English Language Acquisition and Civics Education Specialist

State of Tennessee

Nashville, TN

Education, Training & Library

Position Description / Responsibilities

Position Summary

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Adult Education Division, is seeking to hire an English language acquisition and civics education specialist ("education specialist"). The education specialist will provide high-quality professional development to English language and civics providers across the State in areas of curriculum development and instructional delivery. They will collaborate with local providers to identify areas of need in service delivery and program design with the intent to remove barriers to students and improve the quality of service. They will also focus on implementing job readiness and training opportunities for English language learners.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong background working with individuals seeking English-as-a-second-language and civics services, and will be experienced in teaching and leadership roles. They will have excellent communication skills and be comfortable working closely with groups of instructors and program leaders, training them on best practices and helping them implement new initiatives. They will also be able to develop and blend curriculum to meet the needs of the labor market.

Primary Responsibilities

 Establish instructional standards for English language acquisition and civics instructors and ensure that standards are implemented and practiced in the classroom

 Collaborate with the director of professional development to secure and provide development opportunities for staff

 Identify best practices concerning English language acquisition and civics program design and service delivery, and collaborate with local programs to design and implement high-quality services.

 Assist local programs in improving student enrollment and engagement

 Research and create instructional resources for instructors

 Assist with monitoring local English language acquisition and civics programs for compliance with state and federal requirements

 Assist local programs in identifying resources for students that connect them to their communities, immigration services, and employment and postsecondary opportunities.



Position Location

220 French Landing Dr.

Nashville, TN 37243

Travel: 10% - 25% (primarily in-state)

Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications  Bachelor’s degree in education or related field

 TESOL/TEFL certification

 1-3 years’ experience as an ESL instructor

 1-2 years’ experience leading training opportunities in ESL programs

Preferred Qualifications  Master’s degree in ESL, education, or related field

 1-2 years instructing civics courses

Application Instructions

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Ian White, Assistant Commissioner of Adult Education - Ian.White@tn.gov

Jay Baker, Assistant Administrator of Adult Education - Jay.Baker@tn.gov

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