College and Career Coordinator

July 02, 2019 2:05 PM | Melissa Buxton

Overview of Organization

Together We Are Greater Than (formerly “I Have a Dream” Oregon) is seeking applicants for the full-time position of College and Career Coordinator. This is an opportunity to join a mission-driven team unified around educational equity and a vision to break the cycle of poverty and change the game at a systemic level for children and families in poverty-impacted communities. 

 

The mission of Greater Than (GT) is to support and empower students from poverty-impacted communities to thrive in school, college and career. Working alongside parents, community partners and local school districts, Greater Than seeks to transform public education outcomes in Oregon for historically underserved students.

We believe equitable education is a right. We listen to students, teachers, administrators, families, and one another so that we may correctly advocate, promote opportunities, and remove barriers.  We work alongside community partners and local school districts.  We are flexible problem solvers who strive to create the conditions necessary to achieve equitable education for historically underserved students.

Our work centers around our Greater Than Initiative, a whole child/whole school model based at Alder Elementary School in the Rockwood community. The Greater Than Initiative (GTI) is a collective impact model that engages schools, nonprofits, and other partners in supporting student and family-led efforts to achieve educational equity.  Rockwood is one of the most culturally and racially diverse neighborhoods of Multnomah County, a vibrant community poised for city reinvestment to address the unmet needs of families who call Rockwood home. Deeply impacted by poverty, gentrification, and Portland’s housing crisis, Rockwood is a high opportunity community.

Over the years, Greater Than has collaborated with over 70 partners in aligning efforts that focus and promote the long-term development and success of the whole child and community. In the Reynolds School District, we follow students from Alder through Reynolds and H.B. Lee Middle Schools, Reynolds High School and post-secondary education. 84% of these students are children of color and many are bi-lingual, with over 50 languages represented. For more information, please visit www.togethergreater.org.

Goals and Beliefs

Our ultimate goal is that all students obtain a living wage job. We also spur systemic change in poverty-impacted communities by creating innovative, systemic approaches to remove barriers and create opportunities for educational success and by leveraging our whole school model as a demonstration project from which others can learn.

We believe that all children start out curious, creative and full of potential. We believe that families wake up every day and do their very best to support their children.

Equity Statement

We believe that cultural, institutional, and individual racism creates disparities and barriers that are neither fair nor equitable.

We are committed to advancing racial equity as a foundational element of all aspects of our work and with all of our stakeholders. In addition to racism, we recognize that ALL other forms of bias must also be addressed in order to create a more just and equitable society.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to comprehensive community partnerships to help close the racialized achievement gap in our schools and colleges.  We strive to create a truly equitable organization: one where students, families, and communities are welcomed and supported, where their faces, voices, and experiences are reflected and valued.

We listen and respond with great care and intentionality to the students and families with whom we partner.  We consistently analyze our organizational commitment to equity and inclusion as expressed through our policies and practices, our workforce and board composition, and engagement of students and families as central guiders of our work. We are committed to collaborating with other organizations towards advancing equity for all.

College and Career Coordinator Responsibilities

The College and Career Coordinator will help support the college and post-secondary success program by developing and facilitating workshops and providing program coordination and development. In collaboration with the Programs & Partnerships Administrator, this position is responsible for cultivating relationships with school ambassadors and senior staff leaders, and building meaningful partnerships with colleges. This position and the Senior Director of Impact (SDI) will work together to develop a college access, success, scholarship, and post-secondary program.  


Ø  Student Engagement and Achievement:

·         Work with Program & Partnerships Administrator to build and cultivate strong partnerships with teachers, principals and other key stakeholders within the partner school. Develop and manage partnerships with community organizations and colleges.

Ø  College Accessibility and Success:

·         Develop and facilitate Life Skills Workshops

- Working with SDI and college student feedback to develop and create workshops related but not                        

  limited to: filing taxes, renting first apartment, buying first car, etc.

