Adult Literacy Program Assistant Director

Posted by on July 29, 2013

Adult Literacy Program Assistant Director
Job posted by: The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy – Philadelphia
Posted on: July 23, 2013

Job description
This position requires residence in the City of Philadelphia.

Adult Literacy Program Assistant Director

About the Commission

The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy is moving forward dynamically to create a system that engages all adults in Philadelphia in lifelong learning for their economic success, civic engagement, and personal development. The Adult Literacy Program Assistant Director is a member of a closely-knit staff team that has established standards, engages with community partners, develops volunteerism, raises quality, evaluates, and extends services on a very large scale (500,000 + learners). This work requires significant knowledge of workforce literacy and the use of best practices in adult education, community engagement, and interactive online learning. The Mayor’s Commission assists literacy and workforce development providers and public and private partners throughout Philadelphia with the tools, skills, capacity and knowledge they need to build communities of learners throughout the city, and to achieve the Commission’s vision of Philadelphia becoming a national leader in literacy.

Assistant Director Role

The Commission has funded community-based intake, assessment, referral, and case management “hubs” in three areas of the city. The Assistant Director will be responsible for assuring hub staff and volunteers are trained and qualified to provide these services; that they fulfill the terms of their contracts; and that they are actively and productively engaged with critical partners, including both the Commission’s online programs, the employment centers in Philadelphia (PA CareerLinks® and EARN centers), all qualified literacy providers in the City, Keyspots (public computing centers managed by The Commission) and the Commission-sponsored Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance.

The Assistant Director also manages several of the Commission’s Core Trainings, which run year-round. The core trainings have been face to face, but will need to be offered increasingly in blended and completely online versions, the development of which will be spearheaded by the Assistant Director. The core trainings include standardized test administration and interpretation; teaching for GED 2014; recruitment of learners to face to face and distance learning programs; site coordination; volunteer management; and case management.

Above all, the Assistant Director integrates the work of the hubs and assure that the core trainings are fully integrated with all of the Commission’s programs.

Required Skills, Credentials and Experience

  • Bachelors’ required, Master’s degree preferred in adult education, social science, workforce development, or a closely related field.
  • Knowledge of and experience with adult education and especially with the low literate adult learner population, and extensive knowledge of workforce development and career pathways.
  • Experience with organizing and planning professional development, and with leadership for face to face and online education, preferably in a not-for-profit higher education or adult education environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with community-based organizations in Philadelphia; experience as a trainer of adult educators.
  • Outstanding public speaking/presentation and interpersonal skills; outstanding written skills.
  • Knowledge of adult literacy, workforce preparation, adult education providers, social service agencies and neighborhood resources in Philadelphia.
  • Experience with program development and evaluation in a non-profit environment.
  • Must be a team player, highly collaborative, and have a passion for very hard work.
  • Ability to work well in diverse neighborhoods, with diverse populations, including the full spectrum of immigrant populations in Philadelphia.

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