Job Opening

ESL Instructor

August 24, 2018

Position: ESL Instructor 

Department: Senior Wellness

Reports to: Senior Wellness Program Manager 

Job Location: Moorpark Avenue, San Jose

Work Hours: Part-time (6 hours per week), Non-Exempt 

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) which was founded in 1973 has an amazing opportunity for the above position in the non-profit sector. AACI’s mission is to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of individuals, families and the Asian community. We do this by providing an array of high quality health and human services, sharing expertise about the Asian community’s needs and best services delivery practices, and providing Asian leadership in advocating on key health and human services issues. AACI has over 170 employees and an annual budget of over $16M. 

Position Summary:

The ESL Instructor teaches ESL and other classes to Asian seniors and supervises the other volunteer instructors under the supervision of the Senior Services Program Coordinator. We believe in student-centered teaching and bringing both creativity and professionalism to the classroom. Our ideal candidates are excited to share their experiences. In addition, they are eager to engage in creative and interactive teaching methods, such as Graphic and Communicative Method, with a class of aspiring and motivated senior individuals. This position reports to the Senior Services Program Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach ESL class. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (2 hours per class, 6 hours/week).
  • Prepares curriculum materials for all classes.
  • Performs duties associated with attendance and record-keeping.
  • Assists Senior Service Program Coordinator as needed.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Recognize variations in student backgrounds, cultures, abilities, and learning styles.
  • Interact in a friendly and patient manner with students from different cultural Backgrounds, students of all levels of language proficiency, and students who may have disabilities.
  • Present standard American English language clearly and serve as a linguistic model for students.
  • Talk in front of a group of 25-40 senior students.
  • Communicate effectively with students by articulating clearly, selecting vocabulary, and assessing comprehension by varying methods.
  • Prepare and facilitate courses curriculum and class materials before class.
  • Explain grammar in an easy-to-understand way without overwhelming students
  • Listen actively and effectively in order to identify and solve problems, facilitate learning for students, and build student confidence.
  • Help translation in educational workshops provided by guest speakers.
  • Awareness of senior’s safety.
  • Complete all required job and agency trainings periodically
  • Attend department meeting 
  • Other program support as needed.


  • College or university graduate.
  • At least one year of ESL teaching experience.
  • Computer experience is a plus.
  • Ability to relate to students on a personal level.
  • Ability to share practical teaching experiences and examples.
  • Energetic, dynamic, motivational, patience and professional.
  • Puncture, reliable and flexible.
  • Non-profit experience is a plus.
  • Prior experience with senior population or diverse community is a plus.
  • CPR & First aid Certification is a plus.
  • Bilingual Chinese Mandarin is preferred.
  • Excellent organization, communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Teaching and curriculum planning experience and computer literacy necessary.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with persons of different age, ethnicity and developmental abilities.
  • Demonstrate service-oriented behaviors that include cultural sensitivity, good manners, respect and polite communication, as well as openness to creative and innovative approaches to provide service. It is necessary to have the ability to maintain a high degree of courtesy and poise in a stressful environment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently lifts and/or moves up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

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AACI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, religion (includes religious dress and grooming), marital status, domestic partnership status, family care leave status, medical condition as defined under California law, mental or physical disability (including persons infected with the HIV virus or persons with AIDS), genetic information, immigration status, military service or veteran’s status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions (including lactation), or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances.


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