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Join the Literacy NRV team as a part-time ESOL instructor!

Literacy NRV is thrilled to announce that we are expanding our team and expanding our impact with the addition of a temporary part-time ESOL Instructor! We are now accepting resumes from passionate, energetic, enthusiastic adult education professionals looking to join a dynamic team as we carry out our mission of changing legacies through literacy.


REVIEW DATE: November 17, 2023


Reporting to the Executive Director, this position will be responsible for providing part-time English instruction and assessments based on the learning needs of culturally diverse adult students enrolled in Literacy NRV’s multi-leveled ESOL classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages). There will be two evening classes and two daytime classes each week in Christiansburg and Blacksburg; one class may be on the weekend (schedule has not been finalized). The position will start on January 8, 2024. Anticipated hours are 12 per week for 14 weeks. More hours may be available based on experience and class schedule and position may be renewed for future semesters.


Responsibilities


The part-time ESOL instructor will use the Cambridge Ventures curriculum, create and implement lesson plans based on the curriculum and adult student needs, evaluate students' progress, and provide effective instruction to facilitate English language learning for students at a variety of English language levels, including beginning and intermediate. This position requires the ability to make management decisions related to classroom organization and structure, volunteer management, and individualization as well as routine decisions regarding the everyday operation of the classes assigned and to complete and maintain appropriate student records, including attendance and goal accomplishments, accurately and on a timely basis. Literacy NRV provides paid preparation time: 4 individual 2-hour classes (8 hours) plus 4 hours of preparation. Training and class materials are provided.


About


Literacy NRV is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (ProLiteracy member and United Way partner agency) that provides free instruction for adults in reading, writing, basic math, basic computer skills, and English for speakers of other languages. The mission of Literacy NRV is to foster, support, advocate for, and instruct adults in the New River Valley who seek opportunities to achieve greater independence through literacy. The organization employs two full-time and four part-time staff, has an annual budget of approximately $200,000, works with more than 100 volunteers per year, and annually serves approximately 300 adult learners. For more information, including access to our annual report, please visit www.literacynrv.org.


Qualifications


This is an exciting opportunity for a strategic and creative adult educator with ideas, strengths, and career experience to work with our volunteers, community partners, and team to grow Literacy NRV’s impact throughout the New River Valley.


Key Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Using Cambridge’s Ventures curriculum, plan and provide English instruction to adult learners at multiple proficiency levels

  • Prepare and create lesson plans and implement instructional lessons based on student's proficiency level and program goals

  • Integrate and manage volunteers to provide individualization of instruction

  • Administer assessments as needed

  • Participate in staff development activities and staff meetings as required or assigned

  • Provide ongoing feedback to learners regarding progress and areas for improvement

  • Performs other related work as assigned

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities Required):

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree

  • At least two years of teaching experience with adult learners preferred

  • TESOL training or comparable certification is preferred but not required (special preference for candidates with TESOL training or comparable certification)

  • Ability to relate well to groups of students of differing abilities and backgrounds

  • Ability to follow instructions and receive feedback to improve performance

  • Capacity to adapt and react positively to last-minute changes

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with colleagues and as a team

  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to adhere to Literacy NRV's mission and values

  • Ability to integrate and use technology for instructional and educational purposes

We are looking for a self-directed educator and leader with excellent follow through and time management skills; a strong collaborator who works well independently; a creative problem solver who is enthusiastic, dynamic, flexible, adaptable, organized, and passionate about helping adults achieve literacy learning goals. The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication/presentation skills and proficiency in online tools and platforms. Bilingual capabilities, especially Spanish, is a plus. A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and clean background check is required.


Literacy NRV is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving a diverse team. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, disability or marital status.


To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and sample lesson plan to Ginny Ayers, Executive Director, at gayers@lvnrv.org with subject line “PT ESOL Instructor,” PDF files preferred. All applications are treated confidentially. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled; first applicant review will be November 17, 2023.


Location: Literacy NRV is based in Christiansburg, VA with travel throughout the New River Valley. Must have own transportation. Mileage reimbursement provided.


Schedule: Our work environment is friendly, with flexibility and consideration of personal needs and circumstances. Evening and weekend work is required based on class schedule. In-person work will be required with opportunities to work remotely when applicable.


Compensation:

  • Starting pay is $20 per hour, as needed (approximately 12 hours per week for 14 weeks)

  • Opportunities for professional development

  • Mileage reimbursement provided from home to class location

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