Job Purpose: The Promise Coach promotes post-secondary access and degree attainment by serving as a mentor, resource, liaison and advocate to PPS students (grades 9-12) and Promise Scholars (post-secondary students). Promise Coaches will provide in-school college and career exploration assistance to students in grades 9-12. For Promise Scholars, Coaches will provide both remote and in-person coaching to ensure Scholars successfully transition to and through their post-secondary education.
Equip students to identify their skills and interests:
- Pro-actively reach out to assigned students and Scholars to build trusting relationships
- Ensure the Promise Resource Center provides an inclusive environment and meaningful college and career resources to all students
- Encourage students and Scholars to take advantage of and help them to interpret/understand strength-based assessment tools and career aptitude resources
- Work with PPS staff to ensure students’ records fully and accurately reflect their strengths, community service, work experiences, and interests
Help students to understand their career options and pathway/ Navigate the marketplace and its opportunities:
- Coordinate and/or deliver career awareness, exposure and preparation programs and speakers
- Coach students to connect career options, and the required post-secondary pathways, with their strengths, interests, and marketplace opportunities
- Ensure Promise Scholars take advantage of on-campus career resources and alumni networks
Prepare students to utilize their available financial, academic, and psycho-social resources:
- Help PPS students and Promise Scholars resolve general obstacles to post-secondary and career success that come up throughout the school year by coaching them on self-advocacy and resourcefulness skills
- Facilitate post-secondary access to high school students through individual and group conversations, workshops, and presentations:
- Comprehensive post-secondary application timeline
- Application assistance (including personal statements, essays, resume)
- Campus visits and admissions interviews
- FAFSA/PHEAA submissions
- Promise portal access and use
- Scholarship assistance
- Financial aid applications and interpreting award packages
- Post-secondary decision-making, enrollment processes, and campus arrival
Ensure Promise Scholars connect with and enroll in on-campus academic and socio-emotional support services:
- First year experience and transition supports
- Tutoring, writing center, and related academic supports
- Positive peer and social connections
Empower students to realize the urgency of making good choices:
- Raise students’ awareness of, participation in, and ongoing eligibility for The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship
- Facilitate and promote positive college and career connections with near-peer and adult role models through community partnerships including volunteerism, mentoring, and outside speakers
- Monitor and guide Promise Scholars’ post-secondary progress to degree attainment with and through campus-based resources
- Complete any other duties or responsibilities assigned by the Director of College and Career Success
- Bachelor’s degree preferred- experience in lieu of degree will be considered
- Experience developing trusting relationship with under-represented populations, particularly high school students and young adults; experience in post-secondary access and success programming a plus
- Proven ability to work successfully with diverse populations and demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Demonstrated ability to build strong working relationships with internal and external partners, and to meaningfully interact with diverse populations including staff, students, civic and business leaders, community partners, and funders
- Proven record-keeping and organizational skills;
- Excellent writing, editing, and speaking skills
- Proactive problem-solver who demonstrates initiative and ability to self-manage work individually and as part of a team
- Ability to multi-task and operate in a professional manner, including proper attire, ethical behavior, and maintaining strict confidentiality with student/family information
- Demonstrated commitment to The Pittsburgh Promise’s vision, mission, and core values
- A sense of humor, tolerance for change, and a demonstrated ability to create a positive, inclusive culture and sense of empowerment for students/families
- Proficient in Microsoft Office suite tools
- Ability to make a minimum two-year commitment
- Must pass appropriate clearances (criminal record and child abuse)
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Position open until filled.
No phone calls please.
THE PITTSBURGH PROMISE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION.
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