Young Adult Literacy Instructor-Full-Time, Brooklyn, NY

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


As Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) celebrates its 35th Anniversary, we are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and passionate Job Developer who can help ensure that OBT continues to meet its annual and contractual goals for placing New York City youth and adults in quality positions, where they will gain valuable experience and have the opportunity for advancement. 


We are seeking an energetic, committed and passionate Young Adult Literacy (YALP) Instructor to work with youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who lack the reading, writing and/or math skills needed to enroll in a High School Equivalency (HSE) Test Preparation Program. Trainees receive pre-HSE basic skills training along with full support services. The Instructor is responsible for four general areas including: Outreach, Intake & Assessment; Instruction and Curriculum Development; Service Learning Coordination; Case Records Management and Reporting.


Who We Are and Where We Are Going:

OBT, a premier Workforce Development organization in NYC, is in the process of developing its next phase of growth, focused on expanding employment opportunities for our clients. Founded in 1983, we have established a proven track record as a strong community-based organization. We have assisted thousands of NYC opportunity youth and adults gain critical skills and obtain employment. As a leading Workforce Development training not-for-profit, OBT provides a training program that balances high accountability and high support, with the goal of developing self-sufficiency and providing access to quality career pathways. We are excited to continue to develop on our strong foundation and demonstrated success while meeting the challenges and opportunities of the modern workplace.


Specific Duties:

▪      Provide daily instruction in numeracy and literacy with end result towards raising post test scores in literacy and numeracy to 9.0 plus (no less than 10 hours of literacy and 5 hours of numeracy a week);

▪      Create and submit for approval an effective curriculum with lesson plans that address the assigned subject areas;

▪      Update and augment the present curriculum on a regular basis to ensure that the lessons are responsive to needs of the individual students and are relevant to today’s workplace and to ensure that the lessons address a range of learner levels;

▪      Maintain the classroom and take responsibility for creating a classroom environment that reflects the goals of the Pre-HSE curriculum and the YALP program;

▪      Develop and implement effective testing mechanisms designed to measure trainee progress as it relates to the Pre-HSE curriculum.

▪      Assist with any relevant reporting as required by both government and private contracts;

▪      Conduct outreach and recruitment to enroll trainees into the program;

▪      Maintain trainee case files; enter data into the funder’s and OBT’s data management systems.

▪      Maintain contact with current and past participants via approved social networking sites such as Facebook, using established OBT protocols;

▪      Conduct intake assessments with youth applicants to ensure both eligibility and suitability for the program using standard OBT and funder guidelines;

▪      Where appropriate, refer ineligible applicants to other programs and services;

▪      Review trainee evaluations with counselor and discuss trainee progress on a regular basis; along with counselor, develop individual strategies for corrective action;

▪      Provide ongoing feedback on trainee issues to other staff, including Job Developers and administration especially as it relates to trainee progress and employment readiness;

▪      Follow-up with trainees regarding outstanding required documentation;

▪      Administer the Individual Service Strategy (ISS) questionnaire (required government form) with each trainee;

▪      Coordinate service learning projects; collect timesheets;

▪      Assist with any relevant reporting as required by both government and private contracts.

▪      Perform all other appropriate duties as assigned by supervisor.


Qualifications: BA required; prior experience in teaching HSE (or GED) prep classes as well as knowledge of the new Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) preferred;  knowledge of work with opportunity youth from a strength based perspective; possess the ability to model and maintain a culture of high expectations and high support; Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred; experience with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access) required; excellent writing and verbal skills; must be detail oriented and learn quickly; must possess a friendly, outgoing and professional personality and be able to maintain a high degree of discretion in dealing with confidential information.


Why You Should Join Us:

·     Competitive salary and full benefits

·     Satisfying and team-oriented work environment

·     Company events and outings (ongoing professional development; coaching, staff retreats)

·     Passionate and motivated staff excited to propel NYC’s youth and adult communities

·     Equal Opportunity Employer


To apply go to Enter Position code JKULC when prompted.








Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply go to Enter Position code JKULC when prompted.