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ESL Instructor - Citizenship Services

Department: Education & Community Services
Reports To: Employment & Adult Education Manager
Status: Regular, 10-15 hours per week, 12 months per year
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Location: Greenbridge
Hiring Range: 16 ($19.24 to $21.35 per hour)
Closing Date: August 22, 2017 or when filled

A significant number of Neighborhood House (NH)’s program participants demonstrate limited English proficiency. With a mission focused on self-sufficiency, NH is committed to helping adults and youth increase their English skills, especially those pertinent to life goals. The focus of this position will be instruction and student support for Citizenship ESL classes. These classes will encompass all levels of ESL students seeking immigration/naturalization services. Classes will be located at Greenbridge center and primarly occur during evenings. The primary goal of this position is to fully prepare students to be able to pass the naturalization exam to become U.S. Citizens.
  • Provide classroom-based ESL instruction in preparation for the U.S. Naturalization Exam to adults with a wide range of English language skills, including pre-literate.
  • Maintain a curriculum for the citizenship exam and modify to meet the needs of students and changes in the naturalization system.
  • Develop lesson plans and progressive learning objectives that meet the needs of students, program, and funder goals.
  • Obtain, utilize appropriate assessment and testing tools to determine student skills and needs to target instruction.
  • Provide learning lab-oriented and individualized, one-on-one instruction as necessary.
  • Assist with all aspects of the naturalization application process including but not limited to: filling out applications, coordinating services with other providers, and assisting with disability applications.
  • Coordinate with NH case management staff on a regular basis.
  • Conduct and facilitate community outreach as needed for recruitment.
  • Maintain timely and accurate client and outcome records, and assist with reporting requirements as necessary.
  • Keep abreast of the immigration system and any changes in the naturalization process.
  • Recruit and/or supervise classroom-based volunteers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelors Degree in adult education or related field and two years of experience teaching ESL classes, preferably in a community-based setting; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • TESL certification required.
  • Knowledge of current methodologies in teaching ELL for pre-literate and beginning ELL learners, vocational ESL, and other trends.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly positive and enthusiastic style capable of motivating others.
  • Ability to work as a team member in a multicultural organization and community.
  • Knowledge of key computer applications (Microsoft Office and Windows).
  • Willingness to comply with the established agency performance standards which may include: productivity/personal responsibility, client/customer service-orientation, embracing a team player orientation, entrepreneurialism, and maintaining a professional demeanor.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule that includes some evenings and weekends.
  • Must have access to independent, reliable transportation for travel in King County.
  • Current First Aid certificate within 30 days of employment (maintain current certificate during employment).
  • Current CPR certificate within 30 days of employment (maintain current certificate during employment).
  • Child/Adult Protective Services Training (within 2 weeks of employment).
Click here for more details about our benefits program.
Employment Practice
Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications are considered without regard to race, age, sex, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, mental or physical handicap, sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality) and expression of gender identity or any other classification protected by law. Neighborhood House encourages and gives hiring preference to current and former Head Start parents and children. We encourage people of color and residents of the communities we serve to apply.
Application Procedure
Submit agency application PDF along with resume and cover letter. For your convenience, we offer several ways for you to submit your completed application: 

In Person or Mail to:
8:00am – 5:00pm Monday-Friday

Neighborhood House
1225 S. Weller Street, Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98144
Attn: Human Resources

For more information
Inquiries may be directed to Human Resources at (206) 461-8430 or by e-mail to