Adult Education, Adult Literacy Program

Part 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, where all children and adults have access to the resources and supports they need to thrive.  We take a comprehensive approach by offering more than 160 integrated programs in:  Education & Youth Development, Family Support, Job Training & Employment Support Services, Health, Housing, and Legal Services. We reach more than 65,000 individuals and families each year at our 90 locations, including 10,000 youth. CAMBA serves a diverse cross section of New Yorkers from new mothers in Brownsville to job seekers in the Rockaways. More than half of our clients are immigrants and refugees from around the globe. Over 85% of our families are in living in poverty, reflecting the challenges faced by nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers today.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)/Adult Basic Education (ABE/High School Equivalency (HSE) test preparation classes: CAMBA offers classes to people who live or work in Brooklyn’s Flatbush/East Flatbush communities. We target people who are most in need of literacy services. For instance, we are an approved NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) educational site. HRA allows clients to join our classes, and the center’s Case Manager reports their attendance on a regular basis. Each year, over 1000 people from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States enroll in CAMBA’s literacy classes. To be eligible for enrollment, an applicant must be at least 16 years old. In most cases, a student can attend a class Monday through Friday in the morning, afternoon, or evening for at least 3 hours per session. We target individuals who are most in need of literacy services; therefore, our classes are primarily designed for students whose initial test scores place them in the first 4 NRS levels of English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) or Adult Basic Education (ABE)/High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation. In our ABE/HSE prep classes, we teach reading comprehension, writing (English grammar and letter/essay composition), math, test-taking, and workplace skills to students who are not enrolled or not required to be enrolled in secondary school. The majority of those students are preparing themselves to eventually take the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), the state’s new High School Equivalency test. Applicants and/or students who are deemed ready for the official exam are administered an Official Readiness Test (ORT). Students who score at least 65% in each subject are referred to take the official exam. CAMBA’s Adult Literacy Center is a state-certified High School Equivalency test preparation site, not a TASC testing center. Other students in our ABE/HSE prep classes are often immigrants with at least a High School Diploma who may be preparing for a college entrance exam. In our ESOL classes, we use a thematic and communicative approach to teach English to immigrants who need to acquire or enhance the listening, speaking, reading, writing, numeracy, and workplace skills necessary to communicate effectively in their daily activities. In general, we provide our students with the type of educational, case management, career counseling, and technical services we believe can help them progressively realize their family, educational, employment, and/or other personal goals.

Position: Adult Education Instructor
Reports To: Supervisor II
Location: 885 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn NY11226

What The Adult Instructor Does:

The person filling this position is expected, under general direction, to: (1) research and develop instructional materials and lesson plans; and, (2) instruct adults in academic and/or nonacademic subjects; including the following:

  • Research new level appropriate materials and methods of instruction to keep lessons current and relevant.
  • Teach students at their level and provide instruction sequentially so that class participants can make standard educational gains (move up at least 1 class level higher based on the National Reporting System (NRS) standards) within 6 months.
  • Personally assess each student’s level of ability to ensure appropriate placement.
  • Prepare and distribute instructional materials for classroom/homework use.
  • Provide classroom instruction on the subject of the course.
  • Help students identify and make use of supplemental media resources, including literacycamba.org.
  • Refer the case manager any students who have apparent barriers in achieving their personal goals (e.g., child daycare needs, possible health/housing issues, etc.).
  • Contact students via phone calls in the event of a class scheduling change and/or after student is absent from class for two consecutive days.
  • Prepare reports on students’ attendance and progress, as required.
  • Implement an action plan to improve student class attendance when the rate of overall attendance falls below 70% during a cycle/quarter, as required by supervisor.
  • Coordinate with CAMBA case managers regarding next steps in student’s progress toward their goals, as needed.
  • Attend administration/norming workshops on TABE or BEST Plus as required/approved by a supervisor.
  • Attend onsite staff meetings and professional development workshops and/or trainings at CAMBA, the Literacy Assistance Center, the Department of Youth & Community Development, the Youth Development Institute, and/or online as required or approved by a program supervisor.
  • Read professional publications regularly to stay current with new teaching methods.
  • May conference students’ cases with appropriate Career Advisor and Job Developer to ensure job placement and retention throughout each course.
  • Tasks may be modified, expanded and/or assigned over time.

Minimum Education/Experience Required:

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

Other Requirements:

  • Familiarity with best practices, including the whole language, balanced literacy, and Freirian methodology; familiarity with ‘at-risk” and ethnically-diverse populations
  • Familiarity with Internet sites of relevance to learners, both to support classroom instruction and to enhance community engagement and/or knowledge of subjects being discussed in class.
  • Familiarity with Common Core State Standards.
  • Ability to integrate workplace skills in class activities and help ABE/HSE test prep students enhance or acquire skills in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry; or help ESOL students apply mathematical concepts to practical situations.
  • Ability to integrate computer skills into the classroom instruction while working with students of different technical skills.
  • Must obtain Department of Education fingerprint clearance.
  • Ability to maintain fingerprint clearance throughout the duration of employment.

CAMBA is a City contractor that provides services where employees can be expected to physically interact with members of the public. All CAMBA staff are subject to the City’s October 21, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, whether they have direct involvement with members of the public, or they support others who have direct involvement.

All new hires must provide proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons. If you are offered employment at CAMBA, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation is received and approved by CAMBA.