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College and Career Preparation Specialist (CCPS) 2
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. 

This position will be based in Josephine County, and will serve middle- and high-school age students in the Grants Pass School District. This CCPS2 will work with students at Gladiola Alternative Center and other 8th to 12th grade students who are at high risk of alternative program placement or dropping out due to high absences, failing grades, or other critical issues.College Dreams' goals are to increase the number of students who graduate from high school and successfully complete postsecondary education or career training. The CCPS2 will report to a Program Manager and be responsible for providing an array of school-based and community-based services, resources, and opportunities for the "Dreamers" enrolled in our program:

School and Community Connections
• Establishes and maintains effective linkages with school administrations 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
• Co-facilitates a collective impact partnership team with a school district administrator

Student Skill Building Services
• Facilitates a weekly "Career Academy" to prepare Dreamers for success in the workforce
• 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 access to occupational skill training, job shadows and work experience
• Assists with the requirements of College Dreams' matched savings account program
• Facilitates college, vocational training and work site visits

Student Support Services
• Visits homes of students struggling with chronic absenteeism
• 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 at least five years of relevant experience, or some equivalent combination of education and experience
• Relevant experience includes youth development, prevention, anti-poverty program, or education experience
• Experience in an alternative education setting highly preferable
• Spanish speaking/writing will be an asset
• Ability to provide outreach college/career preparation services to schools on a flexible schedule that includes at times working evenings, weekends, and during school vacations
• 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: $34,000-$44,000 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:

Kurt Hildebrand
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. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.