2496 Instructional Specialist, Abstinence Education Program


TITLE Instructional Specialist, Abstinence Education Program




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Principal Investigator, Abstinence-based Education grant

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Director, School of Social Work


The Instructional Specialist, AEP administers pre- and post-surveys to selected student groups and teaches abstinence-based education classes to middle and high school students as assigned in participating school districts. The Instructional Specialist, AEP assists subcontracted instructors and participating school districts with developing, recruiting, scheduling, and implementing approved AEP classes. The Instructional Specialist, AEP supports the school district teachers and subcontracted instructors as needed to implement high quality, relevant, and appropriate AEP classes.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as Social Work, Education, or a closely related field is required.

Experience: At least six months of experience teaching in a classroom setting is required. One year of teaching experience is preferred.

Certification: Missouri Teachers Certification is preferred.

Skills: Knowledge of Microsoft and Macintosh word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications is required. Strong leadership and interpersonal skills are required. Problem solving skills and the ability to learn new things quickly are required. The ability to work both collaboratively and independently is required. Flexibility, creativity, and the ability to thrive in a complex, changing environment with competing demands are required. A demonstrated commitment to providing quality services to diverse members of the campus and broader communities is required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Public speaking skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures of backgrounds is required.

Other: A valid Missouri driver’s license is required; some travel may be required.


1. Schedules and coordinates surveys and class sessions and administers pre-and post-surveys to students in participating schools.

2. Develops and maintains cooperative working relationships with the administration at participating schools.

3. Provides abstinence-based instruction to students in surrounding middle and high schools as assigned.

4. Utilizes current best teaching practices and employs instructional technology when appropriate.

5. Assists the Coordinator, Abstinence-based Education Programs with workshop training and other professional development activities.

6. Identifies needs of subcontracted instructors and school districts, such as, student and instructor manuals, incentive plans, activity kits, training, equipment, and other items and activities needed to implement the AEP classes.

7. Maintains inventory, enrollment data, and other information to facilitate functioning of the Abstinence Education Program.

8. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

9. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional relationships with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the supervisor.

10. Contributes to the overall success of the School of Social Work by performing other duties as assigned.


The Instructional Specialist, AEP is supervised by the Principal Investigator, Abstinence-based Education grant.


MAY 2015


Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 1 - 500 Points: Knowledge of principles, processes, methods, and procedures associated with a limited range of healthcare, technical, scientific, administrative support, communications, or social science program objectives or common problems. Knowledge permits the employee to complete routine medical and healthcare procedures, common administrative support tasks, operate basic equipment and instruments, carry out a variety of interrelated tasks and recurring assignments, assist individuals, answer common questions, and/or elicit information from a variety of sources. Professional knowledge, skill, and technical mastery at this level are typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience beyond a high school diploma.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 50 Points: Typically, little, if any, supervision of others is required. The job may require irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. The amount of time spent on directing the work of others is normally a small portion of total work time.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 400 Points: Work involves services including collecting, processing, and disseminating information and providing advice to others. Work activities may be complex and likely affect the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services to the extent that others rely on the advice given in order to make decisions. Work activities typically affect the efficiency of the department but have relatively minor effects on operations within the cost center. Individuals in jobs at this level are often responsible for actively documenting, monitoring, and controlling expenditures. Incumbents may recommend minor expenditures, but have no substantive authority over budgets.