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Volunteer Citizenship Instructor
The Immigration Program at Jewish Family Service offers Citizenship and Naturalization Services to lawful permanent residents throughout San Diego County. JFS staff completes and sends the N-400 (application for Citizenship) or N-600 (application for Citizen Certification) and offers classes to assist applicants prepare for the Citizenship Interview, English, and Civics tests.
Goal of Position:
The Volunteer Citizenship Instructor will shadow and assist the current Citizenship Instructor for a limited time and then teach the class on their own or with the help of a Teaching Assistant. The class will help prepare lawful permanent residents for the civics (U.S. history and government) and English (reading, writing, and speaking) components of the naturalization test.
Gain experience teaching ESL/ESP to adult learners of various abilities
Equip students with the skills to pass the civics and English portions of the Citizenship Test
Create meaningful cultural exchange and develop intercultural communication skills
Shadow and assist the current Citizenship Instructor for a minimum of two weeks
Prepare for and teach a citizenship class two times per week for one full class cycle (8-10 weeks)
Develop an individual plan for each student, and monitor and update student’s plans
Utilize engaging and innovative teaching methods
Design and produce supplementary materials and adapt existing teaching materials
Attend Citizenship Education related meetings
Communicate regularly with Citizenship Instructor and Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator regarding student updates and progress
Remain up-to-date regarding naturalization application process and USCIS materials
Assist Citizenship Instructor in completing required reports and maintaining student files
Seeking or acquired a BA, MA or Certificate in Linguistics/TESOL (preferred)
At least one year experience working with ESL students or teaching citizenship to adults (preferred)
Ability to motivate and support students
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Sensitivity to needs of low-income and culturally diverse client population
Flexibility with class schedule; willingness to travel to various locations throughout San Diego county as needed
Must be at least 18 years of age
Complete a volunteer application at www.jfssd.org/volapp
Attend a JFS volunteer interview with Immigration Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator and Immigration Attorney
Attend a JFS orientation with the Immigration Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Must provide own transportation to off-site classes
Agree to undergo a background check
Must honor confidentiality of client records and sign privacy & confidentiality agreement
Ideal candidates are able to complete one full citizenship class, which is currently 10 weeks.
Various - Mostly City Heights, National City or El Cajon neighborhoods. JFS Immigration Services Program