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College & Career Preparation Specialist 1

Job Description

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 6th grade to 12th grade students with strong academic potential, especially those from low income families, potential 1st generation college students, and other students at risk of academic achievement gaps. Our goals are to increase the number of Dreamers who graduate from high school and successfully complete postsecondary education or career training. College & Career Preparation Specialists report to a Program Manager and College Dreams Co-Directors, and are responsible for providing an array of school-based and community-based services, resources, and opportunities for Dreamers:

School and Community Connections

Establishes and maintains effective linkages with schools and partner organizations
Helps build a “college-going” culture among Dreamers and other 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 Dreamers link interests and strengths to college/career plans
Expands opportunities to Dreamers to participate in career related learning experiences
Enhances assess to occupational skill training, job shadows and work experience
Assists with IDA requirements
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.
Encourage and/or develops family support to bridge school, college and career transitions.

Personal Skills

Ability to work independently and demonstrates strong initiative
Demonstrates teamwork
Demonstrates problem solving skills
Possesses competent computer skills
Submits applications, service data and documents in a timely manner
Communicates professionally and maintains confidentiality
Provides coaching on college/scholarship applications, essay writing, financial aid and financial education


Bachelor`s Degree plus two years of experience or equivalent education/experience
Prefer youth development, prevention, anti-poverty program, or education experience
Spanish speaking/writing will be an asset
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


The starting salary range is: $30,000-$36,000 per year, plus a benefits package that includes paid vacation and holidays, medical/dental (after successful completion of a 60-day probationary period). Also included: sick leave, HRA reimbursement, professional development support, transportation mileage reimbursement and 401K Retirement Plan after one year of employment.

Applications:  A letter of application and resume must be submitted to:

Kim DeSimone, MSW

TRiO Talent Search Project Director

P O Box 1407

Grants Pass, OR   97528

541-476-8146 phone

541-476-8410 fax


An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer: Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Minorities, women, and recent college graduates are encouraged to apply.