Noncredit Immigrant Education Full-Time Instructor

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Noncredit Immigrant Education Full-Time Instructor

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West Valley College


The School of Continuing Education (formerly Noncredit Programs) at West Valley College invites applications for the position of a full-time tenure-track Immigrant Education Instructor. Applicants are required to teach a wide range of ESL/civics and preparation for citizenship courses, often providing instruction at off-campus sites, assume departmental leadership roles, develop programs, perform institutional responsibilities, and actively participate in the faculty’s governance of the college. In addition, applicants who have an approach to teaching that recognizes and honors the various communities comprising West Valley College and Silicon Valley are desired. We seek applicants who share our excitement about teaching and who would add their unique skills, ideas, and passions to our diverse, dynamic campus community. West Valley College is located in the South Bay, a geographic region of enriching diversity that encompasses the southern part of the San Francisco Bay area. The college serves the vibrant communities of San Jose, Saratoga, Campbell, and Los Gatos as well as the western sector of the Silicon Valley. The campus is expansive and occupies a park-like natural setting within the native oak woodland landscape.

Each year, over 12,000 credit and noncredit students pursue their educational goals at West Valley College. The college’s curricular strengths are many and include transfer preparation, career and technical education in a broad spectrum of disciplines, and college readiness coursework. The college’s robust educational programs, together with our strong infrastructure of student support, our topnotch faculty and staff, and a natural environment that fuels the mind, all meld to create an exceptional teaching and learning environment. Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and commitment to address the cultural and educational needs of a linguistically and culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


This is a full-time, 10-month, tenure track position that begins in Fall 2021, in a dual assignment to Noncredit ESL and Noncredit Citizenship disciplines. Teaching assignment may include day, evening, and weekend classes. Travel to sites off the West Valley College campus, but in Santa Clara County, is necessary. This position is represented by the West Valley-Mission Federation of Teachers (WVMFT / AFT Local 6554).

Work location: West Valley College, Saratoga, CA; Campbell Community Center, Campbell, CA; and other community sites in Santa Clara County

Salary and Benefits:

Anticipated Hiring Range:

  • $71,256 to $110,892 annually, based upon academic achievement, teaching and related experience (Academic Salary Schedule, Steps 1-9).

Benefits include:

  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse and dependents.
  • Employer paid long term disability for employee.
  • Employer-provided life insurance.
  • Sabbatical, Rejuvenation and Retraining Leaves.
  • Banked leave provisions.
  • Professional Growth and Development activities.
  • 10 days sick leave accrued annually; personal necessity and catastrophic leave.
  • Conference leaves.
  • Opportunity for overload assignments.
  • Cal STRS Retirement.
  • Position is union affiliated.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Education – Possess one of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in teaching English as a second language, or teaching English to speakers of other languages; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, English, linguistics, applied linguistics, any foreign language, composition, bilingual/bicultural studies, reading, or speech; and a certificate in teaching English as a second language, which may be completed concurrently during the first year of employment as a noncredit instructor; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree with any of the majors specified in the second bullet above; and one year of experience teaching English as a second language in an accredited institution; and a certificate in teaching English as a second language, which may be completed concurrently during the first two years of employment as a noncredit instructor; OR
  • Possession of a full-time, clear California Designated Subjects Adult Education Teaching Credential authorizing instruction in English as a second language.


2. Six semester units in American history and institutions.


3. Understanding of, and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.

Desired Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will also demonstrate the following knowledge,skills and abilities:

  • Successful teaching experience in ESL courses at varying levels, skills, and topics.
  • Use innovative strategies and technology to enhance instruction, improve retention, and increase student success.
  • Develop a classroom environment that recognizes and honors all marginalized, “at risk,” or otherwise disenfranchised student populations in the committed pursuit of social justice and greater student equity.
  • Experience with/willingness to explore new pedagogies that accelerate and contextualize developmental instruction.
  • Work collaboratively campus-wide to facilitate innovation, problem-solving, conflict management, student success, and/or program development.
  • Commit to continuing professional growth and development in the teaching of ESL, civics, and citizenship preparation.
  • Expertise in theories of second language acquisition, second language teaching methods and materials development and demonstrated ability to apply them successfully in the classroom.
  • Expertise in teaching integrated language skills across all skill levels and skill areas.
  • Knowledge of current theories and methods that address varied learning styles of adult English as a Second Language learners.
  • Involvement in the development and implementation of new and innovative projects that promote ESL teaching and learning
  • Experience in leadership roles in curriculum development, implementation of student learning outcomes, student retention, and classroom-based research.
  • Demonstrated experience in EL Civics curriculum development and student assessment (including development of EL Civics COAAPs).
  • Demonstrated ability to implement CASAS and CDE policies and procedures to ensure compliance.
  • Thorough understanding of state and federal policies, legislative issues, and grant-related mandates specific to noncredit programs.
  • Experience in the use of instructional technology, including ESL software, course management systems, and distance education (e.g., online, hybrid, flipped, and web-enhanced courses).
  • Commitment to equity and diversity-minded instruction.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

