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Current Yakima Valley position openings:

Yakima Valley Program Coordinator (Full-Time)

Position: Yakima Valley Program Coordinator
Full-time, salaried, with full benefits
Location: Yakima Valley, WA
Priority Deadline: July 1
Expected Start Date: August 1, 2018

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

To college and back. Together. Degrees of Change (DoC) is a not-for-profit organization that prepares diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and use their degrees to build more vibrant and equitable communities. We partner with community organizations, high schools, colleges and employers to provide cohort-based leadership training, college success support, career development and alumni programming to underrepresented students who desire to lead and serve their home communities. As both a national backbone organization and local, direct service provider in Tacoma-Seattle and the Yakima Valley, we provide and utilize research-based programming, cutting-edge evaluation and data tools, and innovative operational systems and technical assistance to support all aspects of our integrated programs. Learn more at degreesofchange.org.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Act Six is a leadership and scholarship program that equips emerging urban and community leaders to engage the college campus and their communities at home through a simple but powerful four-part strategy:

  • locally recruits and selects diverse, multicultural cadres of promising community student leaders;
  • intensively trains these groups of students in the year prior to college, equipping them to support each other, succeed academically, and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation;
  • sends the teams together for four years of fully funded education at private liberal arts partner colleges; and
  • provides strong campus support and ongoing leadership development experiences to nurture these young people as they find their vocation and grow into the next generation of community leaders.

Learn more at actsix.org.

Ready to Rise (RTR) is an innovative, evidence-based program to identify, develop and support homegrown community leaders on the journey through college as they prepare for careers and community leadership by:

  • leveraging community and school networks to identify and attract promising young leaders who can flourish with additional supports;
  • developing meaningful, supportive relationships and ongoing connections with fellow students, community leaders and campus resources to encourage degree completion;
  • helping scholars connect what they’re learning in the classroom to their vocational interests and the real needs within their community; and
  • connecting scholars to real-world leaders to help them envision and prepare for lives of service and leadership.

Learn more at readytorise.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Yakima Valley Program Coordinator works closely with the Yakima Valley Site Director and a small, dynamic team to deliver the local RTR and Act Six programs in the Yakima Valley, with comprehensive support from the DoC National Office team.

An organized and detail-oriented implementer, the Program Coordinator will assist the Site Director in implementing the recruitment, selection, training and campus support components of the local Act Six and RTR programs.

An effective coach and committed mentor, the Program Coordinator will build and maintain strong relationships with scholars and coaches to support their college success and encourage their development as leaders.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Articulate DoC, Act Six and RTR mission and values in the community.
  • Provide primary campus support for Act Six scholars at Heritage.
  • Provide primary support and leadership development for RTR coaches at CWU and YVC.
  • Work closely with school and community contacts to promote Act Six and RTR.
  • Present Act Six and RTR to various audiences including local high schools, community groups, churches, etc.
  • Support implementation of Act Six and RTR application review and selection processes.
  • Assist in scheduling, messaging, data management, document creation and filing, and event planning.
  • Assist in coordination and facilitation of training programs, including retreats and campus visits.
  • Support ongoing development and revision of training curriculum materials for Act Six and RTR.
  • Build quality mentoring relationships with individual scholars and their families.
  • Assist with consistent, timely data collection and monitoring.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities as needed.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Commitment to the mission of Degrees of Change, RTR and Act Six.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Significant education, mentoring or higher education experience.
  • Experience advocating for and supporting underrepresented students.
  • Strong relational, mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Relates well and works effectively with diverse groups of youth and adults.
  • Deep commitment to educational, racial and economic equity.
  • Strong intercultural skills and ability to mentor scholars in these skills.
  • Effective communicator with strong presentation and writing skills.
  • Strong organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in partnership with a wide range of people and organizations.
  • Flexible and receptive to constructive feedback.
  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Ability to regularly travel across the Yakima Valley and to Ellensburg.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

EMPLOYMENT TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION

  • Full-time, exempt, salaried position.
  • Reports to Yakima Valley Site Director.
  • Requires 2-4 occasions per year of 1-2 day out-of-town travel.
  • Starting annual salary of $40,000.
  • Comprehensive benefits including:
    • 4% matching contribution to 401(k) retirement plan;
    • Regence PPO Platinum + health plan, premiums paid 100% for employee, 50% for dependents;
    • Delta Dental + VSP Signature Vision, premiums paid 100% for employee, 50% for dependents;
    • Short- and long-term disability insurance, no cost to employee;
    • $50,000 life insurance, no cost to employee; and
    • $25/mo cell phone reimbursement.
  • Paid vacation, personal, sick and family leave.

