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Adult Education and Literacy (High School Equivalency and ESL) Instructor

Category/Level:  Full-time, 11-month contract (PSS/4) State AEL funded

Start Date:  ASAP

Basic Function:  Work as a member of an Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) team using contemporary, research-based teaching methods and resources to build students' academic skills to support successful completion of High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) and attainment of English language proficiency.  Lead Language Arts and ESL curriculum development and ensure alignment with College and Career Readiness Standards and HiSET test objectives.  Update language arts and ESL curriculum and train peers as needed.  Teach HSED preparation and ESL courses, including all subjects on the HiSET exam.  Participate in local and state AEL training.  Advocate for students, demonstrating sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds of AEL students, including those with physical and learning disabilities.  Work a varied schedule, including some evening hours and classes in Charles City and Hampton.  Travel within and outside the NIACC region.

Salary and Benefits:  Salary based on experience.  Fringe benefits of Blue Cross/Blue Shield major medical health insurance, eye care, dental, life and disability insurance.  Retirement benefits as provided by Social Security and IPERS or TIAA.

Materials Required:

  • NIACC application form
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable)

Applicants will be prompted to complete the following questions as part of the application materials:

  • Describe your most rewarding experience in education.
  • List speaking engagements, memberships, elected or appointed non-educational leadership positions.
  • What do you consider to be the two most significant educational problems or issues today?  Why do you consider them significant?
  • Write a brief statement on your philosophy of the function of a comprehensive community college. 


Qualifications:  A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in education with background in language arts/English and/or English as a Second Language (preferred).  Successful teaching experience.  Preferred:  Experience working with adult students or high school students.  Experience with curriculum development and assessment.  Ability to support peers with lesson planning, instructional methods and assessment.  Committed to the community college and adult education philosophies and possess a desire to instruct AEL students.  Computer skills and the ability to work with instructional technology.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member.

Learn and keep current with AEL program requirements, goals and methods.
Conduct effective teaching in a variety of formats including technology.
Provide a positive, student-centered environment committed to AEL student success by consideration of learning styles, modes and methods. (a) Create enthusiasm for learning and the subject. Incorporate motivational strategies emphasizing relevancy. (b) Encourage student participation and responsibility for learning experience. (c) Build student pride in self-accomplishment; promote self-worth (d) Collaborate with students to determine and plan for their learning goals. Give timely feedback. (e) Learn about and refer students to services and resources for their benefit.
Assess students, document attendance and progress according to AEL requirements.
Assist with transition and referral of AEL students to other college programs including credit and non-credit coursework. Refer AEL students to college, Iowa Workforce Development, and community resources.
Assist with development and implementation of AEL curriculum, especially language arts and English as a Second Language.
Assist with staff development.
Prepare and submit all reports of student outcomes and learning gains in a timely manner. Use data for program improvement.
Maintain standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position; serve on committees and assume other duties as assigned. Participate in local and state staff development and training.
Communicate effectively with students, staff and collaborating programs. Build collaborations with students, staff, administrators and partnering programs.
Assist in the budgeting and scheduling processes as requested by supervisor.
Perform in a manner which strengthens the coordination and cooperation of all organizational components of the College, including opportunities for student recruitment.
NIACC Core Principles: All employees are expected to adhere to all NIACC policies and procedures. NIACC administration, faculty, and staff value a positive working environment and an environment of mutual respect, therefore all employees are to maintain a positive attitude and respect for others when working with all NIACC departments, employees, students, partners, and the public.