Position Announcement: Adult Education & Augustine Project Director

Position Summary

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County is seeking an LCBC Logo Color w Tagexperienced and passionate candidate to lead the organization’s Adult Education and Augustine Project programs. These two programs provide tutoring to adults and children who struggle with reading or who are low-literate. Many students in both programs have learning differences, like dyslexia, and live in low-income households.

The Adult Education & Augustine Project Director plans, coordinates, and implements all aspects of the Adult Education & Augustine Project programs, including: training volunteer literacy tutors, performing student intakes, matching students with tutors, tracking student progress, overseeing budget expenditures for instructional materials and curricula, and providing ongoing support to tutors and students. The Adult Education & Augustine Project Director sets goals for program development that are aligned with the organization’s strategic plan and budget.

Required Qualifications

  • A deep commitment to providing educational opportunities to economically disadvantaged adults, youth and those who are from other cultures
  • A bachelor’s degree in education or related field
  • Experience with multisensory instruction, familiarity with Fundations and/or the Wilson Reading System and/or related approach to teaching reading and spelling
  • Experience with program evaluation
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively with the Board of Directors, students, volunteers, staff, and others
  • Ability to be self-directed and work independently, yet collaborate effectively within the organization and in the wider community
  • Exceptional organizational skills with an ability to balance competing, changing priorities
  • Ability to provide sensitive, constructive feedback and instructions to tutors
  • Available to work an average of one evening per week.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in education, reading, curriculum, special education, or related
  • Experience working with low-income or at-risk adults and/or children
  • Experience with program databases

Compensation and Hours

This position is full-time exempt. Annual compensation is $36,000. The Literacy Council offers ten paid holidays and a generous PTO package. The Literacy Council does not provide health benefits at this time.

Application Process

To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and three references via email only to: ashley@litcouncil.com. 

Application Deadline:  May 25, 2018

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Holiday Assistance Partnership

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87 Literacy Council Families Receive Toys for Tots

Each year in Western North Carolina, more than 100,000 children benefit from Christmas assistance in the way of donated toys, 9,000 of whom receive gifts through Toys for Tots. The 2017 holiday season marks the 4th year that the Literacy Council of Buncombe County has partnered with Toys for Tots so that our students are among those families benefiting from the program.

LCBC staff and tutors came together to ensure that the families we serve would have an opportunity to select a handful of gifts for the children in their lives. Everything from board games and action figures to stuffed animals and building blocks were available. We also included with every bag of toys a gently used, age-appropriate book to help foster a love of reading in the home.

We are excited to share that 87 different LCBC families were able to take advantage of the Toys for Tots drive, supporting 178 children in the month of December. 
 
One Adult Education student in particular was so moved by the experience, that they wanted to write a thank you letter (pictured above) with the help of a tutor. 

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New Training Model for Augustine Project Tutors

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circleThe Literacy Council trains Augustine Project volunteers to tutor low-income children who read, write or spell below grade level. In the past, tutors have been required to complete two weeks of face-to-face training, which created a barrier for many interested volunteers.

To make the tutoring experience more accessible, we are piloting a Hybrid Training Model. This new training only requires 16 hours of face-to-face pre-service training. To ensure that Hybrid Training Model volunteers are still fully prepared to tutor struggling young readers, the additional training content is delivered online and through follow-up lesson observations.

Training Dates

The Hybrid Training Model will be offered for the first time November 11-12 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Literacy Council. Approximately 10 hours of online instruction will be required before attending.

Training Content

Augustine Project volunteer tutors in the Hybrid Training will learn about:
  • the essential elements of reading instruction
  • current brain research on dyslexia
  • the impact of poverty on literacy
  • syllable types in the English language
  • multisensory learning and the Wilson Reading System
Tutors will learn to use Orton-Gillingham methodologies and Wilson Reading System materials. The program provides the curriculum and lesson plans needed to be successful in teaching a child to read. New tutors will also practice their new skills by delivering their first lessons to a student under the supervision of an experienced mentor.

