Youth ages 17-24 will be able to work towards their GED while beginning to build a career trajectory in conservation and environmental related work. The Montgomery County Conservation Corps provides disconnected youth with opportunities for skills training, empowerment, and employment while restoring natural and recreational resources in Maryland State Parks, public lands in general, and the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The Montgomery County Conservation Corps offers job readiness training and life skills workshops, while engaging youth in conservation service projects.
The Instructor will teach out-of-school youth ages seventeen to twenty-four in education classes to prepare them for the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) Test and the GED 2014 test.
- Organizes and develops curriculum framework for the GED classes;
- Assist with recruitment of participants for the GED classes;
- Administer CASAS test to assess students’ grade level;
- Administer GED Ready practice test on the computer;
- Instructs individually and in groups, using various teaching methods such as popular education and/or critical pedagogy;
- Monitors the students’ progress and maintains complete and accurate progress reports of youth; updates on a monthly basis and enter the information in the ETO database system. Submits monthly report to supervisor regarding status of GED programming;
- Plans and supervises class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, contests, or other experiential activities, and guides students in learning from those activities;
- Provides information, guidance, and assistance in students’ registration process for the official GED examination;
- Attends professional meetings, conferences, and workshops in order to maintain and improve professional competence;
- Attends staff meetings and takes an active role in office activities;
- Assists with recruitment and overall retention of students;
- Prepare lessons and activities to reinforce students’ understanding of the academic concepts presented in the Steck-Vaughn GED textbook series;
- Facilitate engaging class sessions that emphasize a student-focused and team-based learning environment;
- Provide services to learners with diverse educational needs and goals; ensure that program instructional activities are culturally relevant;
- Employ a wide range of instructional strategies that accommodate different learning styles and IEPs and 504 educational plans;
- Develop positive relationships and maintain regular contact and communication with students;
- Provide supportive services to enrolled participants to facilitate their academic success, such as assisting them in identifying and setting goals based on needs and interests;
- Develop positive relationships and maintain regular contact and communication with staff, coordinating education and employment-related information, referral and services, keeping informed of relevant services available;
- Assist on other special projects as needed;
- Complete all other duties as assigned by the Program Manager;
- Adheres to all LAYC personnel policies.
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, Human Services, or related;
- Experience in teaching, tutoring, or providing educational services to youth;
- Knowledge of popular education and/or critical pedagogy;
- Knowledge of local community resources related to the needs of youth;
- Working knowledge of GED 2014 official testing;
- Working knowledge of CASAS competencies and other educational assessments;
- Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with persons of diverse educational, cultural and economic backgrounds;
- Ability to demonstrate creativity and originality in designing and implementing programs for diverse youth populations;
- Ability to effectively organize work, determine priorities and complete assigned duties with minimal supervision;
- Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills including public speaking, facilitating groups and presenting workshops, as well as the ability to effectively compile, analyze and present statistical data and other program information;
- Ability to effectively conduct individual and/or group educational activities;
- Communicate effectively with staff and youth;
- High levels of initiative, flexibility and organizational skills;
- Flexible, energetic, positive individual with commitment to youth development in a high quality, respectful environment;
- Ability to relate to culturally diverse population;
- Basic knowledge of Positive Youth Development framework is a plus.
This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. May require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.