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Teacher (C) - ESL Instructor

State of Massachusetts
United States
Closing date
Nov 24, 2023

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Duties: Vacancies at MCI-Concord, MCI-Norfolk
  • Teach academic classes as assigned by supervisor including ABE, ESL, PreASE and/or ASE, with a strength in ESL preferred. Classes may be departmentalized to include Reading, Language, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
  • Utilize research-based practices, current instructional methods, and current materials to ensure effective instruction.
  • Possess the ability to teach in a correctional setting and interact with an adult incarcerated population with possible medical, psychosocial, or educational deficits.
  • Work with Education Division and administration staff to deliver specialized instruction in a secure setting.
  • Responsible for completing student attendance daily and updating student case plan as required by Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) including the awarding of Earned Good Time and completing performance ratings on time each month and time sensitive documentation for program completion as directed in SOP.
  • Responsible for completing the required 40 hours of training within the fiscal year as well as maintaining current teaching license.
  • Administers standardized testing to students including TABE, TABE CLAS-E, HiSET and HiSET qualifying exams as needed.
  • Maintains student education files: perform monthly purge, process incoming and outgoing files, and update inmate educational documentation as needed.
  • Track EGT for academic and vocational boosts.
  • Identifies and recruits potential inmate class participants when necessary.
  • Schedules inmates for academic testing and meets with students to determine appropriate placement as needed.
  • Determines student eligibility for placement in educational programming based on program participation history, current assessment scores, program requirements and interest as needed.
  • Maintains and reviews educational program waitlists as needed.
  • Addresses inmate Case Plan referrals to academic and vocational programming within 30 days as needed.
  • Utilizes an informed understanding of current educational assessments to provide educational instruction.
  • Responsible for maintaining a record of professional development and DOC trainings attended.
  • Illustrating a comprehensive and current knowledge of DOC policies and procedures.
  • Engaging in Division priorities to enhance the progression of strategic goals, and collaborating with other professionals, both inside and outside of the Education Division, to contribute to the goals of the Division.
  • Expected to interact and communicate with staff and inmates in a professional manner while always utilizing appropriate boundaries.
  • Responsible for reporting any security related matters to their supervisor promptly in addition to managing their assigned classroom in a manner consistent with institutional rules and regulations.
  • Responsible for any other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants must have at least a Bachelor's Degree. Knowledge of principles, methods, and practices in adult education. Working knowledge of educational tests and assessments. Ability to work with inmates, teaching staff and administration. Experience teaching ESL preferred. Experience teaching adult learners.


Please note that salaries for union positions are determined according to the provisions of the respective collective bargaining agreement. Applicants must have no felony convictions, to include any actions defined in 5 U.S.C. 301; U.S.C. 509, 510; 42 U.S.C. 15601-15609. The Massachusetts Department of Correction shall not hire anyone who may have direct contact with offenders, who has engaged in sexual abuse in a prison or other institution as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1997; or has been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse, or has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in the above paragraph. The agency shall consider any incidents of sexual harassment in determining whether to hire anyone who may have contact with offenders or residents. The DOC urges bi-lingual applicants to apply.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements: None

Special Requirements: Possession of appropriate Teacher's Certificate issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

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