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The Academic Skills/HiSET Preparation Instructor in the Portsmouth Adult Education program will provide the planning, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum and related activities, as an instructor in the day and evening AS/HiSET classroom.

Part-time/temporary:  5-8 hours/wk until 6/30/23 


Works under the direction of the Portsmouth Adult Education (PAE) Program Manager and general supervision of the Director of Workforce Development.


Provides supervision for Teacher Aides and other volunteers


  • Coordinate with PAE staff to plan, implement and evaluate general curriculum focusing on reading, writing and math skills for daily instruction in the classroom setting utilizing individual, small and large group instructional techniques.
  • Prepare and implement educational plans utilizing best practices in the context of developing necessary life skills, based upon learner-centered approach that incorporates learner's skills, interests and goals associated with the areas of family, work and community.
  • Conduct, as needed, diagnostic tests and assessments to determine learner's skills and abilities, in conjunction with program counselor.  Assist learners with goal setting and attainment.  Maintain appropriate records in each learner’s files.
  • Provide appropriate, real-life materials and activities in accordance with College & Career Readiness Standards and contextualized learning, including appropriate remediation and compensation for those with learning challenges.
  • Ability to work with wide range of skill levels from most basic to more advanced skills in content areas (reading, writing, math, social studies, and science).  Adapt instruction to meet range of skills, abilities and needs of learners.
  • Create a comfortable, supportive class atmosphere.  Establish supportive, encouraging relationships amongst learners. Model respectful, lifelong learning behaviors for all learners. 
  • Keep daily attendance records.  Report to PAE Program Counselor when students are absent consecutively two (2) days and assist with making personal contact with absent learner(s).
  • Make appropriate referrals to PAE Program Counselor relative to learner support needs in the areas of family, work and community. Model self-advocacy with learners.  Advocate for learners and PAE Program as appropriate in the greater community. 
  • In conjunction with PAE Program Manager, recommend relevant materials, equipment and supplies for use in the classroom.  Assist with maintaining inventories of such materials, equipment and supplies.
  • Work with classroom aides and/or volunteers to provide appropriate one-to-one or small group instruction and assistance as determined necessary.  As determined in coordination with Program Counselor, oversee planning, implementation and record keeping of curriculum and activities done by classroom aides and/or volunteers.
  • Assist PAE Program Manager with reports as required by funding sources and agencies.
  • Attend all scheduled staff meetings and attend relevant staff development activities as is possible. 
  • Be in attendance and on time for all scheduled classes, or arrange for a substitute teacher with approval from the PAE Program Manager. 
  • Maintain 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 work with PAE Program Counselor to gather sufficient intake information to make referrals to other SNHS programs which are beneficial to the client and their family.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Ability to work on a range of basic to higher level skills in the content areas of reading, writing, math, social studies, and science.
  • Knowledge of and experience with technology applications for classroom instruction.
  • Familiarity with College and Career Readiness Standards and contextualized learning applications in learner-centered approach.
  • Familiarity with high school equivalency requirements and adult learner assessment tools (TABE, HiSET, Accuplacer, etc.) preferre


Preferred Education:   Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education or other related field.  

Preferred Experience:  Two (2) or more years’ experience teaching, 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

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