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ESOL Instructor, Job Readiness

ESOL Instructor, Job-readiness 
Part-time contract position

Apply by sending an email with a resume, cover letter and two sample lesson plans to Karl Hart (

We are looking for a part-time ESOL Instructor to support new immigrants in the NYC area. The ESOL Instructor will provide contextualized job-readiness classes to help learners develop the language proficiency, soft skills and core competencies needed to be successful in the U.S. workforce. They will be available to teach both in person and online. If you are a dedicated, dynamic educator with a track record of working with diverse adult learners, we want to hear from you!

About Us
The Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) empowers recent immigrants by providing them with the skills, knowledge and networks to build successful lives in the U.S. The program includes ESL classes, weekly conversation practice as well as opportunities for professional development and community integration. The aim of the center is to promote the full integration of new immigrants into U.S. society. ARNIC is a program of the ESU (The English-Speaking Union). For 100 years, the ESU's educational and cultural programs have enriched the lives of English language learners as well as U.S. students and educators. 

Our Students
Our program serves recently arrived immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the NYC area. The students come from more than 60 countries. All are 18+ years old and have a demonstrated financial need. They all have at least an intermediate level of English. We strive to create a safe, inclusive space for them. In the words of one of our students, "every time I open the door of your center, it is with joy." 

The Role
The ESOL Instructor will support learners in achieving professional-level English proficiency. They will also build students' soft skills and knowledge of U.S. professional culture. The ESOL Instructor will also be responsible for designing the curriculum and lesson plans for the job-readiness classes, with input from program staff. Possible topics for classes include Professional Writing, Oral Communication in the Workplace, Presentation Skills and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace. 


  • Teach 1 - 2 job readiness ESOL classes per class cycle for intermediate-level adult English language learners

  • Develop curriculum and lesson plans for job readiness ESOL classes 

  • Support students in developing professional-level English proficiency and building soft skills 

  • Set class expectations and goals 

  • Provide constructive feedback as necessary 

  • Build an inclusive and engaging community within the classroom

  • Support program staff in evaluating student outcomes 

  • Ensure accurate and timely recording of student attendance

  • Inform program staff about any issues with students 

  • Participate in quarterly teacher team meetings

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree

  • ESOL certification (CELTA, TESLA, MA in TESOL/Applied Linguistics, etc.)

  • 2+ years of ESOL teaching experience

  • Experience teaching job readiness ESOL classes (Business English, Oral Communication in the Workplace, Professional Communication, etc.)

Desired Experience, Skills and Abilities

  • Prior experience teaching adult learners from underserved communities

  • Experience designing course curriculum and content

  • Experience teaching both online and in person

  • Outstanding interpersonal and written communication skills

  • A dynamic classroom presence and ability to build rapport with students

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently

  • Growth mindset and a desire to continually improve teaching practice 

  • Comfortable using technology to enhance instruction

  • Proficient in Zoom, Google Apps (Docs, Slides, etc.) and other platforms

  • Outcomes- and results-oriented

  • Demonstrated practice of cultural humility 

  • Strong sense of empathy

Schedule and Location
The ESOL Instructor will teach one to two classes per week. Each class takes place once per week for two hours. We offer classes from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7:30 pm. The ideal candidate will be available to teach one class in person and one class online.

Start and End Dates
This is a grant-funded position that will begin in April 2023 and will end in December 2023. Classes will start the week of April 9, 2023. The continuation of this position is contingent upon the availability of future funding. 

Pay and Benefits
This is a part-time, contract position. The pay is $50 - 55 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience. An additional stipend will be paid for the initial curriculum design. Contractors are not eligible for benefits.  

Reports to
Senior Manager, Student Services 

How to apply
Send an email with the following attachments to Karl Hart ( by Friday, March 3

  • Resume

  • Cover letter 

  • Two of your best lesson plans, ideally these should be for job-readiness classes

No phone calls, please. 

The ESU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, immigration status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristics protected by applicable law.

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for all ESU staff and contractors.

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