English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor


Under the direction of the Lifelong Learning Program Director, the instructor teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) conversational skills to the senior adult population, ages 55 and older. The position exercises a high level of independent judgement in planning and organizing the program activities in their area of expertise.  The instructor develops the course outline and individual session lesson plans and teaches course content in accordance with RCC policies; maintains a safe positive learning environment for students in a teaching setting; ensures the proper care and security of RCC equipment and facilities; communicates with Lifelong Learning Program Director on a regular basis to insure that patron or course problems are addressed in a timely manner; and interacts with public in a positive manner to promote RCC public relations and service delivery.  

S14 ($18 - $24 per hour)



  • Develop lesson plans according to approved course outline and advertised content;
  • Provide written descriptions of course content to Lifelong Learning Program Director for preparation of publicity materials;
  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to the beginning of each class to ascertain that the classroom space is correctly set up and is safe for the participants;
  • Begin and end classes on time;
  • Monitor and supervise students in class and immediately address any medical emergencies or concerns that may arise to the Lifelong Learning Program Director;
  • Report patron medical emergencies or incidents that occur during class, as well as property damage or other acts of vandalism, using RCC Incident Report forms within 24 hours;
  • Ensure the proper use, care, and security of RCC equipment and facilities;
  • Talk with participants or interested members of the public in a positive manner;
  • Promote Reston Community Center programming through referral of patrons to other RCC staff when questions extend beyond the instructor’s area of expertise;
  • Assist with administering RCC class evaluation forms at the end of each class;
  • Refer requests for refunds, transfers, suggestions and complaints to the Lifelong Learning Program Director;
  • Notify the Lifelong Learning Program Director and receive approval a minimum of four hours prior to class if they will have a substitute instructor. Substitute instructors must be existing RCC Exempt Employees or RCC registered volunteers;
  • If unable to arrange for a substitute due to a sudden illness or an emergency, must report their situation to the Lifelong Learning Program Director as soon as possible prior to the start of class;
  • If the instructor fails to arrange for a substitute, he/she must notify all students of a class cancellation;
  • Verify attendance, telephone numbers and email addresses at the first class.  Class participants not listed must be reported to Lifelong Learning Program Director and referred to the RCC Customer Service manager;
  • Exhibit knowledge of RCC evacuation and Shelter In Place (SIP) procedures.



  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from college and certification in a specialized field such as education, recreation, and/or language skills; 

  • Self-motivated and exercises a high level of independent judgment and good communication skills in individual or group settings;



  • At least 2 years experience teaching English as a Second Language (ESL);
  • Fluency in other languages;
  • CPR/First Aid Certified.



To Apply:

  1. Download and complete a job application (PDF). 
  2. Return the completed application, along with a letter stating which position you are applying for and a copy of your resume, to:

    Reston Community Center
    Attn: Personnel Specialist
    2310 Colts Neck Road
    Reston, VA  20191

3. Or send resume to Karen.Brutsche@fairfaxcounty.gov

Questions and inquiries can be directed to Karen Brutsché, Leisure & Learning Director, at the emailed provided above.