NIJFON is HIRING for a U.S. Citizenship Instructor!

Job Position: U.S. Citizenship Instructor (remote)


Northern Illinois Justice For Our Neighbors (NIJFON) provides free high-quality legal services to low-income immigrants, engages in education and advocacy efforts, and builds cross-cultural relationships. We were rooted in the United Methodist Church and moved by our faith to welcome immigrants. We are a non-profit organization that welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths. Please visit our website for more information:

The Position:

The U.S. Citizenship Instructor is responsible for preparing and presenting effective lesson plans to the ESL/Civics students so that they may take and successfully pass the English and U.S. Civics test as part of the process to become naturalized U.S. Citizens. In addition, the U.S. Citizenship Instructor will monitor student performance and provide input for program success. Classes meet Saturdays via Zoom, 9:00 am–11:30 am for a 12-week period.

Stipend: $600

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and present lesson plans and class materials for each class.
  • Deliver multi-level instruction that includes:
    • Overview of the citizenship process
    • Basic U.S. history and government
    • English reading, speaking, and dictation
    • Vocabulary from the N-400 application
    • Oral interviewing skills
  • Track individual student progress and make assessments and recommendations as needed.
  • Keep accurate attendance and sign-in sheets.
  • Arrive for each class meeting at least 15 minutes before the start of class.
  • Provide attendance roster, lesson plan outlines, and progress reports, as requested by the Program Coordinator.
  • Promote an interactive classroom with a heavy emphasis on student participation.
  • Work effectively with diverse ethnic groups and be culturally sensitive.


  • Ability to speak, read and write English effectively.
  • Bilingual Spanish speakers are highly preferred.
  • Previous experience teaching adult learners in a multi-level classroom – ESL and U.S. Citizenship student experience is highly preferred but not required.
  • Familiar with the U.S. citizenship process and/or U.S. immigration procedures.
  • Able to motivate and make learning accessible as well as stimulating.
  • Work well with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Comfortable working independently.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Diana Aguilar, Program Coordinator,
( Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors will accept applications for this position until the position is filled.

The curriculum has been developed and is in place; however, the instructor is encouraged to bring innovative
curriculum and activities into the program. Positions are renewable based on performance and student