College Preparation Advisors (CPAs) will help Texas middle school students and their families in a underserved community of Lubbock, Texas. CPAs will work alongside middle school staff onsite in this location, but will report to the Project Manager in Austin. CPAs will be expected to live within their service areas and to involve themselves in their communities.
To provide direct services and support middle school students related to high-school course planning, college preparation, academic success and career exploration as part of the Texas GEAR UP State Project Technical Assistance Office.
Design, plan and lead high quality and engaging education and awareness programs and activities for students and their families that are aligned with the goal of success and completion of school, including postsecondary programs. Provide small group training and activities for cohort students to develop skills necessary for success in college and the workplace, including but not limited to: Visits to classrooms, colleges, and workplaces to expand understanding of postsecondary opportunities; Time management, organizational and study skills; Planning and goal setting; Team building and habits of good character. Advise students in choosing and gaining entrance into academically rigorous courses, monitor and support student engagement in their academic work, identify and assist in placing students in engaging summer learning and leadership opportunities. Track student experiences and personal growth. Maintain student-by-student portfolios through regular meetings with students, which includes the following: Current and planned course enrollment; Student and family goals for the year; Plans and opportunities for summer 2014 activities; Extracurricular activities including arts, athletics and academics; Career assessment results from instruments assessing interests, skills and abilities; Significant academic, behavioral or situational events. Assist the Texas GEAR UP State Grant by collaboratively planning, supporting and occasionally attending events organized by CPAs in other of the cohort districts. Build awareness and expertise in college access programming, postsecondary education admissions practices, college preparatory curricula, and local school district programming to support college-bound students. Educate, maintain contact with and develop appropriate relationships with cohort families to enhance academic readiness and financial planning for college. Lead in creating collaborations and contribute in building a college-going culture in the school. Maintain contact and develop appropriate relationships with school teaching, counseling and administrative staff, while maintaining communications and relationships with Texas GEAR UP State Project. Assist in the assessment and sustainability of the GEAR UP program by: Assisting the Project Manager and other Texas GEAR UP staff in identifying, collecting and interpreting key progress and outcome variables to evaluate the progress of GEAR UP; Submit monthly progress reports to the Project Manger documenting activities, progress and outcome data; Represent GEAR UP and CPAs, as requested by the Project Manager, to potential supporters and other interested parties.
Other related functions as assigned. This position is a Field Staff position, which will require working at an off-site location in the Lubbock area. An Institute for Public School Initiative's Field Staff Agreement will be executed.
Bachelor's degree. A combination of two years of experience working with youth groups in the community, developing student programs or counseling students in an academic program setting. Strong commitment to goals of the GEAR UP program. Excellent verbal, written and visual communication skills. Ability to work with and motivate people from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic, cultural and professional backgrounds. Ability to work both collaboratively as part of a team and independently with minimal supervision. Willingness and ability to take initiative. Disciplined, strong work ethic and comfort working in schools. Discretion in dealing with confidential and sensitive student information. Proficiency in working with computers, spreadsheets, and data sets. Must pass thorough background check. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Spanish bilingual. Experience working with middle or high school age students.
May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation The Institute for Public School Initiatives, IPSI, home office space is located off-campus at: Plaza 290 Building, 5316 Hwy. 290 West, Suite 510, Austin, TX. 78735.