CLASSIFICATION NO. 287
Under direction, to instruct, educate and counsel disadvantaged clients; to advocate for clients with potential employers; and to do other work as required.
The Community Solutions for Clackamas County Division within the Department of Human Services provides services to disadvantaged, unemployed and underemployed youth and adults. Programs include on-the-job training and work experience opportunities, career counseling, placement services, job search workshops, and job retention services, residential weatherization services and mediation services.
The Instructor teaches marketable job skills and workplace basic education courses to clients in a classroom setting. Job skills include personal computer systems and hardware operating procedures, software applications, employment search techniques, Interpersonal communication and other skills needed to be successful on the job.
The Instructor differs from the Employment and Training Specialist which develops service and training plans, provides and/or secures employment training and counseling and develops employment opportunities for clients.
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Prepares, organizes and maintains lesson plans and materials; assists in developing course curriculums, goals and objectives; selects instructional materials and prepares lectures; evaluates new materials and subjects for inclusion in program.
- Prepares and maintains accurate client records; evaluates and documents level of participation and progress; grades homework assignments; completes client time sheets; interviews prospective students to determine inclusion into courses.
- Maintains classroom and equipment; orders classroom books, materials, equipment, computer software and supplies; updates and purges computer programs and files; keeps equipment clean and functional.
- Teaches workplace basic education courses such as grammar, reading, writing, spelling, and math; provides group and individual instruction.
- Familiarizes clients with personal computer environment, software applications and hardware operating procedures; demonstrates proper techniques for operating and handling computer and printer hardware/software equipment; teaches printer operations.
- Teaches clients to use word processing and spreadsheet software; develops clients' keyboard and editing skills; explains and demonstrates how to format letters, tables and manuscripts; creates simulated basic skill problems on spreadsheets for tutorial learning; prepares and administers achievement tests and basic skill placement tests.
- Counsels clients in job interviewing and networking techniques, completing job applications, and preparing resumes, cover letters, and follow-up letters; instructs students in proper work conduct and habits; writes letters of recommendation for clients; communicates availability of clients to businesses and organizations.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Working knowledge of: Academic subjects taught in basic skill programs; microcomputer hardware and printers; word processing and spreadsheet software applications; principles and practices of classroom instruction; federal, state and local laws and regulations applicable to employment and training programs; principles and practices of vocational counseling; lesson plan methods and techniques; basic principles and practices of curriculum development; recordkeeping techniques.
Skill to: Prepare daily lesson plans; teach basic skill subjects and job skills in a workplace context such as use of word processing and spreadsheet software, reading, math and writing; interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies and program standards; provide vocational counseling; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; maintain accurate records; establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, businesses, County staff and other agencies.
May require special teaching credentials or certifications to teach particular classes.
Must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.
Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.
MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS
Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.