Jul 19, 2021

AmeriCorps College Guides/Career Coaches

$16,000 yearly
  • College Now Greater Cleveland
  • College Now Greater Cleveland
Full-time Community Engagement and Outreach Other Education School Support

Job Description

Program Overview

  • AmeriCorps College Guides:

The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides is a partnership between the Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism (ServeOhio) and like-minded college access organizations across the state including: College Now Greater Cleveland, Esperanza Inc., I Know I Can, Mahoning Valley College Access Program, Ninde Scholars Program, Scholarship Central and Stark Education Partnership.

The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides program maintains that all students and families deserve equal access to educational opportunities. The goal of the College Guides is to ensure that all Ohioans, especially those that are typically underserved – first generation college-going, low-income, and minority – get the information and knowledge they need and deserve to prepare, access and complete a postsecondary credential.  The College Guides will deliver programs and counseling on college and career exploration and financial education to 6th through 12th graders; provide support to 11th and 12th graders on strategic and tactile postsecondary access and financial planning; and facilitate successful postsecondary transitions, persistence and ongoing financial education with high school graduates. 

The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides places recent college graduates into schools and community centers to provide a pipeline of new and current information about preparing for, accessing and persisting in a postsecondary education program, ultimately striving to be a caring adult committed to motivating students and families to think seriously about the plans and goals that will lead them into an opportunity-rich future. The College Guides is a corps of driven and highly-qualified professionals getting a start in education, whom students can relate with, confide in, and eventually emulate as they are guided in planning for their future and taking constructive steps toward successful completion of their goals.  

The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides will engage AmeriCorps Members to serve in a full-time capacity (1700 hours in 11 months) from August 9, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

  • AmeriCorps Career Coaches:

The AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches is a partnership between the Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism (ServeOhio), College Now Greater Cleveland, and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).

The goal of the AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches is to deliver curriculum on career and college pathways and self-discovery and to serve as role models and coaches for Cleveland Metropolitan School District 8th graders and high school students attending the four Academies of Cleveland.  The service provided by the Career Pathway Coaches will impact the skills and career gap in Greater Cleveland.  Career Pathway Coaches will provide direct support and interventions that will increase 8th graders confidence in their high school choice as well as impacting an increase in 9th and 10th grade student’s knowledge of career and college opportunities, interest in further pursuing a path toward a postsecondary education and belief that their postsecondary goal can become a reality.

The AmeriCorps Career Pathway Coaches program will engage a total of 10 AmeriCorps Members to serve in a full-time capacity (1700 hours in 11 months) from August 9, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

 

Attitude and General Responsibilities:

  • Strive to create and maintain a positive, professional and cohesive work environment
  • Respect confidentiality of the families and students you serve, staff you engage with in the schools or otherwise, and other AmeriCorps members.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
  • Abide by the AmeriCorps Rules of Conduct and Prohibited Activities (outlined in Member Service Agreement and Member Handbook)
  • Consult with your supervisor if you have any ideas, issues, or concerns, offering analysis and solutions whenever possible.
  • Report any accidents, illness, or sickness to your host site supervisor immediately.
  • Practice sound health habits, including getting sufficient rest, to effectively perform the position and service to the community.
  • Enter accurate data into the program’s database to track progress and success of all activities with students, families and others you serve in the community.  Data must be entered no later than the 10th of every month.
  • Stay up-to-date with all AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides reporting requirements.
  • Enter time and service reports into AmeriCorps OnCorps system, abiding by provided deadlines.

Program Leadership

  • Participate on a team of AmeriCorps College Guides/Career Coaches or other AmeriCorps Members and volunteers in your assigned location in the planning, creation, implementation and evaluation of service projects within the host site community.
  • Each AmeriCorps Ohio College Guide/Career Coach is responsible for recruiting a minimum of 4 volunteers to participate in service days or to assist with events at the school or for the college access program.  Ideally, volunteers will be secured beyond a one-time commitment.
  • Make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and program enhancement.  College Guides/Career Coaches should seek guidance and support from their host site supervisor in conducting outreach in their communities.
  • Train and assist volunteers for service day activities and other projects in which you engage them.
  • Be proactive in developing ways to better engage the students and families you serve, seeking guidance and input from your site supervisor.

