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Adult ESOL & Professional Development Specialist (Part-Time)

Education Development Center
United States
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Nov 27, 2023

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EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC)EDC is one of the world”s leading nonprofit research and development firms. EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives. EDC”s approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion is grounded in EDC”s commitment to respect the dignity of each individual. EDC has a commitment to promoting equity and access to high quality education and health services that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. EDC expresses its commitment to increasing equity through its strategies, services and products, which contribute to building capacity and transforming lives. The SABES ESOL Curriculum and Instruction Professional Development (PD) Center within the School Improvement Portfolio has an opening for a part-time (80%) Adult ESOL & Professional Development Specialist (Training & Technical Assistance Associate II), reporting to the Program Director. This position requires some regular travel for day-long site-visits within Massachusetts. The role is based out of the Waltham, MA office; however, Massachusetts-based telecommuters will be considered. The School Improvement portfolio is one of five portfolios of work in the US division, and is focused on understanding, improving and transforming education systems and educational practice through the use of evidence and continuous learning. We do so by conducting research and evaluation and providing technical assistance in K-12 education, higher education, and adult education in both formal and informal settings in partnership with federal and state agencies, schools and school districts, community-based organizations, foundations and other research and non-profit organizations.In particular, the Adult ESOL & Professional Development Specialist will join the System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) ESOL Curriculum and Instruction PD Center to shape the professional development landscape for educators in the field of Adult ESOL. The Specialist will design and facilitate high-quality professional development (HQPD), provide technical assistance and coaching to build the capacity of ESOL teachers and program directors, contributing to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) efforts, and support the PD Center in meeting the contract deliverables with funder, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education” Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS).Essential Functions: Designs and facilitates high-quality professional development in multiple modalities (online, blended, coaching, in-person, and communities of practice) aligned to the MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOLReviews ESOL program curricula and provide feedback and coaching support to programs; contributes to efforts to survey, analyze, and respond to adult ESOL educator PD needs, including participating in program site visits; incorporate feedback into PD planningConducts site visits to ESOL programs throughout MassachusettsContributes to website content, calendar posts, newsletters, and social media efforts in collaboration with the SABES Communication CenterCollaborates with subject matter experts in the development and delivery of PD initiatives; assists with strategic planning and continuous improvement of the ESOL PD CenterTroubleshoots complex problems, proposing solutions and recommending solutionsAttends statewide (MA) meetings of SABES PD providers, and attends and presents at relevant AE meetings and conferences such as MCAE, COABE, TESOL, MATSOL, NCTN, and the Annual ACLS Directors” MeetingCoordinates administrative and logistical tasks in conjunction with PD Center Director Education: Bachelor”s degree required in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), highly preferred, or degree in related fields, including 7+ years” experience in teaching adult English learners using evidence-based practices in both in-person and remote instruction classrooms and experience developing, facilitating, and evaluating high-quality professional development using a variety of delivery modalitiesMaster”s degree (preferred) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), or degree in related fields, with 5+ years related experience (as above)Skills/experience: Experience in standards aligned ESOL curriculum development and instructionFamiliarity with the MA English Language Proficiency Standards and the MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL; Familiarity with the functions of Massachusetts adult education programsExperience developing and facilitating professional development support (workshops, communities of practice, technical assistance, coaching)Facility using digital tools and ed tech instructional tools (LMS”s, Google Suite, Zoom, Excel, etc.)Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusionStrong management and organizational skillsStrong oral and written communication skillsPreferred content knowledge/experience: Addressing the needs of adults ELs with learning disabilitiesIntegration of digital literacy (including AI) into ESOL instructionProposal development and project implementationPlease include a cover letter, describing how your professional experiences align to the Adult ESOL & Professional Development Specialist role within the School Improvement portfolio. EDC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.Research shows that individuals from historically marginalized groups find themselves meeting many of the criteria of a job posting, yet doubting if they should apply. At EDC, we value and strive for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Equity and excellence are inseparable. If you meet some of the preferred requirements but not all of them, and feel aligned with our vision and mission, we encourage you to apply.Total Rewards:
EDC offers the following comprehensive benefits package for all eligible employees:Health, dental, and vision insurance12 paid holidaysGenerous vacation benefits for full- and part-time employeesDependent Care Flexible Spending AccountsTuition and transportation reimbursementRobust retirement plan with TIAA/CREF (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities FundPaid sick time and up to 16 hours of personal time annuallyParental leaveEmployee assistance programThis position offers an anticipated annual, full-time equivalent salary range of approximately $65,000 - $88,000. Salary offers are made based on market analysis and internal equity. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access the EDC job opportunities website as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by e-mailing Liz Christensen or by calling her at 800-225-4276 or 617-618-2329.

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