Instructor, English for Employment Program – Intermediate Program SPL 4 (IINE-Lowell)

The International Institute of New England, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit, New England-based organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, is seeking an English for Employment (EFE) Instructor – Intermediate Level for its Lowell office. 

A dynamic, forward-looking, smart and rapidly growing non-profit organization, we seek well-qualified, solutions-focused candidates who are experts in their respective fields. Candidates need to approach issues creatively and thoughtfully. In addition, all candidates should possess the following set of qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Detail-oriented, able to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated, able to work in a team and independently

Reports to: English for Employment Program Manager
Supervises: N/A
Status: Non-exempt, part-time (10 hours/week)

The English for Employment (EFE) Instructor – Intermediate Level will support the EFE Program for refugees and other immigrants.  The Instructor will provide intermediate-level students (SPL 4 and above) with contextualized instruction that promotes English language skills needed to obtain and retain employment and job upgrades and maintain or achieve self-sufficiency.  The EFE instructor is expected to work independently and effectively engage students to ensure high retention rates.  Instructors must also ensure client data is collected and managed to effectively report on grant-funded programs. Instructional approaches reflect a student-centered learning philosophy and include ongoing assessment.  
The class will target intermediate English students (SPL 4 and above) who have some formal education in a language other than English. The goal of the class will be to improve vocabulary and grammar to advance reading and writing skills moving them closer to an 8th grade reading/writing level which is a level needed by many training programs. The class will be offered from 3:00-6:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with four (4) additional hours allocated to the Instructor for planning, documentation, and program meetings. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field required; related MA preferred, ESOL-focused degree highly preferred
  • Ability to model accurate American English pronunciation and grammar required
  • At least one year of adult ESOL teaching experience preferably with immigrant populations; experience with non-literate learners preferred
  • Proven ability to adapt and develop curriculum materials for target audience
  • Proven ability to assess English language learners for progress and areas requiring further development
  • Outstanding communication skills including written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and logistical experience
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • Interest in international, refugee, and asylee issues
  • Extremely well organized, detail oriented, flexible, and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Bilingual/bicultural candidates are encouraged to apply

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the initial assessment and placement of students into appropriate levels.
  • Plan a course of instruction appropriate to assigned class level and prepare all classroom materials and keep copies of materials and lesson plans.
  • Contribute to the on-going curriculum development process including reviewing materials and making regular contributions of lesson plans, handouts and text suggestions.
  • Evaluate and document student progress and make placement recommendations.  Contribute to the overall retention of students in assigned class.
  • Refer student and classroom issues/needs to EFE Program Manager in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that events and opportunities are communicated to students via a regularly scheduled announcement time in class and administer/distribute all surveys and questionnaires within the time limit given.
  • Coordinate instruction with other components/programs within workforce development to ensure that clients have maximum opportunities to improve their communication and job readiness skills, gain employment and advance towards their career goals.
  • Maintain records as required including documentation of student progress, weekly class notes, timesheets, etc.
  • Attend regularly scheduled site meetings, planning sessions and periodic professional training; the Institute requires 12 hours of professional development per year.
  • Assist with administering and scoring evaluations.
  • Ensure compliance with funding guidelines.
  • Attend staff meetings.
  • Perform all other duties assigned by supervisor.

To Apply:
Please send your cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to Human Resources ( with your name and position in the subject line. Qualified applicants will be contacted; references will be required at the time of the interview.

No telephone calls please.

Position will remain open until filled.

The International Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Immigrants, women, people with disabilities, people of color, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.