About One Million Degrees:
Although half of Illinois’ public college students attend community college, only one in four of them will graduate with a degree within three years. One Million Degrees (OMD) changes that by providing comprehensive supports to community college students, accelerating their progress on career pathways to economic mobility.
OMD’s model, which combines academic, personal, professional, and financial supports, is changing the education landscape. OMD’s community college scholars are 47% more likely than their counterparts to continue from one semester to the next as a full-time student.
After more than a decade of programming, OMD continues to expand the number of scholars it supports to be a catalyst for change in Chicago. OMD partners with 10 Chicago-area community colleges, and will serve over 900 scholars and apprentices across the region in the 2022-2023 academic year.
One Million Degrees is seeking an entrepreneurial Career Advancement Coordinator to lead the implementation of OMD’s earn and learn partnerships with Chicago-area employers and community college partners. Playing a critical intermediary role between college, employer, and student, the Career Advancement Coordinator will provide direct coaching and support to multiple cohorts of students who are current full-time employees, collaborating with employer and college partners to optimize the partnership implementation.
The Career Advancement Coordinator will adapt the OMD program model and materials to fit within the partnership framework and will continually document both challenges and solutions as they arise across the programs, ultimately producing a set of best practices to be shared across the city and nationally.
The ideal candidate is a proactive self-starter, able to develop and manage multiple initiatives at once. The successful candidate is a goal-oriented, high-energy team player with a passion for people and the transformative power of education and opportunity. Relationship management, creative thinking, problem-solving, and a can-do attitude are highly valued.
One Million Degrees is a friendly, diverse office with ambitious goals and a relentless drive to achieve them. Join our dynamic team of talented, hard-working individuals who believe that a single degree can change the world.
Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Provide Direct Coaching and Support to Apprentices
- Using OMD’s scholar development and support values, methods, and practices, provide direct coaching support to participants in the Aon Apprenticeship Program
- Conduct frequent virtual and in-person check-ins, building each Aon participant’s capacity to excel at work and at school and to complete all program outcomes.
- Facilitate and assist in the development and delivery of soft skill & professional development workshops
- Assist in the development and delivery of program kick-off orientation sessions and program closing events
- Track all interactions, goals, and commitments to success in OMD’s database; track early warning indicators and all available information regarding participants’ performance at work and at school.
- Liaise with program partners, including the employer’s human resources and talent development team to address any challenges and development needs that emerge.
- Ensure that participants become fully immersed in the culture, norms, and expectations of their workplace and of their college.
Partner with Employers and Colleges
- Collaborate with the employer, apprentice manager, and college implementation teams to coordinate implementation of the program, track participants’ progress, and identify and address issues as they arise.
- Alert all program partners to performance and retention issues as early as possible; work collaboratively to design and implement solutions.
- Document best practices to build all partners’ capacity to seamlessly execute and scale future partnerships and programs.
Build OMD’s Brand within the Employer Space
- Keep abreast of labor market trends, research, and developments in the workforce development space
- Represent OMD and its role in the partnership model at conferences, in workforce collaboratives, and in other relevant convenings.
- Assist with communications and public relations; continually build the larger OMD community’s understanding and knowledge of earn and learn models and OMD’s role.
Contribute as a Member of the Career Advancement Team at OMD
- Support all career advancement and job readiness strategies and activities within OMD’s signature college completion model and with OMD alumni
- Contribute to the design and implementation of career development-focused trainings and workshops for OMD program staff
- Develop and facilitate career-focused workshops for OMD Scholars and Alumni
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Qualified candidates must have excellent project planning, relationship management, and communication skills, both verbal and written, and the desire to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
- Education – bachelor’s degree required
- Willing to work in-person at least once a week at 180 N Wabash (Chicago), Aon Lincolnshire and/or Chicago centers, and College of Lake County
- A minimum of 1 year of professional experience, with experience working with individuals
- Experience having direct accountability for the achievements/outcomes of a group of individuals; caseload management experience is a plus
- Experience in the career development field and knowledge of workforce readiness strongly preferred
- Experience keeping case notes in a CRM; Salesforce experience a plus
- Experience working in a fast-paced environment and prioritizing multiple tasks
- Experience working across teams or organizations to create a project or program
- Project Management: proven success working in a fast-paced environment and prioritizing multiple workstreams
- Communication: strong interpersonal and communication skills; a proven ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences and the ability to give and receive candid feedback
- A self-starter who can operate independently and in teams to accomplish goals and objectives
- Cultural humility and an ability to work effectively with diverse staff, clients, and community partners
- A positive outlook and a total belief in the potential of all scholars to succeed and excel
- Relentless drive to close equity gaps in education and employment
Compensation and Benefits for Full-time Employees:
- Salary – $47,800
- Health Benefits – Full health insurance for the employee, including medical, dental, and vision.
- Retirement Benefits – After 90 days, employees are eligible for a Simple IRA plan with matched contributions up to 3% of salary
- Professional Learning Opportunities – OMD supports employee development in areas relevant to professional and organizational goals and will pay for training such as workshops and conferences as agreed upon by employee and supervisor
- Paid Time Off – 3 weeks paid vacation plus 12 paid holidays