South Arkansas Community College is accepting applications for a full-time, College Career Coach. This position is a renewable, 100% grant-funded position. This position reports to the Early College Coordinator.
The College Career Coach will have a leadership role in the design, facilitation and implementation of direct services to ensure students are supported during critical transition periods, including high school into college and from college into their future career. The College Career Coach will empower students, primarily first-generation college students, to make informed decisions about his or her continued education plans and will prepare students for successful transition to post-secondary education and training. This position is stationed at SouthArk, with some travel to public schools to collaborate with existing JAG programs.
The College Career Coach will have three primary roles:
- Identify high school students who have articulated aspirations in fields of interests aligned with higher education opportunities available through the College and connect those students to the enrollment process at the College through supported, ongoing facilitation.
- Primarily support JAG graduates enrolled at the College, as well as other students identified as being at-risk of dropping out before attaining a degree, to ensure they stay enrolled successfully. The College Career Coach would work one-on-one with students to identify any challenges they may face to attaining a degree and serve as a liaison to specific services/supports to ensure those challenges are overcome.
- Develop individualized, post-college transition plans for JAG and other identified students while still enrolled at the College, to ensure all students have a plan that will take them through graduation and into the workforce. This work will include raising awareness of the current demands of the job market, and the skills required to meet those demands.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:
- Follow the guidelines of Jobs for Arkansas Graduates and Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc, and provide reporting about high school student connections and/or college student enrollment in the JAG College Success Program.
- Collaborate with high school Career Coaches, teachers, counselors, and administrators to develop a JAG College Success Program Advisory committee.
- Collaborate with high school Career Coaches, teachers, counselors, and administrators to identify students in their junior and senior years of high school and support their transition to South Arkansas Community College.
- Provide early outreach to students and their adult support networks about postsecondary education including information on educational requirements, careers, and career pathways.
- Coordinate post-secondary visits with school personnel and/college access teams.
- Assist students with enrolling in continued education programs, applying for scholarships, and completing the FAFSA.
- Coordinate the administration and interpretation of ability/career assessment and college entrance assessments such as the Accuplacer Next Generation.
- Ease the transition of students from high school to postsecondary training and education by planning and executing a summer bridge program.
- Facilitate the development of individual graduation, continued education plans, and career portfolios to meet individual student academic and post-secondary goals.
- Connect students to academic and career enrichment activities such as study groups, tutoring, workshops, job shadowing, mentoring, and internships.
- Create a learning community among the students being served through this program that builds a sense of belonging and offers mentorship and leadership development opportunities.
- Provide at a minimum, monthly follow-up services for the 12 months following their graduation or separation from their secondary institution into the College.
- Provide a calendar of upcoming events and activities to the College and school administrators including changes to schedule and calendars.
- Track the progress of individual students and subgroups as they progress through high school, into the College, and post-graduation connection to workforce.
- Conduct and analyze ongoing formative and summative evaluation data for program effectiveness.
- Provide and/or submit reports as scheduled/requested.
- Participate in JAG and College activities and events including meetings, professional development as required etc.
- Serve on project teams, work groups as assigned.
- Work with business/industry partners to identify career opportunities within the state and region and bring those opportunities to the program participants.
- All other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in education, administration, counseling, social work or related field. Experience working with students who face barriers to success in education. Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills are a must. Ability to utilize computer technology to access data, maintain records, generate reports, and communicate effectively with others is essential.
Other knowledge, abilities and skills required: Ability to analyze, develop, implement, and track intervention plans and strategies. Knowledge of and ability to analyze data. The position requires significant project management/multi-tasking experience and the ability to oversee progress on specific project components, including responsibilities that may be assigned to others. May require some overnight travel and some night college events.
Physical demands: Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds, or heavier with the use of proper equipment.
Annual Salary: $34,000 (This is a grant-funded position)
APPLICATION PROCESS (PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS TO APPLY)
Applicants must complete the South Arkansas Community College application form available at www.southark.edu or from the Human Resources Office. Resumes, transcripts, and reference list may accompany, but will not replace the application. Official Transcripts must be on file with the Human resources Office before an offer is made to the successful candidate. Return application to the South Arkansas Community College Human Resources Office, P. O. Box 7010, 300 South West Ave, El Dorado, Arkansas 71731-7010. Telephone (870) 862-8131 ext. 146.
Fill out application located at this link: http://www.southark.edu/app
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. AA/EOE. Applications are subject to the Arkansas FOIA.
Chosen Candidate will be required to submit to a criminal background check and have acceptable background results, provide any certificates of training (if the candidates possess any) or Licenses, Official Transcripts (for positions requiring undergraduate or graduate education), must have a clean driving record, and must complete all new hire paperwork prior to starting work.
This is a 100% Grant Funded Position