Position Announcement—July 2020
YOUTH LITERACY PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Literacy Council of Buncombe County
Asheville, North Carolina
The mission of the Literacy Council of Buncombe County is to increase comprehensive literacy and English language skills through specialized instruction by trained tutors and access to literacy resources.
Literacy and English language proficiency are tools that help people rise out of poverty. Improved literacy skills benefit not only the struggling reader, but everyone in our community regardless of age, race, gender, or background. We offer our students personalized instruction and top-rate materials. As a result, we improve our community, our economy, and individual lives. We serve students in four core programs: Adult Literacy, Youth Literacy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library®. Detailed information is available on our website at litcouncil.com.
The Literacy Council is seeking an experienced and passionate candidate to serve as the Youth Literacy Director. The program provides professionally trained volunteer tutors to struggling K-8th students from low-income families (defined as qualifying for the federal free or reduced lunch program). The Youth Literacy Director conducts a 30 hour volunteer training for new tutors. The training model incorporates classroom and practicum instruction and is multi-sensory. It uses Wilson Reading System materials and incorporates the Orton-Gillingham approach. Our Youth Literacy lessons are specifically tailored to accommodate at-risk students, many of whom have learning differences that may or may not have been diagnosed. Most tutoring has taken place on-site in Buncombe County or Asheville City schools.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, both tutor training and the one-to-one tutoring will need to take place via distance learning platforms. Candidates for the position need to be proficient with the technology that will be required to successfully carry out the program during these challenging times.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Conduct Literacy Council’s 30-hour Youth Literacy tutor training multiple times per year. Revise or enhance existing curriculum to incorporate distance learning techniques. Prepare to conduct tutor training fully online until current conditions permit a return to in-person classes.
- Prepare and support tutors to conduct tutoring sessions with students using an online platform, which could vary from Zoom or Skype to the simplicity of a phone call, depending on the availability of technology and the comfort level of both student and tutor.
- Develop a relationship with Title I Reading Specialists in the schools to facilitate the selection of students for the program and create a collegial atmosphere for the tutor to become part of the learning team.
- Maintain contact with tutors and periodically observe lessons to provide constructive feedback. Provide ongoing support and trouble-shooting as needed.
- Ensure that pre- and post-testing of student progress is conducted as planned, in collaboration with the schools.
- Develop a resource library with materials to enhance the lesson plans and enrich the quality of tutoring sessions.
- Conduct periodic in-services for tutors on topics of interest and/or that need reinforcement.
- Participate as part of the core team of Literacy Council staff and volunteers to further our mission.
- Experience with the Wilson Reading System or other phonics-based literacy program
- Experience as a K-12 teacher or tutor
- Experience as a trainer
- Experience working with low-literate and low-income students
- Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Proficiency with Google Suite
- Proficiency with distance learning platforms and online presentations
- Qualifications for work with students who have learning disabilities and differences
- Familiar with trauma-informed practices and adverse childhood experiences (ACES)
- Experience working or volunteering in community programs
- Spanish language skills
Compensation and Hours
This is a 20 hour/week position that pays $17,500 per year. The Literacy Council offers a flexible work schedule and a generous time off package. Please note this is a grant-supported position that is for a one-year period, with the possibility for renewal depending on funding.
To apply, please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, along with a resume by email to: email@example.com. Use the subject line: “Youth Literacy Position” plus your last name. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Start date will be as soon as possible.
The Literacy Council of Buncombe County is an equal opportunity employer.