Details: This is a stipended AmeriCorps position
College Access Now (CAN) is seeking passionate and committed individuals to join our team and support students in our college completion program! Individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible - applications accepted on a rolling basis until our team is filled.
About the Organization
Founded in 2006 at Seattle’s Garfield High School, College Access Now (CAN) is celebrating our 12th year of empowering students from low-income families to access, enroll and graduate from college at rates equal to their more advantaged peers. CAN now serves over 2,200 students, including 1,050 students at five Seattle and seven South King County high schools and over 1,150 students at colleges across Washington State and throughout the country. Students join the CAN program in their 11th grade or 12th grade year of high school - receiving individual and group coaching from our core team of AmeriCorps College Coaches, volunteers, and staff. It is only with the support of our College Coaches that we are able to ensure that CAN’s vision becomes a reality - all students, regardless of income or background have the opportunity to graduate college. For more program information, visit www.collegeaccessnow.org/about
About the Position
At CAN, a team of 30 AmeriCorps College Coaches (fifteen 11th Grade Coaches and fifteen 12th Grade Coaches) provide crucial support to students as they navigate the social and academic challenges of high school and enter the intimidating college search, application, and enrollment processes. The 11th and 12th Grade AmeriCorps College Coaches work together on-site at their assigned high school sites to implement and deliver our comprehensive curriculum and program model, including relationship building, session facilitation, intensive coaching, event planning, and tracking data related to program participation and student success.
AmeriCorps College Coaches facilitate weekly after school sessions, which include activities such as career and college exploration, college list development, resume and personal statement writing, campus visits and college fairs, SAT test preparation and registration, FAFSA/WASFA and scholarship application completion, individual and group advising sessions, academic coaching, and general problem-solving to remove barriers for our students. Team members will also build strong relationships with their students, as well as with stakeholders at various schools and community organizations to increase the visibility and effectiveness of the program and support individual student success. This is a full-time, AmeriCorps National Service position.
College Access Now is an AmeriCorps program, meaning we rely on a team of passionate and dedicated AmeriCorps National Service Members to deliver our high quality program model. AmeriCorps is a national program providing real-life education and work experience to individuals who want to make the world a better place. As a member, you will gain practical experience and professional skills that will help you for the rest of your life, along with the personal satisfaction of improving your community. For more information and FAQ about AmeriCorps, visit www.collegeaccessnow.org/americorps
We are currently seeking AmeriCorps members to serve at the following high schools in King County:
- Chief Sealth International High School in West Seattle
- Franklin High School in Mount Baker
- Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines
- Recruit, select, lead and develop coaching relationships with a cohort of at least 35 students
- Manage up to three volunteers to prepare and deliver engaging weekly 90-minute sessions based on established curriculum and high quality program goals geared toward supporting students in accessing and persisting through college graduation
- Provide individualized support to a cohort of students both in-person and via email, phone, and social media
- Develop a consistent follow-up and outreach plan for ensuring student and program goals are achieved
- Establish and maintain relationships with other AmeriCorps coaches, staff, teachers, counselors, and community partners
- Collaborate, coordinate, and facilitate various school-wide events, workshops, career talks, panels, and campus visits for students
- Attend and actively participate in weekly trainings, meetings, and planning sessions
- Update student records, track progress, and prepare reports using Excel & student database in a timely manner
- Contribute to the ongoing development and continuous improvement of the program and organization
- Serve as an advocate for students, as well as the program, organization, and national service
- Work with other CAN staff members and departments around organizational events and celebrations
- Participate in various service projects including National Day of Service, MLK Day of Service, and more
- Provide general organizational support as needed, and other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications and Desired Skills
- U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident
- Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree completed prior to official start date
- Commitment to public service, civic engagement, and social justice
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Energy, passion and creativity to inspire students, including the ability to facilitate engaging large group presentations and develop relationships with students
- Experience working within diverse communities
- Demonstrated dependability, initiative, and the ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team
- Address potentially ambiguous situations with an open-minded and solution-focused approach
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Excel, and social media applications
- Knowledge of college admissions, financial aid and issues related to student success in higher education
Service Term and Schedule
This is a 10-month position beginning August 13, 2018 and ending June 14, 2019. Typical hours for this position are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Thursday at a Seattle or South King County area high school with Fridays spent at the CAN main office: 3211 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South Seattle, WA 98144. Some evening and weekend hours, as well as travel to/from school sites, meetings and community events may be required.
Conditions of Service
CAN is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse and talented team. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, CAN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or marital status. Candidates of color, first-generation college graduates, and candidates with National Service experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
CAN is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request an accommodation, please call (206) 400-6886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org new members must show service eligibility documents as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service, as well as verification of Associates and/or Bachelor’s Degree completion prior to beginning service. Satisfactory completion of a National Service Criminal History Check is also required for all new members prior to their official first day of service.
Living Stipend and Benefits
This is an AmeriCorps National Service position. Members receive numerous benefits including:
- $13,730 annual living stipend ($1,373 per month before taxes throughout the 10-month service term)
- $5,920 annual education award for qualifying educational expenses (upon completion of 1,700 service hours)
- Work iPhone for professional communication purposes
- 100% paid medical, dental and vision insurance premiums on qualifying plans
- Complimentary ORCA transit pass, providing free and unlimited access to regional bus and light rail service
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits depending on income eligibility
- Individual Professional Development funds provided
- In-depth weekly trainings, workshops, and professional development opportunities related to social justice, education, youth development, diversity, leadership, professionalism, non-profit administration, and more
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online via CAN’s Online Application available at www.collegeaccessnow.org/careers. Applications accepted until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply early. Priority deadline: August 1st, 2018
- Cover letter addressing the following questions:
- What motivates you to apply for an AmeriCorps National Service position with College Access Now?
- How has your past experience (work and/or volunteer) prepared you for this position?
- How does this AmeriCorps position fit into your long-term career goals?
3. Names and email addresses of three professional references
Note: We will discuss any preferences for grade level or school placement during the interview process to ensure the best fit.