Adult Literacy Specialist, Opportunity House Men’s Shelter

Full Time

Who We Are: CAMBA is a community of staff, volunteers, clients, donors, neighbors and partners who work together to build an inclusive New York City. CAMBA serves more than 65,000 individuals and families each year, citywide, including almost 13,000 youth. Our 180+ programs in over 100 locations improve the lives of a diverse cross section of New Yorkers. From homelessness prevention in Staten Island to supportive housing in the Bronx; from employment training in Manhattan to after school programs and college access in Brooklyn; from family shelter and support in Queens to increasing affordable housing across the city, CAMBA provides holistic services to help struggling New Yorkers stabilize their lives and become self-sufficient.

CAMBA operates 6 single adult shelters and 6 family shelters and one drop in center. Each shelter offers clients a supportive, structured therapeutic, safe, and drug-free facility.  Homeless (often mentally-ill and substance-abusing) men and women are provided with comprehensive services to stabilize their condition in order to successfully transition into to permanent and/or supported housing.

CAMBA’s Opportunity House (COH) is a 62 bed men’s general population shelter funded by New York City Department of Homeless Services located in downtown Brooklyn.  COH offers clients a supportive, structured therapeutic, safe, and drug-free facility.  Homeless men are provided with comprehensive services to stabilize their condition in order to successfully transition into to permanent and/or supported housing.

Position: Adult Literacy Specialist

Reports To: Supervisor II (Client Engagement)

Location: Opportunity House (59-65 Prince Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201)

What The Adult Literacy Specialist Does:

  • Research new materials and methods of instruction to keep curriculum current and relevant. Ensure lesson plans to meet core program & course objectives.
  • Personally assess and test each client’s level of ability and prepares students to explore learning opportunities and persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Prepare and distribute instructional materials for classroom use.
  • Conduct classes, workshops and demonstrations, in a group setting or individually, to teach principles, and methods/techniques in various subjects (i.e., basic English language skills, life skills, workforce entry skills, computer skills, etc.).
  • Manage the classroom/computer lab effectively to maximize client learning. Prepare, distribute, and conduct periodic written assessments of clients’ progress.
  • Document and track client progress in case file and/or database.
  • Manage and maintain all program related data and records.
  • Market the program in order to recruit participants, including the computer literacy programs.
  • Communicate with Engagement Supervisor, Recreation Coordinator, Employment Specialist, etc. regarding apparent barriers to client success,
  • Assist clients to write and/or revise/enhance their resume.
  • Refer clients to other onsite or external service’s to assist clients in eliminating barriers to success. Maintain daily client attendance records and forward dally sign In sheet to appropriate staff members,
  • Midway through each course may conference clients’ cases with appropriate Supervisor, Case Manager etc. to ensure client engagement and success.
  • Provide weekly reports regarding completion of trainings, tasks and outcomes.
  • Maintain and update pertinent documents to clients’ learning portfolio.
  • Coordinate with other CAMBA personnel and with outside organizations regarding next steps In clients’ progress toward their goals.

Minimum Education/Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) and one year of applicable experience and/or equivalent experience

Other Requirements:

  • Teaching style must be a combination of hands-on, interactive, and participatory based teaching and lecture based teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with shelter populations.
  • May be required to become First Aid/CPR certified.
  • May be required to become certified in overdose prevention.
  • Bi-lingual preferred,

Compensation: $45,000 – $50,000
When salary ranges are listed, the range would represent the low and high end for the applicable position & program. The salary offered would be based on various factors unique to each program and candidate. This includes but is not limited to experience, education, budget and/or program size, internal equity, skills and other factors that may be required for the position and organization.

Status: Full-time (35 hours per week)
: CAMBA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, paid time off (vacation, personal, and sick time), and paid holidays.

CAMBA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace. People of color, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply. We consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, pregnancy status or sexual orientation.

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