Program-Specific Duties

  • AmeriCorps College Guides – Advising Focus (click to apply)
    • Assist students in making a post-secondary education plan
    • Provide college and career information to students and families
    • Help to facilitate information sessions and programs for students and parents
    • Present classroom workshops to students
    • Assist students with their college applications
    • Plan and chaperone college visits
    • Assist students with registration and waivers for SAT and ACT test
    • Assist student with SAT/ACT prep and/or resources
    • Assist students and families with the financial aid process
    • Assist students and families with FAFSA completion
    • Assist students and families with Say Yes portal enrollment
    • Identify students who may be eligible for scholarships
    • Enter data daily for each student/parent interaction into CollegePath
    • Utilize data in Power BI to monitor student services and participation
    • Utilize organization and planning tools (Planner, Outlook, Power BI) daily to assist with staying on task
    • Utilize support tools to serve students (Naviance, MAP, Ohio Means Jobs,)
    • Assist clients with college and career information in our Resource Center
    • Provide support to mentoring staff as needed
    • Assist school staff and College Now staff with fairs, community events, table staffing
    • Plan and facilitate college and scholarship clubs before and/or after school day
    • Join and contribute to at least one service project committee
  • AmeriCorps College Guides – Mentoring Focus (click to apply)
    • Work with College Now Mentoring Program Coordinators as they support freshman through senior cohorts of scholarship recipients and their mentors. Duties include the following:
    • Monitor and respond to messages in the Administrator Inbox of Chronus, an online mentoring program software, from pairs in assigned cohort(s).
    • Under the direction of the Mentoring Program Coordinator, reach out to: pairs not complying with program requirements, students at risk of leaving school, and pairs in need of specific mentoring support. Elevate pair issues to the Mentoring Program Coordinator as needed.
    • One-on-one advising with College Now scholarship recipients to help them transition smoothly from high school to college, to persist through college, and to prepare to transition out of college.
    • Meet individually with college students to advise and encourage their educational plans and assist with the financial aid process.
    • Assist mentors and mentees who are having difficulty using the Chronus platform.
    • Follow up with mentees who are reporting difficulties with their college transition (underclassmen) or in persisting to graduation (upper classmen).
    • Use email, phone, and in-person contact with College Now scholarship recipients to provide college success materials.
    • Assist with plannig events for current College Now scholarship recipients and volunteer mentors.
    • Maintain accurate and detailed records in Chronus, CollegePATH, and other databases as directed.
    • Add value to users’ experience of the online mentoring platform as directed, by drafting and posting announcements and messages to users through the online mentoring platform, by overseeing the “Forums” section of the site, and by undertaking other tasks as needed.
    • Assist with mentor onboarding as needed, including conducting telephone interviews with applicants, providing trainings for new mentors, and following up with mentors in the screening process as needed.
    • Assist with mentee intake as needed, including conducting orientations and summer interviews, and offering individual support to students during the mentee application processes. Serve clients in the College Now Resource Center with their college-going needs
    • Assist with Mentoring Program events.
    • Participate in mentor/mentee matching as needed throughout the year and in the spring, ensuring an appropriate match that will help students thrive.
    • Run relevant reports as requested by the Mentoring Program Manager or other staff
    • Attend relevant program events as able, including committee meetings, training sessions, and recruitment sessions.
  • AmeriCorps College Guides – Adult Learner Focus (click to apply)
    • Create a welcoming atmosphere for Resource Center clients, in-person, virtually and by phone.
    • Become proficient in coaching, postsecondary access, financial aid, and career pathways.
    • Assist Resource Center clients, in-person, virtually and by phone, with their education-related goals, and/or refer to other agencies who can assist with other client needs.
    • Regularly enter all client data in the adult client database.
    • Build and maintain relationships with Resource Center clients by completing regular follow up phone calls and e-mails, coaching them toward their declared goals.
    • Maintain the College Now Scholarship Databases and the MAP database for posting on College Now’s website.
    • Assist with updating College Now’s handouts and signage.
    • Make presentations to adults about College Now’s Programs and Services.
    • Contribute and help implement ideas for improvement to Adult Programs and Services.
  • AmeriCorps Career Coach (click to apply)
    • Provide direct support to 8th grade students through individual and/or group advising.
    • Acclimate students to postsecondary planning by setting goals, administering career and personality assessments and assisting students with determining possible career pathways.
    • Serve with Career Pathway Coaches in the Academies of Cleveland high schools during downtime in 8th grade services to support high school students with their postsecondary plans to include assisting with the concrete steps needed to implement their plan(i.e. applications, scholarships and aid, etc.).
    • Support College Now’s Key Events in the high schools during downtime in 8th grade services (i.e. application month, signing day, etc.) serving alongside College Guides and College Now advisors.
    • Assist students with making a post-secondary education plan.
    • Help to facilitate career and college information sessions and programs for students and parents.
    • Assist with planning and coordinating visits to industry sector partners in health, technology, and manufacturing in addition to college visits.
    • Assist with planning and coordinating events: True2U Kick-off event; high school choice fair; exposure/experience trips; Year-end culminating event.
    • Career Pathway Coaches aim for 50% of students served to report confidence in their high school choice and to ultimately enroll in their high school of choice.
    • Serve as a mentor in the True2U Youth Development & Career Awareness Program. Mentors will help to prepare 8th grade students for the transition from middle to high school. All mentors will attend orientation, training sessions, and program events.
    • Utilize the Naviance system and assessments when serving students.
    • Track services for students by inputting data into College Path.
    • Provide direct support to high school students through individual and/or group advising.
    • Support students with making a post-secondary education plan to include assisting with the concrete steps needed to implement their plan (i.e. applications, scholarships and aid, etc.).
    • Support College Now’s Key Events in the high schools during downtime in services (i.e. application month, signing day, etc.) serving alongside College Guides and College Now advisors.
    • Help to facilitate career and college information sessions and programs for students and parents.
    • Assist with planning and coordinating visits to industry sector partners in health, technology, and manufacturing in addition to college visits.
    • Assist with planning, coordinating and implementing the following events: 9th grade Career Experience Fair, 9th Grade Commitment to Graduation Ceremony; resume workshops; mock interviews; job shadowing days; and classroom speakers.
    • Implement College Now’s 9th, 10th and 11th grade curriculum/workshops, resulting in a change in behavior from students (i.e. students will increase their belief in a postsecondary education as measured by a pre/post test)
    • Career Pathway Coaches aim for 50% of students served in 9th and 10th grade to identify their career pathway of choice by the end of the academic year.
    • Utilize the Naviance system and assessments when serving students.
    • Track services for students by inputting data into College PATH.

