Full-Time Adult ESL and Family Literacy Instructor

Briya Public Charter School

Washington, DC, US

Worker Category: Full-time Regular

Position Summary:

This position description incorporates the core responsibilities of the job. It is recognized that other related duties not specifically mentioned might also be performed and that not all listed responsibilities may be carried out, depending on operational needs. This position will be available at both full time and part time status.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Teach English as a Second Language Adult Education classes in a family literacy setting integrating ESL, computers, parenting, and PACT (Parent & Child Together) instruction across components. Provide quality instruction that fosters an academic learning climate, that actively supports teaching and learning, and that implements the curriculum with fidelity.
  • Use best practices including the following that were collectively identified by Briya teachers:
    • Facilitate a learner-centered classroom that empowers students.
    • Be respectful and culturally sensitive to students, staff and guests.
    • Engage students through dynamic and creative lessons.
    • Demonstrate discipline and self-motivation at work.
    • Build community in the classroom and collaborate with colleagues to ensure that class components are integrated (ESL, DL, and CD).
    • Be knowledgeable of current best practices and implement them in the classroom.
    • Communicate effectively with colleagues, students, and the wider Briya audience.
    • Practice active patience in and out of the classroom.
    • Be compassionate and warmly supportive of students and colleagues.
  • Integrate the Equipped for the Future Standards, CASAS Competencies, and CASAS Content Standards, Common Core State Standards, and College and Career Readiness Standards into goal setting and instruction.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools, technologies, and resources to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be effective workers, parents/family members, and community members/citizens.
  • Develop daily lesson plans that include objectives, instructional activities with differentiated instruction, and assessment and that are appropriate to the needs and interests of the students in the program. Utilize effective strategies that provide opportunities for student learning and active engagement in the learning process.
  • Meet the needs of students at risk of academic failure or students not making reasonable progress toward achieving school and personal goals.
  • Track and evaluate student progress in ESL using the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS). Use assessments and evaluation data to monitor student learning, instructional effectiveness, and instructional decisions. Provide ongoing, informal assessments to provide increased instructional opportunities. Assist with the coordination of data collection.
  • Plan and implement PACT Time activities (including field trips) with the center staff. Plan parenting classes that prepare parents to be their child’s first teacher during PACT time and at home and that are appropriate for the instructional level.
  • Provide a safe and orderly learning environment.
  • Meet individually with families 3 times a year for Student-Teacher Conferences to discuss the families’ goals and progress. Complete Family Follow-up Forms with all adult learners in the class.
  • Provide information and referrals for families regarding social, health, legal, and educational resources and opportunities available in the area. Refers students to Student Services Coordinator as needed.
  • Recruit families who qualify according to the established guidelines.
  • Work with the Coordinators to plan the supplies needed for ESL, PACT, and parenting classes.
  • Assist in planning student recognition and graduation ceremonies.
  • Supply information and data needed for reporting and work with the monitoring teams who visit the school.
  • Attend and participate in all staff meetings, trainings, and retreats.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Teamwork – Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of the team above own interests; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; Must be able to work well in multidisciplinary team setting.
Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict in cooperative manner; must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Cost Consciousness – Contributes to profits and revenue.
Computer Competency – Shows ability to utilize technology to meet the requirements of the position.
Diversity – Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences.
Ethics – Treats people with respect.
Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures.
Professionalism – Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.
Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time, which is pre-determined between the employee and the person(s) he/she reports to.
Dependability – Follows instruction and responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to meet the needs of Mary’s Center’s clients and participants.
Flexibility – Willingness to be flexible with work schedule to participate in weekend and/or evening schedules as determined necessary.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in education, special education, or related field.
• 2 years of work experience and knowledge in the fields of adult education, special education, parenting, and early childhood development.
• Excellent communication skills in both English and Spanish.
• Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, analytical, and organizational skills.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out moderately complex, multi-step instructions and make appropriate independent decisions as necessary.

Physical Demands: Regularly required sitting; frequently required to reach with hands and arms, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk or hear; must be able to lift objects up to twenty-five (25) pounds.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment: Mostly in a typical office setting with quiet to moderate noise level.

How to Apply: If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and a cover letter by e-mail to info@briya.org.