APPLICATION & TIMELINE

  • Submit cover letter, resume and references to [email protected] by July 1.
  • Initial interviews are planned for July 16-20.
  • Anticipated start date is August 1.

Yakima Valley Career Pathway Coordinator (Half-Time)

Position: Yakima Valley Career Pathway Coordinator
Part-time, 20 hr/wk
Location: Yakima Valley, WA
Priority Deadline: July 1
Expected Start Date: August 1, 2018

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

To college and back. Together. Degrees of Change (DoC) is a not-for-profit organization that prepares diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and use their degrees to build more vibrant and equitable communities. We partner with community organizations, high schools, colleges and employers to provide cohort-based leadership training, college success support, career development and alumni programming to underrepresented students who desire to lead and serve their home communities. As both a national backbone organization and local, direct service provider in Tacoma-Seattle and the Yakima Valley, we provide and utilize research-based programming, cutting-edge evaluation and data tools, and innovative operational systems and technical assistance to support all aspects of our integrated programs. Learn more at degreesofchange.org.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Ready to Rise (RTR) is an innovative, evidence-based program to identify, develop and support homegrown community leaders on the journey through college as they prepare for careers and community leadership by:

  • leveraging community and school networks to identify and attract promising young leaders who can flourish with additional supports;
  • developing meaningful, supportive relationships and ongoing connections with fellow students, community leaders and campus resources to encourage degree completion;
  • helping scholars connect what they’re learning in the classroom to their vocational interests and the real needs within their community; and
  • connecting scholars to real-world leaders to help them envision and prepare for lives of service and leadership.

Learn more at readytorise.org.

Act Six is a leadership and scholarship program that equips emerging urban and community leaders to engage the college campus and their communities at home through a simple but powerful four-part strategy:

  • locally recruits and selects diverse, multicultural cadres of promising community student leaders;
  • intensively trains these groups of students in the year prior to college, equipping them to support each other, succeed academically, and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation;
  • sends the teams together for four years of fully funded education at private liberal arts partner colleges; and
  • provides strong campus support and ongoing leadership development experiences to nurture these young people as they find their vocation and grow into the next generation of community leaders.

Learn more at actsix.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Yakima Valley Career Pathway Coordinator works closely with the Yakima Valley Site Director and a small, dynamic team to support the Ready to Rise and Act Six programs in the Yakima Valley, with comprehensive support from the DoC National Office team.

A knowledgeable and detail-oriented professional, the Career Pathway Coordinator will provide career-related resources, training and case management to encourage, guide and hold accountable Central Washington University and Yakima Valley College RTR scholars from their second year through to graduation.

An effective relationship-builder, the Career Pathway Coordinator will nurture strong relationships with scholars and coaches, and establish effective partnerships with college staff in Career Services and related departments.

A collaborative team player, the Career Pathway Coordinator will work closely with the rest of the Yakima Valley team and assist as needed with recruitment, selection, training and scholar support for both RTR and Act Six.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Meet one-on-one with second-year RTR scholars to understand and support their desired career pathway.
  • Work with CWU Career Services and the YVC Counseling and Advising Center to identify individual and group resources, such as resume assistance and career development workshops best suited for RTR scholars.
  • Using the DoC badging app, monitor the career pathway progress of RTR scholars in their second year of college through graduation.
  • Work to identify and connect RTR and Act Six scholars to career and internship opportunities.
  • Assist with consistent, timely data collection and monitoring.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities as needed.
  • Assist with other RTR and Act Six recruitment, selection and scholars support efforts as needed.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Commitment to the mission of Degrees of Change, RTR and Act Six.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Solid knowledge of career support resources.
  • Experience advocating for and supporting underrepresented students.
  • Strong one-on-one case management skills.
  • Relates well and works effectively with diverse groups of youth and adults.
  • Deep commitment to educational, racial and economic equity.
  • Effective communicator with strong presentation and writing skills.
  • Strong organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in partnership with a wide range of people and organizations.
  • Flexible and receptive to constructive feedback.
  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Ability to regularly travel across the Yakima Valley and to Ellensburg.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

EMPLOYMENT TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION

  • Half-time (20 hr/wk), non-exempt, hourly position.
  • Reports to Yakima Valley Site Director.
  • Requires 2-4 occasions per year of 1-2 day out-of-town travel.
  • Starting hourly rate of $20/hr, plus:
    • 4% matching contribution to 401(k) retirement plan, and
    • $25/mo cell phone reimbursement.
  • Paid vacation, personal, sick and family leave.

