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Adult Education Manager, ESL

Oakton Community College
Skokie, IL

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Full Time
Institution Type
Community College
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Job Details

Category:: Grant
Department:: Continuing Ed, Training and Workforce Development
Locations:: Skokie, IL
Posted:: Sep 2, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full Time Staff
Position ID:: 136291

About Oakton Community College :

or over 50 years, Oakton Community College has been the setting where thousands begin or continue their college or career studies. Educating people of all ages, from all walks of life and from more than 40 nations, Oakton focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone who enters its doors.

We offer:

Continuing education
Great benefits
Paid winter break
FRIDAYS OFF during the summer

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

The Adult Education Manager, ESL provides overall leadership to the English as a Second Language programs including EL Civics, tuition-based ESL, and other related programs for students who wish to improve their English language skills, secure employment and/or enroll in college level classes.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, schedule, and monitor classes and activities at multiple locations as well as online, ensuring streamlined operations and appropriate staffing.
  • Recommend and develop curriculum and instructional strategies appropriate to the learning needs of the ESL student and aligned with Illinois content standards, including distance learning courseware.
  • Select, purchase, and disseminate appropriate instructional materials and software.
  • Implement and monitor standardized intake and testing procedures, as well as other assessment tools to comply with the Illinois Community College Board and college requirements.
  • Recruit, interview, and select candidates for instructor positions. Assign, supervise, and evaluate instructors and program support staff.
  • Provide staff development opportunities for ESL instructors to enhance job performance, promote student success, and satisfy grant funding requirements. Provide assistance and training with technology and remote instruction as needed.
  • Assist in the preparation of grant proposals, state reports, APC 535 plan, and other data as required for analysis and program improvement.
  • Navigate DAISI database to monitor accuracy of student records and teacher entries; coordinate with the Data and Operations team to reconcile issues; train teachers; generate reports and queries.
  • Monitor and forecast AEL (Adult Education & Literacy) grant expenditures/budget.
  • Meet with ESL students and arrange classroom visits to inform them of the College's educational and employment opportunities.
  • Institute orientation processes that outline program expectations, assist students in setting appropriate goals, and inform them of educational and employment opportunities.
  • Identify community resources and promote cooperation within the community to improve delivery of services and facilitate student enrollment and retention. Assist in expanding and maintaining a strong network of community organizations in Area Planning Council 535.
  • Participate in relevant professional development activities on and off campus.
  • Collaborate with the Adult Education and Transitions Manager in the development of curriculum, programs (e.g., ICAPS, Bridge, etc) and processes to assist ESL students in their transition from adult education programs to college certificate/certification/degree programs and workforce/career opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in the Continuing Education Division, Division of Student Affairs, and the Division of Academic Affairs to develop, facilitate, and enhance the resources and services (e.g., workshops for students regarding the college admissions and financial aid processes) that can be provided for the AE students to assist in their transition from Adult Education into certificate/certification or degree-related programs at the college.
  • Collaborate with Volunteer Program Manager in developing and leading the Volunteer Tutor Training and in ensuring appropriate placement of tutors in ESL classes.
  • Oversee the coordination marketing, recruitment, and outreach efforts to increase ESL enrollment and ensure prospective students are aware of transition opportunities.
  • Develop and oversee a system of tracking student course enrollment and completion for 18 months after exit from the program.
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.


Qualifications and Working Conditions:


  • Master's degree in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language), Applied Linguistics, Adult Education, or a related field or equivalent combination of experience and education from which comparable ability and knowledge can be acquired.
  • Two years teaching experience in Adult Education or a related field.
  • Two years supervisory experience in the development and management of Adult Education programming or related field.
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills.
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, organizational, oral and written skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience and/or strong knowledge base in all relevant and emerging technologies (e.g., MS Office Applications, Google Workspace, Learning Management Systems, Video Communications, etc).
  • Mobility to move from building to building on-Campus and to visit off-Campus sites. Work is performed in a general office environment and is generally sedentary in nature. Little or no exposure to adverse working conditions. Ability to work flexible hours at both the Des Plaines and Skokie campuses and off site locations, including evening and weekend hours, consistent with program needs.


  • Strong working knowledge of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) mandates and college and career transition programs (Bridge, IET/ICAPS).
  • Experience developing and implementing transition programming designed to increase student engagement, retention, and success.
  • Experience developing and implementing distance learning programs .
  • Experience with BEST Plus, CASAS, and other assessments.
  • Experience organizing registrations and multi step processes.
  • Illinois ESL Standards proficient, specialist, or master certificate .
  • Bilingual strongly preferred.

Additional Information:

Supervision Received:

Functional supervision is received from the Senior Manager of Adult Education. Administrative supervision is received from the Dean of Adult and Continuing Education / Dean of Skokie.

Supervision Exercised:

Functional supervision is exercised over instructors, staff employees, placement aides, and student employees.

HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:15 am- 5:00 pm

SALARY: $63,403 Starting salary may change due to the completion of staff negotiations.

This is a temporary grant position and continued employment, is based on the successful renewal of the grant.

Application Instructions:

For further details, visit our website at and select the Employment link to view Employment Opportunities.

Please be sure to have a current resume, cover letter, and list of, at least, three (3) professional references with contact information prepared to submit with your application. One (1) of the references must be your most recent, direct supervisor.

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.



With more than 2,500 course offerings each term, Oakton Community College offers a wealth of educational options in the heart of Chicago’s northern suburbs. From degree programs to non-credit career enhancement and personal enrichment courses, Oakton has something for everyone. 

Founded in 1969, Oakton is a two-year community college offering associate's degree programs and non-credit courses in northern Cook County, Illinois.

Oakton's 147-acre main campus sits in a forest preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. A second campus in Skokie serves residents on the eastern side of the District and is home to the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. The College also offers continuing education classes at off-campus locations throughout the region, and many students pursue studies at home through our distance learning program.

Programs of Study
Associate's degrees in 80 areas of study prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions or to step directly into rewarding careers. Continuing education programs offer personal enrichment and career advancement opportunities through courses ranging from art to home improvement to English as a Second Language.

Oakton's 700 full- and part-time faculty members boast top academic credentials, and their true passion is teaching. In small classes, our faculty engage students as individuals and guide their learning experience.

Oakton's 46,000 credit and non-credit students represent all ages, 55 nations, and a wide range of experience. More than half come from a minority background, bringing a wealth of perspectives to campus.

Student Life
Students at Oakton participate in 50 clubs and organizations, from the Ceramics Club to Students for Social Justice, and they take a role in college governance and more through the Student Government Association and other leadership groups. A rich activities calendar offers lectures, social events, service opportunities, and more.

With a full performing arts season and a museum dedicated to the work of Chicago-area artists, Oakton Community College fosters a creative environment where the arts flourish. For students, that means opportunities to learn, create, and perform. For the community, the College offers a wide array of cultural events and opportunities to experience creativity.

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