioning to OER, active student engagement, and integration of digital literacy skills and career-based (workforce) instruction
  • Prepare syllabus for each course in line with course objectives
  • Contact students with absences to identify obstacles and refer for additional support
  • Support students in accessing available campus support services

  • Maintain records of student attendance
  • Monitor student progress and recommend level changes as appropriate
  • Maintain communication with program staff and students
  • Support new student registration
  • Work collaboratively with other CESL instructors and staff to achieve program goals
  • Exercise punctuality in communication and follow program deadlines, processes, and procedures

Professional Development:
  • Participate in staff meetings and professional development offerings
  • Engage in 12-15 hours of approved professional development annually
  • Keep current with best practices in language instruction and acquisition

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • At least 1 year of experience teaching Adult ESL
  • Ability to work independently and deliver lessons based on best practices and current research in language instruction and acquisition to adult ELLs of all levels
  • Commitment to diversity and Inclusive Excellence
  • Demonstrate adaptability, flexibility, and an open mind in times of change

  • Experience teaching and working with adult immigrant and refugee populations
  • MA in education or TESOL, or TESOL Certification (120 hours +)
  • Experience learning a second language and living in a diverse community
  • Experience using Google Drive (Docs and Sheets), Google Classroom, Zoom, and Word
  • Familiarity with WIOA and CCRS
  • Prior experience in Adult Education and/or workforce settings
  • Good organizational skills and a positive attitude


Salary: The starting hourly rate for this position is $33.55.

Deadline to Submit Application Material: Application review will begin immediately.

Application Process: When submitting your online application, please include a cover letter, current resume, and professional references. Official transcripts showing the highest degree achieved should be submitted to upon offer of employment. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact us at

By applying for this announced position, applicants are certifying that all statements, information and documents provided are true, complete and correct to the best of their knowledge and are made in good faith. Further, applicants understand that omissions, misleading, false or untrue information, or any attempt at fraud or deceit in any manner connected with this application and/or subsequent testing may result in them not being considered for jobs with the Community College of Aurora; may constitute grounds for discipline and/or termination after hire; and/or constitute grounds for further actions pursuant to law.

Application Checklist

Complete Applications must include the following documents:
  • A complete online application
  • A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position
  • A current resume uploaded as an attachment to your online application
  • Candidates identified as finalists must provide three to five professional references, at least two of which must include a current direct supervisor and most recent supervisor. If you cannot provide two supervisor references, an opportunity will be afforded for discussion and consideration of alternative references with the CCA Human Resource Office. Please note, out of professional courtesy to you, we will not contact your current supervisor without first providing notice to you as a candidate and only when a contingent offer is pending in order to protect the confidentiality of your application to the full extent possible.
  • If you are using education to qualify, a copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application
  • For any questions or technical issues please contact HR@CCAurora.ed

Notice to all Applicants:
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire.
  • Direct deposit of payroll is a condition of employment.
  • Final candidate is subject to a criminal background check prior to final selection process.
  • Final candidate is required to submit official transcripts to Human Resources within fourteen (14) days of hire.
  • CCA is affiliated with the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) and as such, employees contribute to PERA in lieu of Social Security for retirement benefits. For more information, visit the COPERA web page.
  • Individuals currently or formerly employed by the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, and/or who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information in your application material.
  • For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact our Title IX Compliance/Equal Opportunity Officer, Cindy Hesse, Vice President of Human Resources at 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Suite A207H, Aurora, Colorado 80011 or by phone at 303-360-4752, or e-mail at

Colorado Residency Requirement:

Eligible applicants must be either a current Colorado resident or be able to provide proof of residency in Colorado within 30 days of the start date for the position, or they may be deemed ineligible for employment with the Community College of Aurora. Please contact with any questions.

Community College of Aurora Inclusive Excellence Statement:

CCA embraces Inclusive Excellence because we want our students, staff, and faculty to learn and contribute within an inclusive environment. This means members of our college community will be active, respectful, and mindful of equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels of engagement.

Inclusive Excellence will provide a foundation for student and institutional success. Recognizing our diversity is only the first step toward Inclusive Excellence.

We must also be intentional in valuing cultural differences and experiences, while incorporating them into practices, curricula, and policies.

Welcoming, Respectful, Inclusive - Together, we are CCA.

The Federal Clery Act: (The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990) requires all institutions of higher learning to make available to prospective employees our agency's Annual Security Report. A copy of this information is available on the CCA website at the Student Right to Know page. A paper copy of this report can be obtained at the College Security Office upon request. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning crimes that occurred on campus or on property controlled or owned by Community College of Aurora, as well as public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, our campuses.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Robert Callaway at 303-360-4733 or at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

Pregnancy Related Accommodations, Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA): The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA), allows applicants to request a reasonable accommodation for health conditions related to pregnancy or the physical recovery from childbirth. Candidates wishing to request reasonable accommodations must do so as soon as possible, preferably at least three days prior to the exam or interview. If you are an individual who wishes to request reasonable accommodations, please contact us at 303-360-4733 or

Non-Discrimination Statement: The Community College of Aurora prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment including those that violate federal and state law, or the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies 3-120 and 4-120. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, marital status, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact our Title IX Compliance/Equal Opportunity Officer, Cindy Hesse, Vice President of Human Resources at 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Suite A207, Aurora, Colorado 80011 or by phone at 303-360-4752, or e-mail at

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