Program Training:

  • Participate in AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides/Career Coaches orientation in August 2021.
  • Participate in regional trainings coordinated by the statewide Program Director.
  • Participate in monthly statewide College Guide/Coach conference calls/webinars.
  • Participate in trainings provided by host site.
  • Participate in Justice Talking and reflection of service opportunities.
  • Participate in AmeriCorps training and events as required and requested by ServeOhio.
  • Participate in required community service activities.

Service Schedule:

  • AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides and Career Coaches are expected to serve between 38-40 hours a week.  Host sites will confirm your expected start time each day, which is dependent on your assigned location.
  •  Participate in service project for required national service days including:
    • 9/11 National Day of Service-Saturday, September 11, 2021
    • Make a Difference Day Ohio- Saturday, October 23, 2021
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service-Monday, January 22, 2022
    • AmeriCorps Week-March 6-12, 2022 (tentative dates), and
    • Global Youth Service Day-April 22-24, 2022 (tentative dates).
  • College Guides and Career Coaches will receive a calendar of activities that will help in planning.
  • College Guides and Career Coaches are expected to remain at “40 hours average needed per week or under to meet the service commitment” as indicated by the OnCorps timekeeping system.

Qualifications and Skill Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree
  • Ability to effectively communicate and carry out the College Guide’s/Career Coaches’ and host site’s mission in the community.
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to serve independently and be a contributing member of the College Guide/Career Coaches and host site team.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to serve in a fast-paced environment and multi-task effectively.
  • Ability to commit to 1700 hours of service in11 months.
  • Ability to serve for at least 7.5 hours in a row on any given day.
  • Ability to serve during days, evenings, and weekends as required.
  • Ability to arrange own travel to and from service sites.
  • Strong organization and task management skills, self-motivation.
  • Proactive in the provision of service delivery.
  • Maturity, enthusiasm, positivity and great “people skills.”
  • Satisfactory result of BCI and FBI background check, sexual predator check and drug screen.
  • Strong commitment and passion for promoting access to and completion of higher education for everyone
  • Experience with a variety of computer programs including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Suite.

Program benefits:

  • Up to a $16,000 living allowance (please note, the living allowance is taxed)
  • Upon successful completion of the full-time 1700 hour commitment, College Guides/Career Coaches will be eligible for an education award up to $6,345 (please note, education award is taxed in the year it is used).
  • Qualified Federal student loans are eligible for forbearance during time of service and potentially a portion of accrued interest may be eligible to be paid by the Corporation of National and Community Service after the completion of the service term.   Note, AmeriCorps Members must follow instructions to apply for forbearance.  Payments should be continued to be made on loans until a confirmation of forbearance is received directly from the lender.
  • Statewide orientation and regional trainings in August 2021.
  • Orientation to assigned location and surrounding community will be provided by the host site.
  • Intense training at the beginning of the service term provided by your host site to prepare you for entering schools and community centers to begin providing service.
  • Ongoing training and professional development opportunities throughout the year, with at least one training a month provided by your host site
  • Two performance reviews over the 11-month service term
  • Guidance and support for “Life After the Corps” goals

 


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