Function of position
The Kentucky College & Career Connection Coalition Coordinator oversees the development, management and work product of the Coalition in conjunction with its Board of Directors. This role is also responsible for the creation and implementation of policies, procedures, materials and messages that communicate and support Ky3C and the greater college and career outreach efforts across Kentucky.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, and Kentucky Adult Education formally created the Kentucky College and Career Connections (Ky3C) Coalition in February 2015. Previously facilitated by GEAR UP Kentucky, the Coalition is a statewide network of outreach programs, proponents and practitioners that seek to align, enhance, and expand college and career outreach statewide, leading to an increased college going culture and rate. Coalition membership currently includes representative members from more than 25 agencies, institutions, and organizations focused on reaching out to students and families from every segment of the education pipeline, especially those providing services and resources to Kentuckians in traditionally underrepresented and/or low-income communities.
The Coalition is seeking a qualified individual to serve as the Ky3C Coalition Coordinator. The Ky3C Coalition Coordinator will increase the capacity and effectiveness of the Coalition through the facilitation of communication and collaboration among its members. The Ky3C Coordinator will lead the development and execution of collaborative initiatives and events aligned with Ky3C strategic goals, and work with the Ky3C Board of Directors to establish infrastructure and secure funding that will sustain Coalition operations long term.
Position hours and location
The position is a non-merit, time-limited, full-time (37.5 hours per week) position
located at the Council on Postsecondary Education offices in Frankfort, Kentucky.
The Coalition intends to fill this position immediately to ensure the selected candidate can begin service on June 1, 2017. Funding has been secured for this position through June 30, 2018, with the potential for annual renewal dependent upon renewal of federal and state grant funding.
Compensation and benefits
$55,000 plus benefits
Minimum training and experience
A Bachelor’s degree is required in the area of communication, public relations, education, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, business management, or a closely related field and 5 years of professional experience in education, communications, community engagement/organizing, partnership development, non-profit management, and/or public relations. Experience in the educational access and transition is preferred.
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING:
- Proficient professional written and oral communication skills.
- Proficient in human relations and interpersonal skills; must have a positive, outgoing, and highly motivated personality.
- Must be skilled in problem-solving and multi-tasking; able to successfully negotiate team dynamics and demonstrate leadership skills that foster teamwork and collaboration.
- Proficient skills in the use of Microsoft Office Suite programs required (i.e., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
- Intermediate to proficient skills in social media and website management preferred (e.g. Blogger or Wordpress); Intermediate to proficient skills in desktop publishing, online video production, and/or graphic design a plus.
- Must have a strong work ethic and able to work independently.
- Must be able to achieve project deliverables in a timely fashion.
- Possess strong presentation skills and the ability to provide information in an organized and understandable manner.
- Ability to plan, organize and coordinate multiple projects and priorities and meet established deadlines.
- Ability to work collaboratively with senior level professionals, as well as students.
Roles and responsibilities
Sustainability Planning & Administrative Support
Support the ongoing strategic planning and development work of the Coalition's board and work groups to establish infrastructure to ensure the long-term sustainability of Coalition operations. Specific responsibilities include:
- Provide administrative support for all Coalition-related meetings including coordination of meeting logistics and communication, preparation of meeting materials, recording and distribution of meeting minutes, and other duties as assigned.
- Support the work of the Coalition leadership to develop and implement membership guidelines and processes including the development of a framework for sponsorship opportunities for organizations wishing to support the work of the Coalition.
- Research and pursue grant opportunities and potential sponsors for Coalition efforts and events
- Support collaborative efforts among Coalition members to seek funding including leading the coordination, drafting and submission of grant proposals on behalf of the Coalition.
- Working with the Ky3C board, create and implement a membership process and structure for existing and new members.
Organizational and Relationship Management
Communicate the Coalition vision and mission effectively to all stakeholders and support ongoing efforts to build relationships and foster collaboration among partner organizations.
- Make recommendations to Coalition leadership to enhance and ensure the efficient and effective operations.
- Monitor the ongoing progress of all Coalition initiatives and communicate regularly with board, charter partners, sponsors, agency staff, and Coalition members to ensure completion, follow up, and successful implementation.
- Employ skills and knowledge to build effective teams to meet the Coalition objectives and deliverables and to monitor scope of work and milestones of all projects.
- Other duties as assigned.
Communication & Digital Outreach
In conjunction with the Ky3C Board, member organizations/representatives, and volunteer work groups, raise public awareness of the Coalition's work and collaborative outreach initiatives through coordinated public relations and community engagement efforts. Specific responsibilities include:
- Write and disseminate a monthly member e-newsletter including coordinating the collection of content from members and other external sources/organizations to inform membership of emerging trends and policy issues related to the Coalition's mission as well as outreach programs/initiatives currently at work in and outside Kentucky.
- Maintain an active social media presence for the Coalition to facilitate the promotion of shared themes/messages and spur new connections among membership as well as the recruitment of new members.
- Work with Coalition work groups to disseminate an annual calendar of monthly outreach themes and key events to facilitate cross-promotion of existing events and key messages among membership
- Update existing or create new promotional materials (print and online) to communicate the purpose and goals of the Coalition including, but not limited to, brochures, posters, videos, postcards, blog, etc.
- Write and distribute press releases about Coalition events and initiatives in coordination with Coalition work groups.
Data Collection & Research
Maintain and elevate the public image of the Coalition through the development and distribution promotional materials, messages, and media. Specific responsibilities include:
- Execute an annual survey of Coalition members to collect data on program goals, target audiences, services provided, and other key physical, economic and cultural resources
- Assist in the development and managements an online directory that displays the findings of the research in a user-friendly and mobile-accessible way.
- Work with Coalition leadership to facilitate ongoing maintenance and annual updates to ensure provision of current data.
- Research national and state best practices of similar networks, coalitions, and collective impact initiatives in other states and communities to understand their strategic mission/goals and identify proven models for funding sources, administrative structure, membership requirements and benefits, staffing resources, and cross-sector initiatives and efforts.
- Compile and present research findings to Coalition coordinating board including recommendations for effective governance, sustained funding, data collection, and membership parameters and processes.
- Research national and state models identified as best practices leading to increased college-going rate and formulate strategies for implementation and dissemination.
- Identify recognized, effective models and strategies in changing cultural apathy and norms regarding increasing educational attainment and recognizing the value of going to college.
- Identify recognized, effective models, competencies, and strategies specific to successfully transitioning students, especially non-traditional adults, underrepresented, and/or low income community members, to college, ensuring wrap-around supports exist to improve their retention and credential attainment.
Interested applicants should send a letter of application specifically addressing the responsibilities and qualifications of the position; a resume; and, the names, titles, and contact information (phone and email) for at least three professional references to:
Rebecca Bowman, Human Resources
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Dr., Ste. 320
Frankfort, KY 40601
The Council on Postsecondary Education is an equal opportunity employer.