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Job Description

The incumbent in this position is responsible for providing the planning, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum and related activities as an English for Speakers of other Languages (ESL) Instructor in an ESL-leveled classroom with the Portsmouth Adult Education Program.  The program is designed to promote personal growth and economic self-reliance, to strengthen personal and family relationships, and build greater integration into civic and community life.

This position is 5 hrs/wk for 30 wks


Received:  Works under the direct supervision of the Portsmouth Adult Education Program Manager and under the general supervision of the Innovation and Strategy Director.

Exercised:  Teacher’s Aides/Volunteers as assigned.


  • In coordination with Portsmouth Adult Education staff, plan and implement general curriculum for daily instruction in the classroom setting, monitoring and managing student learning and performance through various summative and formative assessment data utilizing individual, small and large group settings, as appropriate to ESL level of class.
  • Prepare and deliver learner-centered educational plans utilizing high quality, evidence-based best practices and instructional techniques effective with adult learners based upon each individual learner's prior knowledge, skills, interests, and self-identified goals.
  • Incorporate ELP and CCR Standards and employability skills in daily lesson plans. Build technology, digital media literacy, higher order thinking, communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Provide appropriate, real-life materials and activities for each learner's daily learning and practice, including appropriate remediation and accommodation for learners with learning challenges.
  • Create a comfortable, supportive, class atmosphere.  Establish supportive, encouraging relationships, effectively communicate to motivate and engage learners, while modeling an understanding of inclusion and diversity.
  • Make appropriate referrals to program counselor relative to learner's needs in areas of family, work and community.
  • Model and provide instruction related to self-advocacy with learners.  Identify and address barriers related to individual learner’s needs and abilities in conjunction with program counselor.  Advocate with and on behalf of learners and the Portsmouth Adult Education Program in the greater community.
  • Keep daily attendance records.  Report to program counselor when learners are absent consecutively two (2) days and assist with making personal follow-up contact with learner(s).
  • Conduct, as needed, diagnostic tests and assessments (summative and/or formative) to determine learner's skills and abilities, in conjunction with program counselor.  Routinely assist, guide, and review goal setting process with adult learners.  Maintain appropriate records in each learner’s confidential file.
  • In conjunction with program manager, recommend appropriate materials, equipment and supplies for use in the classroom.  Assist with maintaining inventories of such materials, equipment, and supplies.
  • Be in attendance and on time for all scheduled classes, or arrange for a substitute teacher with approval of the program manager.
  • Attend all scheduled staff meetings.  Pursue relevant professional development activities as is possible or required by the Bureau of Adult Education.      
  • Work with classroom aides and/or volunteers to provide appropriate one-to-one or small group instruction and assistance, as determined necessary.  Oversee and guide planning, implementation, and record keeping of curriculum and activities performed by classroom aides and/or volunteers in conjunction with program counselor.
  • Assist program manager with reports as required by funding sources and relevant agencies.
  • Maintain the professional boundaries with all current, past, and prospective clients, and maintain the confidentiality of clients and staff, in accordance with SNHS policy and procedure.
  • Abide by all SNHS safety policies and procedures.
  • Present professional and positive image as a representative of SNHS.
  • Be responsible for having adequate knowledge of all SNHS programs and will gather sufficient intake information to make referrals, in coordination with Adult Education Counselor, to other SNHS programs which are beneficial to the client and his/her family.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Knowledge and ability to teach English language structure (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, etc.) at the appropriate class level (basic to advanced intermediate) within the 4 domains of language learning (speaking, listening, reading, writing);
  • Knowledge of and experience with a wide range of relevant education technology resources for in-person, hybrid, and remote learning applications;
  • Familiarity with English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), as well as the integration of employability and digital literacy skills preferred;
  • Familiarity with assessment tools (TABE, Accuplacer, etc.) preferred.


  •  BA/BS or certification in ESL, TEFL, English, Linguistics, Education or related field; M.Ed. preferred;
  • Two (2) or more years of experience working with adult English Language Learners (ELLs), preferably in an adult learning setting.

Southern New Hampshire Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Portsmouth, NH
Community Services
Contract type
Part-Time Temporary
Desired Experience
Education Requirement
Bachelor's Degree