AmeriCorps Peer Mentor Coach will serve in a Quarter Time (QT) capacity during a 10-month term of service from August 14, 2023 - May 24, 2024. Applicants should possess a sincere interest in empowering youth and a passion for higher education. Applicants should possess strong interpersonal, organizational, and research skills to assist College Forward with providing college completion services to more than 3,000 collegians and improve and build the sustainability and success rate of the program in order to serve a rapidly increasing number of college students and graduates. These members will each serve more than 450 hours to help expand college access for low-income and first-generation students while gaining professional skills and earning an Education Award upon successful completion of term requirements. Together, these individuals will work closely and plan strategically to meet organizational objectives in a timely manner. Peer Mentor coaches will be expected to build and maintain congenial professional relationships internally and externally and will represent College Forward to the public. Successful applicants will possess a sincere interest in helping empower other youth to pursue higher education.
a bi-weekly living stipend of at least $325 (pre-tax)
an Eli Segal Education Award ($1,824.26)
monthly mileage and cell phone use reimbursements
the opportunity to forbear qualified student loans during service
NOTE: Mandatory pre-service orientation will take place during the first week of service. Members are also required to meet for staff meetings on a monthly basis. This position will have reoccurring access to vulnerable populations. In addition, all AmeriCorps members are required to be easily identifiable as AmeriCorps Members. Members must wear the AmeriCorps logo, visibly, daily.
In the event of a local, state, or federal disaster declaration, AmeriCorps members may be asked on a volunteer basis or be required by OneStar to activate to assist in disaster response and recovery activities within their communities. This may involve virtual service opportunities or in-person service opportunities. This may include service opportunities outside of the member’s standard service hours or in place of their standard service duties. In the event of a large-scale, high needs local, state, or federal disaster, AmeriCorps members may voluntarily or be required by OneStar to deploy to an area outside of their service area to assist in disaster response and recovery activities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Research program-specific needs and conduct outreach to other College Forward students.
Provide students direct college transition counseling and support in areas including, but not limited to: freshman orientation, course registration, and financial aid/FAFSA issues.
Conduct research, provide referrals, arrange meetings, and accompany students to appointments as necessary.
Assist College Forward staff and leadership team with program design improvement.
Represent the organization to school personnel, professional organizations, educators, funders, and the public.
Ensure program compliance with administrative policies and procedures, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Organize and maintain up-to-date files; coordinate and maintain database and spreadsheet files, producing frequent reports.
Update and monitor College Forward’s online social networking sites; respond frequently
Plan and host campus events
Serve 12-15 hours a week on site
Coordinate with the supervisor and full-time members to order, maintain, and inventory program supplies and files.
Think and plan strategically to support organizational stability and success.
Respect and maintain the organizational mission, ethos, and core values.
College Forward is a dynamic, progressive and youth-focused working environment. The noise level in the work environment can be moderate to loud. Responsibilities may frequently require an adjusted work schedule and/or evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines or satisfy program requirements.
Supervise volunteers and/or students as necessary at organizational and/or service events.
To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All AmeriCorps members must also pass a comprehensive criminal background check.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: A high school diploma; successful past participation in the College Forward program; a track record of actively pursuing a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, academically-recognized four-year college or university; two years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Excellent communication skills; English/Spanish fluency strongly preferred. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general educational and business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the general public, clients, students, partners, and managers.
COMPUTER AND MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Demonstrated proficiency with personal computers and standard office software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access. Ability to work with standard, high school-level mathematical concepts such as probability, arithmetic, geometry, algebra and trigonometry for purposes of monitoring program statistics. Ability to apply such concepts as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this position, the AmeriCorps member is regularly required to sit, talk, and hear. The AmeriCorps member is occasionally required to walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The AmeriCorps member may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The physical demands described here are representative of those that are typically required of members to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
For additional information, please visit collegeforward.org/americorps, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Forward provides equal employment opportunities to all team members and/or applicants for employment or service, without regard to race, color, class, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, weight, height, disability, political affiliation, marital or familial status, partnership status, citizenship status (except as required by law), veteran status, or status in any group protected by federal law, state law, or local ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations upon request in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. We encourage and support diversity and tolerance in our workplace.
* Position placement and enrollment is contingent upon final notification of funding by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance
College Forward provides millage reimbursement for all travel related to service along with a monthly cell phone allowance.
GED/High School Diploma
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Must be a student at Texas State University OR Austin Community College
Subject to criminal background check