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Martha O'Bryan Center

Adult Education Instructor

Martha O'Bryan Center


Job Summary

The Adult Education Full Time Instructor collaborates with the Adult Education Program Director and County Supervisor or County Lead to ensure an educational atmosphere where adult education students have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

These opportunities include earning a high school diploma, improving basic skills in math, language, science, social studies, and reading or show a level gain in the six levels as defined by the National Reporting System (NRS). Additional opportunities will include soft skills and workforce readiness preparation to prepare the students for their transition into post-secondary training.

The Adult Education Instructor will be a Workforce Essentials employee located at Martha O’Bryan Center and work in partnership with its instructors and Director of Adult Learning to organize and implement an instructional program that will meet the needs of adult education students. Duties to include both teaching and administrative tasks.

This position is being posted on behalf of Workforce Essentials.

Job Responsibilities



  • Effectively plans, organizes, instructs, and evaluates student work.
  • Provides a classroom environment where students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences through appropriate implementation and evaluation of classroom instructional activities, having sound reading, math, and science skills.
  • Spends majority of their scheduled hours engaging with students to further the student’s successful completion of the program.
  • Assists in evaluating the changing needs in curriculum. Recommends plans for improvement using the current curriculum developed by the division of Adult Education (DAE) as a guide.  Provides staff instruction on the implementation of these changes.
  • Conducts and / or partners with staff that performs Adult Education orientation and testing. Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and Official Practice Tests (OPT) will be utilized.
  • Ensures students in NRS levels 1-4 are tested after 50-60 hours of instruction.
  • Ensures students in NRS levels 5-6 are tested after 30-59 hours of instruction.
  • Exhibits professional and ethical behavior standards when interacting with students, staff, and community.
  • Ensures that student records are promptly, accurately, and effectively entered into the VOS data management system.
  • Motivates, develops, and inspires part time instructors to provide a positive educational environment to encourage active learning engagement by students.
  • Accountable for meeting performance goals in his /her course. Provides leadership and direction to part time instructors in achieving program wide performance goals established by the National Reporting System (NRS).
  • Identifies, selects, and adapts instructional resources to meet student needs.
  • Ensures that staff follows Workforce Essentials, Inc. policies and procedures as well as the policies and procedures of our partner organizations where classes are held on their premises.
  • Collaborates and helps the County Supervisor or County Lead to plan, develop and carry out recruitment activities and strategies.
  • In absence of teacher, provides regular instruction according to procedure.
  • Attends local and state activities and staff development.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or related discipline.
  • Tennessee Teacher’s License or State Approved waiver (Form7) or 1-3 years’ experience/ leadership.


  • Adult Education Experience


  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Computer Skills to include Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook.
  • Competency in grading and interpreting Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and Official Practice Tests (OPT).
  • Expertise with Virtual One Stop (VOS) or database management system beneficial.
  • Proven organizational, analytical, and time management skills to include the ability to accomplish deadlines requirements are essential.
  • Professionalism in dress, speech and manners when dealing with students (current and potential), staff, and community.
  • Knowledgeable about all curriculum changes / additions as set forth by the division of Adult Education (DAE).
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally to include preparing and presenting information to both large and small groups
  • Accountable, self-motivated, and able to work independently with minimal direct supervision in a team environment.
  • Exhibits strong work ethic in order to achieve academic program goals.


The special demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, good driving record and maintain vehicle insurance.
  • Flexibility to work a split schedule to include up to two nights per week.
  • Ability to travel to satellite locations and correctional facilities as needed.
  • 5 hour work week (full time). Normal hours of work are 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.



The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those to be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job Physical demands: while performing duties of job, employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.  Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35-40 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Work environment: the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essentials functions.*

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Workforce Essentials, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Workforce Essentials, Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Additional Information


Medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance plans, 401(k)-retirement match plan.

How to Apply

Please apply HERE


  • Date Posted: May 12, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Salary Range: 40,000 -46,280