Insturctor, Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma

Kirkwood Community College

Anamosa, IA Education & Training $43,500 yearly

Under limited supervision, the instructor is responsible for teaching basic skills, literacy, and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) subject areas (reading, writing, social studies, science, and mathematics, with an emphasis on Reading) to students enrolled in the Education Program at the Anamosa State Penitentiary (ASP). The instructor collaborates with fellow instructors on the development of curriculum aligned to adult education standards.


  • 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.


  • Effectively teach basic skills, literacy and HSED subject areas to eligible offenders in a variety of instructional formats.
  • Work with special education youth in order to meet the requirements of existing Individualized Education Plans.
  • Maintain student and program records for reporting purposes.
  • Collaborate with fellow instructors at ASP, as well as in the Department of Corrections, on the development of innovate curricula for offenders in alignment with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adults.
  • Act as a liaison among the Iowa Department of Corrections, Anamosa State Penitentiary, and Kirkwood Community College, supporting the operations of Anamosa State Penitentiary.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.



  • Be able and willing to represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former, and current students, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with peer team members, students, and staff.
  • Possess strong human relations skills and be able to interact with diverse personalities.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, logically, and coherently orally and in writing.
  • Deal responsibly and effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions
  • Possess ability to adapt to a work situation inside a medium/maximum security institution housing convicted offenders.
  • 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. 


  • Bachelor's degree with successful teaching experience is required. In addition, candidates must pass ASP security clearance and graduate from the four week Department of Corrections Training Academy.



  • A current Iowa standard or master educator teaching license or ability to earn a standard license is required. 



  • Candidates with prior corrections, adult education, or at-risk teaching experience are preferred. 



Kirkwood Community College declares and affirms that it values and respects diversity and inclusion in all College-sponsored events, all employment practices, and all educational programs and activities. The College will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment of persons on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, religion, or disability.

Anyone who has questions or complaints should contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, or by phone to (319) 398-5572, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560, Fax: (312) 730-1576, Email:

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Job ID: 69786

Posted 6 days ago

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