General Summary: Using the Safer Basic Skills methodology as the backbone of classroom procedures, the Basic Skills/Instructional Facilitator stimulates scholastic improvement in the Safer?s client population. The Facilitator is expected to confidently guide class participants in their efforts to achieve basic competence in mathematics, reading and writing. The Facilitator subscribes to and utilizes the peer and group learning techniques inherent in the Safer Basic Skills Methodology. Based on the individual students? varying needs, abilities and interest, adapt traditional and non-traditional teaching methods to provide instruction and support in the Basic Skills required to pass the High School Equivalency (HSE) exam.The Basic Skills/Instructional Facilitator position provides a unique opportunity to employ academic training and peer- teaching to our clients in an unstructured and non-traditional environment. This training is holistic in its integration of the practical aspects of academic tasks with interpersonal skills relevant to the work place.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Observe and evaluate students? work to determine progress and make suggestions for improvement.
Instruct students individually and in groups using current and life events as subject matters for discussion and problem solving
Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
Assist in the selection and proper placement of students ensuring that each one has a progress plan to guide his/her work.
Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among assigned students.
Document all successful techniques and approaches to the Basic Skills and HSE materials used in the classroom to serve as an expanding program resource.
Conduct full intakes and maintain full course records of all students by updating information into Safer?s internal database system.
Participate in regular staffings to ensure vital information is exchanged and subsequently, used in the development, review and revision of participant?s progress plans
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics and their applications.
Knowledge of and experience teaching a variety of student-centered approaches in a range of subjects.
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences.
Knowledge of and sensitivity to the particular learning needs and employment barriers faced by people with criminal records
Good computer skills: Microsoft Office XP and experience with tracking systems.
Excellent written and verbal communication; excellent interpersonal skills.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in related discipline
2 years teaching basic skills/GED to youth and/ or adults.
About Safer Foundation
Safer Foundation is a national leader in prisoner re-entry and employment programs. A nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Safer was founded more than 45 years to help people leaving prison find jobs so they could successfully transition back into their communities. But people with criminal records faced a stigma that made securing employment difficult.The situation is even more dire today, especially in the United States. Despite accounting for only 5 percent of the world population, the U.S. leads the world with its incarceration rate. And an overwhelming majority of individuals returning from prison face more complex challenges to getting and keeping a job. This means the services Safer Foundation provides are even more important. In fact, we know, and an abundance of research has shown, that the most difficult barrier—and the single-most crucial factor—to successful reintegration is a job. When our clients find jobs, they become valuable contributors to their families and their communities, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.Re-entry is now recognized as an important issue that has captured our nation's attention and support, and Safer Foundation is proud to be a leader in the discussion and advocacy efforts occurring on the local, state and national levels.