·         GT Persist Program coordination and development

- Recruit, train and supervise mentors, design curriculum

- Provide support throughout summer to ensure matriculation through summer

- Meet with mentor groups throughout first year, build a sense of community; group time will be a  

  balance between community building and workshops

·         GT Achieve Program coordination and development

- Recruit mentors that reflect our students and their experiences; Low-income background, first-

 generation college-students, people of color, transfer students

- Train and supervise mentors, deign curriculum, develop reporting system, step in when there are  

  issues that demand our attention

·         Scholarship program development and coordination

-Work closely with SDI to develop and implement a scholarship program that covers gaps and provides small, emergency grants that could help more students complete college on time.

Ø  College Partnerships

·         Culture of College and Career at Alder Elementary

-Events Coordination including: College Day, Career Day, grade-level college field trips

-PSU Maps Program coordination

·         Work with colleges to ensure all students are exposed to a culture of college. For Alder and Middle Schools:

- Build partnerships with colleges that students are likely to attend and that do a good job of  

  serving the students demographics

- Create partnerships that begin at the elementary school (grade level partners, college visits)

- Manage existing partnerships

Ø  Family Engagement and Leadership

·         Work collaboratively with Parent Leadership and District Liaison to build relationships with families across partner schools pre-k-12th and across cultural groups. Develop and offer a series of classes for parents about college and the application process.

·         Help empower families who are first-generation college bound better guide their students.

- Prepare families to be financially informed for college and play a bigger role in informing their

  student’s plans.

- Partner with IDA organizations and Oregon CSA to help families start saving for college early

Ø  Data and Reporting: Tracking, Managing, Organizing

·         Maintain access to National Student Clearinghouse for students (student forms and NSC application)

·         Track where college students are enrolled, enrollment status, and expected graduation

·         Identify benchmarks for college success

·         Navigate Apricot database software for data entry

·         Understand the importance of data integrity, managing files for merging, organizing, and helping others track specific data needed for reporting.

·         Work with SDI to report and track measurables for grants.

Education and experience requirements

Ø  Minimum undergraduate degree; preferred degree in education, school counseling, human services or related field;

Ø  Demonstrated commitment to equity & inclusion;

Ø  Experience working in Title I Schools;

Ø  Experience in Project and/or Program Coordination and Development;

Ø  Experience working with higher education institutions and workforce development;

Ø  Experience working with opportunity youth, culturally diverse youth, 1st generation college students; Fingerprinting and driving check required.

Preferred Qualifications and Attributes

Ø  Bilingual/Bicultural preferred;

Ø  Passionate advocate for youth with a commitment to the mission and goals of Greater Than;

Ø  Demonstrated ability to work with youth in varied capacities and settings;

Ø  Strong team player, self-starter and positive attitude;

Ø  Organized and creative with strong leadership skills in solving problems and realizing opportunities;

Ø  Understanding of poverty-impacted populations;

Ø  Understanding of the public school system and practices;

Ø  Competency in high school and higher education/vocational issues;

Ø  Understanding of nonprofit operations;

Ø  Working knowledge of computers, email and the Internet.

Salary and Benefits

Ø Compensation commensurate with experience between $35,565 - $43,540

Ø 100% employee premium paid for medical/dental/vision insurance

Ø Employer paidlife, long- and short-term disability insurance

Ø Flexible Spending Benefit Plan and Employee Assistance Program

Ø Generous paid time off: 15 days of accrued vacation, 12 days of sick, 10 holidays and for the past several years, the CEO has gifted additional holidays. Extended weekend hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day

Ø Simple IRA retirement plan with employer matching program

Ø 1 month paid sabbatical after 5 years of continuous employment

Ø An organizational value of work/life balance with flexibility and remote work options

Ø Monthly cell phone stipend

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Johanna Flores at: johannaf@togethergreater.org.  Review of applications will begin July 15, 2019 and interviews will begin August 1, 2019.

An Equal Opportunity Employer


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