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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.


United Communities AmeriCorps Position Description
United Communities AmeriCorps (UCA) engages members in meaningful service designed to meet critical community needs in Coos, Douglas, Jackson and Josephine counties in beautiful Southern Oregon. Our service positions promote equity, justice, and inclusion throughout our rural communities. By improving access to social services among our regions’ most vulnerable populations, our members bridge barriers to educational opportunities, mentoring, job skills development, employment resources, family stability, and having healthy futures. To do this, each United Communities AmeriCorps member engages clients at their project host site to address their uniquely individual needs. This position is a combination of serving with the project site on a dedicated project (85%) and joining a team of other UCAmeriCorps members for civic & professional development opportunities (15%).
Position Title: College & Career Readiness Coach
Project Host Site: College Dreams –
Project Location: Josephine and Jackson Counties
Position Summary: A College & Career Readiness Coach will work closely with College Dreams Specialists to provide a menu of college and career preparation services for youth and young adults in partnership with schools and community organizations.
Goal #1 (15% of time): Identify unique patterns of participant strengths, barriers, needs, and interests, in order to develop and update personalized services for low-income middle school students, high school students, Alumni, and Opportunity Youth, as well as universal populations with high rates of low-income members.
Goal #2 (60% of time): Provide a menu of direct services including (but not limited to) mentoring, developing skills, coaching, training, facilitating groups/activities, chaperoning outings/camps, proctoring NCRC tests, tutoring, reengaging youth, supervising community service projects, and helping youth bridge key transitions.
Goal #3 (10% of time): Actively participate in community partnership meetings, team meetings, training, and project related planning, as well as complete required service documentation in a timely and accurate manner.
Essential Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):
 Provide long term one-on-one mentoring through individualized socioemotional & academic support
 Assist eligible youth and families in completing program application and participation requirements.
 Help youth explore activities, camps, opportunities, colleges, community colleges, and careers of interest.
 Mentor/coach youth in strategies to expand access to opportunities, career related learning, higher education, training, and employment.
 Motivate and prepare youth for academic rigor, dual credits, advanced placement classes, achievement testing, appropriate career pathways, and key education and career readiness transitions.
 Supervise and coach youth during college/worksite visits, incentive outings, community service projects, career fairs, special camps, job shadows, work experience placements, and similar activities.
 Co-facilitate or proctor college/career preparation curriculum activities, bridge programs, workshops, National Career Readiness Certification testing, financial education, and similar events.
 Provide post-high school follow-up services to help youth successfully bridge transitions to higher education, training, and early employment settings.
 Complete and submit all necessary UCAN/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
 Attend and complete all UCAN/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, training events, team meetings and national service days.
 Wear AmeriCorps apparel and/or appropriate identifiers while performing service or attending official events.
Marginal Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):
 Complete College Dreams accountability, data entry, and recordkeeping in timely, accurate manner.
 Assist program administrators, managers, and specialists to conduct special projects, as needed.
Position Requirements:
 19 years or older at beginning of service term.
 U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
 Ability to commit to the full term of AmeriCorps service.
 At least two years of college education or acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.
 Passion, dedication, and aptitude for working with low-income youth, families, and community partners.
 Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through UCAN and/or Project Host Site.
 Regular and reliable attendance.
 Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, insurance, and vehicle for outreach services.
 Has completed or willing to complete training in first aid, CPR, and communicable disease awareness.
 Willing and able to serve on a flexible schedule including evening, weekend, holidays, and school vacations.
 Have not previously served four terms in an AmeriCorps State or National program. Members are only eligible for the equivalent of two full-time education awards in their lifetime. Applicants must disclose if they have ever been removed for cause from any national service program.
Preferred Qualifications:
 Strong verbal and written communication skills
 Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, families, schools, and community organizations.
 A Bachelor’s degree
 Experience working with youth and families, especially those who are low-income or facing adversities
 Ability to communicate well in Spanish is a plus
Service Conditions:
 Shared office with access to a desk, phone, computer, printer, office supplies, and copy machine
 Extensive support from co-directors, managers, specialists, and school/community partners
 Frequent outreach services to partner schools, organizations, meeting places, and activity sties
 Services often delivered in busy school and partner work settings.
Physical/Intellectual Demands
 Ability to drive to outreach locations and carry program materials and light equipment
 Must be able to effectively organize time and prioritize tasks.
 An important and influential duty is to work effectively with individual students or groups of students to teach and guide them through homework assignments and test preparation.
 The member may also assist with organization skills and time management strategies for youth who are struggling to balance school, work, family, and other responsibilities.
Equipment Used:
 Desktop and laptop computer.
 Printer, copies, and fax machine.
 Handheld calculator
Transportation Information:
 Project sites (College Dreams’ main office and Medford satellite office) are accessible by public transportation.
 Outreach sites are not typically accessible by public transportation.
 Personal vehicle is required to get to school and activity sites.
Member Benefits Include:
 A taxable, monthly living allowance (before taxes, approximately $1,139).
 Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible members receive an education award of $5,815. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade school. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used. Members that are 55 and older may transfer the award to one child or grandchild.
 Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable).
 Basic medical insurance (covers members only, not dependents; vision and dental not included).
 Child care allowance for those who qualify.
 Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities
Application Deadline: July 31, 2017
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as qualified candidates are identified, and selection may be made prior to the application deadline. Early application is strongly encouraged.
Type of position: Full time
Service Dates: August 30, 2017 – July 31, 2018 Length of Term: 1700 hours
How to apply:
Step 1 - Complete Your Application Online:
1. Apply through by clicking on “Advanced Opportunity Search” then search by Program Name: “UCA”
Step 2 - Email your résumé and cover letter to the Project Host Site for this position – Kurt Hildebrand at Please include the names & contact information for three references.
Step 3 - The Project Host Site will conduct all initial interviews and recommend a candidate for this position.
Step 4 - UCA will interview top applicants recommended by the Project Host Site and approve final selection.
Questions about the position? Contact: Kurt Hildebrand at or 541-476-8146.
Questions about the AmeriCorps program? Contact Jordan Jungwirth at United Communities AmeriCorps, or at 541-492-3919.
UCA values diversity and seeks to provide an inclusive and safe space that rejects intolerance. Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. UCA provides reasonable