Adult Education Literacy Assistant - part time

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values, and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.


The Adult Literacy Assistant is responsible for managing the adult literacy volunteer tutor program in the Iowa City area. The assistant recruits and trains tutors, matching them with eligible students from the high school completion program.   The assistant also collaborates with ESL and ABE/HSED instructors on student referrals and continuous program improvement. This position is about 10-12 hours a week.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions. 
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. 
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success. 
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence. 


  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers for Kirkwood Adult Literacy program.   Recruitment is done through public service announcements, posters, and listings on volunteer websites.  Training is done in both groups and individually as needed.
  • Respond to in person, phone and email requests for program information.  
  • Maintain student and volunteer records, and provide student and volunteer reports as requested by supervisor.
  • Meet in person with all students seeking tutors to determine their needs.  Administer CASAS assessment if appropriate.
  • Maintain a lending library of tutoring materials for volunteers.
  • Assist with ESL class registration as needed including preparing a Resource Guide for ESL classes.
  • Meet with other agencies and providers to publicize Kirkwood Adult literacy program.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.
  • Be able and willing to represent the Kirkwood Community College in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve.
  • Possess the ability to develop and implement policies and procedures to serve a wide range of students with varying backgrounds, abilities and personalities effectively.
  • Assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with students, colleagues, and the general public.
  • Read, understand and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to use computer systems for word processing, database management, and website enhancement.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.  

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the

essential job  duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which

should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may

perform other duties as assigned.


Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work.  Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing. 


  • An associate’s degree is required in education or human service fields.
  • Prior experience with tutoring, teaching, work with ABE/HSED/ESL programs or organizing volunteers is preferred. Ability to speak Spanish is also preferred.



 Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email:

Job Benefits:

Kirkwood offers a wide range of employee benefits.  Read more about them here

Job ID: 94042

Posted 22 days ago

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