Foundational Skills Instructor

SER Metro-Detroit

About the organization

Since 1971, SER Metro-Detroit has consistently maintained a high-performance record in the skills training and placement of consumers into unsubsidized employment in the private sector and in providing employers with a diverse, qualified workforce. The means by which our mission of cultivating a qualified, skilled and adaptable workforce for metropolitan Detroit and the global economy is reflected in our name: Service, Employment, and Redevelopment. SER Metro-Detroit works to give each consumer of services the resources needed to create a life of self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment. SER program mix includes: literacy and education, job readiness skills training, occupational skills training, vocational skills training, job seeker and employer services, welfare reform programming, economic and community development, employment, and extensive youth programming. The services delivery system includes the active participation of the public and private sectors, education, and government.


JOB TITLE: Foundational Skills Instructor
DIVISION: Youth Services
DEPARTMENT: SER YouthBuild Learning Academy (SYLA)
LOCATION: Southwest/Stecker
REPORTS TO: Youth Education Services Lead/Principal
FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt/Hourly
APPROVED DATE: 1/29/2020
JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for providing instruction for students participating in GED and alternative high school completion programs that require additional support in literacy, math and other subject areas using various resources and instructional techniques to bridge the achievement gap.

1. Provides and analyzes an academic assessment to identify the student’s academic needs.
2. Develops an Individual Learning Plan for each student assigned that tracks academic progress in each identified area of deficiency.
3. Provides instruction to students to improve foundational skills in math, science, social studies, ELA (English Language Arts) and reading comprehension.
4. Creates a weekly lesson plan that is curriculum based and addresses the needs of students in the Foundational Skills Class.
5. Monitors outcomes and assessments providing ongoing feedback and recommendations to increase academic proficiency.
6. Participates in staff meetings and case conferences for students progressing into GED programming.
7. Provides up-to-date reports on the progress of students from the alternative high school completion program.


1. Associates degree or teaching certificate.
2. Two to three years’ experience in adult education and/or with at-risk youth.
3. Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
4. Knowledge of CCSS (Common Core State Standards) in grades K – 12.
5. Ability to utilize differentiated instruction to improve academic outcomes.
6. Ability to effectively educate and manage students from varying backgrounds and socio-economic levels, as well as academic level.
7. Ability to interact with students, parents and staff in a positive and productive manner.
8. Ability to multi task and manage related pressures in the classroom while effectively handling conflict.
9. Experience with Microsoft Office software.
10. Bilingual language skills in English/Spanish and/or English/Arabic is preferred.
11. Valid Michigan Driver’s License. Incumbent must also have reliable means of transportation to travel to various locations outside of the office.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This is a largely sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: This job operates in a normal office environment with little discomfort due to noise, dirt, dust and the like. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photo copiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

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