Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

ABE/ESL Specialist (Instructor)

  • 3 May 2021 7:33 AM
    Message # 10436473
    ORTESOL Communications (Administrator)


    POSITION: ABE/ESL Specialist (Instructor)

    WAGE: $39,000 - $41,000 per year

    LOCATION: Serves all CWP offices in East Multnomah County. Expected to work remotely for several months.

    APPLY AT: www.irco.org

    STATUS: Full Time with Benefits

    PROGRAM(S): Community Works Project (CWP)

    OPENING DATE: April 19, 2021

    CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

    REQUIREMENTS: Experience teaching English as a Second Language to adults. Valid driver's license and have full use of automobile during work hours.


    The Community Works Project (CWP) is a 6-agency collaborative project providing job preparation and placement services to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) participants who are participating in Job Opportunities Basic Skills (JOBS) program. CWP serves two Department of Human Services (DHS) locations. This position is expected to serve these DHS locations, during the DHS hours of business (with flexibility to meet and respond to participants’ or employers’ needs outside those hours/locations on an exceptional basis). This position provides instruction and support for CWP participants engaged in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL), in close coordination with participants’ CWP Employment & Engagement Specialists who act as clients’ case managers.


    • Develop, maintain and regularly update creative ESL curriculum for adult learners focusing on pre-employment and English for Employment training, in a way that centers adult participants’ needs, defines and meets learning outcomes, and is in line with best practices in the ESL field
    • Conduct placement tests to determine proficiency level when first starting to work with new participants, at regular intervals and at program exit, to assess their progress
    • Teach engaging ESL classes to participants using a variety of methods, including virtual classes, in person classes, open labs, use of third-party tools and one-on-one tutoring
    • Work cooperatively with colleagues to develop activities and tools useful to participants with limited English proficiency in searching for and retaining employment
    • Enroll and support ABE participants in working through the third-party ABE curriculum used at CWP. Become a certified proctor for testing
    • Create, develop and revise materials for ABE (including a curriculum) as necessary, focusing on essential skills needed for employment

      • Complete attendance records daily and submit weekly reports on each participant in format and on timeline required by supervisor
      • Establish and maintain regular and effective communication with Employment & Engagement Specialists responsible for participants’ engagement in the CWP program to ensure their access and support navigating program and other community resources and services
      • Recommend program or system changes and improvements to supervisor.
      • Bring understanding of home agency and targeted community to ensure wrap around service options for CWP customers
      • Participate in trainings, meetings to ensure project outcomes achievement
      • Participate in staff meetings, trainings, committees, and volunteer activities to support CWP and agency’s goals


      • As necessary, staff the Career Centers, welcoming participants and guiding them to the appropriate services, including advocating or interpreting on their behalf when necessary
      • Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned


      • Experience providing instruction to groups of adults and coaching individuals in need of building life skills, and working in a multi-cultural social services environment
      • Proficiency in Microsoft suite required
      • Ability to demonstrate a combination of the following characteristics: patience, open-mindedness; high level of responsibility; non-judgment; willingness to grow, change and learn; courage; motivation; empathy; compassion; flexibility; persistence; creativity
      • Listening and empathy skills (i.e. compassionate communication) and assisting with problem solving and resolving conflict
      • Self-starter, independent worker with the ability to work remotely with minimal supervision
      • Ability to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines
      • Ability to learn and use moderately complex databases
      • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and make good judgments as it pertains to participants.
      • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
      • Ability to communicate in a positive manner verbally, in writing, and by phone 
      • Ability to communicate with a variety of personality types and levels of the organization as well as with persons outside of the organization

        • Be punctual, maintain good attendance, and be able to work flexible hours as needed
        • Knowledge of the local job market or experience with pre-employment activities preferred but not required


        Education: Bachelor's Degree (4)

        Experience: 3-4 years of experience is required (4)

        Licensure, Certification:

        Additional Language Required: Proficiency in a second language other than English, preferred.

        Computers: All positions at IRCO require use of a computer and experience working with Microsoft Products including but not limited to Microsoft 365, Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint. In addition this position specifically requires Intermediate to Advanced proficiency in MS Office Suite. Must also be able to learn and use moderately complex databases. In addition, this position specifically requires a reliable internet connection with the ability to handle video calls and databases; and reliable cell phone coverage.


        Communication: Some interaction with those inside and outside the organization to exchange factual information (3)

        Creativity: Regular need for redesign of a single focus process or procedure is needed (3)


        Mental: There is regular variation in tasks and the job holder must decide which tasks to complete as well as the order in which tasks are completed (3)

        Physical: Positions at this level require minimal physical effort such as light lifting, carrying or movement, etc. Physical capability involves use of office or equipment where some agility and hand eye coordination is needed (2)

        RESPONSIBILITY: Impact and Influence: Minimal need or ability to analyze problem or concepts or make decisions on the information. Dollar amounts influenced would be considered small. Responsibility for the prudent use of assets does not extend beyond own work responsibilities. (2)

        Work Independence: Positions at this level are expected to handle regularly assigned work which includes making decisions and taking action under limited supervision. New or unusual work is performed with a moderate degree of supervision, assistance, and review. (3)

        Planning: Positions at this level must be able to foresee issues associated with own work and identify future needs for supplies, equipment, resources which would stall operations or activities. (2)

        Supervision: Positions at this level are not responsible for any supervisory functions or responsibilities, but may occasionally be asked to orient and/or train new employees or volunteers. (1)


        Environment: This level has a work environment that is usually well protected, free from hazards or obstacles. There is little element of personal risk or hazard Job conditions are usually comfortable, with only occasional issues, temperature change (2)

        Schedule: The work schedule is stable and does not fluctuate. (1)

        HOW TO APPLY:

        Applications are accessible on the IRCO website, https://irco.org/who-we-are/careers-start.html. Attach resume and cover letter to IRCO application form and email jobs@irco.org. This position requires the completion of an IRCO application. Materials submitted without a completed application are considered incomplete and will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications received, we will not be able to contact each applicant or return calls regarding the status of your application.

        ABOUT IRCO:

        The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is a non-profit organization established in 1976 to serve immigrants, refugees, and the broader community in Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society. Find out more at www.irco.org.



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