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 POSITION DESCRIPTION: The English Language Learner (ELL) Instructor will coordinate and teach English language classes, basic computer instruction, and related topics to adult residents in Mayor Wright Homes and/or Kuhio Park in Kalihi-Palama, to help new residents improve their English skills, job readiness, parenting knowledge, and life opportunities and better understand their new home. We are seeking one or two qualified people to provide language instruction directly to students, maintain student enrollment, and possibly oversee volunteer assistants. A key part of the position is to coordinate with ELL instructors at other Hawaii Literacy’s other sites to ensure program consistency and quality and to reduce duplication of efforts.

The Instructor will be responsible for providing effective and well-attended ELL classes, for student recruitment and assessment, tracking student progress, and for program reporting. The ELL Instructor may also recruit, train, and oversee one or more volunteers to help teach and to provide additional one-to-one or small group attention for students. The ELL program includes the use of and instruction in technology, so the Instructor must be comfortable using computers and capable of providing basic computer use instruction, and/or able to supervise a technology volunteer. In addition to English language instruction, Instructors may provide a variety of services to people learning English, and may incorporate or schedule additional special sessions or guest presenters on parent-related topics, citizenship, financial literacy, computer literacy, and offer assistance with paperwork or informal translation

Candidates must have experience teaching ELL/ESL to immigrants from Pacific Islander and/or Asian countries, or very closely related experience. Please do not apply if you have never worked with Asian and/or Pacific Islander families or if you do not have ELL/ESL or Adult Basic Education teaching experience. Instructors will oversee classes of adult students from many cultures, and should be able to share their understanding of how various cultural norms relate to learning styles, and be committed to making classes inclusive and culturally appropriate.

The position can be for either one or both sites, which are about 2 miles apart. Classes are offered twice a week, totaling 4 hours of instruction time and an additional 2.5 hours of planning and reporting time.

 CURRENT PROGRAM HOURS: Two 1.5 hours classes, + 1 hour technology lab time/week.

Mayor Wright: Tuesday & Thursday mornings, Kuhio Park: Monday & Wednesday evenings

Additional Hours scheduled for special sessions. Program Hours are subject to change depending on site availability, and the needs and preferences of the students.


  • Provide ELL instruction twice a week and technology instruction once a week at one or two sites, and ensure high quality, consistent instruction and assessment.
  • Plan and promote course schedule and curriculum.
  • Recruit and train volunteers to help increase small group attention.
  • Help students set literacy goals and ensure that the program is helping students reach those goals, and that English skills are improving
  • Register and assess new students. Keep detailed records of all student and volunteer participation and achievement, and provide monthly or quarterly program reports to management, or as requested.
  • Attend all staff meetings and work cooperatively with program staff and volunteers. Specifically coordinate instruction, assessment, and reporting with other ELL instructors to ensure ELL program activities are unified and consistent.
  • Actively outreach to a variety of communities for student recruitment, and communicate & build relationships with a variety of community partners at each site.
  • Make referrals to other programs and agencies for students as needed.
  • Stay on top of best practices in the ELL field and upgrade needed skills.


  • Experience teaching ELL/ESL to immigrants from Pacific Island or Asian countries REQUIRED. Experience teaching abroad is not adequate unless you can also show experience working with immigrant populations in Hawai’i.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and ELL/ TOEFL coursework highly desired. May be substituted with significant closely related experience.
  • Proven ability to effectively reach out to and successfully teach students from the varied cultures and backgrounds of Hawaii’s recent immigrants.
  • Good organizational and record keeping skills and the knowledge and ability to assess, track, and effectively report upon program services, student skill levels, and progress.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and full English language fluency.
  • Solid computer skills and the ability to instruct others in use of a computer as well as in MS Word, Excel, Internet, social media and ability to effectively evaluate and use technology and educational software.
  • Bi-lingual candidates in Pacific Islander or Asian languages are especially encouraged to apply.
  • A commitment and ability to maintaining confidentiality
  • The ability and flexibility to work as part of a multi-site ELL team.

 Salary: Hourly – in the $16-19 range, based on experience

Hours: 6.5 or 13 per week to start (6.5 per site- 2 days a week)

Benefits: None at this time. Future roles may be combined to an expanded time position, depending on program growth and     funding

Performance Review: Once a year

 To apply: please send your resume or CV to info@hawaiiliteracy.org with your last name and “ELL Instructor” in the subject line. Please include a short email or cover letter stating 1) the hours and time frame you are available, 2) the best way to contact you, and 3) any additional information that may help us learn about you and your interest in this position. Mahalo.

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