ABE Instructional Lead

Location: Literacy Source Learning Center - 3200 NE 125th Street, in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle.              


The ABE Instructional Lead is responsible for teaching Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes at our Learning Center and coordinating the ABE program. This position will work as part of the instructional advisory team to provide instruction and instructional case management to adult learners, and to provide training, support, and supervision for volunteer instructors and tutors. 

The ABE Lead reports to the Instructional Director. Essential duties and responsibilities include:


  • Teach the M/W evening GED prep Reading and Writing class: creating lesson plans aligned with the CCRS and using instructional methods geared toward the adult learner in a classroom setting.

  • Integrate the teaching of GED content, the CCRS, and basic digital literacy skills into curriculum.

  • Administer center-wide assessments, track progress, and provide feedback and support to help students make progress to achieve literacy & life skills goals.

  • Support students directly with GED test preparation and registration.

Volunteer Supervision and Training:

  • Provide support and supervision for the volunteer instructors facilitating the evening GED: Math/Language Arts/Distance Learning Lab class, Pre-GED Reading and Writing, and Pre-GED Math classes.

  • Provide support and supervision to classroom volunteers including an AmeriCorps member and tutors for ABE learners.

  • Work with instructional staff to help plan and conduct trainings for volunteers and/or partner organizations.

  • Integrate the CCRS, best teaching practices for adult learners, teaching for social justice, and digital literacy instruction into instruction and volunteer support.

Center-based Instructional Support/Student Advising:    

  • Help conduct New Student Registrations: intake interviews and assessments.

  • Provide support and advocacy for a caseload of students, including: working with students to establish goals and identify challenges of barriers to learning, monitoring and interpreting on-going assessment results to track and support student progress; providing learning recommendations to students, instructors, and volunteer tutors; monitoring student attendance in classes, and following-up with calls to absent students.

  • Match students in caseload with tutors, and provide on-going support to volunteer instructors and tutors, including regular check-ins regarding curriculum and instruction.

General Support:  

  • Assist with ongoing Center needs, including answering phones and assisting students.

  • Provide periodic program updates and updated information on student/volunteer activities about equity and inclusion in monthly e-news and on website.

  • Contribute to and support long-term strategic planning.

  • Keep up on research and trends in the field of Adult Basic Education and participate in trainings and meetings as needed.

  • Participate in regular staff meetings and model the behavior you wish to see in your teammates.

  • Represent Literacy Source’s ABE program and/or coordinate with other GED/HS 21+ providers across the Seattle metro area.

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate program policies, procedures, and standards; ensure adherence to governing standards for program quality; and facilitate long-term instructional program planning and goal setting as a member of the Literacy Source instructional team. 

 Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum one-year experience teaching basic skills to adults, including curriculum and lesson planning.

  • Committed to anti-racist practices and teaching for equity and inclusion.

  • Demonstrated experience with using a wide range of appropriate teaching methods, instructional materials, and forms of assessment.

  • Awareness of diverse learning styles and demonstrated experience in applying that knowledge to the development of teaching materials as well as the delivery of instruction.

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate technology to enhance instruction and familiarity with online learning management systems.

  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, and experience in furthering the educational development of adult learners from diverse backgrounds.

  • Ability to work evenings and occasional weekend days (for trainings).

  • Ability to work independently and prioritize competing demands.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated competence in interpersonal relationships.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A Masters degree in Adult Basic Education or related field.

  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment with ESOL students, immigrant and refugee adults, and/or adults with learning disabilities.

  • Experience with curriculum development tailored to specific student groups and aligned to Common Core standards, CCRS, SCANS skills or GED.

  • Bilingual/bicultural with fluency in an additional language, such as Spanish, Amharic, Somali, Tigrigna, or Chinese.

  • Experience with CANVAS and/or completed training for CANVAS.

Compensation & Hours:

This is a part-time 25-30 hour per week position. Working hours include 2-3 evenings per week. 30 hours (with benefits) contingent upon funding. Compensation is $23.00/hour. 

How to Apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter by e-mail to: eileena@literacysource.org

For more information, contact Eileen Aparis at 206.782.2050

Closing Date:

Open until filled. Preferred start-date –  June 3, 2019