College & Career Specialist

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Right Moves For Youth is a school-based prevention and support program that collaborates with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and other community partners to help students in middle and high schools understand the importance of graduating, and the impact that having a high school diploma can have on their lives. Staff and volunteers work with students to help them learn and practice new skills, give and receive peer support, develop positive relationships with adult mentors, and find new meaning in succeeding in school and graduating. The mission of Right Moves for Youth is to provide the resources and guidance to help students graduate high school with a plan for their future success.

Overview:
Primary responsibilities include: providing support to and facilitation of student groups with high school seniors enrolled in the program; ensuring successful delivery of college and career readiness services to 11th and 12th-grade program participants; and, utilizing a variety of tools to provide guidance and assist students in developing and executing a plan for post-secondary success. This includes helping students discover their strengths and interests, develop life skills, explore career paths, and identify post-high school opportunities. Performs other related administrative duties.

RMFY currently and temporarily works a modified and mostly remote schedule due to COVID-19. When in the office temperature checks, social distancing, and masks are required. Operations are continually assessed with health and safety top of mind.

Responsibilities:
Direct program service delivery

• Assesses student needs and career aptitudes, monitors progress towards co-established goals, and helps students successfully navigate obstacles to his/her/their success
• Design, implement and manage college and career readiness programming for RMFY program participants; including academic support and enrichment services
• Assist students with applying to and preparing for college readiness assessment programs (including, but not limited to, diagnostic data such as PSAT, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, etc.)
• Maintain a strong working relationship with volunteers
• Facilitate weekly discussions and activities at assigned times that corresponds with the curriculum. Leverage these times to build community, and challenge students to get the most from their experience during group sessions
• Provide career and college information and assistance for students and parents
• Provide students with access to, and support for, college scholarship applications, including student (and parent) training for FAFSA completion.
• Advise students on appropriate workplace preparations skills; i.e. job applications, resumes and interviewing techniques, etc.
• Provide student work-based learning and internship information/opportunities
• Contact, schedule and arrange guest speakers and (virtual) tours from the local business community, colleges and military services
• Develop and implement a system/assessment to evaluate overall college and career readiness of students
• Maintain accurate and timely records of attendance, session notes, and evaluation forms
• Activities are conducted virtually and/or in-person
Data and assessment
• Maintain current lists and database concerning scholarships, financial aid, and current job postings and internships available
• Oversee use of and evaluate data in accomplishing program objectives
• Maintain and utilize student database
• Data entry and reporting

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Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, Human Services, Education or related field; Master’s degree preferred
• Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in college and career readiness, youth development, or academic advising
• Proven experience with career search strategies, assessments, and coaching activities
• Knowledge of career and occupational resources, trends, and opportunities
• Experience with career development software (CSM), career assessments (MBTI, Strong II Focus 2, etc.)
• Experience with college searches, college entrance requirements and procedures, scholarship resources, financial aid requirements, and training necessary for future careers
• Proficiency with statistical software, databases and other computer functions (word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, desktop databases, presentation software, etc.)
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to proofread and correct errors
• Sensitivity to and ability to work with diverse groups
• Ability to exercise discretion while managing confidential information
• Ability to work flexible hours (including some evenings and weekends) as approved by the Executive Director
• All employees must pass a criminal history background investigation.
• Must possess a current driver’s license and personal liability insurance.
• Must possess or be able to obtain current First Aid and/or CPR certification if requested by the employer.

Compensation:
• Salary Range: $40,000 – $43,000 annually, commensurate with experience
• Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
• Paid Time Off
• Retirement Plan
• Flexible Spending Account
• Professional Development Assistance
• Parental Leave