College and Career Development Specialist

               
                 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Provide academic support for all Gang Alternative, Inc.’s students. This includes but is not limited to: Determining students need for services, determine area of interest for declaring a major and maintain an 80% retention rate for all students on caseload
  • Develop and maintain student file according to GA standards (Assessments, Individual Success Plans, Progress Notes, etc.)
  • Collaborate with relevant high school staff on workshop delivery, career assessment, college access and college transition activities including, planning and executing college tours, in an effort to establish a working relationship with future post high school students and their parents.
  • Maintain and engage 85% of post high school caseload with knowing the status of each student on a monthly basis
  • Knowledge of status of each student in college or vocational programs at the end of each semester (i.e. registered, withdrawn, etc.) and employment placement
  • Handle confidential student information with tact, discretion and in compliance with program expectations
  • Provide career guidance and counseling. This includes but is not limited to: major selection, resume review, job search strategies, cover letter writing, career interest inventories, and connections with career resources both inside and outside of participating university.
  • Attend scheduled professional networking events to secure potential employment leads for program participants.
  • Maintains the maximum number of participants enrolled in the GA program and monitors regular attendance.
  • Responsibilities include case management services for students transitioning from high school to college; college application and financial aid assistance; identifying scholarships; internships; job opportunities, etc.
  • Provide case coordination services (information, plan referral and linkages) as needed.
  • Coordinate services with other professionals and paraprofessionals.
  • Ensure attendance and other data is submitted in a timely manner.
  • Act as a liaison with the schools that GA’s services.
  • Work closely with high school coordinator with assisting 11th and 12th grade students to become positive contributing citizens.
  • Ability to carry out responsibilities and adapt to changing needs and goals
  • Attend annual college tours.
  • Build relationships with corporations for post high school employment, etc.
  • Participate in the quality improvement process.
  • Participate in weekly case staffing.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Work, or related field.
  • Minimum of three (3) years relevant experience in career counseling; case management and/or providing training, mentoring, support to diverse populations.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience working with youth programs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Being bilingual (Creole, Spanish) would be an asset.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Must be able to pass drug screening and Level 2 background check.

 

Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to be flexibility is required (hours, job functions, etc.)
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Ability to prioritize projects and handle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to prepare and execute deliverables.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to problem solve, make decisions.
  • Assessment skills and intervention strategies.
  • Ability to handle confidential information appropriately.
  • Positive and team- oriented attitude.
  • Ability to set appropriate limits and boundaries with adults/students.
  • Ability to act decisively when necessary to protect the students.

Other duties as assigned.

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