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Full-Time Learning Specialist ( Middleton )

Northern Essex Community College
Lawrence, MA
Closing date
Jun 25, 2021
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Category:: Professional
Department:: Essex County Sheriffs Grant
Locations:: Lawrence, MA
Posted:: Jun 11, 2021
Closes:: Jun 25, 2021 - 11:59 PM EDT
Type:: Full-time
Position ID:: 132162

Job Description:

POSITION: FULL-TIME LEARING SPECIALIST: Office of Community Corrections; Center for Adult Education; non-credit instructors - HiSET/GED, ESOL; Middleton House of Corrections and Lawrence Pre Release and ReEnry Center, and Lawrence, Lynn and Salisbury offices of Community Corrections; Grant-Funded; MCCC/MTA Unit Position

RESPONSIBILITIES: The GED/HiSET/ESOL instruction improves the reading, writing, math, social studies and science and English language skills necessary to pass the HiSET or GED test, and to help students attain the necessary skills to succeed in continuing education, training and employment.

  • Provides individualized and small group instruction (i.e. - serves as course facilitator to assist students in completing computerized and/or self-paced course work and/or alternative study options; works with individual students as needed; determines student learning sequence requirements; collaborates with colleagues and other faculty on curriculum, student assessment and instructional materials; tutors students; administers tests, corrects completed tests and essays and assigns course grades and monitors student performance progress).
  • Develops course curricula and prepares/previews/evaluates instructional materials for courses (i.e. - develops comprehensive course curricula incorporating multiple media; prepares syllabi, tests, tutorials and instructional materials; selects text materials; prepares/sets up tests and materials for courses and evaluates assessment instruments, revising as needed).
  • Promotes a student-centered, cooperative learning environment that integrates current adult learning theory, College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRSAE) and English language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education (ELPS).
  • Teaches students the reading, writing, math, social studies, science and English skills necessary to pass the HiSET or GED test; or ESOL for English Language Learners.
  • Utilizes curriculum to inform teaching and develop lesson plans.
  • Utilizes research-based practices, current instructional methods, and current materials to ensure effective instruction.
  • Teaches in a correctional setting and interacts with an adult incarcerated population with possible medical, psychosocial, or educational deficits.
  • Works with Advisor/Job Developer to deliver specialized instruction in a secure setting.
  • Enters student attendance daily and updates inmate case plan, including the awarding of Earned Good Time and completes performance ratings on time each month and time sensitive documentation for program completion.
  • Communicates with colleagues via NECC email.
  • Uses technology to enhance student learning and increase student progress.
  • Uses Blackboard to enhance the delivery of academic content and digital literacy skills of students.
  • Works with program coordinator to develop and implement an annual professional development plan approved by the Executive Director and linked to the Continuous Improvement plan.
  • Works with Assessment staff to administer standardized testing to inmates including TABE, TABE CLAS-E, BestPlus 2.0.
  • Maintains inmate education files: performs monthly purge; processes incoming and outgoing files; and updates inmate educational documentation as needed.
  • Participates in an annual evaluation/performance review conducted by the Program Coordinator and Education Director.
  • Maintains electronic copies of lesson plans aligned to the program's curriculum, the CCRSAE and ELPs.
  • Works cooperatively with Education Director, Program Coordinator and Education Advisors/Job Developers to assist enrolled students in the development of a comprehensive education and career plan.
  • Will be required to complete 40-hour orientation and training within the fiscal year as well as maintaining current teaching license.
  • Attends annual pre-service day in August.
  • Performs other duties as requested by Program Coordinator or Education Director.
  • The Classification Specifications can be found at: Specialist - HB UPS5.doc



  • Master's degree in required discipline, or closely related field; with one (1) year experience and/or training that includes teaching, instructional technology or program development; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Experience teaching multi-cultural students.
  • Ability to teach all five (5) HiSET/GED subject areas or ESOL.
  • Working familiarity with College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education and English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education.
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office, Internet, email.
  • Excellent communication skills - written, oral, interpersonal.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with ethnic, cultural, socially diverse populations in a multi-campus environment.


  • K-12 and/or Adult Education teaching experience.
  • Master's degree in Education.
  • Experience working in a correctional facility.
  • Bilingual fluency - English/Spanish.
  • Experience working with and supporting a culturally diverse, urban population in a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

Additional Information:

SALARY: Anticipated starting salary range is $59,244.00 - $69,336.00 annually with complete fringe benefit package including competitive health insurance, free dental insurance, basic life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid sick and personal leave, educational benefits for employee/spouse/dependents, and excellent retirement benefits; Actual salary calculated in compliance with MCCC/MTA classification system; Paygrade 5.


Application Instructions:

TO APPLY: To be considered for this position you must submit a cover letter & resume.

DEADLINE: June 25, 2021.

Northern Essex Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, military service and national origin and any other protected class in its education programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statues and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and related statutes and regulations, Affirmative Action, non-discrimination policies, and Title IX compliance/sexual harassment: Assistant Director of Human Resources, Elizabete Trelegan B-219,
978-556-3928/ [email protected] Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Prospective employees are encouraged to review the College's Annual Security Report (ASR), in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which can be found on the disclosure page of the College's website at:


Northern Essex Community College, with campuses in Haverhill

and Lawrence, Massachusetts, was designated as New England’s

first Hispanic Serving Institution in 2001. We serve approximately

5,000 students each semester in the beautiful, historic Merrimack

Valley region of northeast Massachusetts.

Our suburban Haverhill campus sits on over a hundred pastoral

acres near Kenoza Lake and features the David Hartleb Technology

Center, the award-winning Behrakis Student One-Stop Center,

and more than $20 million in recent classroom and student area


Our urban Lawrence campus is centered around the new, stateof-

the-art $27 million El Hefni Health and Technology Center, as

well as the recently renovated Dimitry classroom building, the

Haffner-Fournier Education Center, and “The Hub,” home to our

“Communiversity” partnerships and Revolving Test Kitchen for

aspiring restauranteurs.

NECC has also recently completed construction of the Lupoli

Family Hospitality and Culinary Arts Institute at the The Heights

in downtown Haverhill, manages the MassHire Merrimack Valley

Career Centers, and, through our NECC Police Academy, has

become one of the largest providers of police education and

training in Massachusetts.

Both campuses are a short drive to Boston and to the beaches and

state parks along the coast and to nearby mountains, lakes, and ski

resorts in Maine and New Hampshire.

NECC is a college with an organizational culture that prizes

initiative and innovation, and seeks to identify and develop the

strengths in students, faculty, staff, and programs in order to grow

and improve. We are also committed to using evidence to guide

our planning and decision-making, and to closing equity gaps in

student success, wherever they exist.

These values are reflected in our Equity Imperative, the most

important of our strategic plan goals; in the creation of our new

Center for Equity and Social Justice; in decade-long affiliation

as a leader college with Achieving the Dream; in our work using

Appreciative Inquiry for planning; and in the recent successful

completion of our ten-year NECHE comprehensive self-evaluation

for accreditation.

NECC offers comprehensive programs of study leading to an

associate in arts degree, an associate in science degree, an

associate in applied science degree and certificates of program

completion. Students can select from over 60 different academic

programs of study and a wide array of non-credit corporate and

community education offerings.

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