College & Career Coordinator-Minnesota

Conservation Corps
Saint Paul, MN
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Full time Positions
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STATUS: Full time, non-exempt (hourly), benefits-eligible SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday typical, some evenings and weekends required LOCATION: Saint Paul, MN POSITION SUMMARY: The College and Career Coordinator will provide supportive services for youth participants on a pathway to college and a career in conservation. This position provides a variety of ongoing services to youth that facilitate and support their transition into post-secondary education on an identified career pathway. The Coordinator will teach classes regarding career exploration and college preparation, implement individual and group support structures, plan and execute quarterly events such as college visits, workshops and guest speakers, provide monthly follow-up contact with exited youth participants in order to track their post-Corps path, and create and promote a “college-bound” culture at the Corps. The position requires significant one-on-one support of individual youth participants and relationship-building with colleges and employers involved with natural resource fields. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: Career counseling with youth participants -- Develop relationships with professionals in natural resource management, conservation and other environmental jobs. -- Develop career counseling tools for youth participants. -- Design and conduct career counseling sessions with small groups of participants. -- Coordinate mentorship and job shadowing opportunities with natural resource agencies and conservation organizations. -- Coordinate workshops, teach classes, lead focus groups and make special presentations that focus on job skills, professional development and specific careers of interest. -- Work one-on-one with youth participants to identify careers of interest and chart a pathway to employment. -- Assist program participants and alumni in finding and applying for volunteer opportunities, internships and jobs. -- Track and report relevant information to program staff. PSEO and college enrollment assistance -- Provide individual and group support and services to help youth become familiar with the college enrollment process and skills necessary for college success. -- Develop PSEO and college exploration tools for youth participants. -- Design and conduct PSEO and college counseling sessions with small groups of participants. -- Work one-on-one with youth participants to apply for PSEO and college. -- Serve as continuous resource for youth participants by convening regular meetings of alumni. -- Track and report relevant information to program staff. -- Establish relationships with key personnel at local community colleges and trade schools to facilitate youth enrollment and financial aid. Other duties -- Assist recruitment department with youth recruitment and placement, with a focus on outreach to communities that are typically underrepresented in conservation and environmental careers, and youth who are interested in pursuing PSEO. -- Develop relationships with key community leaders, teachers, program staff and others to help identify and support youth interested in a career in conservation. -- Assist program staff in making youth applicant selection decisions. Follow-up with applicants to identify next steps and additional resources, as needed. COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: -- Compensation: $17-19 per hour, depending on qualifications -- Benefits: Health and dental insurance; paid time-off; retirement plan
QUALIFICATIONS: -- Ability to effectively communicate and work with people from diverse cultural, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. -- Knowledge of colleges and universities with natural resource management, environmental studies and other related degree programs. -- Knowledge of PSEO application process, including requirements and standards for acceptance. -- Knowledge of college application process, including financial aid application. -- Knowledge of career paths in natural resource management, conservation and related environmental fields. -- Experience coordinating training and providing resources for college and career exploration, particularly for high school students. -- Experience working with community partners in collaborative efforts and programs. -- Substantial project management and problem-solving ability. -- Initiative and ability to act independently with minimal supervision and meet deadlines, multi-task and be flexible with scope of responsibilities. -- Excellent written and verbal communication skills ― essential for internal coordination and external outreach. -- Valid driver’s license and good driving record. -- Familiarity with AmeriCorps or other federal service programs preferred. -- Four-year degree in a related field preferred. -- Ability to speak and write in multiple languages preferred.
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Kellie Lager
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