Open Positions - Five Keys Charter School - San Francisco, Los Angeles, East Bay, Solano — Five Keys Schools and Programs

ESL Teacher

    • Job Tracking ID: 512638-670548
    • Job Location: Huntington Park , CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: June 10, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Salary: Based on Education and Experience
    • Site/Location: 2677 Zoe Avenue, Huntington Park, CA 90255
    • Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday – Friday, hours vary between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • Other Ino: Los Angeles
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Job Description:


Through the use of Social and Restorative Justice Principles, Five Keys provides traditionally underserved communities the opportunity to restart their education with a focus on the Five Keys: EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, RECOVERY, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY.


Originally established by the SF Sheriff’s Department (2003) as the first charter school in the nation to operate inside of a county jail, today Five Keys is a nationally recognized education management (non-profit) corporation that operates accredited charter schools and programs for TAY youth and adults at 70 locations across California.

Five Keys operates with the goal of restoring communities through education and other programs that respond to the students’ and community needs---which in turn creates safer communities. Five Keys provides a range of educational programs and services including: high school diploma, career and technical education, digital literacy, ESL, cognitive behavioral, recovery programs, case management, correctional education consulting and college access to transitional aged youth and adults in six California counties.


The credentialed ESL Teacher will provide daytime and evening, leveled ESL instruction to monolingual and limited English-proficient students. Educational areas include, and is not limited to, math, computer skills, workplace reading and writing, and other high school completion programs.


  • Design, modify, and implement evidence-based curricula that targets the language skills needed for education and self-sufficiency
  • Initiate and oversee programs in custody that build students’ skills needed to practice prose, document and quantitative literacy
  • Create course outlines, lesson plans and ISP curricula designed to increase students’ literacy levels
  • Partner with teachers, students and Five Keys administration in designing effective courses that increase functional literacy and numeracy, including supporting and overseeing course outlines / content development, monitoring and advising around course efficacy, and overseeing assessment of student gains
  • Adapt and modify courses and curricula to accommodate students with literacy challenges
  • Direct, motivate and monitor efforts to meet WASC goals of increasing student gains and school capacity related to functional literacy
  • Refer students to Five Keys’ leveraged math, computer, basic skills, and GED courses to build students’ workforce readiness and meet the educational levels needed for sector academies and other job training programs
  • Responsible for overseeing the students' academic progress; monitoring grading and matriculation decisions; planning and tracking regular English language assessments
  • Establish and maintain an effective learning climate in the school
  • Interpret and implement all Board policies, administrative regulations, and negotiated agreements
  • Assist in the development, revision, and evaluation of the curriculum and instructional services
  • Implement organizational procedures for the health, safety, discipline, and conduct of students
  • Serve as liaison between the school and community, implementing the policies of the school
  • Maintain confidentiality when dealing with student/staff information
  • Communicate with individuals of varied cultural and educational backgrounds
  • Plan and implement programs of study following state and school goals/curriculum that meet the individual needs and development of students
  • Guide the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals; establish clear objectives for all instructional units, projects and lessons to communicate these goals and objectives to students
  • Prescribe appropriate learning activities for each student
  • Evaluate each student's growth periodically and develop instructional plans for the future; assist the specialists in the instruction of special education students
  • Establish and maintain open lines of communication with students and administration
  • Assist the administration in implementing all policies and/or rules governing student conduct in the classroom, develop reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedures, and maintain order in the classroom in a fair and just manner
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on staff / school committees as required
  • Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter, seek professional growth, improve classroom instruction
  • Maintains satisfactory attendance, as defined in school policy and regulations
  • Develop curricular map and course outlines
  • Communicate with Students/Coworkers/Custody Staff in a Clear, Effective & Respectful manner
  • Abide by Five Keys and Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience and Skills:


  • Ability to maintain strong and appropriate boundaries with personal identifying information when interacting with students or community or program partners, and while at any school location or community or program partner site
  • Exceptional written communication skills; ability to express complex ideas with clarity and precision in written documents
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Eagerness to learn new things and adapt to constantly changing circumstances
  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and tasks simultaneously
  • Advanced problem-solving skills; tactfully address and resolve questions/concerns


This position typically requires:

  • Current California Teaching Credential with English as Second Language subject area designation; additional subject area designations in English, Math, and Elementary & Secondary Basic Skills highly preferred
  • 3-5 years’ experience as a teacher
  • Must pass Sheriff’s Department background check


  • Frequent and prolonged standing, walking, and sitting
  • Frequent talking and hearing conversations
  • Occasional reaching with hands and arms
  • Occasionally lifting up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to follow oral directions in emergency situations
  • Travel to multiple sites required
  • Clear TB Risk Assessment (or results, as needed) dated within 60 days of hire to be submitted within 10 days of hire required



  • Must be willing and able to work in a correctional facility and travel throughout the area to community sites
  • Work environment varies from site to site. There is some personal safety risk working with the at-risk population
  • Moderate noise level

Five Keys Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.