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MCAEL Community Learning Groups Program Coordinator (part-time)

Posted: Mar 23, 2022

MCAEL Community Learning Groups Program Coordinator (Part-time)

Reports to:  MCAEL Assistant Director of Programs
Direct reports:  None
Status:  Part-time, hourly – not eligible for benefits. Average 12-18 hours/week ($30 per hour). Some evening and weekend hours required.  Will provide reimbursement for mileage and parking or public transportation fees for approved job-related travel.

Date:  March 23, 2022

Mission Statement
The Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy strengthens the countywide adult English literacy network to support a thriving community and effective workforce.

Strategic Plans
MCAEL will be reviewing and updating its Strategic Plan in 2022.  In 2020 MCAEL adopted a Race Equity Strategic Plan which will be incorporated into the next strategic plan. 

MCAEL is a leading nonprofit in Montgomery County, with less than 10 employees. MCAEL traces its beginnings to 2002 when the Montgomery County Council, adult English literacy service providers and community stakeholders worked together to address the growing demand for programs and services. MCAEL incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization in 2006 and received its 501(c)(3) tax status in 2008.  The organization, now in its 15th year, continues to grow and develop and enjoys an excellent reputation in the county and with our partners.

MCAEL strengthens the community by advancing a coalition of organizations dedicated to enabling all Montgomery County residents to achieve their full potential by improving their English language skills. MCAEL is the hub of the coalition, bringing English language service providers together to learn and share, driving a system of continuous improvement for the coalition – approximately 60 programs, which have 1000+ instructors/program staff, serving about 11,000 adult learners each year:

  • Training and professional development (at no cost) to any instructors and program administrators in Montgomery County
  • Centralized data collection and analysis
  • Advocacy on behalf of the coalition
  • The directory of all adult English classes in the county
  • Public engagement around the issue of adult English literacy

Job Summary
The Community Learning Groups (CLG) Program Coordinator will work to expand the CLG Program in East County and other parts of Montgomery County.  Piloted in 2021, the 9-week introductory CLG classes are designed to help fill the gaps in ESOL services in the county and to address barriers that may exist for learners.  The CLG Program Coordinator will work closely with MCAEL partner organizations to organize and monitor the classes.  This job will include the tasks listed below.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provide materials/links to partner organizations for registration of participants
  • Contact interested participants or work with partner organization to schedule preassessment
  • Assess participants (written and oral) to determine level of CLG class
  • Coordinate purchase and delivery of textbooks
  • Identify learner needs related to access to Wi-fi and appropriate devices to learn on
  • Monitor ongoing CLG classes
  • Provide opening remarks/introductions in first class of each CLG
  • Provide information on ESOL classes in the County to each CLG (Week 8)
  • Conduct individual consultations with CLG graduates to refer them to most appropriate classes to continue their English study
  • Communicate updates to partner organizations
  • Data tracking/collection for all CLGs
  • Other duties as assigned

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Experience with adult ESOL (either teaching or learning)
  • Previous experience working with a nonprofit or other program management
  • Commitment to working with nonprofits and/or community entities
  • Data collection skills required along with an ability to assess data and recommend action based on that data analysis
  • Experience working as part of a team
  • Proven attentionto-detail and follow-up skills
  • Written and oral communication skills sufficient to succeed in this position
  • Strong interpersonal skills  
  • Good command of Microsoft Office
  • Appreciation and interest in working to support a diverse community in Montgomery County
  • Bilingual preferred (Spanish or other language)
  • Must be currently authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Travel required to program partner offices/other locations in Montgomery County as needed

TO APPLY: Interested candidates must e-mail a cover letter explaining how your skills and background fit this position and a resume to  Resumes sent without a cover letter will not be considered.  Please be prepared to provide references upon request. Please refer to MCAEL CLG Program Coordinator position in the subject line. No phone inquiries please. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Position is open until filled.

MCAEL seeks to hire individuals who have interest and experience in any or all of the following: building community, immigrant integration, coalition building, partnership development and adult education.  Bring an inquiring mind, a desire to address community development by helping those without English literacy skills acquire them, passion, innovative thinking and flexibility are all traits that would enable a MCAEL employee to be successful.  Additionally, bilingual or multilingual capabilities are preferred.  Experience living in a culture that is not one’s native culture would be a plus.   MCAEL’s staff is small but mighty, thus the ability to work as a part of a dynamic, high-energy team and individually to accomplish mutually shared goals and support a growing and dynamic coalition is critical.
MCAEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All correspondences will remain confidential.

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