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The New York Public Library ESOL Instructor (Hourly) - Staten Island in Staten Island, New York

ESOL Instructor (Hourly) - Staten Island

Department: Branch Libraries

Employment Type: Part Time

Location: Great Kills Library

Reporting To: Steven Mahoney

Compensation: $45.00 / hour



Adult English Language and Literacy (AELL) is the direct service provider of ESOL and adult literacy instruction for the Library. Professional teachers facilitate free instruction to adult patrons in reading, writing, speaking and listening from a 0 to 8th grade level in both in-person and online classes. Instruction is offered in 3, 10-week cycles and 1, 4-week summer cycle.


  • Teach ESOL classes that promote English language proficiency and digital literacy for students assessed at NRS levels 1-6

  • Follow the prescribed curriculum in a communicative language teaching environment during class-time

  • Submit lesson plans that demonstrate communicative language teaching in alignment with the prescribed curriculum

  • Instruct adult ESOL students in classes and learning experiences, which will lead to the achievement of their educational and personal goals

  • Assist in the managed enrollment process to recruit students and maintain student records

  • Participate in prescribed professional development pertaining to adult basic education and Library strategic priorities

Required Education, Experience & Skills

Required Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, with training and/or experience in ESOL

Required Experience

  • Minimum 1 year of experience teaching adults in both in-person and online settings

  • Successfully demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Zoom

  • Successfully demonstrated knowledge of technology-assisted learning, instructional software, video, audio and distance learning.

  • Lesson plan creation using a backward design approach

  • Experience administering standardized assessments

Required Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to work well with a variety of people, in a multicultural setting, involving a variety of team situations.

  • Ability to meet deadlines for administrative tasks.


Please Note: Effective August 2, 2021, absent a qualifying exception for medical or religious reasons, newly hired employees of the New York Public Library must present proof of receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination and may not begin employment at the Library until 14 days after their receipt of their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 14 days after their first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Newly hired employees who need additional time to receive their vaccination prior to their start date may request an adjournment of their start date with their hiring manager. The Library will consider such requests on a case by case basis, depending upon the Library’s operational needs, among other factors. The Library will further consider exemptions for prospective employees who cannot become vaccinated due to a qualifying medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief or practice. Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment and who seek a medical or religious exemption to the Library’s vaccination policy will be provided with additional instructions at the time of the conditional offer.

Core Values

All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:

  • Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues

  • Be Resourceful in solving problems

  • Be Curious in all aspects of your work

  • Be Welcoming and Inclusive

Work Environment

  • Public library setting

  • Classroom setting within 1 of 9 Adult Learning Centers, or public library space within a branch library setting.

Physical Duties

  • May require lifting up to 20 lbs

  • Lifting and distributing course textbooks

  • Setting up and disconnecting laptop computers to projectors

Pre-Placement Physical Required?


Union/Non Union


FLSA Status



  • Hourly ESOL Instructors provide instruction in 3, 10-week instructional cycles in the fall, winter, and spring and a 4 week summer cycle. The summer 2022 instructional cycle runs August 1- August 28. Fall cycle runs October 3- December 17. Winter cycle runs January 30-April 2, and spring cycle runs April 24-June 30. Additional hours may be available between instructional cycles to assist with new student testing and placement, but are not guaranteed. Extra hours are made available based on Best Plus and TABE Administrator certification, student demand, and budget availability. Branch library setting

Staten Island Positions Include:

Monday/Wednesday 4:00-6:00pm at the Great Kills Library.