IDA Program Specialist
College Dreams is a nonprofit organization in Southern Oregon dedicated to increasing access to opportunities, removing barriers and preparing low-income, first generation and underrepresented youth to thrive in school, college and careers. As a direct grantee of the Oregon IDA Initiative (https://oregonidainitiative.org/), the College Dreams Individual Development Account (IDA) Program provides the opportunity for youth to save towards their education, earn matching funds, and successfully attain post-secondary education or training.
Our IDA Program Specialist will be responsible for working with students, parents, and schools under the direction of our IDA Program Manager to process applications, follow up on incomplete paperwork, conduct student and parent orientations, maintain regular contact with participants, monitor completion of requirements, update records in a timely and accurate manner, and assist participants in completing graduation requirements necessary to access scholarship funds. The IDA Program Specialist will be responsible for working with all aspects of the College Dreams IDA Program and will be responsible for program quality and performance by carrying out the responsibilities of the position as defined below. This is an entry level position with opportunity for advancement.
Program administration (50%)
- Assist potentially eligible youth, young adults, and their families with accurate and timely submission of IDA applications including all required household financial documentation.
- Review applications submitted for completion and accuracy, assist applicants and families with the process of securing missing information, and submit completed applications for approval.
- Provide monthly case management to ensure participants are depositing monthly into their savings account and making progress on their post-secondary education/training goals. The IDA Specialist will create a list of students who have missed deposits and will notify the College & Career Preparation Specialists so they can help determine the problem and solutions.
- Maintain and update participant files and Outcome Tracker database for all participant contacts and manage program documents in a timely, accurate and confidential manner.
- Ensure the timely opening of custodial savings accounts in an authorized bank branch.
Student case management services (40%)
Conduct orientation meetings with participants to provide them with an overview of program requirements and assist them in developing a college savings plan agreement.
Develop and manage effective working relationships with IDA participants, their families and schools, and our community partners.
Attend conferences and meetings to increase knowledge of effective financial education, resiliency development, college preparation, and related topics.
Other Duties (10%)
Complete other duties and activities as assigned, including providing regularly scheduled IDA outreach services to one or more secondary schools.
Qualifications and Experience
- A Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience is preferred.
- Extremely strong organizational, writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
- Creativity, flexibility, time management, and goal setting are essential to manage multiple IDA responsibilities in a fast-paced environment.
- Demonstrated ability to use word processing and database programs.
- Flexibility in work schedule, including ability and willingness to work evenings and occasional weekends.
- Strong initiative, problem solving, and interpersonal relationship skills. Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a high performance team.
- Experience working in racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.
- Bilingual and/or bicultural skills and experience are a plus.
Terms of Employment & Compensation: Starting salary is $36,000-$40,000. We offer a generous benefits package that includes: health, dental, vision, and, paid vacation and sick time, and participation in a 403(b) retirement plan. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position.
How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter describing your interest and talents for this position and include a detailed resume that speaks to the responsibilities and qualifications listed above. Please submit your materials in by email to Frank Boothby, IDA Program Manager at email@example.com. We will review applications on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply early. The recruitment closes on Sunday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m. or as soon as it is filled. College Dreams is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring staff that represent the communities we serve. Racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Rogue River College & Career Preparation Specialist
The mission of College Dreams is to promote academic excellence, healthy youth development, college/career readiness, and resilience. Through regional partnerships with schools, parents, community organizations, employer networks, and higher education, College Dreams provides an array of long term outreach services, mentoring, opportunities, and resources to help youth excel in the face of adversity.
Our team serves low-income, first generation and underrepresented youth in 6th grade through post-secondary education/training. College Dreams’ goals are to increase the number of students who graduate from high school and successfully complete postsecondary education or career training. The College and Career Preparation Specialist 1 will report to a Program Manager and be responsible for providing an array of school-based and community-based services, resources, and opportunities for students.
School and Community Connections
- Establishes and maintains effective linkages with schools and partner organizations
- Helps build a “college-going” culture among students
- Provides opportunity for students to engage in community service projects with partner organizations
Student Skill Building Services
- Facilitates program orientations
- Builds college/career awareness, knowledge and readiness
- Helps students link interests and strengths to college/career plans
- Expands opportunities to students to participate in career related learning experiences
- Enhances access to occupational skill training, job shadows and work experience
- Facilitates college, vocational training and work site visits
Student Support Services
- Monitors academic grades, intervenes rapidly, recognizes progress/excellence
- Facilitates tutoring, study skills training, and case management
- Facilitates educational, cultural and recreational outings
- Reduces barriers to school/community/pre-college activities
- Expands access to leadership camps, career fairs and pre-college and career activities
- Expands summer program access: camps, volunteering, crews, academics
- Develops strong resumes through activities, awards, leadership and service
- Provides follow up support into higher education, training and early careers
Relationships and Cultural Competence
- Develops strong inter-personal bonds with families, youth and community partners
- Demonstrates a passion for serving low income and under-represented youth and families
- Demonstrates cultural competence working with youth and families from diverse social, economic, ethnic, educational and cultural backgrounds
- Mentors, advocates, and counsels students to develop resiliency and strengthen life skills
- Encourages and/or develops family support to bridge school, college and career transitions
Distribution of Time
The above responsibilities will be undertaken through three separate but mutually reinforcing programs: ASPIRE (10%); Gear Up (40%); and the College and Career Incentive Program (50%). The duties for the ASPIRE program include orienting and coordinating volunteer mentors to be available for all students interested in college and career exploration. Gear Up administration requires coordinating and reporting on activities developed by Rogue River Jr/Sr High School. The College and Career Incentive Program provides intensive, targeted support to low-income, first generation college-bound students
Minimum Qualifications and Experience
- Associates Degree plus two years of experience, or Bachelor`s Degree
- Prefer youth development, prevention, anti-poverty program, or education experience
- Ability to provide outreach college/career preparation services to schools on a flexible schedule that includes evening, weekend, and school vacation hours
- A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and reliable vehicle for outreach activities
- Ability to clear a standard criminal background and driving records check that is acceptable to school district partners
Terms of Employment & Compensation: Starting salary is $33,000-$37,000. We offer a generous benefits package that includes: health, dental, vision, and, paid vacation and sick time, and participation in a 401(k) retirement plan. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position.
How to Apply: Please submit a detailed resume that speaks to the responsibilities and qualifications listed above. Please submit your materials in by email to Kim DeSimone at firstname.lastname@example.org. College Dreams will review applications on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply early. The recruitment closes on Wednesday, June 27 at 5:00 p.m. College Dreams is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring staff that represent the communities we serve. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.