The College and Career Coach will work directly with students from Academies of West Memphis and/or Marion Schools. One of the specific targets will be students from low-income backgrounds. The College and Career Coach will identify these students through their middle/high schools and encourage them to aspire to postsecondary education, workforce training and/or apprenticeships as the means to a career that will afford economic self-sufficiency. The Career Coach will work with students in identified career pathways. Career Coaches are responsible for assisting students with the completion of financial aid documents and scholarship applications, developing individual career and educational plans, providing students with information on possible careers and career pathways, and connecting students with job shadowing, mentoring, and internship opportunities. Students who will be specifically targeted also include Career Pathways participants. Travel in Crittenden County is required. This positon reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management. This is a full-time, 12-month, grant-funded position with full college benefits.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Working with students in their assigned schools, providing attendance reports and grade updates to both school officials and parents, and conducting appropriate follow-ups to address any identified issue(s).
• Accurately and consistently collecting data for the purposes of the Arkansas Works Career Coach program and effectively reporting data in a timely manner for tracking and documenting the successes of the program.
• Providing early outreach to low-income students with information about the importance of postsecondary education, as well as accurate information on how to prepare, apply, and pay for it.
• Providing interest inventories and skills assessments to assist individuals in making informed career decisions.
• Facilitating the development of individual career plans and portfolios.
• Assisting students with enrolling in education and/or training programs.
• Providing information on careers, career pathways, and educational requirements. Providing opportunities for job shadowing, mentoring, internships, visits to business and industry, and other career awareness activities.
• Providing or connecting low-income students to support services that will ease the transition to postsecondary education.
• Connecting educationally-disadvantaged students to “bridge programs” that teach basic academic skills in the context of training for advancement to better jobs and postsecondary education.
• Connecting students to academic enrichment activities such as study groups, tutoring, and workshops on study skills.
• Providing a continuum of career guidance to ease the transition from middle school to high school to postsecondary education or training and ultimately to the workplace.
• Evaluating program and task effectiveness, assessing outcomes, and developing improved processes to achieve goals.
Other duties, which relate to the mission and goals of the Arkansas Works program, may be assigned, including, but not limited to, Summer Bridge programs, COMPASS and ASSET placement testing, career assessments, WorkKeys testing, and working with concurrent high school students.
Competencies/Knowledge/Skills & Abilities
Working knowledge of Microsoft applications; strong written and oral communication skills with ability to speak effectively to diverse groups of students; ability to execute responsibilities with minimal supervision; and sufficient organizational skills to plan, document, and evaluate initiatives for continuous improvement. Candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check and successfully complete the online training modules for Career Development Facilitator certification.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree, with preference given to candidates with prior experience working in college admissions or in a public school environment
Proposed Salary: $35,000 with full college benefits. ASU Mid-South offers a benefit package that includes retirement; health, life, dental & disability insurance; a flex benefit plan; and tuition waivers for employee and family.
Proposed Start Date: Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until filled.
Applications should consist of
· A detailed cover letter addressing the stated expectations of the position;
· A completed ASU Mid-South application for employment including contact information for three professional references, and
· A resume or curriculum vitae.
All communications should be directed to:
Director of Human Resources
Arkansas State University Mid-South
Phone (870) 733-6741
ASU Mid-South and the Arkansas State University System are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers.