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Regional Adult Education Specialist

POSITION TITLE: Regional Adult Education Specialist

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in education or a related field. A minimum of five years of recent successful experience as a teacher, administrator or supervisor with a minimum of three years’ experience with adult education is required. Extensive knowledge of adult education and literacy program, GED testing procedures, approved assessments and goal-setting policies, and the procedures outlined in the Operational Guidance Manual for Virginia Adult Education and Literacy Programs. Ability to use testing data to inform instructional program design and counsel learners. Ability to disaggregate National Reporting System and GED® Testing Center data for program improvement and individual counseling. Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation, and organizational skills required. Comprehensive knowledge of the nature and psychology of adult learning, teaching techniques, instructional materials and current trends in adult education required. Must have an in-depth understanding of the knowledge, skills and processes needed for the selection, evaluation, and instructional application of the methods and materials for adult basic skills and English as a Second Language programs including; curriculum development in adult basic education and GED instruction; beginning mathematics for adults; reading comprehension for adult education; and other adult basic instruction. Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with directors, program managers, specialists, school administration, and business and community representatives.

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS: Works with the local partners, one-stop workforce centers, area community colleges, and local employers to promote adult education and literacy initiatives and transitions to postsecondary education and employment. Maintains communication with program managers, GED examiners, Workforce Investment Board and employers throughout the region. Provides instructional assistance and training to meet regional program goals and increase opportunities for instruction. Provides program assistance to local programs to include professional development activities. Conducts instructor observations to ensure that standards based instruction is implemented. Develops and implements outreach strategies and ensure routine coordination between regional and applicable school divisional programs concerning licensure, curriculum, and school division credit requirements. Provides curriculum and assessment support for adult literacy, English as a Second Language programs, GED and placement testing. Responsibilities also include: monitoring outreach and recruitment of adult learners; collection and reporting of regional student data in a manner consistent with NRS and OAEL requirements; ensuring delivery of high quality adult education instruction by well-trained and qualified teachers. Assists OAEL with program monitoring and evaluation which may include participating in site visits and providing technical assistance. Assists OAEL, when necessary, in working with local programs outside the assigned region and other activities required to meet the regional and OAEL goals.

GENERAL DEFINITION AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONS OF WORK: Performs professional work working with programs for adult education. Work requires frequent standing, sitting, walking, light lifting up to 10 pounds, vocal communication for expressing or exchanging ideas, hearing to perceive information at a normal spoken word level and visual acuity for preparing and analyzing written or computer data.

OTHER INFORMATION: Only one individual shall be officially designated as the Regional Adult Education Specialist. The specialist may not be employed in another position that would prevent the full implementation of the duties of this position. The specialist must be available for activities associated with this position that are conducted during the day, in the evening, and on weekends. The specialist shall attend mandatory meetings or staff development events conducted by OAEL or the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center.

REPORTS TO: Regional Program Manager

LENGTH OF CONTRACT: 12 month (260 days) contract position, pay grade 123.  This position is contingent upon grant funds.

FLSA: Exempt