Class Advisor - College & Career Readiness, Youth Leadership Development

Delaware Futures, Inc. - Seaford, DE (30+ days ago)

Full-time

Delaware Futures is a not-for-profit organization based in Wilmington, DE. Our mission is to provide academic, social and motivational support and cultural enrichment that empowers economically disadvantaged high school students to recognize and fulfill their unrealized potential and become matriculated college students. Delaware Futures achieves this mission by providing low-income students with the following proven program services: academic enrichment, college and career readiness training, group meetings, one-on-one advisories, mentoring, internships, cultural exploration, community service and college tours. All program services are offered at no charge to students and their families.

Delaware Futures is seeking new Class Advisors to work with students throughout New Castle, Kent & Sussex Counties. We offer competitive salary and benefits for full time Class Advisors. The professional in this position will partner with the Executive Director, Director of Program Services, external partners, program vendors and volunteers to ensure our high school scholars are on track to become well-rounded, successful students who will be outstanding candidates for college applications and career opportunities. The Class Advisor will work independently and as part of a team to identify and provide the best possible support and service to families and students who have a desire to attend college and/or a certificate program that will lead to gainful employment. Essential functions of the position include the following:

College Readiness & Career Exploration

  • Work with assigned Delaware Futures student cohorts to ensure that each student has a plan for post-secondary education and training
  • Train students and their families on how to navigate the college application and selection process
  • Deliver proven curriculum and program service activities that leads to college and career readiness
  • Ensure that each student is prepared and the best possible candidate for post-secondary education
  • Help students prepare for PSAT, SAT and ACT at no charge to students and families
  • Monitor student grades, attendance and overall school performance each marking period to promote the highest possible grade point average (GPA)
  • Guide students to improve grades and school performance and connect them to resources in school and in the program, as need
  • Document that all students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Work with students to investigate college and career options, and ensure that each student applies to colleges that match students’ interest and other needs
  • Ensure all students are investigating and applying for financial aid and scholarships
  • Develop opportunities for students to learn about and explore various in-demand careers in DE and our region, while organizing workplace experiences/internships to provide students with exposure to these careers
  • Develop partnerships with local sites to host students paid internships; serve as liaison between students and sites. This includes oversight of student timesheets submission of timesheets
  • Organize and help facilitate tours of college campuses that are of interest to students
  • Visit students at school and at home, as needed to maintain a solid working relationship with each student and their family

One-on-One Advisories

  • Maintain weekly, year-round contact with students to be sure they have the support they need, which includes but is not limited to the following: providing academic support, counseling/advising tutoring, course selection, developing post-secondary plans, and encouraging attendance at student group and parent meetings
  • Work with students and program mentors to ensure students are advancing grade levels and on track to graduate high school
  • Ensure barriers to education and college preparedness are identified, with an individualized plan developed to support success
  • Maintain regular contact with students’ families to promote student success

Recruitment & Retention

  • In partnership with the Delaware Futures program team and outside partners, recruit students to join Delaware Futures in high school, as well as middle school students transitioning to the 9th grade/high school. This includes making presentations at schools and various professional settings
  • Verify student eligibility before applying and enrolling in Delaware Futures
  • Ensure students participate in all weekly study sessions and group meetings
  • Track student attendance, grades, progress, and report on hours of participation
  • Identify and help to remove barriers to regular student and parent participation
  • Develop opportunities to encourage students and identify appropriate incentives

Personal & Professional Development

  • Participate in regular training provided by Delaware Futures, funders and partner organizations
  • Obtain required certifications and training required by funding sources and partners
  • Maintain up-to-date working knowledge of student college application process
  • Join in teambuilding and adventure-based learning opportunities
  • Respect diversity in all forms and serve as a role model for others

Minimum Requirements for applicants:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field of study
  • 3-years of experience working with youth and families
  • 3-years coordinating school-based or community-based programs
  • Strong organizational skills and experience working on and offsite, as needed
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including strong presentation skills
  • Able to maintain a flexible schedule, including nights and occasional weekends
  • Experience using PC, Microsoft Office Suite, and communication technology
  • Current state and federal criminal background checks
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Statewide (DE) travel is required

Preferred Requirements for applicants

  • Graduate degree in education or related field
  • Bilingual–fully fluent and able to read, write and speak Spanish
  • 3-5 years of experience working with youth
  • 3-5 years of classroom management training and experience
  • Experience managing budgets, expenses, program data and reporting

Qualified Candidates are encouraged to submit resume & cover letter by August 30, 2018.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $38,000.00 to $40,000.00 /year

Experience:

  • Bilingual: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Managing Flexible Schedule: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Experience in Education and/or Youth Leadership Development: 3 years (Required)

Education:

  • Bachelor's (Required)

Location:

  • Seaford, DE (Preferred)

License:

  • Delaware First Certification, Teaching Certification (Preferred)

Language:

  • Spanish (Preferred)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)