The Post-Secondary Access Coordinator will serve for a 10.5 month period. They will recruit a community of support (college access coaches) to support K12 students at risk of not attending college. They will find near-peer coaches to share life experiences and culture with the K12 youth.
The Post-Secondary Access Coordinator (AmeriCorps member) will use an racial equity lens to recruit and train mostly college/university students to act as volunteer post-secondary coaches to K12 youth in Oregon whose identities have been socially labeled as low-income, youth of color and first generation youth. The Post-Secondary Access Coordinator will work with the coaches to build curriculum and develop interventions and activities appropriate for the youth served using a critical mentorship framework. The Post-Secondary Access Coordinator is responsible for the administrative program implementation, including assessment, tracking and reporting of K12 youth for grant purposes; as well as supporting coaches and youth served and assisting Site Supervisor in building and expanding program partnerships. The AmeriCorps member will also be responsible for facilitating and recruiting volunteers for 3 service projects for the local community to take place around a national day of service.
Community Need Addressed
academic coaching for underserved youth, increased connection of youth to institutions of higher education
short-term: increased equitable access to post-secondary pathways
long-term: decrease in community poverty, increase in community health and wellbeing
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Other benefits are site-specific.
Experience in higher-education, experience with nonprofit culture, experience with program management, experience with recruitment and training of volunteers, experience building appropriate curriculum.
Skills you will gain
timekeeping, public speaking, project management, event planning, conflict resolution, application of equity lens in programming, group facilitation, effective communication, ability to navigate ambiguity
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment