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The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville seeks a JAG College Career Coach.  UACCB provides access to high-quality education that promotes student learning and enables individuals to develop to their fullest potential.

Salary:  $42,000

Position Summary:

The JAG College Career Coach reports to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and is responsible for providing services for the Jobs for Arkansas Graduates (JAG) College Success Program to area high school JAG participants, JAG graduates, students aging out of foster care, and/or students with a disability. This is a 12-month, grant-funded position.

This position has three primary roles:

1.     Identify high school students who have articulated aspirations in fields of interests aligned with higher education opportunities available through the College and connect those students to the enrollment process at the College through supported, ongoing facilitation.

2.     Primarily support JAG graduates enrolled at the College, but also potentially other students identified as being at-risk of dropping out before attaining a degree to ensure they stay enrolled successfully. The College Career Coach would work one-on-one with students to identify any challenges they may face to attaining a degree and serve as a liaison to specific services/supports to ensure students can overcome those challenges.

3.     Develop individualized post-college transition plans for JAG students while still enrolled at the College, but also potentially general population students to ensure all students have a plan that will take them through graduation and into the workforce.  This work will include making sure the students are aware of the current demands of job market and the skills required to meet those demands.

General Responsibilities:

1.     The College Career Coach will have a leadership role in the design, facilitation and implementation of direct services to ensure students are supported during critical transition periods, including from high school into college and from college into the workforce.

2.     Collaborate with high school Career Coaches, JAG specialists, teachers, counselors, and administrators to identify students in their junior and senior years of high school to begin the process of relationship development to support the transition process to post-secondary education at the College.

3.     Provide early outreach to students and their adult support networks with information about the importance of post-secondary training or education.

4.     Create a learning community among the students being served through this program that builds a sense of belonging and offers peer-to-peer mentoring and leadership development opportunities.

5.     Provide information about career options, continued education pathways, education requirements, and existing supporting resources (such as college application support, financial aid seminars, etc.).

6.     Facilitate the development of individual graduation and continued education plans to include the best options to meet individual academic and post-secondary goals.

7.     Coordinate post-secondary visits with school personnel and /or college access teams.

8.     Work with guidance offices and College financial aid department to track FASFA PIN and FASFA application completion.

9.     Facilitate, connect, or refer students to academic enrichment activities such as study groups, tutoring and workshops on effective study skills as appropriate.

10.  Coordinate the administration and interpretation of ability/career assessments, interest inventories, and college entrance assessments such as Accuplacer.

11.  Develop, coordinate, and implement a summer “bridge program” for recent high school graduates coming into the JAG College Success program that prepares them to be successful while starting at the College. Bridge programs will feature sessions including, but not limited to, admissions, financial aid, advising, career awareness, and campus/community resources for success.

12.  Track the progress of individual students and subgroups as they progress through high schools, into the College, and post-graduation connection to the workforce.

13.  Complete, provide, and/or submit reports as scheduled or required related to student interaction, progression, and contacts.

14.  Conduct and analyze ongoing formative and summative evaluation data for program effectiveness.

15.  Participate in JAG and College activities and events including meetings and professional development as required, etc.

16.  Serve on project teams or work groups as assigned.

17.  Other duties may be assigned, which relate to the mission and goals of the JAG College Success program.

Minimum Qualifications:

1.     Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.

2.     Experience working with students who face barriers to success in education, experience in higher education or a public-school environment is preferred.

3.     Must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and the ability to communicate effectively orally, in writing and in public presentation settings with youth, adults, and members of the community.

4.     Ability to analyze, develop, implement, and track intervention plans and strategies.

5.     Must be highly motivated and able to self-initiate project tasks after accepting an assignment under general supervision.

6.     Candidate must be willing to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and some holidays.

7.     Excellent computer skills with a strong background in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and data entry.

8.     Must have the ability to operate a motor vehicle, hold a valid driver’s license and travel in-state on a frequent to regular basis.

9.     Background check required.

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