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LEAD ESOL TEACHER (PT 4-6 Hours per Week)

Summary of Duties

The Lead ESOL Instructor is responsible for providing instruction to adult English Language learners (ELLs) for one or more of the following class offerings: ESOL, Computer/Digital Literacy and US Citizenship Preparation. Teaching includes curriculum development, evaluation of students’ progress, and accurate maintenance of all students’ records. Classroom instruction should be interactive and incorporate a variety of teaching techniques, materials and resources.

Job Duties

  • Develop and implement instructional lessons based on student’s proficiency level using relevant content standards.
  • Differentiate instruction and use varied instructional modalities: individualized, collaborative student groupings, whole class instruction, and blended learning.
  • Deliver learner-centered and interactive learning activities that facilitate student learning of content areas and develop their language skills, including reading, writing, listening, speaking and vocabulary development.
  • Motivate and support adults in a culturally responsive manner; Analyze student progress to identify areas for improvement; Provide on-going to feedback to students and to supervisors.
  • Document adult learner progress on formal and informal assessments and maintain necessary student information for compliance with data requirements; properly and timely administer all required testing to students.
  • Recruit, coordinate, train, and supervise volunteers and/or staff.
  • Communicate with agency staff and community partners to refer students in need of community resources.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BS/BA in ESOL/Education or equivalent;
  • Previous experience working with adults in an educational/tutorial setting;
  • Commitment to literacy and an interest in working with adults of diverse economic, linguistic, and/or cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently off-site and to problem solve; locations may include libraries, schools, work sites, community and government organizations, etc.
  • Technology skills needed to teach Northstar or other Digital Literacy curriculum;
  • Demonstrated ability to be accurate and timely in submitting required documentation;
  • Ability to work as a team, building relationships with community partners, staff, and administration in a collaborative, productive, and supportive manner;
  • Commitment to ongoing Professional Development and learning.


Salary commensurate with experience. This is a part-time position, 4-6 hours per week in a business casual environment.


October 27, 2017


Human Resources
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903



Providence Public Library (PPL) is pleased to announce a reorganized unit within the library -- Technology and Information Services.  In 2018, the Library will also begin a major transformation of most of its public service spaces, including a new technology-rich information commons, the Workshop (an open learning and collaborative space) and a merged public services desk, and is seeking to add an innovative seasoned service-oriented individual to join our leadership team.  This is an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic, high-tech learning organization and contribute to a progressive, service oriented library.


This key position reports to the Director of Technology and Information Services and innovatively champions the merging of two of the library’s more traditional units (Circulation and Reference) to provide responsive and effective circulation and reference support across all aspects of Information Services operations.  The incumbent is accountable for activities related to both Circulation and Reference operations including borrower services, interlibrary loan, delivery, collection development, reference, instruction and outreach.  The incumbent supervises the delivery of point-of-need assistance to library customer and visitors, including second tier technology troubleshooting and support.


  • Directs Information Services team in providing reference, readers/audiovisual/technology advisory and borrower services for library customers

  • Leads teams to create, coordinate and present library programs, special events and outreach for community and to provide high quality borrower services

  • Creates and maintains schedule for Information Services team in consultation with Senior Information Services Specialist

  • Works collaboratively with Education Department to present public programs and develop complementary services including the library’s new public service spaces (reference to Workshop space)

  • Coordinate department’s instructional efforts including leading and/or developing workshops, series, etc.

  • Works with internal Marketing team to create and coordinate publicity and marketing for library Information programs and events

  • Works collaboratively with Senior Information Services Specialist to coordinate department efforts in library marketing, including book display merchandising, blog posts, digital signage, website, and social media contributions, etc.

  • Develops relationships with area libraries and organizations through presentations and collaborative projects

  • Supervises Information Services team and volunteers; organizes ongoing training for both teams

  • Provides Adult reference and reader’s advisory service to library customers

  • Assists Head Curator of Collections with collection development and management projects

  • Participates fully as member of Library’s Collection Development team

  • Participates in Library’s data collection and analysis efforts

  • Participates fully as member of Library Management Team; willing to work evenings and weekends; performs related duties as required

  • Participates in professional development activities at local and state level as necessary

  • Stays current with library trends and emerging technologies

  • Spanish speaking is very desirable


  • Librarian with an MLS from a graduate library school accredited by ALA and 5 years progressively more responsible professional library experience required
  • A strong background in computers/technology, digital literacy and non-print materials formats
  • Patience, tact, and excellent communication skills
  • Enjoys learning as well as teaching
  • Ability to train and supervise library staff
  • Evidence of teaching/presentation experience and facility
  • Strong organizational talents
  • Demonstrates creativity, flexibility, and a positive attitude
  • Poise in a busy setting serving library customers and staff with high expectations
  • Excellent reference skills and ability to relate to library customers of all ages
  • Ability to exhibit good judgment and establish effective working relationships with staff, colleagues within the library system, local government personnel
  • Ability to plan and coordinate the work of others
  • Ability to exercise leadership and motivate others
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with community organizations
  • Warm, outgoing personality

The position is best filled by an energetic, innovative individual with an ALA accredited MLS and 5 years’  library experience, with a minimum of 3 years of demonstrable supervisory experience.  Knowledge of automated library systems, reference  and circulation service operations, databases, copyright law, and web development strongly preferred. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Interest in library trends and emerging technologies, intermediate word processing and spreadsheet abilities, and ease with technology and social media are imperative. Outstanding work ethic, strong commitment to customer-centered services and flexibility is critical.  Candidates must possess the ability to work both independently and in a fast-paced team environment with diverse patrons and coworkers. 


Salary range $45,000-$55,000 commensurate with appropriate experience.  This is a full-time position in a business casual environment with excellent benefits.


September 8, 2017


Human Resources
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903



Sundays with possibility for more hours


Maintains, repairs and operates building systems, equipment and components including but not limited to electro-mechanical and HVAC systems; operates and maintains low pressure boilers and air conditioning systems; maintains small machinery; repairs furniture; performs light carpentry; interior and exterior painting.  Drives snowplow, operates snow removal equipment and shovels snow as necessary; assists with building security. Must be capable of lifting 100 pounds, working on ladders, staging and roofs.

May be assigned other duties as necessary.


Must be a responsible worker, willing to learn, follow direction and able to work independently.

Requires stationary engineers’ license, and broad experience and/or training in building maintenance, construction, or related field.

High School graduation or GED required

References, security check and drug testing required.

HOURLY RATE:   $19.00

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Until Position is filled



Human Resources
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903