TANF Assistant Adult Education Instructor

per month
Part time: 18 hours/week
Monday, August 19, 2013
Wednesday: 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Schedule Notes: 

Thursday and Friday hours are in classroom. The additional hour in the schedule is allotted for preparation (lesson planning, researching/reading, or purchasing supplies) and may be done onsite or offsite.

Job Summary: 

Independent Contractor: Assistant Adult Literacy Instructor for TANF Adult Education Class

Work location will be at: Tulsa Dream Center: 200 West 46th Street North. The instructor will be able to office there, but also be able to access resources at our main literacy office.  

Overseen by the Literacy Services Manager, the Assistant Instructor works with the Lead Instructor in providing pre-GED instruction and enrichment to TANF recipients referred to the adult education class.  Using the lesson plans and guidance of the Lead Instructor, the Assistant provides approximately 15 hours of group and individualized instruction to class members.     

TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.  The TANF program was created in 1996 when President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, more commonly known as Welfare Reform.  In May of 2007, the library’s literacy program received the contract to provide adult basic literacy education to individuals receiving TANF.  This program is funded by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ Literacy Resource Office.  The Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service administers this grant

Essential Functions: 
  1. Provides group and individualized instruction in middle school and high school subjects to learners in the TANF adult education classroom. 
  2. Adapts instructional strategies to accommodate a wide range of learners’ needs, interests, goals and abilities, including working with those with learning differences. 
  3. Cultivates and maintains open lines of communication with the Lead Instructor and the Literacy Services Manager through one-on-one meetings, emails, phone calls, and regular follow-up.
  4. Familiarizes self with the federal, state, and local funding regulations for TANF, guidelines of the host agency, and policies and procedures of the Adult Literacy Service and communicates these expectations clearly to students.
  5. Assists in orientation of new learners by communicating expectations and welcoming them into the classroom. 
  6. Assists the Lead Instructor in communicating facility issues, learner progress, and class scheduling with staff at the host site and the Literacy Services Manager.
  7. Participates in all mandatory and/or appropriate trainings, meetings, workshops, and activities offered by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ Literacy Resource Office.
  8. Maintains positive relationships with Tulsa Dream Center, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ Literacy Resource Office, and the Tulsa City-County Library’s Literacy Service.  
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
  1. Strong interpersonal and communications skills;
  2. Ability to present information to groups of diverse people and ability to develop positive, productive relations with people from varying educational and economic backgrounds;
  3. Demonstrates cultural competence in all interactions; 
  4. Flexibility to adapt instructional strategies as the need arises;
  5. Practices accountability, confidentiality, and strong ethical standards;
  6. Ability to use basic productivity software (MS Word and Excel), Internet, and email.
Education & Experience: 
  1. Bachelors degree in Education or related field is required; experience or educational background in adult education or Oklahoma Teaching Certification strongly preferred;
  2. One to three years of experience in teaching, training, or tutoring; 
  3. Experience with underserved and diverse populations preferred. 
Physical & Environmental Conditions: 

The job occasionally requires stooping or bending.  Occasional light lifting, such as three or four reams of paper, four or five books, or other materials (up to 20 pounds) may be required.

How to apply: 

Tulsa City-County Library
Business Office
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK 74103

FAX YOUR RESUME TO: (918) 549-7379

The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.