NDMV AmeriCorps Adult Education Associate
Atlanta (United States of America)
SCOPE OF ADULT EDUCATION WORK: The IRC’s Adult Education program works to address the language and job skills needs of refugee and immigrant adults through multi-level classes operating and enrolling continuously, year-round. More than 90% of the individuals that the IRC in Atlanta resettles each year are considered to have low English proficiency, limiting employment opportunities and the ability to fully participate in their new communities. All newly arrived families participate in a multi-day interpreted community and cultural orientation (CO) program covering a wide range of topics to support community integration. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class curriculum is designed to increase language skills for adult learners at various proficiency levels and includes integrated workforce and digital literacy components. Instruction is focused on developing vocabulary and confidence for dealing with real world situations such as financial literacy and budgeting, navigating the community and public transportation, employment expectations, and other daily life skills.
This year (Sept 2021 through July 2022), the IRC in Atlanta will utilize two NDMV AmeriCorps Adult Education Associates. These members will assist in collaboratively teaching ESOL classes and lead the CO program. Both members will be an active part of the IRC’s Adult Education instructional team, will lead classes and projects with direct programmatic outcomes, and will oversee classroom assistants (both volunteers and college interns). The hours of this position include some flexibility, but members typically commit to a schedule close to 8:30am-4:30pm (EST), Monday through Friday.
PLEASE NOTE: This position is a Notre Dame Mission Volunteer (NDMV) AmeriCorps position. AmeriCorps oversight will be conducted through NDMV of Atlanta, and the IRC will serve as a site placement. For more information about NDMV, please visit http://www.ndmva.org.
Candidates will need to complete the AmeriCorps application process through the NDMV site liaison in addition to the IRC’s interview and selection process.
- Lead ESOL class programming
- Plan and deliver daily classes with curricula focused on basic through intermediate language learning, digital literacy skills, workforce and job readiness skills, and integrated life skills.
- Guide and support Adult Education classroom assistants, both volunteers and college interns, as they lead and facilitate large group, small group, and one-one-one instruction, and deliver curriculum content.
- Collaborate with the IRC’s Economic Empowerment early-employment team to align focus towards current workforce priorities.
Lead CO programming
- Plan and prepare orientations following organizational guidelines and federal learning objectives with supplemental educational activities.
- Deliver cultural orientation curriculum through interpretation. Coordinate with IRC logistics team to schedule and present orientations with in-person interpreters.
- Track individual progress through orientations, keeping documentation and maintain communication with logistics and case management teams.
- Support delivery of Citizenship Preparation programming
- Support program activities through developing and preparing educational materials and research of effective curriculum content.
- Complete orientations and conferences with current and potential students, assisting students in completing necessary intake and enrollment forms and student goal tracking.
- Administer English language assessments to measure student progress and gains.
- Assist with record-keeping and data entry to support program administration and compliance with programmatic requirements. Document student progress by keeping accurate and up-to-date attendance records, case notes, assessment data, program participant surveys, and observation of student progress.
- Maintain a positive learning environment. Facilitate student learning activities that build cultural and community knowledge and encourage collaboration and positive peer support.
- Maintain open and effective communication with adult education team members. Report regularly on program goals, client attendance, learning activities, student progress and any problems or concerns with clients or program.
- Actively participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings.