Grow Your Own supports and encourages individuals who are ready to share their wisdom as teachers and mentors in their home neighborhoods. Our goal is to diversify the Illinois teaching population to reflect the rich racial diversity of its students. In order to achieve that goal, we offer a full range of tools to our candidates, including financial and academic assistance, social-emotional support, and culturally sustaining instructional strategies. We believe that Illinois students, their neighborhoods, and the teacher candidates themselves are all enriched by this process. We are presently searching for a new member of our team that is passionate about education and wants to be a part of the solution of diversifying the teacher pipeline. If this is you, please review the job description below.
Grow Your Own Chicago Academic Coordinator
This position will be full-time, providing academic advising to approximately 30 candidates as they complete their teacher preparation program, and translating learning from interaction with candidates for program effectiveness. Additionally, this position will be responsible for additional program initiatives for an evolving organization.
Candidate Coordination and Support
· Support assigned candidates in managing progression through courses within their specified program benchmarks (i.e., application to College of Education, application for clinicals and student teaching, content Exams, etc.)
· Inform candidates about alternatives, limitations and possible consequences of academic decisions (e.g. adding, dropping and withdrawing from courses; change of program, change and/or transfer of institution)
· Meet monthly on an individual basis with assigned candidates to track academic progress, identify obstacles, target supports and to build capacity of candidates to advocate for themselves
· Communicate with university staff as needed, including attending meetings between students and their advisors to provide clarification and ensure continuity
· Assist candidates with personal matters related to socio-emotional, health, and financial aid by referring them to outside support organizations, and other tuition waivers, scholarships, etc.
Candidate/Graduate Data Aggregation and Synthesis
· Maintain data for tracking the progress of and tailoring support to current GYO candidates as well as to graduation
· Analyze data to provide necessary information for grant reporting, presentations, and organizational planning and learning such as: candidate demographics, course enrollment and GPA, tuition and other assistance, and notes from all meetings with candidates (and for graduates: school employment placement and position)
· Produce monthly reports demonstrating synthesis and learning from and across individual meetings with candidates
· Document current candidates’ and graduates’ successes and work with other GYO staff to produce case studies and brag sheets
Candidate Monthly Meetings
· Help plan cohesive and engaging candidate meetings that reflect candidate interests, current problems of practice in the field, community priorities
· Collaborate with staff and liaise with speakers to coordinate logistics for monthly meetings
· Evaluate cohort meetings/PD sessions by eliciting GYO candidates’ feedback and senior staff feedback, and compile and summarize that data for organizational learning
· Foster collaboration among and within GYO candidates, promoting a GYO peer network and encouraging candidates to support one another outside of the monthly meetings (study groups, for example)
· Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field
· Three to five years' experience in academic advising or related career in post-secondary education
· Strong belief in the talent and skills of non-traditional teacher candidates, and a passion for supporting teacher candidates of color to succeed, particularly those from under resourced communities
· Strong relationship building skills, interpersonal communication, and a high degree of emotional intelligence
· Facility working with diverse partners (colleges of education, community groups, unions, etc.)
· Availability on nights and weekends: weekly, at night, to support candidates (on campus and on phone); Saturdays monthly for candidate meetings
· Ability to travel to different university sites
· Five years of experience in academic advising
· Evidence of a commitment to diversity and equity in teacher education
· Direct experience working with universities and/or community groups in Chicago
· Ease with facilitating groups
· Strong interest in collecting and summarizing data
· Bilingual and Biliterate
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Applications without both a cover letter and resume will not be accepted.
Grow Your Own encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply. GYO is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. GYO does not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
Grow Your Own supports and encourages individuals who are ready to share their wisdom as teachers and mentors in their home neighborhoods. Our goal is to diversify the Illinois teaching population to reflect the rich racial diversity of…