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This is a standard position description for use in the Public Educational System of the United States Virgin Islands, this teacher provides adult learners and out of school youth instructional activities, methods and ensures accomplishment of objectives specific to adult learners or out of school youths special needs, and supervision of adult learners or out of school youths. This is a ten-month position. Teaching professionals are represented by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Certification in an academic subject area or instructional level is required. A teacher works, under the general supervision of a Principal, Assistant Principal, or other administrators. Work is reviewed through observations, evaluations, and informal and formal conferences. Guidelines of the position include Governmental and Departmental regulations, directives, initiatives, legislative acts and bills, Contractual Agreements, Virgin Islands Code, Board of Education policies, Personnel and Budgetary manuals. Duties and responsibilities are general and technical, and require independent judgment. The purpose of this position is to provide adult learners and out of school youth with the newest educational methods and carry out the goals and objectives of the school district’s programs and the Department’s mandates to provide educational services. Contacts are primarily with Principals, Coordinators, other administrators, coworkers, adult learners or out of school youths, and the community at large. The primary purpose of the contacts is to provide information, assistance and support, gather information, teach and evaluate instructional outcomes, and make recommendations for improving the system.


  • Inspires adult learners and out of school youth to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to participate effectively in today’s economy and society;
  • Teaches basic  academic subjects  to adult learners  or  out of  school  youths,  using special help programs to improve scholastic level;
  • Selects and teaches assigned subject relating it  to everyday life of individual adult learners or out of school youth;
  • Confers with school counselors to obtain additional testing information and to gain insight on adult learners or out of school youth behavioral disorders affecting learning process;
  • Designs special help programs for low achievers and encourages class group collaboration;
  • Attends professional meetings, writes reports, and maintains records;
  • Conducts instruction in subject area(s) for assigned adult learners or out of school youths;
  • Specifies or selects teaching procedures for lessons;
  • Provides assistance to adult learners or out of school youths to facilitate their learning of instructional objectives/goals;
  • Utilizes a repertoire of teaching methods;
  • Participates in staff development training workshops, seminars/meetings, as appropriate;
  • Keeps abreast of instructional innovations, curriculum trends, research information, etc. and selects materials for lessons;
  • Participates  as  a team  member  with  professional colleagues  for  school based  enhancement  of instructional initiatives;
  • Assesses learner progress on objectives;
  • Organizes instruction, taking into account individual differences among learners as the differences relate to such elements as capabilities, styles of learning, and rates of learning;
  • Work is performed in a school setting, which is drug free, violence free and smoke free.  Field trips to educational related settings may be required;
  • Teachers are expected to accept a share of the responsibility for the smooth functioning of the school and share in the enforcement of the rules and regulations of the school and the policies of the Department of Education;
  • Each teacher is responsible for the discipline within their classroom and should be in complete control at all times;
  • Each teacher is expected to abide by a professional code of ethics which requires professional conduct at all times. Each teacher owes professional loyalty to his fellow teachers, the administration of his school, and the Department of Education;
  • Performs all other tasks and assumes such other duties as designated by the Principal or Director of Special Services.


  • Knowledge of the education laws, policies, rules and regulations of the United States Virgin Islands, as well as within respective schools;
  • Knowledge of learning disabilities, and methods of treatment;
  • Knowledge of the adult learners or out of school youth learning process;
  • Knowledge of the principles of teaching and classroom control;
  • Ability to strive to maximize the educational achievement of each adult learners or out of school youth;
  • Ability to plan lessons, coordinate resources, and manage time on task;
  • Ability to maintain accurate and complete records as required by district policy and administrative regulations;
  • Ability to create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the adult learners or out of school youths;
  • Ability to cooperate and share professionally with members of the administration and other staff;
  • Ability to develop reasonable rules of classroom behavior in accordance with district policies and guidelines, and maintain order in the classroom in a fair and just manner;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with adult learners or out of school youths, staff, administrators, and others;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality about adult learners or out of school youths in accordance with state and federal law as well as district policy;
  • Knowledge of Virgin Islands history and culture, and the ability to integrate and customize where appropriate, folklore themes, historical elements, and geographical factors which influence the lives of adult learners or out of school youths.


  • Works under the direct supervision or assignment of a Principal, Assistant Principal, Counselor, Teacher or as assigned by the principal;
  • Work is controlled by routine review and reporting to or consultation with supervisor;
  • Work is reviewed through on-site visits, reports and achievement of objectives.


  • Federal safety and departmental guidelines and procedures must be followed;
  • Strict adherence to HIPPA law and strict confidentiality guidelines are to be followed;
  • Employee  is  expected  to  use  knowledge  acquired  through  specific  instructions,  training  and experience in making independent decisions.


  • Requires  a  combination  of  job  functions  using  serious  judgment  to  perform  a  variety  of  job responsibilities;
  • Responsible  for  ensuring  the  safety  of  children  on  school  grounds  and  the  completion  of assignments;
  • Requires long hours of concentration, patience and flexibility in unexpected arising situations.


  • Requires responsibility for the planning and implementation of instructional programs so that adult learners and out of school youth leave with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs of the local community;
  • Errors at this level will have major repercussions that will be counterproductive to efficient school safety and class room management.


  • Personal contact is made with adult learners or out of school youths, fellow employees, supervisors, administrators, and work unit for the purpose of obtaining, clarifying, or giving facts or information to aid in accomplishing daily tasks and long term objectives.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to  successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:
    • Stand for long periods of time with intermittent walking, standing, sitting, and bending;
    • Talk or hear within normal range;
    • Reach with hands and arms and handle cumbersome awkwardly shaped items;
    • Read fine print, and review information on a PC monitor, as well as, hard copy output;
    • Lift up to 70 pounds and exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.


  • Requires performing regular job functions in a school working environment;
  • Workers are required to adhere to standard safety regulations to ensure personal safety and the safety of others.


Basic qualifications are established by the Virgin Islands Board of Education.

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, inclusive of thirty (30) semester credits in Education, and thirty- six (36) semester credits in an academic subject area (for secondary teachers); or
  • A Bachelor’s degree including forty-eight (48) semester credits in Education, twenty-four (24) semester credits in elementary and twenty-four (24) semester credits in general education (for elementary school teachers).
  • Proof of United States citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Good moral character (displayed through submission of police records and three letters of professional recommendation and/or submission of a professional rating form provided by the Department.)
  • Proof of good health (through submission of a physician’s statement of good health).

“No person shall be discriminated against in employment or in any educational program or activity offered by the Virgin Islands Department of Education on account of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, handicap or age.”


Complainant may write to:

Director                                              Director

Division of Human Resources      Division of Human Resources 2133 Hospital Street                                                               44-46 Kongens Gade                     Christiansted, VI 00820                                   

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802



FORM# SchTchrDOEHR 3/00 (Rev. 9/5/07)

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