ELL Program Director

Fairbanks, AK 99701

Job Type:



$20 - $21.50 per/hr

*Please send resumes and cover letters to Heidi Shepard at executivedirector@literacycouncilak.org


The Literacy Council of Alaska is looking for an ELL Program Director to lead the English Language Learners program. Our ideal candidate is an experienced ELL educator, culturally responsive with a welcoming attitude, and has a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

You will act as an educational leader responsible for the direction and daily operations of the English Language Learner (ELL) program for adult ELLs in the Interior and the North Slope. This includes planning annual programming, choosing curricula for group classes and tutoring sessions, staff and volunteer training and management, as well as community outreach.

You will have the opportunity to advocate for and implement programs that create positive impacts on the lives of adult ELLs, create strong connections with community partners, and contribute to the mission of literacy for all. This grant-funded position is eligible for a flexible work style, allowing for in-office and remote options, with approval from the Executive Director.


  • Opportunities to work with with clients from all over the world

  • Generous paid time off, with an additional two weeks off during the winter holidays

  • Mission driven work with an established non-profit

  • Professional development opportunities

  • Opportunities to pursue creative interests to improve programming

Job Duties:

Operations (50%)

  • Provide oversight on staffing, training, program promotion, outreach, and implementation

  • Review and develop instructional resources, materials and strategies for teaching (in person, virtual, and hybrid)

  • Establish schedules for program, staff, class, tutoring, and professional development training

  • Conduct student orientation before the start of every session

  • Welcome and recruit students and respond to inquiries from potential students, community members, and referring partner agencies

  • Maintain safe, supportive, culturally responsive student-focused learning environments

  • Administer student assessments in accordance with state policy

  • Develop and monitor program budgets and reports

  • Chair and plan ELL staff meetings twice a month

  • Attend Alaska Adult Education (AAE) Program Coordinator meetings twice a year, in spring and fall

  • Participate in AAEA meetings, staff meetings, teleconferences, and student events, as required (may require occasional travel)

  • Collaborate with AE departments and community partners to provide services for students

  • Counsel students on personal, professional and academic matters to refer them to appropriate services

  • Creates a welcoming, inclusive environment for all

Instruction (20%)

  • Provide ELL classes to adult ELL learners

  • Provide professional development and teacher training for staff teachers and volunteers

  • Substitute teach whenever necessary, may include evenings and weekends

Reporting (20%)

  • Track student and volunteer attendance

  • Prepare required reports for donors and grants

  • Participate in state and federal program monitoring

  • Track student progress and use data to tailor instruction and services

  • Administer assessment and monitor assessment timelines

  • Maintain student data with current information and store in a secure environment

Outreach (10%)

  • Nurture relationships with community partners

  • Plan and participate in community outreach events

  • Create relationships with new community partners

  • Promote programs through partner communication, social media, and website

Job Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Minimum of two years experience in English Language Teaching

  • Proficiency in Google Workspace and digital literacy

  • Strong classroom management skills

  • Thrives in cross-cultural settings

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills

  • Excellent organizational, prioritization and multitasking skills

  • Speaks at least one language other than English

  • A trust in and commitment to LCA’s vision, mission and values

  • Must be able to pass a background check

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with BEST/CASAS/NRS standards

  • Has worked or volunteered with LCA for 6+ months

  • Masters degree in ELL, or comparable master level degree

Our Promise:

The ELL Program is the home of learners from all over the world. All are welcome here. We proudly serve immigrants, refugees, and all who live in Interior Alaska and the North Slope area. We treasure kindness, celebrate diversity, and appreciate all the unique things each of us bring to the program. Ours is a space that values individuality and variety. We strive to create a kind, welcoming environment, so everyone feels they belong and are at home.

At the Literacy Council of Alaska, we believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace makes us a more relevant, more competitive, and more resilient organization. We encourage people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and experiences to apply. LCA is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or caregiver status, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application and interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

This position is supervised by the Executive Director

Starting Salary: $20 - $21.50 per/hr @ 40 hrs/wk, flexibility for 20 hours of remote work

LCA is an EOE. For questions contact Tasneem Muhammad at ell@literacycouncilak.org