Parent Education Specialist, Family Literacy Program

Vacancy Notice: Monday, September 13, 2021
Application Deadline: Monday, September 27, 2021 by 4:30 PM CST
Position Type: Professional
Hours: Full Time
Reports To: Manager of English Language Learning & Family Literacy

Job Summary

The Family Literacy Program Parent Education Specialist works with Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) students from both the English Language Learning (ELL) and High School Completion (HSC) Programs at the Hawkeye Community College Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center to deliver parent education classes using a two-generation approach for adult students with children aged 0 to 18. Sessions may be conducted in-person or online and are aimed at helping students take on an active role in the education of their child/children while continuing their own education. The Parent Education Specialist develops and provides independent literacy activities (ILA) for parents to use with their children at home and partners with organizations that work with children.

Essential Job Functions

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Teaches parent education classes.

  • Schedules and facilitates Family Literacy Program events.

  • Develops schedule, content, and curriculum for parent education classes.

  • Recruits program participants throughout the year.

  • Maintains program records and maintains data integrity.

  • Assists with grant applications, grant maintenance, grant reporting, and grant funder recognition.

  • Assists with development of new program initiatives.

  • Represents the program to current and potential donors.

  • Maintains compliance with the state and federal Department of Education and other funders.

  • Builds positive relationships with students, staff, community partners, and funding agencies.

  • Maintains communication with administrative and instructional staff.

  • Makes purchasing recommendations for children’s books, literacy materials, and program supplies following the program budget.

  • Manages program materials and supplies such as lending library/literacy kits.

  • Participates in professional development and staff meetings.

  • Collaborates with ELL and HSC orientation, goal-setting, action-planning, and employability skills.

  • Provides professional development on family literacy topics to staff and community partners.

  • Stays current on research involving family literacy topics.

  • Maintains FERPA confidentiality requirements.

  • Serves on internal committees.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Literacy, Family Literacy, Reading Instruction, Early Childhood, Family Environment, TESOL, Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or related field.

  • One-year experience in a literacy-related field.

  • One-year teaching experience.

  • Working knowledge of Family Literacy methods and materials.

  • Demonstrated understanding of basic child development.

  • Experience with grants and reporting processes.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise professional judgement.

  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office and Google Suite.

  • Ability to work with diverse populations (faculty, staff, students, and general public).

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Working Conditions

Requires skills for succeeding in an office environment, using technology.  Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp. Work is performed in an office setting.  Sit, stand, bend, lift and move intermittently during working hours.  During course of day, interact with students, faculty and staff in person, by telephone and computer.

Employment Status

Full-time, grant funded, position with comprehensive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance, a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expenses; holiday, personal, sick, and vacation leave; and a choice of retirement programs—IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution).

Application Procedure

  • Complete online application at including a resume, 3 references with a minimum of one from a current/past supervisor, and a cover letter that briefly addresses the following:

  1. Describe any education and experience you have related to Family Literacy and tell us why you are interested in this position.

  2. Describe any experience with program and curriculum development.

  3. Describe any experience you have working with adult learners.

  • Submit online application and all required materials by the deadline.

    All application materials must be submitted by Monday, September 27, 2021 by 4:30 PM CST.

    Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and employment practices: The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email:

    If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

Contact Information

Human Resource Services

Hawkeye Center 101
Jobs Line: 319-296-2329 ext.5000‚Äč
Email Human Resource Services

If you are in need of any special accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

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