ESOL Instructor

Department/Team: Adult Education and Literacy (AELP)

Reports to: Interim Program Director

Titles Reporting to This Position: N/A

Classification: Temporary/Part-Time/Non-Exempt

Work Location: Bushwick

Hiring Code: AJ3UC

Rate: $38/hour

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) exists to break the cycle of poverty and inequity through education, job training, and employment. Our vision to strengthen the workforce by serving as a bridge to economic opportunity for individuals in underserved communities is critical for economic recovery. Through our skills-based training, education, and direct job placement, we build upward economic mobility for out-of-school and unemployed youth and adults and provide the skills necessary to gain a competitive edge in the job market. Through our principles of accountability, confidence, and professionalism, we emphasize Values of Integrity-Respecting our commitments, personally and professionally, Excellence-Pushing one another to be our very best and Empowerment-Positive change begins with us. Our commitment to fostering and maintaining a work environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion are woven into our organizational DNA.

Diversity & Racial Equity Mission Statement: We recognize that structural racism, discrimination, systems of power, and other forms of oppression, give privilege and access to resources, lead to inequities, and have contributed to persistent disparities.  OBT is on an intentional journey to champion and operationalize the values of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion into our organization and the communities we serve. We strive to sustain a culture where all individuals can thrive and feel a sense of belonging, especially those whose voices and experiences have been historically marginalized. We commit our work to breaking oppressive barriers and serving as a bridge to sustainable economic opportunities that will build and strengthen an equitable workforce.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility & Belonging (DEIA&B) Statement: We value individual differences and the benefits diversity and inclusion bring to our organization. It enables us to effectively grow by developing respected representation in the communities OBT serves while giving back through our personal experiences and efforts thereby adding immediate value. We understand that diversity is not simply about people who represent the full spectrum or ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientation, gender identity, beliefs, religions and faith, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability; it also involves our ability to being open-minded and creating balance within OBT as an organization. Within our diversified workforce, we see our differences as assets, not liabilities and intentionally prioritize methods to enhance our DEIA&B journey. OBT realizes that diversity is an important issue for our organization, but we also realize that it is not enough to hire people with the differences mentioned above. Everyone needs to feel like they are truly welcome, safe and free to be themselves in the workplace. We are establishing a sense of belonging and inclusion, so we can ensure that all employees, regardless of their background and experiences, are connected with equal opportunities and create a healthier, more successful future together.

Position Summary:

The AELP provides classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Adult Basic Education (ABE) and HSE preparation for adults ages 18 and above.  The AELP incorporates job readiness and college preparation and job placement into its curriculum.  The goal of the program is to help adults improve their English language proficiency, enhance literacy skills, obtain HSEs, and obtain or improve employment.

The ESOL Instructor is a dynamic, committed educator who has significant experience working with a diverse population of adults, including non-traditional learners. Candidate will provide contextualized ESOL classes to English language learners. Candidate must be able to work independently and have excellent interpersonal skills. Must be creative, organized, and committed to learner-centered, participatory education.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and teach an integrated and relevant, student driven ESOL curriculum that integrates technology, authentic assessment, health literacy, and work readiness skills.
  • Monitor and track student time and attendance.
  • Administer BEST Plus and TABE testing where required.
  • Assist with student outreach, registration, intake, retention, assessment.
  • Participate in professional development and best practice sharing activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • High student retention rate high quality classroom instruction and lesson planning that integrates performance-based assessments and technology.
  • Accurate BEST Plus 2.0 testing.
  • Effective classroom management and community building.
  • Effective sharing of best practices; accurate and timely completion of attendance reporting, weekly reporting, and student secondary gains reporting.
  • NRS educational gains targets met or exceeded.
  • Experience using technology to enhance learning.
  • Dedication to creating an inclusive classroom.
  • Must have superb presentation & classroom presence and be a dynamic instructor.

Education and Experience/Training:

  • BA/BS required, MA/TESOL, TESLA or CELTA preferred.
  • BEST Plus 2.0 Certification.
  • At least two years’ experience required, preferably with new American adults or in family literacy.
  • Proficient with Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Zoom, and electronic ESOL resources.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

Other Qualifications: These are the skills & attributes that all OBT employees need in order to meet the expectations of each other, our participants, and our partners.

Communicate with Clarity – Be clear, concise, and actionable. Be relentlessly constructive. Seek and provide meaningful feedback.

Work with Purpose – Exhibit a “We Can” mindset. Results outweigh effort. Everyone understands how their role contributes. Set aside personal objectives for team results.

Drive to Decision – Cut the swirl with defined deadlines and decision points. Be clear on individual accountability and decision authority. Guided by a commitment to and accountability for mission outcomes.

Own the Outcome – Defined milestones, commitments and intended results. Assess your work in context, if you’re unsure, ask. Demonstrate unwavering support for decisions.