The Literacy Alliance of Northeast Florida (formerly Learn to Read Jacksonville) began in 1969 with the mission to raise literacy awareness and increase adult literacy in Jacksonville through a volunteer-based program. The organization provides literacy and math instruction through small group, computer-assisted, or one-on-one learning environments at no cost to adults 16 and older who function below the ninth grade reading level.
The Literacy Alliance is accepting applications for the position of Adult Literacy Instructor. The ideal candidate will have previous teaching experience, preferably in Adult Basic Education, and be able to manage a multi-level class. Hours for the job are largely weekday and/or evening hours for approximately 8 – 12 hours per week with some weekend classes possible.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
· Instruction: Teaches specialized small group class sessions. Provides opportunities for remediation in problem areas, manages a multi-level classroom, and prepares lessons and activities appropriate for inmates. Acts as a substitute teacher for absentee instructors.
· Curriculum: Develops and adapts curriculum and course objectives into lesson plans aligned with students’ goals. Candidates with experience writing curriculum for contextual learning and/or corrections education preferred.
· Record Keeping: Monitors, records, and evaluates the progress of program participants. Maintains student attendance and achievement records. Maintains physical filing system.
· Communications: Communicates with program participants and partners on a regular basis to increase retention and completion rates.
· Professional Development: Enrolls in at least one professional development training annually.
· Accountability: Adheres to personnel policy procedures, including attendance policies. Is present and prepared during normal work hours. Informs staff member, volunteers, and/or partners of any changes in personal schedule in advance. Updates weekly schedule on the internal Google calendar.
· Excellent oral and written communication skills; detail-oriented, good interpersonal skills, and able to manage multiple tasks/deadlines at once.
· Ability to conduct training sessions and presentations to small groups.
· Ability to work independently and proactively with minimal supervision.
· Proficient in the latest desktop publishing programs (including Google and Microsoft Office Suites).
· Must have reliable transportation.
· Must be able to pass full background check conducted by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Education and Experience
· Associate’s Degree or a two-year combination of education, training, and professional level experience teaching reading to persons 16 years of age or older.
Vaccinations are required. Masks are also still required in classrooms for instructors and students.
Since beginning in 1969 as Learn to Read Jacksonville, the Literacy Alliance of Northeast Florida has provided free literacy instruction to adults seeking to improve their reading, writing, and math skills.
The Literacy Alliance first formed to provide one-on-one volunteer tutoring. Today, we continue to offer that powerful level of instruction, but have also grown and changed with the needs of our students to include computer assisted instruction, small group classes, as well as instruction in basic math skills, financial literacy, health literacy, and career coaching.
We are the largest adult literacy program in the community and one of the largest in the state providing instruction to over 500 adults every year who receive over 20,000 hours of learning. And, they find success. 89% of our students regularly increase their reading levels or meet a personal development goal.
At the Literacy Alliance of Northeast Florida, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our students.
– Our student population is reflective of the underrepresented members of our community.
– We recognize the importance of human differences regardless of culture, ethnicity or sexuality.
– We advocate for our students’ equity and self-efficacy by engaging with civic and community leaders, policy makers, and elected officials.