The Language Instructor will organize and deliver Language Classes (including other Community Connections Activities as assigned) for immigrant/refugee newcomers; work closely with Language Coordinator, Language Support Worker, Child Minding staff, Volunteers, and Immigrant Services staff.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Adhere to Policies and Standards as established in OCS Policy and Program Manuals, and OCS Health & Safety Guidelines, OCS Job Description(s), written Memos/Directives, Funder Expectations and COA standards
- Understand and achieve Contract Deliverables:
- Work closely with Newcomer Language Coordinator to develop Lesson Plans and deliver Language Classes (including online learning modules) in adherence to Language Curricula and other assigned Community Connections-related curricula
- Maintain student attendance records
- Provide Language Coordinator with student progress reports and make recommendations on student placement
- Must adhere to Language Program Schedule
- Organize and/or facilitate Community Connection Activities/Events including field trips, guest speaker presentations, etc. as assigned
- Work closely with Volunteer Support Worker, Language Support Worker and Language Coordinator to supervise Classroom Helpers
- Support Language Coordinator to connect clients with Community Events
and Services in the broader community such as Cultural Events and Celebration Days such as World Refugee Day, Canada Day
- Establish a positive rapport and working relationship with clients and engage them in activities that encourage them to connect to the broader community
- Contribute and provide to Language Coordinator all required/assigned reports
- Assist Language Coordinator to develop program-relevant resources as needed
- Contribute to PQI and Strategic Directions/Goals of Immigrant Services and being proactive in identifying areas for improvement, sector trends, potential partnerships, etc.
- Participate in meetings and training opportunities
- Other teaching-related duties such as photocopying, room set-up/clearing, etc as required
- Follow written and verbal directives from Program Manager and/or Senior Manager, Executive Director or designate
- Contribute to a positive work environment by maintaining a positive working relationship with other workers and volunteers
- Perform other related duties as required
Education, Training and Experience
- A Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent combination of training and experience) in a related field
TESL certificate or equivalent
- Experience teaching language and life skills to immigrants and refugees and working with volunteers
- Class 5 Driver’s License and reliable vehicle an asset
- Current Level 1 First Aid certificate an asset
Job Skills and Abilities:
- Proficient verbal and written knowledge of English
- Additional language skills relevant to populations served is an asset
- Understanding of social service programming and resources, multiculturalism and immigrant/refugee issues
- Strong active listening, empathy, and counseling skills
- Ability to design, promote, organize, and facilitate Group activities/Events/Forums
- Ability to maintain and keep accurate and up-to-date student attendance records
- Demonstrated ability to work with individuals and communities suffering from discrimination, racism and culture shock
- Understanding of the Canadian legal system, laws and public policy pertaining to service population(s)
- Strong communication, interpersonal/relationship-building intercultural competency, as well as crisis intervention, conflict resolution, critical thinking, and problem solving skills/techniques
- Strong level of computer proficiency; in particular, strong Microsoft Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel spreadsheet, database, internet/email, scanning, online learning/teaching skills
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, multicultural and diverse environment
- Ability to work independently, set priorities, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
- Flexibility and willingness to work outside of regular work hours
- Good team work and strong work ethics
- Must be sensitive to and respectful of cultural and lifestyle diversity
- Crisis Line experience an asset
Resumes will be reviewed starting [September 19, 2018] but the posting will remain open until filled and will close without notice.
Please include a cover letter clearly indicating the posting number [#A21175] and outlining your qualifications and related experience for the position. Please attach your TESL Certificate to your resume.
* An eligibility list will be maintained for up to 6 months.
NOTE: Applicants not selected for an interview will not necessarily be notified.
Options Community Services Society is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce.