TITLE:                   ESL Instructor, Adjunct
DEPARTMENT:   Academics
REPORTS TO:      ESL Director
CREATED:             June 30, 2023

BASIC FUNCTION: The Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas is looking for an experienced ESL Instructor. Applicants must provide instruction that is consistent and coordinated with the University’s ESL instructional program so as to ensure that students meet and exceed learning targets. Create lessons plan, assignments, and outlines for face-to-face classes. Conduct
lectures and maintain a classroom environment that will empower students and ensure successful learning experiences. Plan, organize, and provide instruction in English that meet state and federal standards.


1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university; Masters in ESL/TESOL or other education field.

2. Experience teaching in a business/corporate environment a plus; TEFL/TESOL/ESL Certification.

3. At least one year of teaching experience, specifically with adult learners; Excellent communication skills that include public speaking and web-based communication tools; Strong interpersonal skills.

4. Working knowledge of a variety of teaching methodologies; Knowledge of communicative and audio-lingo methods are a plus.

5. A well-groomed professional appearance and a strong work ethic.


1. Maintain necessary communication and provide feedback to students; Demonstrate good classroom management ability.

2. Assess and evaluate student progress throughout the duration of the course; Ensure timely assignment completion.

3. Develop and deliver lesson plans that utilize a broad range of appropriate teaching techniques and strategies.

4. Address all aspects of communication through appropriate instruction that develops each student’s ability to read, write, speak, and listen in the appropriate content area.

5. Administer academic and language assessments for the purpose of evaluating student progress for meeting academic learning targets and progress in language acquisition.

6. Maintain complete and accurate records of student progress and evidence of growth and progress.

7. Provide a nurturing and supportive learning environment that encourages student responsibility and incorporates challenging instructional strategies.

8. Adapt curriculum to provide individual, small group, and/or remedial instruction as to meet the needs of individual students and subgroups of students.

9. Establish and maintain standards of student behavior required to run an orderly and productive classroom environment.

10. Employ a variety of instructional techniques and strategies to meet different aptitudes and interests of students.

11. Manage allotted learning time to maximize student achievement.

12. Oversee assigned out-of-classroom activities during the school day, as needed.


NOTE: These requirements represent minimum levels in order to perform the job on a satisfactory basis.
Candidates must have the ability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job.

1. Requires in-depth understanding of development and cultivation. Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of study is required. Master’s Degree in TESOL / ESL and/or higher education field preferred. Minimum of 2 years prior related development experience preferred.

2. Proficient ability to speak, read and write Spanish preferred.

3. Requires proficient ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions dealing with abstract variables.

4. Proven track record of simultaneously and effectively managing multiple projects. Preferred proficient understanding of project management, development procedures and continuous improvement.

5. Requires proficient ability to speak, read and write English.

6. Ability to partner with and influence others without direct authority; build consensus and look for collaboration with people from different functions and all levels required. Excellent team player.

7. Excellent stakeholder management, including strong knowledge and partnering ability with outside businesses or organizations required.

8. Demonstrated exceptional leadership and management skills.

9. Requires a strong sense of diplomacy and demonstrated success in developing strong collaborative relationships with organizational peers and outside colleagues.

10. Requires recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.

11. Ability to minimize risk to the University.

12. Excellent presentation and influencing skills.

13. Requires ability to maintain confidentiality.

14. Requires proficient ability to exhibit detail-oriented skills necessary to understand and manage a wide-range of information.

15. Proficient working knowledge and ability to accurately and timely operate and perform computer related tasks with specific equipment and software applications, including Microso2 Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook, required.

16. Requires professional commitment to Christian principles and teachings so as to perform tasks and responsibilities in alignment with BUA’s mission and vision.

17. Requires ability to speak clearly and make oneself understood in face-to face interactions; to articulate with extreme accuracy and precisions to give directions, speak on the phone, etc.

18. Requires ability to communicate professionally and effectively orally and in writing.

19. Requires ability to establish and maintain elective working relationships with staff, trustees, vendors, students, families.

20. Requires ability to effectively work under pressure and remain flexible as priorities change; ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing and speak in front of groups.

21. Requires ability to work under minimal supervision; exercise sound judgment and confidentiality.

22. Requires sufficiently good health to properly discharge duties. Employees shall not be permitted to work who have infectious disease or skin lesion for the duration of the communicability.


NOTE: These requirements represent minimum levels in order to perform the job on a satisfactory basis.
Candidates must have the ability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job.

In addition to meeting the state’s school’s education and experience requirements, ESL teachers…

1. Outstanding personal and interpersonal communication skills.

2. Excellent organizational skills.

3. The ability to keep concise records.

4. A sensitivity to the development stages and well-being of ELLs.

5. The ability to incorporate current technology into the classroom environment.

6. The ability to facilitate group discussion, analyze situations, and draw conclusions.

7. The ability to work with a diversity of individuals and groups.

8. Excellent problem-solving skills to analyze issues and create action plans.

9. The ability to adapt to changing work priorities and maintain flexible working hours.

10. The ability to establish and maintain constructive relationships.


NOTE: These requirements represent minimum levels in order to perform the job on a satisfactory basis.
Candidates must have the ability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job.

1. Team Player. Work effectively with others in the organization and outside the formal lines of authority (i.e., peers, students and senior leadership, and the like) to accomplish organizational goals and to identify and resolve problems. Includes considering the impact of your decisions on others.

2. Critical Thinking. The ability to actively and skillfully conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and/or evaluate information as a guide to belief and action.

3. Bias for Action. The propensity to act or decide without customary analysis or sufficient information to achieve critical goals or objectives. Includes responsible risk-taking.

4. Self-Starter. Demonstrate initiative to take action to achieve goals beyond what is necessarily called for. Includes the ability to work in a less structured environment.

5. Customer Service Orientation. Make efforts to listen to and understand the customer (both internal and external), anticipate customer needs and give high priority to customer satisfaction.

6. Self-Confidence. Demonstrate initiative, confidence in oneself, resiliency and a willingness to take responsibility for personal actions. Have the courage to voice views that are unpopular.

7. Thoroughness. The ability to balance an attention to detail with the cost and benefit of doing so.

8. Adaptability. Maintain effectiveness in varying environments, tasks and responsibilities, or with various
types of people. Stay agile in the face of change.


NOTE: Baptist University of the Américas follows Christ-centered values administered with professional excellence. Organizational values are critical because they define Baptist University of the Américas (BUA) personality and provide our employees clarity about how to behave.

1. Core Values. Our Core Values are behavioral traits that are inherent in BUA; they are:
    a. Christ —Centered (Self-sacrificing, forgiving and biblical)

    b. Baptist (identity, and foundational)

    c. Holistic in our teaching and learning (dedicated to the mission and purpose of BUA in higher education.

    d. Integrity (with our responsibility and respect toward others.)

    e. Cross-Cultural Competency

    f. Hospitality (providing customer service, internally and externally)

    g. Community

    h. Servant Spirit (humble, treat others with respect, put others first, team player); and

    i. Passion-driven (dedicated to the mission and purpose of BUA, persevere, reliable, work hard).

2. Expected Values. BUA also holds all employees accountable for those traits which represent minimum behavioral standards: Honesty, Integrity, Respect for Others, Hardworking, Fair-minded, Accountable, and Responsible.

NOTE: Baptist University o/the Américas complies with all the employment provisions of the Americans
with Disabilities Act.

The purpose of Baptist University of the Américas job description is to describe the basic function, major responsibilities/tasks and essential functions of each job so that employees can better know what is expected of them. The descriptions also provide information useful for recruiting, training, and performance appraisal. This document does not create an employment contract, nor does it modify the at-will employment status of all employees.
A job description is not meant to inhibit employee creativity or innovation. The description will be revised as job responsibilities change materially. 

Share This