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ESL Instructor

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: CAPS - Dean's Office
Pay Grade: 30
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

The ESL Instructor works with the director of ESL/University Prep Programs to implement instruction in English for non-native speakers in all of CAP’s ESL and international programs, whether based on open enrollment, the workplace, distance learning, grant funds, departmental or community collaboration, or special cohort arrangements, including programs developed in conjunction with the China Programs Center or stemming from other inter-institutional agreements. The position entails interactive and communicative instruction that provides language training through a variety of approaches focused on specific programmatic goals: a) university preparation, academic skills, and personal development; b) workplace communication and presentation skills; c) cultural experience and personal growth; d) English language survival skills and basic literacy. The position also requires the development and delivery of basic workshops to foster multi-cultural understanding and insight, as well as orientation activities concerning practical matters of campus and daily life in the U.S. The ESL Instructor will assist generally in most aspects of program design, delivery, coordination, management; and related organizational and logistical support activities. This position will be offered as a 43-week position.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Perform up to 24 hours a week classroom instruction in various programs, writing and revising of curricula in accordance with stated goals and methods of each program and/or implementing pre-established guidelines and course syllabi to create challenging and educationally valid classes;
  • Mentor and advise students;
  • Participate in pre-arrival activities and orientation of new students;
  • Conduct entry-level proficiency assessment;
  • Maintain records of participant attendance, instructional activity, and performance;
  • Conduct progress testing and writing periodic student evaluation reports;
  • Collect and format information to allow the Director to make student admissions recommendations;
  • Assist the Designated School Official with international student visa and I-20 compliance procedures;
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and professional training activities, including mentoring of novice teachers;
  • Assist with basic program marketing and promotional activities;
  • Participate in CAPS workgroups, as assigned;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree and one to three years of teaching experience required. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of basic information and instruction technologies;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 7 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 

43 week Annual Salary Range pro-rated: $36,708.69-$50,471.30.

Salary Ranges

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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