International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Pre-Employment Class Instructor


Help refugees prepare for their first jobs in the U.S. as a Pre-Employment Class Instructor! The IRC’s Pre-Employment Class provides newly arrived refugees with the opportunity to learn critical skills they will use in their search for employment.  The Pre-Employment Class Instructor will assist the IRC’s employment team in conducting twice weekly classes, assessing student needs, and creating weekly lesson plans. Classes cover such topics as filling out applications, job-related English vocabulary, practicing for interviews, learning about U.S. workplace culture, and other topics determined by class need. Classes focus on increasing clients’ confidence and emphasis is placed on the development of English listening and speaking skills, rather than reading and writing.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in teaching, curriculum development, and/or lesson planning, in addition to learning about local refugee communities.

LOCATION:Classes held in SeaTac. Lesson planning can be done in our SeaTac office or off site.

TIME COMMITMENT: 1-2 days/week, minimum 4 hours/week and maximum 15 hours/week (regular schedule required). 3-4 month commitment beginning as soon as possible. Summer class schedule TBA, but will take place 2 days/week during office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm).

Note: To obtain additional volunteer hours, this opportunity may be combined with another employment volunteer opportunity.  If this is desired, please mention it when applying.


  • Generate lesson plans for one or two classes each week based on topics provided by employment staff.
  • Teach new vocabulary and skills, demonstrate good job-seeking strategies, and help build student confidence.
  • Provide one-on-one assistance throughout class to answer student questions and further explain challenging material.
  • Independently lead small-group classes of lower level ESL learners during regular class time if the need arises.


  • Experience teaching/tutoring ESL or coursework relating to ESL preferred.
  • Must be culturally sensitive and able (or willing to try) to understand English language learners.
  • Must be able to work independently with little supervision at times.
  • Comfortable developing new curriculum and lesson planning.
  • Willing to work with multi-level English speakers.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in English; additional fluency in a refugee language helpful.
  • Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.

Reports to:                Employment Team

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