Adult Education Instructor, Workforce Development
- Goodwill of Western MO & Eastern KS
- Location: Kansas City, Missouri
- Category: Admin-Adult And Continuing Education Programs Nonprofit-Other Philanthropy-Administrative-Non-profit
- Posting Date: 07/02/2021
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
Expanding technologies, such as artificial intelligence and robotics, are rapidly changing how we work, and the skills needed to perform the jobs of the future. However, many job seekers are at risk of having low or obsolete skills and being left out of jobs and economic opportunities in the 4th Industrial Revolution. The Goodwill Artemis Institute will launch in Fall 2021, with its first program, Bridge to Technology, designed to provide education, training, and credentialing for vulnerable job seekers to prepare them for advanced training and employment in a high demand career pathway of their choice such as Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, AR/VR (Artificial Reality/Virtual Reality), 3D Printing, and IoT (Internet of Things). Learners will participate in the program through a combination of on-line and a physical computer lab/classroom setting with an instructor present to support the learning process.
Our vision is that, together, we can build sustainable and prospering communities. We achieve this by empowering people to discover their potential and adapt for the future through the power of work. We work with a vast diversity of jobseekers including those that have a different ability, prior criminal offense, lack of work experience, education, and/ or skills. We take a strength-based approach to career development by meeting individuals where they are and helping them build the necessary foundational and digital skills to find sustainable employment.
Reporting to the Director of Workforce Development, the Adult Education Instructor will lead the instruction of the Bridge to Technology Program and will be responsible for ensuring that the training they deliver is of the highest quality and is delivered in an understandable, approachable, and flexible fashion consistent with agency values. The Adult Education Instructor will work collaboratively with a team of managers, career advisors and job developers with the common goal of successfully advancing participants to postsecondary education or training. The instructor is not expected to be an expert in future state technologies, however, they are expected to use Goodwill subject matter experts and other resources to become well versed in the material once hired. The Adult Education Instructor may assist with identifying and delivering other course material beyond the Bridge to Technology program.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Conducts appropriate instructional activities for assigned classes. Implements differentiated instruction and computer-aided instruction in all classes.
- Incorporates career awareness and career development activities in all classes which is included in the curriculum.
- Develops familiarity with curriculum and learning objectives of Adult Education courses. Develops appropriate lesson plans and maintains an educational plan for each student.
- Develops lesson plans that align with the curriculum.
- Evaluates student performance and maintains attendance, student progress, and grade records for assigned classes.
- Develops and implements strategies to aid student retention. Maintains student follow-up.
- Cultivates an expectation that students will transition to post-secondary education.
- Coordinates class activities with the literacy program, as appropriate. Assists in tutor training and works with program/support volunteers.
- Completes all necessary record keeping for the position in a thorough, accurate and timely manner.
- Participates in mandatory professional development activities, and meetings as required.
- Communicates regularly with the Director and other program personnel about student concerns and progress and documents them per established policies.
- Administer assessments to students, as needed – TABE, Northstar Digital Literacy
- Assist with orientations for new students.
- Use a variety of teaching materials and strategies, including technology.
- Use instructional time effectively.
- Communicates with students through class time, conferences, and other means to discuss student’s progress.
- Demonstrate ability to motivate students and help them reach their goals.
- Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and positively with students and staff.
- Listen and actively respond to learners’ needs and goals.
- Work positively and non-judgmentally with students of all cultures and social backgrounds.
- Provide students with specific evaluative feedback.
- Set high expectations for all students.
- Establish and maintain a well-organized classroom that is conducive to learning.
- Adhere to good safety practices.
- Ability to teach day and evening classes and occasionally Saturdays, as needed.
This job operates in various work environments from a typical office environment, manufacturing, donated goods retail store back rooms and sales floors. This job utilizes normal office equipment and presentation equipment which is expected to evolve with advances in technology. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate verbally and apply active listening skills.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Walk and stand for long periods of time, some lifting may be required not to exceed 35 pounds.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work/Travel
This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Hours will vary with the needs of the participants, but will generally be day time hours Monday through Friday, with occasional evenings and Saturday’s, as needed. Training locations may vary, and travel between locations within a two-hour radius of our Kansas City headquarters may be required.
- Bachelor's degree in education or related field required. Master's degree in Education, Linguistics, or related field preferred. AEL certification preferred.
- Three years of prior teaching experience, especially in Adult Education, High School Equivalency, ESL, or Contextualized Bridge Classes preferred.
- Training, experience, and/or coursework in individual learning methodology in the basic academic skill areas of reading, writing, and mathematics preferred.
- Demonstration of competency in subject area development preferred.
- Experience with disadvantaged or underrepresented individuals preferred.
- Experience with distance or remote learning preferred.
- Must be computer literate.
- Demonstration of English proficiency in oral and written English required.
Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas has a rich, 125+ year history. Everyone knows Goodwill for our thrift stores, but few know what Goodwill is really all about. The sale of unwanted items provides funds that stay local, helping us to support thousands of job seekers with barriers to employment. We believe in the Power of Work and are committed to helping people earn and keep jobs in the community. That’s why 88¢ of ever