Lutheran Services in Iowa
  • Immigrant and Refugee Community Services
  • Des Moines, IA, USA
  • Part Time

LSI is seeking a Teacher in our Refugee Program in Des Moines.


The Teacher supports the Refugee Education Program by teaching classes as assigned, participating in professional development, developing research-based curriculum and providing innovative, high-quality instruction on language, literacy and culture to the Program's students. The Refugee Education Program offers language and cultural training to newly-arrived and former refugees in Polk County, including English language instruction, employment-readiness training, Citizenship preparation, and community-based language and literacy classes.


  • Examine and respond to the needs of refugee and immigrant learners in our community by creating relevant educational programming and student-centered curriculum
  • Work with a co-teacher to plan and instruct English language and cultural topics to diverse learners
  • Facilitate classroom volunteers
  • Perform relevant opening and closing duties at the assigned site
  • Complete and maintain accurate records of attendance, student assessment, and progress reports
  • Engage in professional development opportunities and become members of a learning community to identify and model best practices in refugee education
  • Provide and facilitate transportation needs of clients as needed to attend programming


Required: One year or more experience working in the refugee community teaching beginning level ESL and/or literacy.

Preferred: Bachelor's degree in Education or related field and one year or more experience working in the refugee community teaching beginning level ESL and/or literacy. In addition, preferred applicants will have language skills to meet the needs of the community served.

This position requires a valid driver's license, auto insurance, a good driving record and the ability to pass an extensive background check including checks of the Dependent Adult and Child Abuse registries, Sex Offender registry and a criminal history check.

At LSI, competitive compensation goes far beyond an hourly rate. For eligible employees, LSI pays for a portion of employee health premiums, offers a monthly wellness discount on health insurance premiums, and contributes to your health savings account each pay check. LSI will reimburse you for mileage, offer a 401k match contribution, and provide ongoing professional development training. In addition LSI offers a generous paid time off package. As a non-profit employer many employees also can qualify for student loan forgiveness programs.

It's their life. It's your career.

Make a difference in both at LSI!

Lutheran Services in Iowa
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