Adult Education Instructor: Low Literacy and ESOL Specialist

Adult Education Instructor: Low Literacy and ESOL Specialist – Wood County (200 day contract)

Posting Date: April 29, 2020

Position Effective: July 1, 2020

Position: Adult Education Instructor

Location: Wood County

Salary: Based on experience and qualifications.


1. Valid professional teaching certificate (preferred) or eligible for an Adult License for Adult Basic Education (four-year college degree – minimum of 2.5 GPA in original course work; minimum of 3.0 in course work used to maintain licensure); English certification preferred.
2. Knowledge of the characteristics of adult learners and prior experience in delivering training and/or basic skills instruction to adult learners is preferred.
3. Experience in working with technology and using educational software is preferred.
4. Effective oral/written communication skills are required.
5. Experience with data management systems is preferred.
6. Ability to attend required pre-service teacher training with an approved peer trainer (and travel to the meeting if necessary) prior to the start of any instructional activity.
7. Experience teaching West Virginia Adult Education preferred.
8. Experience in teaching learners with beginning and low literacy levels.
9. Experience in teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

REPORTS TO: Regional Coordinator / MSESC Executive Director

1. Administer/interpret appropriate instruments for registration, placement and needs assessment to determine skill levels and learner goals.
2. Conduct private student interviews to set reasonable goals and plan an individual program of study based on skill levels and personal/career goals.
3. Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
4. Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request.
5. Manage multi-level classroom activities and provide instruction in a variety of ways (individual, pair-work, whole group, small group, computer-aided, tutorial, guest speakers, field trips, etc.) according to the learners’ needs.
6. Structure appropriate activities aligned to standards that teach principles, techniques, or methods in subjects such as English language skills, mathematics, life skills, and workforce/employability skills. 7. Employ a variety of teaching strategies that are student-centered; incorporate active learning; provide explicit direct instruction; and differentiation.
8. Observe and evaluate students’ work to determine progress and make regular suggestions for improvement.
9. Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
10. Reflectively review instructional content, methods, and student evaluations to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to develop recommendations for course revision, development, or elimination. 11. Apply accommodations for students with special learning needs.
12. Establish and maintain linkages with various community agencies (including DHHR, DRS, and WorkForce WV), business and industry, and educational and governmental institutions (including career and technical centers, and college programs).
13. Participate in publicity planning, community awareness efforts, and student recruitment.
14. Advise students on internships, prospective employers, and job placement services.
15. Make referrals for support services when appropriate (diagnosis of disabilities, vision, hearing; childcare and/or transportation assistance, etc.).
16. Monitor and document learners’ progress in relation to identified goals using a variety of evaluation techniques.
17. Maintain and submit applicable data/reports relating to student enrollment, progress, and completion (or termination) in a timely manner as required by county/state policy.
18. Select and recommend the purchase of proper educational materials, supplies, and/or equipment for the class site(s).
19. Insure (through appropriate supervision) the safety and well-being of learners.
20. Maintain confidentiality of student information as outlined in the WVAdultEd Instructor Handbook, Section 4.
21. Maintain valid state certification (teaching certificate or adult license for ABE).
22. Participate in the minimum required professional development sessions per year, depending on the number of hours per week of employment.
23. Attend professional meetings, conferences, and workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
24. Write grants to obtain program funding.
25. Input all information into the management information system as required by State regulations.
26. Design customized curricula for ESOL and Low Literacy learners.
27. Share curricula, teaching strategies and best practices with other instructors at ESOL meetings, online, at state conferences, etc.
28. Attend program-specific meetings, in-person and online, related to ESOL and/or Low Literacy instruction.
29. Act as a liaison and coach to other West Virginia Adult Education Instructors who serve ESOL and low/beginning literacy students.
30. Provide support for underperforming programs that deal in specialized curricula.
31. Develop and use assessment strategies, traditional and alternative, to assist the continuous development of students.
32. Assist in instructional support for other instructors in the areas of reading, beginning/low literacy and ESOL.
33. Assist teachers in selecting, administering, and evaluating results of screening, diagnostic, and progress assessments.
34. Assist teachers in the provision of appropriate intensive intervention instruction for struggling students, including those who are limited English proficient.
35. Create various forms of content to provide resources and assistance to other ESOL instructors.
36. Provide reading instructional support to other instructors statewide. 37. Performs other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director/Regional Coordinator.


1. Work effectively as a member of an educational team to promote the program as a whole.
2. Maintain a professional relationship with students, administrators, and all others who are encountered through professional duties.
3. Create a positive learning environment by demonstrating enthusiasm, ethical behavior, respect for others, and good work habits (including punctuality and attendance).
4. Demonstrate a willingness to work collaboratively with personnel from within the organization and from outside agencies.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Recommended by the MSESC Executive Director Confirmed by the MSESC Governing Council

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: This position is a will and pleasure employee of the Mountain State ESC. Continuation of the position is dependent upon funding, enrollment and program performance.

SALARY: Per current Mountain State Educational Services Cooperative Salary Schedule

Resume Must Include:

1. List of educational institutions attended, course of study, dates attended, and certificates earned.

2. List of employers for the past ten years, including address and name of immediate supervisor(s).

3. Description of responsibilities/work experiences in previous employment.

4. Alignment of work experience with posted Job Description.

5. List of at least three (3) references including addresses and telephone numbers.

Application Deadline:

May 6, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST

Send Application & Resume:

Ms. Jan Hanlon, Executive Director

Mountain State ESC

501 22nd Street

Dunbar, WV 25064

or download the region’s application and submit via email to



REPORTS TO: MSESC Executive Director