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Adult Basic Skills Instructor

Central Oregon Community College
Closing date: 
Friday, August 16, 2024

Position Title
Adult Basic Skills Instructor

Classification Title
ABS Instructors – Benefit Eligible

Grade Level
ABS-FT Instructor Salary Schedule

Starting Wage/Salary
$66,161-$75,000 per year, Depends on experience and education, subject to change based on current negotiations

Revision Date

Position Type/Employee Class
Adult Basic Skills Instructor


Contract Months

Overtime Eligible


Hybrid Remote Work Eligible?


Primary Purpose

Provides Adult Basic Skills instruction to incarcerated adults in Reading, Language Arts, Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Math. Curriculum delivery includes recognition of the many student learning styles, measurement of student progress and flexibility in meeting individual student needs. Performs all aspects of the position within the rules and constraints of the corrections environment.

The successful candidate must pass the security clearance and be approved to enter Oregon Department of Corrections facilities; in addition to all College policies and the terms of the COCC/ABS collective bargaining agreement, this position is subject to the rules and regulations of the sponsoring agency.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide supervision and support of AIC (Inmate) students and tutors in the ABE/GED classroom.
• Create individualized student education goals and plans for students based on student interview and pretest data. Assign appropriate curriculum to student needs. (Not SPED IEPs)
• Coordinate students with the appropriate tutor.
• Train and advise tutors working with GED students.
• Work with individual and small groups of students.
• Track student progress to assess when students are ready to take official GED tests. Evaluate CASAS, pretest, GED Ready test, and other assessment data to adjust students’ education plan.
• Provide accurate and timely information to the appropriate personnel concerning enrollment and attendance.
• Stay up to date on corrections annual trainings and state standards for ABE (OACCRS).
• Support classified staff and other instructor as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Individuals must possess these knowledge, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

• Knowledge of teaching and instruction to various audiences including students with different learning styles. Must have the ability to adapt instructional methods to them.
• Knowledge of how to teach basic reading, writing, and math skills and a proven ability to do so is required.
• Ability to work effectively with diverse clientele, including students, college staff, and corrections staff.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing using the English language with or without the use of an interpreter.
• Ability to operate or oversee the operation of computers.
• Ability to schedules time in such a manner as to effectively carry out all lesson planning and instruction in a timely and efficient manner.
• Possess strong management, organizational, leadership interpersonal, communication, planning, and instructional skills.
• Familiarity with community in which teaching occurs.
• Ability/skills to competently advise and/or serve students from a variety of background, respecting cultural and socio-economic differences.

Ergonomic Requirements

Ability to work in classroom and office environments using computers, white boards, projectors, and other basic office equipment.
All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements with or without reasonable accommodation.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s Degree in education or related field.

• Three years’ experience in teaching in at least one subject related to the GED (Math, Science, Language Arts, and/or Social Studies).

Must be able to pass a LEDS background check and gain and keep access to the Oregon Department of Corrections facility.

Equivalency Statement

The College recognizes the value of skills and knowledge gained outside of formal higher education and paid employment. Applicants who do not meet minimum qualifications but present other qualifications or experience equivalent to those required will be considered and are encouraged to apply. To qualify under equivalency, applicants must indicate how they qualify by responding to the supplemental question presented during the application process.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in education or related field.

• Experience teaching in a correctional environment.
• Experience teaching basic skills to prepare adults for the GED exam.
• Experience in teaching academically disadvantaged adults.
• K-12 teaching experience.

EEO Statement

The goal of Central Oregon Community College is to provide an atmosphere that encourages our faculty, staff and students to realize their full potential. In support of this goal, it is the policy of Central Oregon Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, disability, sex, marital status, national origin, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran or military status, pregnancy or any other classes protected under federal and state statutes in any education program, activities or employment. Persons with questions about this statement should contact Human Resources at 541.383.7216 or the Vice President for Student Affairs at 541.383.7211.

This policy covers nondiscrimination in both employment and access to educational opportunities. When brought to the attention of the appropriate parties, any such actions will be promptly and equitably responded to according to the process outlined in general procedures sections N-1, N-2, or N-3.

In support of COCC’s EEO statement, bilingual fluency in English and Spanish is considered a plus, along with experience working in a diverse multicultural setting.

Required Documents
1. Resume/Vitae
2. Cover Letter
3. College Transcript 1 (unofficial)

Optional Documents
1. Letter of Recommendation 1
2. US Military DD 214

To apply: