JOB TITLE: ESOL Instructor
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part-time (Morning, Afternoon or Evening Classes)
REPORTS TO: Director of Readiness Initiatives & Community Outreach
The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization established in 1994 to provide culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed social services. Our mission is to empower immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to successfully acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in their communities. While our doors are open to all, with 36 languages represented across staff, AAFSC has developed cultural and linguistic expertise serving members of NYC’s Arab, Middle Eastern, North African, Muslim, and South Asian (AMENAMSA) immigrant and refugee communities.
AAFSC works across four key priority areas – Promote, Prevent, Get Ready, and Communicate – in order to achieve our ultimate goal of strengthening families. We promote mental and physical well-being and community power. We ensure families are knowledgeable about their rights and equipped to participate in civic society with confidence and security. We strengthen families, prevent child abuse, and work to end domestic and gender-based violence. We provide the tools for learners of every age to succeed. Finally, we uplift the voices and needs of under-represented communities and champion gender, racial, restorative, and immigrant justice.
The ESOL Instructor at AAFSC works within our Readiness Initiatives Program to provide limited English proficient adults with contextualized instruction that gives students the civic and English language skills to effectively participate in the English-speaking environment in which they live. The instructor fosters a classroom environment that offers participants the resources, opportunities and support needed to help them grow and achieve self-sufficiency. A successful person in this role is an experienced, creative, hard-working and dynamic ESOL instructor who has experience creating student-centered learning environments, using a communicative approach, and incorporating civic engagement, job readiness and technology in the classroom. A commitment to immigrant, refugee and low-income communities is essential for this role.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop & write new lesson plans, or adapt existing lesson plans, to meet student needs and stated class objectives.
- Provide instruction and facilitate classroom activities in line with stated class objectives.
- Prepare students to take the Citizenship test and pass the interview.
- Build instructional activities around the four interdependent components of reading: alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
- Provide a variety of instructional deliveries including individualized instruction, small group instruction, and whole class instruction.
- Facilitate learning with textbooks, workbooks, lectures, computer based educational programs, audio/visual aids, hands-on activities, and use of tutors.
- Assist students with the development of digital literacy skills and provide learning activities designed to enhance financial literacy skills.
- Maintain accurate student attendance records.
- Ensure all lessons and structured activities have clearly defined outcomes with measurable skill gains and/or learning goals for adult participants.
- Maintain active repository of curricula that is made accessible and available on organizational servers.
- In collaboration with Program Director and Associate Director, continuously evaluate and refine curricula and activity plans to ensure success for adult learners attending program.
- Ensure all paperwork and documentation is completed in a timely manner.
- Report any issues in the classroom (either with students or volunteers) immediately to supervisor.
Ambassador & Champion
· Every AAFSC team member serves as an ambassador of the organization and champion of AAFSC’s mission, vision, and values. This includes the following:
o Cultivate relationships on behalf of and in support of the organization in partnership with Senior Leadership and the Resource Development team. This includes being sensitive to and aware of others, providing every client, partner and participant with high-quality service, professional communication, and follow through, and always keeping Senior Leadership and the Resource Development team aware of any opportunities, challenges, or updates.
o All team members are expected to support the Resource Development team with any requests in a timely manner, including, but not limited to: grant applications, reports, attendance at meetings, hearings, or other events, and sharing of AAFSC social media, flyers, and other externally-facing communications.
o Demonstrate a willingness to respond to evolving community needs, including, but not limited to, making referrals in light of community needs, supporting with the development of and implementation of new initiatives or programming, and raising awareness of new or evolving needs.
o Always act with integrity, positivity, dedication, and professionalism within the office and externally. This includes, but is not limited to, email communication, verbal communication, communication with colleagues and peers, communication with clients, or communication with external partners or agencies.
Other duties and responsibilities
- Participate in internal and external meetings and trainings as assigned.
- Perform other duties assigned by Program Director.
BACKGROUND AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS
· Bachelor’s degree required.
· Teaching certification (TESLA, TESOL, CELTA, etc.) required.
· BEST Plus certification required.
· Ability to teach both remote online classes and in-person classes.
· Experience with teaching beginner adult students, including Literacy Learners, required.
· Excellent writing and editing skills; strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
· Experience with teaching multi-levels in a single classroom.
· Flexible with an open enrollment schedule
· Openness to learning about the languages, cultures, and customs of the students to better serve them.
· Must complete 18 hours of professional development training each year.
· Experience in lesson planning, curriculum development, and implementation of structured programming for adult learners required.
· Open to learning more about cultural responsiveness, trauma-informed education, and language instruction.
· Proven ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
· Passion for AAFSC’s mission and vision.
· Job contingent on pre-employment background check and fingerprint clearance.
· U.S. Work Authorization required.
We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.