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Yakima Valley Program Coordinator | Yakima Valley, WA

Position: Yakima Valley Program Coordinator
Full-time, hourly, with full benefits
Location: Yakima Valley, WA
Apply by:  August 21, 2019
Anticipated start date: September 3, 2019

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 Program Coordinator works closely with the Yakima Valley Site Director and a small, dynamic team to deliver the local Ready to Rise (RTR) and Act Six programs in the Yakima Valley, with comprehensive support from the Degrees of Change (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 to support their college success and encourage their development as leaders.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Articulate DoC, Act Six and RTR mission and values to scholars, their families and the broader Yakima Valley community.

Provide Scholars with on-campus supports to encourage persistence and leadership development:

  • Partner with YV Site Director and Heritage student life office, to provide campus support for Act Six scholars at Heritage.
  • Lead training and be the primary support for first year RTR scholars at CWU and YVC.
  • Build quality mentoring relationships with individual scholars and their families.
  • Regularly meet with scholars through one-on-one’s or group meetings to build rapport and support persistence.

Coordinate the recruitment and selection process of Act Six and RTR scholars:

  • Coordinate the promotion of Act Six and RTR at high schools and community events.
  • Present Act Six and RTR to various audiences including local high schools, community groups, churches, etc to support the recruitment of scholars.
  • Support the Yakima Valley Site Director in the implementation of Act Six and RTR application review and selection processes.

Coordinate Act Six and RTR program events and retreats:

  • Coordinate events associated with the pre-college training of RTR Scholars.
  • Coordinate events associated with the Act Six program.

Provide overall support and coordination to Act Six and RTR programs:

  • Support data management, document creation and filing.
  • Assist with consistent, timely data collection and monitoring.
  • Support ongoing development and revision of training curriculum materials for Act Six and RTR.
  • 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 experience.
  • 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).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to regularly travel across the Yakima Valley and to Ellensburg.
  • Requires 2-4 occasions per year of 1-2 day out-of-town travel.

EMPLOYMENT TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION

  • Full-time, non-exempt, hourly position.
  • Reports to Yakima Valley Site Director.
  • Requires 2-4 occasions per year of 1-2 day out-of-town travel.
  • Pay range: $17-$20 per hour.
  • 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
  • Paid vacation, personal, sick and family leave.

APPLICATION & TIMELINE

  • Apply online at indeed.com by August 21.
  • Initial interviews are planned for August 27.
  • Anticipated start date is September 3.

Ready to Rise Tacoma Site Director | Tacoma, WA

Position: Ready to Rise Tacoma Site Director
Status: Full-time, exempt, with full benefits
Location: Tacoma, WA
Apply by: August 22, 2019
Expected start date: September 16, 2019

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, 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 DESCRIPTION
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
A dynamic and collaborative leader, the Ready to Rise (RTR) Tacoma Site Director will provide overall leadership for the Tacoma RTR program site and staff team, in close coordination with DoC operations team, the RTR National Director and other RTR program sites.

An articulate communicator and effective relationship builder, the RTR Tacoma Site Director will build relationships, rally support, and strengthen partnerships with diverse community and college stakeholders.

An organized and outcome-driven program director, the RTR Tacoma Site Director will be responsible for all aspects of local program delivery, including recruitment, acceptance and training of new RTR scholars and their near-peer coaches, ongoing campus support and career development for continuing scholars, and data collection to support program evaluation.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervise all administrative support for the local RTR team, including coordinating scheduling, mailings, data management, document creation and filing, and events.
  • Assist in strategic planning for the future expansion and overall direction of the local program.
  • Work closely with school and community contacts to promote RTR and recruit students.
  • Initiate, schedule, and make recruitment presentations to various audiences including local high schools, community groups, community-based organizations, etc.
  • Review applications and lead the review process for staff to vet potential scholars.
  • Maintain and expand relationships with local scholarship provider partners.
  • Design, coordinate and assist in leading the training process, including workshops, trainings and retreats for first-year scholars.
  • Assist in ongoing development and revision of training curriculum materials.
  • Recruit, train and build supportive mentoring relationships with RTR coaches.
  • Supervise and support Tacoma Completion and Career Coordinator role to provide career pathway-related training, guidance and encouragement to scholars in their 2nd year and beyond.
  • Assist in gathering and analyzing outcomes data from scholars and campus to guide ongoing refinement and improvement of initiative.
  • Monitor local RTR program budget.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Degrees of Change.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.
  • Relates well and works effectively with diverse groups of youth and adults that represent the range of ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds across Tacoma.
  • Strong relationships and connections across various segments of the community.
  • Solid knowledge of college application and financial aid processes.
  • Strong intercultural skills and ability to train scholars in these skills.
  • Experience advocating for and supporting underrepresented college students.
  • Previous supervisory experience.
  • Instructional and pedagogical coaching experience.
  • Strong organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills.
  • Deep commitment to educational, racial and economic equity.
  • Ability to work in partnership with a wide range of people and organizations.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, team-oriented and receptive to constructive feedback.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Requires 10-15 occasions per year of out-of-town travel.
  • Ability to travel around the Tacoma area and elsewhere in Washington State (approximately 10% of travel will be outside of Tacoma).

EMPLOYMENT TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION

  • Full-time, exempt, salaried position.
  • Reports to Ready to Rise National Director.
  • Starting annual salary range of $50,000 – $60,000.
  • 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
    • Free parking ($160/mo)
  • Generous paid vacation, personal, sick and family leave.

APPLICATION & TIMELINE

  • Apply online at indeed.com by August 22.
  • Interviews are planned August 26-29.
  • Anticipated start date is September 16.

First Year Program Support - AmeriCorps | Tacoma, WA

Organization’s Mission:

Degrees of Change mission is to prepare diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and use their degrees to build more vibrant and equitable communities. We fulfill this mission by creating college transition and completion programs that send under-represented students to college together in community, provide them with training and support to develop their leadership skills and mentorship to support their transition to and graduation from college.

Position’s Alignment to Organization’s Mission:

Degrees of Change’s two main programs are Act Six which partners with private liberal arts colleges and Ready to Rise which partners with two- and four-year public colleges. The AmeriCorps led project will provide intensive support to the recruitment, selection and training phases of these two programs locally in Tacoma (both programs) and Seattle (Act Six only). This project which focuses on engaging and supporting local high school seniors is the critical foundation to supporting students to graduate college and become significant community leaders.

AmeriCorps 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.

Member Key Essential Functions of the Position:

AmeriCorps member duties include the following:

  • Schedule and conduct recruitment visits at local high schools and community events around the urban Puget Sound region
  • Attend 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 scholar database
  • Follow-up with recruits via phone, text and email
  • 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

Member Performance Measure Expected Output(s) and Outcome(s):

Provide critical support to the recruitment of 108 high school seniors to receive pre-college training and enter college the fall after their graduation from high school.

  • Output: Support 108 economically disadvantaged youth (16 to 24) who receive academic and career planning services.
  • Outcome: Support 108 economically disadvantaged youth (16 to 24) who obtain college readiness.
  • Outcome: Support 108 students entering post-secondary institutions.

Member Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

WSC members may be deployed to help support disaster response and/or recovery efforts. Sponsor organizations must agree to release Members for short term duration to assist with these efforts. Deployment may be waived if it presents undue hardship for an individual member. All deployments would be requested by the WSC unless your host organization is a disaster response organization where any requests for deployment would require initial approval by the WSC.

Volunteer Management:

AmeriCorps volunteer management duties include:

  • Participate in the recruitment and support of volunteers who will further the goals of the AmeriCorps project.
  • Oversee the volunteer activities of the AmeriCorps project to ensure that the activities are allowable and not prohibited.
  • Implement at least three new effective volunteer management practices.

Qualifications required for this position:

The AmeriCorps First Year Program Support member must possess the following knowledge, skills and 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.

First Year Program Support - AmeriCorps | Yakima, WA

Organization’s Mission:

Degrees of Change mission is to prepare diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and use their degrees to build more vibrant and equitable communities. We fulfill this mission by creating college transition and completion programs that send under-represented students to college together in community, provide them with training and support to develop their leadership skills and mentorship to support their transition to and graduation from college.

Alignment of the AmeriCorps Member’s Position and Project to the Organization’s Mission:

Degrees of Change’s two main programs are Act Six which partners with private liberal arts colleges and Ready to Rise which partners with two- and four-year public colleges. The AmeriCorps led project will provide intensive support to the recruitment, selection and training phases of these two programs locally in the Yakima Valley. This project which focuses on engaging and supporting local high school seniors is the critical foundation to supporting students to graduate college and become significant community leaders.

AmeriCorps 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.

Member Key Essential Functions of the Position:

AmeriCorps member duties include the following:

  • Schedule and conduct recruitment visits at local high schools and community events around the Yakima Valley region
  • Attend 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 scholar database
  • Follow-up with recruits via phone, text and email
  • 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
  • Routinely refer to Member Service Agreement requirements
  • Ability to serve at project site location and time specified in this position description

Member Performance Measure Expected Output(s) and Outcome(s):

Provide critical support to the recruitment of 108 high school seniors to receive pre-college training and enter college the fall after their graduation from high school.

  • Output: Support 67 economically disadvantaged youth (16 to 24) who receive academic and career planning services.
  • Outcome: Support 67 economically disadvantaged youth (16 to 24) who obtain college readiness.
  • Outcome: Support 67 students entering post-secondary institutions.

Member Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

WSC members may be deployed to help support disaster response and/or recovery efforts. Sponsor organizations must agree to release Members for short term duration to assist with these efforts. Deployment may be waived if it presents undue hardship for an individual member. All deployments would be requested by the WSC unless your host organization is a disaster response organization where any requests for deployment would require initial approval by the WSC.

Volunteer Management:

  • Participate in the recruitment and support of volunteers who will further the goals of the AmeriCorps project.
  • Oversee the volunteer activities of the AmeriCorps project to ensure that the activities are allowable and not prohibited.
  • Implement at least three new effective volunteer management practices.

Qualifications required for this position:

The AmeriCorps First Year Program Support member must possess the following knowledge, skills and 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.