ABE/ Pre-GED Job Description
at English for Action
Job Title: Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Pre-GED Facilitator (Morning and Evening Classes)
Organization: English for Action (EFA)
Location: Olneyville, Providence, RI
Salary: $19/hr for 15 hours/week for one class or 30 hours/week for two classes, 38 weeks per year
(with the potential for increased weekly hours dependent upon anticipated funding)
Start Date: Mid to Late August 2011
English for Action (EFA) is a grassroots non-profit organization pursuing a mission to create
participatory educational programs for Latino immigrant families and community members with the goal of
achieving meaningful and community-based social change. Rooted in the Providence, RI neighborhood of
Olneyville, EFA is committed to positive social change in the greater Providence community.
EFA's participatory philosophy drives both its organizational structure and its teaching
methodologies in the classroom, EFA facilitators and learners are equal partners, working
collaboratively to develop curriculum that reflect learners' issues and life experiences. EFA's
programs utilize innovative tools- such as the visual arts, theater of the oppressed and action projects - to
link language learning, leadership development, community-building and to engage adults and younger
learners in dialogue, reflection and collaboration.
Main Responsibilities Include:
- Prepare lesson plans and teach a morning ABE class and an evening Pre-GED class Mondays through
- Complete administrative responsibilities, such as recruitment, registration, attendance, evaluation, and
assessment for all learners for the ABE and Pre-GED classes
-Collaborate with partner organizations in the neighborhood to plan and administer community-testing
dates and carry out learner recruitment and inter-agency referrals
- Track learner attendance and support learner goals and persistence. Guide learners as they transition to
higher education opportunities and or career pathways
- Work with co-facilitator and/or assistant facilitator to prepare lesson plans and develop curriculum
-Document and share best practices with EFA staff and facilitators while improving her/his own class’
-Participate in trainings led by EFA staff and attend professional development (PD) opportunities specific
to the Facilitator’s individual PD Plan
-Attend monthly staff meetings, and update staff on the ABE/ Pre-GED program
-Attend monthly meetings with the facilitator team for reflection, support, and specific skill development
-Perform general office support duties
-Help organize and participate in grassroots fundraising efforts and graduation celebrations
- Work in collaboration with staff, learners, and volunteers to build an organization that is both community-
based and community-run, and ensures the fulfillment of our mission
- Through everyday tasks and responsibilities, work within the larger framework of English for Action,
building stronger communities and achieving social justice through education
- Experience teaching in participatory, community-based settings preferred
-Experience teaching ABE and GED class levels
- Strong skills in core subjects, especially reading and math
- Passion for the mission of English for Action and participatory education
-Deep level of analysis and critical thinking about issues of social justice and the role of education in
bringing about change.
- Demonstrated commitment to working with immigrant communities and in grassroots social justice
organizations; experience working with the Latino immigrant community strongly desired.
-Experience mentoring and coaching others
-Demonstrated willingness to challenge, reflect, re-evaluate and adjust teaching strategies in order to most
effectively meet learner and community needs
-Ability to establish culture of self-reflection and peer assessment
-Ability to work well independently with little to no supervision; strong leadership and facilitation skills
-Ability to work effectively in a team environment centered on consensus building
- Desire to work in a non-traditional office environment and organizational
- Must be available to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends
- Capacity to multitask and to prioritize goals and objectives
- Bilingual English- Spanish skills desired
How to Apply
1. Send a resume, or list of work and volunteer experiences (especially in education or
2. List of three references with their contact information
3. Send a cover letter (of no more than 2 pages) that answers the following questions:
Why are you interested in this position?
What skills and strengths do you bring to this position?
How will you create a healthy learning environment in the classroom, at staff meetings,
and at community events?
What will your greatest challenges in this job be, and how will you face those challenges?
How will working for EFA relate to your ideas about community development and social
4. Interview: In your cover letter, please indicate when you will be available for an interview.
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Cristina Cabrera, ABE/Pre-GED Search Committee, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-421-3181.
** Bilingual candidates, people of color, and women, are encouraged to apply**