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VESL Instructor
International Rescue Committee in San Diego, California
Date Posted 03/01/2021
Faculty-Liberal Arts-English As Second Language
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) Instructor is responsible for providing group-based instruction, in the classroom and/or remotely, to adult refugees with various levels of English proficiency. This position is responsible for helping to implement an engaging, effective curriculum that supports refugee acquisition of English language skills that support employability. The Instructor will work closely with the Employment Training Supervisor, the Senior VESL Plus Instructor, and other agency staff to ensure that clients achieve goals and objectives.

Major Responsibilities

  • Teach Vocational English as a Second Language classes, including specialized tracks focused on acquiring basic digital literacy skills, knowledge about driving so as to pass permit and behind-the-wheel driving tests, child care licensing, and others as developed and needed;
  • Assess students in order to evaluate their progress; track and report student attendance as advised;
  • Develop lesson plans and materials in collaboration with the Senior VESL Plus Instructor;
  • Follow established policies and procedures in gathering and recording classroom attendance, homework completed, and other data required by grant funders;
  • Coordinate with the Employment Training Supervisor, Senior VESL Plus Instructor, Employment Specialists, and other relevant staff through regular communication, participation in team meetings, and other activities as requested;
  • Participate in Early Employment and CFO Department team meetings, and staff development activities, as possible;
  • Stay current on standard methodologies, pedagogical approaches, and strategies to engage adult ESL learners;
  • Follow all policies, procedures and protocols of the agency;
  • Assist program supervisor with developing outreach materials and other administrative tasks, including tracking data;
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Strong written and oral English language skills;
  • ESL certification strongly preferred;
  • Experience teaching ESL; 2+ years ESL teaching experience preferred;
  • Experience working with immigrant populations and adults strongly preferred;
  • On-line instruction/learning experience preferred;
  • CA driver’s license and car required;
  • Experience with workforce and job training programs preferred;
  • Proven cultural competency and sensitivity to working with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds;
  • Able to maintain accurate and timely data records of student enrollment and participation;
  • Able to take initiative and work independently to resolve challenges;
  • Able to bring creativity to the classroom to teach to audiences with varied levels of English;
  • Flexible, adaptable, and willing to work in a team environment.

Working Environment

  • Standard, professional office environment when in office;
  • Must have quiet space with reliable internet access when teaching remotely;
  • Full or partial remote delivery of services while IRC offices are closed due to CV-19;
  • Access to a reliable vehicle to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area.

IRC- leading the way from harm to home.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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