Qualities of a Great Tutor

It is not necessary to have a background in teaching or education to be a successful Augustine Project tutor! We look for tutors that: 
  • can make a school-year commitment of providing two 50-minute lessons per week
  • have patience and an open mind
  • are sensitive to cultural and learning differences
  • have a GED or high school diploma
  • are willing to undergo a background check

Learn More and Sign Up

Contact Niki Paganelli at niki@litcouncil.com or 828-254-3442 x202 to learn more and sign up for the upcoming tutor training. Click here to read more about the Augustine Project program. 

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Imagination Library Waiting List Temporarily CLOSED

Important Update Aug. 7, 2017

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We have received an unprecedented amount of interest in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library over the past two months, leading to an explosion of the waiting list. While the state of North Carolina did pass a budget with funds to expand the program in the state, we have not been informed of if or when we might receive funding (or how much!) to further expand beyond our current 500-child capacity. 

Reaching our dreams

Please know that it is our intention to expand this program to as many children in Buncombe County as is financially possible. Right now, we do not have additional funding to serve more than 500 children per month. We hope that the state budget will impact enrollment positively. At this time it is unclear when we will have information about this from the state, but we are working closely with our partner Buncombe Partnership for Children to gather information as quickly as possible.

Right now, the waiting list is a year and a half long.

We know that it is not fair to add families to a waiting list on which they could have to wait multiple years under our current capacity, particularly if their children are likely to age out of the program while on the waiting list.

A temporary solution

We have therefore decided to temporarily stop accepting registrations for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library waiting list at the Literacy Council of Buncombe County. Registrations postmarked Aug. 6, 2017 or earlier will still be added to the waiting list. We will continue to pursue information (together with Buncombe Partnership for Children) from the state about whether we qualify for funding through the state budget. If we receive funding in order to serve additional children, we will reopen the waiting list for new registrations. This will be announced on the Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s website and Facebook page

Please don’t forget, if your child lives in Swannanoa, Black Mountain, or Montreat they are eligible to register through the Black Mountain Rotary Club, which does not currently have a waiting list. Click here to register with them

We ask for your patience as we pursue the opportunity to expand this program. We share your goal of serving as many children as possible in our community. 

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Join the Literacy Council Team in 2017/18

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Position Filled

Are you looking for the opportunity to make a difference? The Literacy Council has an exciting opportunity to join our team for a year! Apply today to become the Literacy Council’s next Recruitment and Awareness Coordinator through AmeriCorps.
 

Position Description

Join AmeriCorps and “get things done”! Become a NC LiteracyCorps member at the Literacy Council of Buncombe County and improve literacy and English language skills in our community.

NC LiteracyCorps members provide literacy tutoring to youth and adults while building program capacity through volunteer tutor recruitment and management. The LiteracyCorps member working with the Literacy Council of Buncombe County will have the opportunity to:

  • provide direct service tutoring,
  • recruit and orient volunteers,
  • recruit and support students,
  • develop and enhance community partnerships,
  • conduct visibility campaigns,
  • manage a book gifting program, and
  • participate in national days of service.

The Literacy Council’s NC LiteracyCorps member will begin in August 2017 and complete their service year in July 2018. Over the course of the year, the member will become an integral part of the Literacy Council’s full-time team, providing 1,700 hours of service.

The new application period begins Aug. 22 and closes Sept. 8. 2017. 

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NC LiteracyCorps members receive a living allowance of up to $12,630 and qualify for limited health insurance reimbursements. Upon completion of requirements, they are eligible to receive an educational award of $5,815. NC LiteracyCorps members receive training in volunteer management, literacy issues, tutoring strategies, diversity, and leadership skills. The member placed with the Literacy Council will also have a professional development stipend to participate in conferences and seminars throughout the service year.

Qualifications

To serve with the NC LiteracyCorps, the member must:

  • be at least 17 years old
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • successfully pass statewide and national criminal background checks
  • be a U.S. Citizen, National, or Legal Permanent Resident of the United States

Preferred qualifications are:

  • a deep commitment to providing educational opportunities to economically disadvantaged adults and youth and/or those who are from other cultures
  • excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with staff, volunteers, and members of the community
  • outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • a working knowledge of office technology including Microsoft Office suites
  • ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • creative, strategic thinker with excellent organizational skills and ability to track deadlines
  • available to work occasional evenings

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