Education Coordinator, Immigration Legal Services

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and resume: mail to EMO, 245 S Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland OR 97239; email to; or fax to (503) 223-7007. Position closes Jan. 2, 2020.

PURPOSE: To lead the development and execution of SOAR Immigration Legal Service’s Citizenship Education Program, which benefits low income and culturally diverse Lawful Permanent Residents in Portland, Hillsboro and Hood River.

ACCOUNTABILITY: To the mission and goals of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) as determined by the Board of Directors, and as administered by the President and his/her delegates.

REPORTS TO: Director of Immigration Legal Services


LOCATION: EMO’s SOAR Legal program site and other sites as assigned. This position requires regular travel to Gresham, Hood River and Hillsboro.

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt, 24 hours per week

BENEFITS: Salary range starts at $17.00 per hour. All regular employees (does not include on-call or temporary) are eligible for vacation, holidays, sick leave, 401(k) retirement plan, employee assistance program and employee trainings. Employees in exempt positions or non-exempt positions that are 20 hours per week or more, also receive medical insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance and life insurance, per eligibility requirements.


    1. Develop SOAR’s Citizenship Class Curriculum.
    2. Teach Citizenship Classes to immigrants interested in becoming U.S. Citizens.
    3. Supervise and recruit volunteer Citizenship Instructors.
    4. Conduct intakes and English literacy assessments and enroll all new participants into the New Americans Initiative.
    5. Complete monthly reports on services rendered.
    6. Track the progress of all students.
    7. Maintain & update the New Americans Initiative student/client database.
    8. Assist with planning and implementing Citizenship Classes and Naturalization Clinics in Hood River and Washington County.
    9. Conduct outreach to immigrant communities & other organizations that serve immigrants.
    10. Give presentations on the benefits and eligibility criteria for U.S. Citizenship.
    11. Maintain SOAR Legal’s FaceBook page.
    12. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to work within the mission, vision and ethics of EMO, and maintain an understanding of the services provided by the programs and projects of EMO.

KNOWLEDGE: At least two years experience teaching ESL Classes, AND a degree in TESOL or TESOL certification from state licensing agency.

SKILLS: Excellent oral and interpersonal skills with the ability to listen to and affirm people from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances; Treat all individuals with respect and dignity; Access to reliable transportation.

EFFORT: Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Ability to work in a respectful manner with people of diverse ethnicity, socio-economic circumstances, religion, culture and sexual orientation; High tolerance for ambiguity and change.

Bachelor’s degree or two years relevant experience.
Experience working with immigrant communities.
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to maintain calm, professional manner.
Ability to be self-directed and work as a member of a team.
Proven proficiency using software programs for data and word processing.
Experience planning events.
Experience managing volunteers.
Experience coordinating projects and meeting goals.
Ability to communicate fluently in English and either Spanish, Somali, Russian or Arabic.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, considers individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people living with HIV are encouraged to apply.

Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. All employment requirements mandated by state and federal regulations will be observed.