APPLICATION & TIMELINE

  • Submit cover letter, resume and references to [email protected] by July 1.
  • Initial interviews are planned for July 16-20.
  • Anticipated start date is August 1.

Current AmeriCorps Member position opening:

First Year Program Support

Position: First Year Program Support
Location: Tacoma, WA
Priority Deadline: June 29 (open until filled)
Start Date: September 17, 2018

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

To college and back. Together. Degrees of Change (DoC) is a not-for-profit organization that prepares diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and use their degrees to build more vibrant and equitable communities. We partner with community organizations, high schools, colleges and employers to provide cohort-based leadership training, college success support, career development and alumni programming to underrepresented students who desire to lead and serve their home communities. As both a national backbone organization and local, direct service provider in Tacoma-Seattle and the Yakima Valley, we provide and utilize research-based programming, cutting-edge evaluation and data tools, and innovative operational systems and technical assistance to support all aspects of our integrated programs. Learn more at degreesofchange.org.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Degrees of Change AmeriCorps project is to provide intensive support to the recruitment, selection and training phase of Act Six and Ready to Rise programs, supporting high school seniors to be college ready and transition to college successfully, while developing leadership skills and building a strong, supportive peer community. In this way, the AmeriCorps project is central to beginning of our journey with students to and through college. It is during this first year that our program participants, we call them scholars, build life changing relationships with their peers who will walk with them throughout their college journey and beyond, it is where they will receive leadership development, identity and cross cultural communication trainings that they will rely upon in both the most meaningful and most challenging moments in college and beyond that will help them persevere and persist towards their goal of a bachelor’s degree and living a life of impact.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Schedule and conduct recruitment visits at local high schools and community events around the urban Puget Sound region
  • Attend all Act Six and Ready to Rise staff retreats and meetings
  • Recruit and support volunteers to participate in the recruitment, selection and training program phases
  • Track potential applicants utilizing the scholar database
  • Follow-up with recruits via phone and emails
  • Support the selection phase for Act Six and Ready to Rise
  • Assist in planning college preparedness training for new scholars
  • Schedule and conduct recruitment visits for the following year

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • An understanding and belief in the Degrees of Change mission, the importance of developing home-grown leaders and the opportunity a college education provides in that leadership development.
  • A basic understanding of and desire for personal growth in the areas of equity, intercultural communication, and justice.
  • Understanding of the college application process and the challenges that accompany students, especially first-generation students, in their transition to college.
  • Ability to work with diverse students and their families, as well as individual, community, and school partners.
  • Ability to navigate the Microsoft suite of products including Word, Excel, OneNote, SharePoint, etc.
  • Ability to be proactive and independent worker.
  • Ability to take on projects and lead them to completion.
  • Ability to ask questions and problem solve.

BENEFITS

The First Year Program Support will be part of a dynamic team supporting Tacoma-Seattle emerging leaders to flourish as college students and community leaders. This position is connected with a powerful network of community members in college access and persistence. Being a part of this team, the First Year Program Support will learn from an organization that has sector-leading technology and data systems that inform student engagement.

SERVICE TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION

Full time, 40 hours per week.
Term of Service: September 16, 2018 – July 31, 2019
$1,307 monthly stipend, basic health insurance, $5,920 education award, assistance with childcare costs (if necessary), forbearance (temporary postponing of loan payments) of qualified student loans during service, payment of interest on qualified student loans that accrued during the service term, workers compensation coverage, service qualifies as ‘employment’ towards the public service loan forgiveness program. More information here.
Reports to Act Six and Ready to Rise Site Directors.

APPLICATION & TIMELINE

Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected].
Priority Deadline: June 29
Initial Interviews: July 2
Start Date: September 17
Position is open until filled.