Education Director

Job Title: Education Director

Organization: English for Action (EFA)
Location: Providence, RI
Salary: $40,000 annual base salary plus health insurance and paid vacation according to EFA´s policies. This is an exempt status position.
Status: Full time for 52 weeks, 1 year appointment. Renewal contingent, upon funding.
Start Date: June 13, 2016 part-time for two-weeks of training; July 1, 2016 full time
Hours: Schedule flexibility is required. Presence in the classrooms from 6:30pm to 8:30pm from Monday to Thursday is required, as is regular physical presence in EFA’s office during the day. Some weekend trainings and community events, and extended hours during registration and recruitment periods are required.



English for Action’s mission is to create participatory educational programs for Latino immigrant families and community members in Providence that link language learning, leadership development and community-building. Using innovative and creative tools such as the arts, theatre and community action projects, English for Action (EFA) creates critical and transformative learning communities within and outside of the classroom. Through the process of dialogue, reflection, and collaboration, EFA seeks to affect meaningful and community-based social change in Olneyville and the greater Providence community.

Work Environment & Organizational Culture

EFA’s organizational culture is one of collaboration which drives all activity within the organization; a culture of openness, honesty and trust with an engaged and valued workforce. We rely on consensus based decision making, participatory approach, 360 degree evaluation accountability system in a non-hierarchical work environment.

English for Action’s programs are all based on the participatory approach to education, which is grounded in the philosophy of the late Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. At EFA, facilitators (teachers) and learners (students) are equal partners in the classroom, working collaboratively to develop curricula and lessons that reflect learners’ priorities


The Education Director is responsible for ensuring the quality and every-day functioning of EFA’s education programs. He/she will work closely with the Core Team of Executive Director, Direct Services Coordinator and Lead Facilitators to make programmatic and administrative decisions and to meet performance outcomes.


 ESOL Program Coordination 60%

The ESOL Program Coordination responsibilities are specific to the ESOL program,
and it includes both programmatic and direct administrative responsibilities.

ESOL Programmatic:

  • Perform in-class observations, facilitator feedback, training, mentoring of staff, stipend interns & volunteer facilitators in the implementation of popular education curriculum and lessons.
  • Support and develop Facilitating Change Program and all volunteer programs. Mentor, train and supervise “Facilitating Change” facilitators, all volunteer facilitators, volunteer coordinators, and conversation partners.
  • Program alignment & implementation with all national, state and local standards
  • In collaboration with the Staff Core Team, submit the Annual PD plan; participate in ESOL-related professional development opportunities outside of EFA and share the EFA approach with other organizations.
  • Ensure that all education programs include leadership development and community building efforts in open communication with Action Committee and Executive Director
  • Lead weekly Lead Facilitator meetings and all volunteer trainings

ESOL Administrative:

  • Recruit, test, register learners for all educational programs. Lead Open Houses, pre-orientations, orientations, graduations, & case management efforts.
  • Recruit volunteers, work study students, interns, Facilitating Change facilitators for education programs.
  • Responsible for staffing of all adult ESOL classes.
  • Responsible for the overall administration, reporting, funding and performance of the ESOL related programs in collaboration with the staff Core Team.
  • Maintain and improve ESOL documentation, curriculum, and document training resources and upload to the ESOL wordpress. Maintain ESOL wordpress
  • Develop & Conduct ESOL learner surveys with the aid of the Staff Core Team
  • Support information management and data entry of RIDE’s reporting systems
  • Lead ESOL staff and volunteer job evaluations
  • In collaboration with the Core Team, head the ESOL Program Evaluation
  • EFA at Brown Student Group, oversight & development. Liaise with local colleges & universities.
  • Work collaboratively with the Direct Services Coordinator in scheduling, finances, and check supplies for all of English for Action’s ESOL program.
  • Work collaboratively with the Direct Services Coordinator in coordinating recruitment, registration, orientation, for students and celebrations for the ESOL classes, and in maintaining the learner database.

General Administrative 30%

The Education Director is responsible for overall administrative functions related to educational programs. The Education Director is responsible for managing and reporting the RIDE grant in collaboration with staff and Core Team. The Education Director will attend all RIDE meetings, and all adult education and workforce development related meetings. The Education Director will develop partnership written agreements and  memoranda of understanding in collaboration with Staff Core Team

  • Participate in EFA fundraising efforts.
  • Help organize bi-annual organization-wide retreats and annual strategic planning meetings together with the Staff Core Team and Board.
  • Serve as Employer Engagement Liaison; develop formal partnerships with employers; plan and organize job fairs in collaboration with other adult ed agencies
  • Support VISTA Coordinator
  • Participate in office administrative & maintenance responsibilities; support Executive Director with annual 360 degree evaluations of staff

Org-wide Program Development & Support 10%

The Education Director is responsible of supporting existing educational  programs and developing new ones.

  • Coordinate and meet monthly with all staff led programs.
  • Develop and support partnership led programs according to terms of agreement.
  • Communicate and support education program coordinators.
  • In communication and collaboration with the Staff Core Team, develop new educational, apprenticeship and career pathway programs as needed.
  • In collaboration with Executive Director lead program evaluations and implement improvements

Reports To:

The Education Director reports to the Executive Director. The Education Director is also accountable to all staff and to Action Committee members. The Education Director will report to staff and to the entire organization on a bi-annual basis on performance outcomes for ESOL and all educational programs according to EFA measures and to RIDE metrics.

Oversight Responsibilities:

The Education Director will oversee and support all ESOL staff, all education program coordinators and volunteers.

Team Contacts

The Education Director will work closely with the Core Team (Executive Director, Direct Services Coordinator and Lead Facilitators) meeting on a weekly basis.


Knowledge and experience in adult ESOL and literacy instruction (minimum 3-5 years in adult education and/or popular education). A combination of equivalent work experience and education may be considered at the Search Committee & Hiring Team’s discretion.

  • Bachelor’s degree desired, Masters a plus.
  • Passion for EFA’s participatory philosophy and popular education.
  • Grant writing and fundraising skills preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to problem solve, multi-task and prioritize.
  • Experience facilitating meetings and leading workshops; comfortable in public speaking
  • Experience with community-based leadership development a plus.
  • Have a passion for increasing educational access in our community
  • Must be able to thrive in a collaborative working environment
  • Technology skills required: Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, including: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to learn new programs and applications quickly.
  • Flexible work hours – available during evenings and some weekends
  • Ability to inspire others to participate and collaborate
  • Proficient in Spanish and English, a MUST


I.Provide a resume and volunteer experiences (especially in educational, financial andpublic service settings), extracurricular activities, and/or personal interests.

II. Interview: In your cover letter, please indicate when you will be available for an interview.

III. Include a cover letter (of no more than 2 pages) which addresses the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in this position?
  2. What skills and strengths do you bring to this position?
  3. How will you create a healthy learning environment in the classroom, at staff meetings, and at community events?
  4. What would your greatest challenges in this job be, and how would you face those challenges?
  5. How will working for EFA relate to your ideas about community development and social change?


Immigrants, Latino community members, women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please, send all application materials via email to:
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For more information, please contact Shirley Fuertes at 401.421.3181

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