Knowledge and Abilities:

Not applicable

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:

Instructional duties and assignments may consist of one or more of the following:

  • Provide instruction for assigned courses. This includes preparation, in-class activities, evaluation of students’ work, consultation with students outside of class (scheduling time beyond normal office hours if necessary), ensuring regular effective student contact for Distance Education courses, maintenance of currency in the subjects taught and other efforts related to the teaching of the assigned classes, and participate in the process of SLO assessment and evaluation and use the results of these assessments in the process of continuously improving student learning.
  • Maintain accurate class and other records.
  • Submit, when due, all necessary reports, such as attendance, grade reports, rosters, class and office schedules.
  • File a syllabus for each course with the appropriate division offices.
  • Post and maintain office hours each week.
  • Provide each student with a current course syllabus as required by Title 5, which includes SLOs, classroom procedures, requirements and grading policies and provide a copy to the Division Office.
  • Refer students to appropriate college resources.
  • Assist students by providing advice on requirements for successful achievement in the members’ area of expertise.
  • Assume institutional responsibilities, essential to the ongoing operation and effective achievement of department, division, college and district programs.

Applicant Information:


  • Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including: (1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Supplemental application questions; (3) Resume; (4) Unofficial copies of transcripts; (5) Cover letter and/or reference list, if requested; and (6) Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.
  • All sections of the online application, including Education and Educational Work History, must be completed thoroughly.
  • Supervisor(s) name(s) and telephone numbers must be included in the application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Do NOT send unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will be removed from your application and will not be used for consideration of employment.
  • The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.


  • If a minimum requirement is possession of a degree, then a copy of transcripts is required to be included with your application to verify the degree being awarded. If no transcripts are included, the application may be screened as not meeting minimum requirements.
  • Degrees must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Candidates with degrees not identical to the required state or local qualifications must apply for equivalency by completing the equivalency form, which is part of the application package. See Equivalency Information below.
  • Candidates with degrees earned outside of the United States must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service, must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course of the transcripts) and must be submitted with this online application. A list of sample credential review services is available on the District HR website at:
  • If you do not have an electronic version of the transcript, you can get it scanned at an office supply or copy store; then attach the electronic version of your transcript to this online application.
  • Copies of diplomas, grade reports, graduation petitions, transcript evaluations requests, or similar documents WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of transcripts.

For assistance, contact:
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2174 Fax: (408) 867-9059
Email: [email protected]

Selection Process:


  • After the deadline date, a committee will review and evaluate applications and supporting materials to select the applicants to be interviewed. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not assure the candidate an interview.
  • All candidates will receive an e-notification to acknowledge receipt of their application materials. If not contacted within 3-6 weeks following the close of the recruitment, no suitable match was determined at this time.
  • Travel expenses to attend first-level interview are the responsibility of the candidate.
  • Application materials become the property of the District and will not be returned or duplicated.
  • The District may choose to re-advertise or indefinitely delay filling a position. Some positions may include first and second level interviews.
  • The District reserves the right to contact former, current, the most recent employers, and others to investigate past employment records of applicants.
  • Any tentative verbal offer of employment is contingent upon formal approval of the college Governing Board.
  • Upon hire the successful candidate must provide the required documents of identity and authorization to work and attest he/she is authorized to work in the United States.
  • Prior to employment, the selected candidate must submit official transcripts.

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ a diverse workforce who will contribute to an inclusive and welcoming educational and employment environment. The District is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, physical disability, mental disability, genetic information, ancestry, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, language, accent, citizenship status, transgender status, parental status, marital status, economic status, military or veteran status, and medical condition consistent with applicable federal and state laws.

Special Instructions to the Applicant:

Your uploaded transcripts will be screened for the minimum qualifications, including six semester units in American history and institutions. Highlight these courses on your transcripts if transcript listing is not self-evident.

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Posted: 1/9/2021
Application Due: 3/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time