Within the larger scope of formal and informal learning of the Programs & Services Department’s (PSD) Adult Learner Program (ALP) division, the Lead Instructor instructs adult education courses at all National Reporting System (NRS) levels, with the goal of moving participants to Higher Educational functioning levels enabling participants to pursue training and/or post-secondary education as well as see and retain employment to achieve self-sufficiency.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Applies content knowledge and expertise in teaching to drive participant progress and outcomes.
- Designs and implements lesson plans that ensure students make measurable skills gains, and helps prepare participants for testing including High School Equivalency (HSE) exams.
- Provides information and support to participants pursuing jobs and/or post-secondary education and training.
- Develops and uses appropriate tools to measure participant outcomes beyond measurable skills gains.
- Assists with the coordination of adult literacy programs that provide materials, guidance, and support to adult learners.
- Administers BEST Plus, Best Literacy, TABE, TASC Readiness and other applicable testing instruments to assess participants’ measurable skills gains.
- Supports part-time instructors in implementing internal and external curricula including but not limited to: Common Core and College & Career Readiness-aligned curricula through professional development, modeling and coaching.
- Designs and facilitates professional development sessions to meet funding requirements.
- Refines lessons learned from professional development workshops to develop recommendations for instructors.
- Facilitates the distribution of information gained through meetings and observations.
- Meets regularly with managers and staff to assess the progress of curriculum and professional development efforts, and modify methodologies as needed.
- Leads Queens Public Library’s Adult Learning Program (ALP) instructors through modeling, training, coaching, and observations in use of effective instructional methods.
- Leverages best practices in Adult Education principles and instruction to build upon the current curriculum and develops a coaching model that will help teachers achieve instructional outcomes.
- Informs instructors of current issues related to New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) adult literacy programming.
- Facilitates conversations with instructors to provide specialized academic instruction, recommends appropriate materials and resources to participants, and provides access to computer-assisted instruction.
- Collaborates in reviewing, editing and revising curricula as needed.
- Manages online communications and online support with participating teachers.
- Establishes a clear pedagogy and set of goals/outcomes that guide the entire instructional staff.
- Develops curriculum sequences for ESOL, ABE, and pre-HSE resulting in coherent and well-articulated progression across NRS educational levels.
- Outlines framework for teachers to informally assess themselves and their participants during the process of achieving program outcomes and objectives.
- Collaborates with faculty and administration to create curricula that allows for flexibility and encourages experimentation/innovation and digital literacy within overall structure.
- Incorporates interdisciplinary approaches within the curricula when appropriate.
- Provides direction for procurement of material, training, and fiscal resources to implement curricula.
- Performs other duties as required.
The schedule for this position will include Saturdays and evenings as required.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field required. Minimum of four years of experience in adult education required. Evidence of mastery and application of adult education principles required.
- At least one year of experience supervising, training and/or providing professional development to teaching staff required.
- At least one year of experience with both independent and collaborative curriculum development required.
- Experience with integrating technology into classroom instruction and for supplemental learning outside of a classroom setting required.
- Must have knowledge of existing academic standards at the high school and college levels in New York State (e.g. NYS Common Core Learning Standards, college placement exams, etc.).
- Strong facilitation, training, and professional development skills required.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, demanding, and complex work environment required.
- Must possess strong interpersonal skills, exceptional attention to detail, and be highly organized. Strong written, verbal and digital communication skills.
- Coaching experience a plus.
- Working knowledge of TASC, TABE Assessment, TASC Readiness Assessment, Best Plus and Best Literacy preferred.
ABOUT QUEENS PUBLIC LIBRARY:
Queens Public Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service. Our mission is to transform lives by cultivating personal and intellectual growth and by building strong communities. Queens Public Library welcomes innovators and leaders to contribute to a long history and dynamic future of serving the most diverse county in the United States. Queens Public Library is a private, non-profit corporation with 1,700 employees serving 66 locations.
TO APPLY: Please send your resume and cover letter to QLcareers@queenslibrary.org and reference “Lead Instructor – QLWEB” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted by email.
The Queens Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.