Available in 12 school districts
GEAR UP Kentucky, a federal grant program administered through the Council on Postsecondary Education, is seeking College and Career Coaches in the 12 school districts it serves: Bath County, Bourbon County, Bracken County, Covington Independent, Fleming County, Frankfort Independent, Mason County, Marion County, Mercer County, Paris Independent, Pendleton County and Robertson County. Full- and part-time positions are available.
TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter and resume to Valerie Drake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Format your subject line in the following way:
CCC – Name(s) of District(s) in which you are interested in working – FT or PT (indicating your interest in working full-time or part-time)
EXAMPLE: CCC – Bourbon County – FT
GEAR UP Kentucky College and Career Coach Position Description
GEAR UP Kentucky (GUK) College & Career Coaches (CCC) serve as advisors to a cohort of GEAR UP students in a participating middle school or high school for a period of no less than one school year. Coaches collaborate with school staff to assist students in making meaningful connections between their school work and career and college options and pathways. Coaches work with their District Program Manager (DPM) and School Site Teams to deliver a structured curriculum, provide individualized student advising and coordinate GUK services.
Coaches will be selected by GUK with input from school leadership and employed on an hourly basis through Adecco Temp Services. This is a 9.5 month position (mid-August 2019 through May 2020) with a base rate of $11-15/hour (dependent upon applicant’s education level and related experience); part- and full-time positions available.
Coaches will have access to multiple professional development and networking opportunities related to the education sector. Some in-state and overnight travel is expected to attend GUK-sponsored trainings, meetings, and conferences, including a full week training August 12-16 in Frankfort, KY. Candidates will complete all trainings and background checks required by the school district in which they serve.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Instruction & Service Delivery
- Facilitate delivery of curricula, advising, and related activities to implement the GEAR UP Kentucky program with fidelity with all active cohorts.
- Collaborate with the GEAR UP school site team to plan and coordinate activities for cohort students and their families.
- Arrange educational field trips and family events for cohort students and their families.
- Collaborate with students to promote college awareness via college campus visits, summer experiences, and other innovative strategies designed to instill a postsecondary-going culture for all students.
- Assist the school (as requested) to meet mandates for each student to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
- Collaborate with partner agencies to coordinate and support workshops for postsecondary options including: financial aid, college survival skills, college search workshops, vocational training or apprenticeship programs, workforce readiness skills development, and military career opportunities.
- Promote, recruit and support cohort students to participate in GUK summer program opportunities.
- Provide guidance and support to families to develop plans for high school and postsecondary success.
- Complete other duties as assigned.
Program and Relationship Management
- Communicate the GUK vision and mission effectively to all stakeholders.
- Make recommendations to GUK regional and state administrators to enhance and ensure the efficient and effective operation of the program.
- Evaluate workshop and program activities, including analysis of outcomes and recommendations for improvements, when appropriate.
- Complete program-related professional development to ensure completion, follow up, and successful classroom implementation, completion, and follow-up occur.
- Collaborate with partners, School Site Teams and school districts to ensure that participation is documented for all GUK-sponsored program activities including: student advising, campus visits, student/family workshops and enrichment activities, etc.
- Employ skills and knowledge to build effective teams and mutually beneficial partnerships aimed at meeting the GUK objectives and deliverables, and monitor implementation of services according to timelines established by the grant.
- Complete other duties as assigned.
Student Monitoring and Advising
- Collect, maintain, and disaggregate qualitative and quantitative data for school improvement initiatives and various program reports.
- Demonstrate analytical reasoning through analysis and interpretation of student and overall school data.
- Maintain confidentiality and accuracy of all student records.
- Comply with all reporting requirements in a timely manner, including student participation data, time and effort logs, and data requests.
- Continuously monitor students’ progress and document the provision of resources for enrichments and interventions to students, teachers, and families.
- Collaborate with school staff and other program partners to fully implement college and postsecondary awareness components.
- Collaborate with district personnel, GUK central office staff, and other partners in coordinating professional development opportunities for school staff, in alignment with school-based and GUK program goals and initiatives.
- Conduct career interest assessments to help students identify potential pathways and relevant academic strategies required to reach their career goals.
- Participate in professional development opportunities seminars, conferences, and networking opportunities as assigned.
- A bachelor’s degree in the area of education, psychology, sociology, guidance counseling, business management, communications, or a closely related field.
- Minimum of three years of professional experience in the area of teaching, guidance counseling, college and career advising, or a related discipline.
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING:
- Proficient skills in the use of Microsoft Office Suite programs (i.e., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint); proficient written and oral communication skills.
- Proficiency in human relations and interpersonal skills with a positive, outgoing, and highly motivated personality.
- Skills in problem solving and multi-tasking and ability to negotiate difficult situations between all project stakeholders.
- Strong work ethic and the ability to work independently.
- Ability to achieve project deliverables in a timely fashion.
- Strong presentation skills and the ability to provide training to learners of all ages.
- Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.
- Ability to work collaboratively with school administration and staff, as well as program business partners.
GEAR UP Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer.