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Adult Education Coordinator

Elizabeth (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Elizabeth (United States of America)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

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Job Overview/Summary: The Adult Education Coordinator implements education programming for adults served by the IRC’s Elizabeth resettlement office. They coordinate adult education programming including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), computer literacy, college preparedness and cultural orientation classes. The coordinator oversees onboarding and supervision of ESL instructors, volunteer tutors, and adult education interns.

Major Responsibilities:

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE DELIVERY

·Oversee adult education classes, including coordination of class schedules, enrollment and registration, pre- and post-testing, volunteer training and supervision, curriculum development and instructional quality.

·Recruit, interview and supervise volunteer ESL teachers, tutors, volunteers, and interns.

·Coordinate with resettlement team to implement effective cultural orientation classes for newly arrived refugees, including quality of content and instruction, refugee attendance and appropriate language interpretation.

·Support design and implementation of VESL instruction and career pathways bridge programming

·Identify and engage with relevant community partners and universities to support IRC’s education and learning programs.

·Improve Adult Education programs monitoring and evaluation tools and systems to track student and program progress.

·Assist with preparation of relevant funder reports related to adult education and training programs offered by IRC

TEAM SUPERVISION

·Participate in IRC network-wide initiatives to understand and share best-practices relating to adult education, cultural orientation and continuing education/job training.

·Recruit, train, orient, monitor, and evaluate volunteer performance and ensure program objectives are met.

·Orient, train and supervise volunteers and interns to support education and learning programs for youth and adults, in coordination with youth program staff member

·Work with Community Relations Officer to develop and maintain relationships with university and community partners for volunteers and interns

REPORTING, DATA COLLECTING and FUNDING

·Ensure program participants are properly enrolled and files are up to date

·Prepare timely reports on adult programming to meet donor and contract requirements

·Ensure data collection systems are always up to date with program information

·Coordinate with IRC development staff and resettlement director regarding funder reports and new potential donors Other duties as assigned

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:Education and Learning Manager

Position directly supervises: Adult ESL volunteers/tutors, adult education interns

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Casework Supervisor, Economic Empowerment Supervisor

External:New Jersey Office for Refugees

Job Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in education, social work or a relevant field highly desired.

Work Experience:

·Minimum of two years teaching experience (with adults) required, preferably with English language learners

·Experience working with adult learners from a variety of cultural and linguistic groups highly desired

·Experience with refugee and/or immigrant populations highly preferred

·Experience designing student-centered, thematic-based curriculum and developing monitoring and evaluation systems highly desired

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

·Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work successfully in cross-cultural environment

·Highly organized, responsible, and flexible; ability to maintain responsibility for multiple tasks in the context of a diverse, fast-paced work environment and maintain composure under pressure

·Must be comfortable interacting with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds

·Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook; ability to use the internet and other resources for research and problem-solving purposes

·Willingness to work some evenings and/or weekends on a regular basis

Language Skills: Ability to read, write and speak English fluently is required. Fluency in one of the languages of populations served is highly desired (Arabic, Persian, Pashto, French, Kiswahili, Haitian Creole, Spanish)

Certificates or Licenses: Teaching and/or TESOL/ESL certification highly desired.

Working Environment: Standard office work environment. Some field work required (10% of time), including outreach and communication with local schools, networking opportunities, and community-based organizations.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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