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Program Coordinator - Achievement Initiative


Job posted by: Columbia University School of Social Work

Posted on: August 27, 2014

Job description

Under the supervision of Dr. Jeanette Takamura (the PI) and the Executive Director of the Achievement Initiative, the Program Coordinator will work as a member of a team to provide comprehensive dropout prevention services to students at one of the partner high schools. The Program Coordinator will play a critical role in ensuring a successful high school experience for students and for building a very young program at the partner high school. Primary responsibilities include maintenance of a caseload of students and provision of appropriate service interventions, including individual and group counseling; facilitation of an Advisory curriculum; development and implementation of college, workforce and life skill workshops; development and supervision of a college tutoring program; provision of supervision and field instruction to graduate social work students; and maintenance of program records and data collection.

The Program Coordinator will play a critical role in providing high quality program services and will be required to carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Research best practice, develop and facilitate student-focused programming to promote personal and academic achievement under the direction of the immediate supervisor (the Executive Director). Duties include implementation and facilitation of curricula in weekly student Advisory workshops; facilitation of student workshops on topics of life skills, academic achievement, college preparation and workforce development; provision of individual and small group counseling; and development and supervision of a college student tutoring program. (45%)
  • Under the supervision of the Executive Director, provide supervision and field instruction to graduate social work student interns and task supervision to college student tutors. Additional duties include development of internal and external relationships with area resources; facilitation of regular program team meetings; and collaboration with high school staff. (30%)
  • Perform administrative duties essential to program maintenance under the supervision of the Executive Director to include: data collection; maintenance of student case files and program attendance records; assist in writing program summary reports for contract requirements; and assist in student recruitment efforts. (15%)
  • Assist in provision of family educational workshops; recruitment of family participants; provision of occasional home visits to families; and provision of appropriate and necessary referrals to families. (5%)
  • Performs other duties as assigned. (5%)

Supervision of two M.S.W. students. Group Supervision of college undergraduate and graduate students serving as tutors – number unknown at this time but estimate 5-10 students total.

This position is 100% grant funded and continued employement is based on funding.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters in Social Work (M.S.W) degree required
  • Must hold license in Social Work (LMSW)
  • Supervisor in Field Instruction (SIFI) certified or eligible and willing to take the SIFI class beginning in September
  • At least 2 years of professional work experience is required
  • Experience working with adolescents required and previous experience working in a school-based environment strongly preferred
  • Experience in providing both individual and group counseling, as well as experience and a high comfort level in facilitating group workshops
  • Knowledge of youth development principles and the challenges facing low-income, minority youth and families in urban environments
  • Experience providing task or clinical supervision to others
  • Strong working knowledge of current trends in college financial aid and experience in providing college, financial aid and job application assistance
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to communicate with parties at all levels, including students, families, faculty, external stakeholders, etc.
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office Suite, particularly Excel and Power Point, Access and other data management programs. Knowledge and use of the Google Drive application required
  • Experience in program development and implementation
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • A working knowledge of proposal writing
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

How to apply

All applicants must apply through the Jobs at Columbia website and submit a resume and cover letter in order to be considered by following this link:


1255 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY, 10027, US


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