Founded in 2008 by a group of Omaha philanthropists, Avenue Scholars Foundation’s mission is to ensure careers for committed students of hope and need through education/training and supportive relationships. ASF provides comprehensive, individualized support services to help students from low-income backgrounds identify, persist toward, and ultimately enter financially sustaining careers in high-demand fields (Health Services, Automotive Technology, Information Technology, Trades/Manufacturing, and Business/Office Processes) requiring an associate degree or less. The program currently serves approximately 850 students in eight Omaha-area high schools (Omaha Benson, Omaha Bryan, Omaha North, Omaha Northwest, Omaha South, Millard South, Papillion-LaVista, and Ralston), Metropolitan Community College, and approximately 360 businesses throughout the community.
Job Title: Postsecondary Career Coach
Reports To: Director of Career Programs
Status: Full Time
Date: December 2018
Prepare Avenue Scholars postsecondary students for entry into high-demand careers requiring an associate degree or less. As an industry-focused coach, collaborate with ASF High School Career Coaches, ASF Student Support Coordinators, and MCC College Success Navigators to facilitate students’ targeted preparation toward employment opportunities. Help students develop and actualize individualized, practical career plans. Develop students’ self-awareness and career awareness. Develop students’ career-oriented soft skills. In cooperation with Metropolitan Community College (MCC) and other partners, shepherd students through development of career-oriented hard skills. Collaborate with ASF Business Outreach team and area employers to understand workforce needs and to connect students with prospective networking and employment opportunities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Initiate and maintain regular contact with students one-on-one to develop and manage practical, individualized career plans.
- Help students develop independent living skills and connect students to community resources when supplemental support is needed to address challenges and barriers.
- Participate in a multi-team effort to address students’ progress, opportunities, and barriers and draft action-oriented plans (staffing model).
- Collaborate and communicate with High School Career Coaches, MCC Navigators, Student Support Coordinators and Business Outreach Coordinators to ensure successful transitions from high school to postsecondary training to a meaningful foundational job.
- Research assigned industries and engage with the ASF Business Outreach Team and employers to gain a detailed understanding of the employment landscape and use such information to advise students.
- Cultivate and develop relationships in the area labor market to improve students’ understanding of the workforce and their employment opportunities.
- Collaborate with the Business Outreach Team to help support career exploration and networking opportunities through activities like career exploration events, mock interviews, career consultations, and job shadowing.
- Connect students with meaningful work experiences: part-time work, internships, apprenticeships, and ultimately, full-time employment.
- Monitor students on the job. Communicate with student employees and their managers to ensure success on the job and to address any barriers.
- Stay current with best practices regarding students growing up in poverty and workforce readiness.
- Participate in ASF continuous improvement initiatives by researching best practices and other successful organizations in career readiness/workforce development and help develop internal programming and practices.
- Attend and actively participate in meetings, and collaborate with ASF staff and organizational partners to ensure efforts are well aligned and meaningful.
- Maintain timely, well-organized records on students and their progress.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Interpersonal Skills, Abilities, Knowledge, and Other Characteristics:
- Skills in advising and mentoring young people and influencing them in a positive, productive way
- Strong planning, problem-solving, and analytical skills
- Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
- Excellent listening and communication (oral and written) skills.
- Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with students, supervisor, co-workers, and community partners
- Ability to advocate for students and represent the organization in a positive, professional manner
- Ability to work productively independently as well as in a team setting
- Ability to assist students in problem solving and goal setting
- Ability to relate well with diverse populations and at-risk teens and young adults
- Ability to develop and present meaningful curriculum
- Knowledge of high-demand industries and pathways that lead to upwardly mobile career opportunities
- Knowledge of school and community resources available to collaborate with and support students to meet their needs
- Must operate with a high degree of professionalism and accountability
- Must be punctual in attending work-related events, responding to communication, and completing assigned tasks
- Associate degree in a relevant human services or workforce development field is required.
- Bachelor’s degree or above in a relevant human services or workforce development field is preferred.
- Three years of providing services to low-income youth and young adults age 16-24 is required.
- More than three years of career advising is preferred.
- Equivalent years of education and experience may substitute for these requirements.
- Bilingual skills are preferred.
- No specific licenses or certifications are required.
- Work takes place in the Avenue Scholars Foundation offices, large urban high schools, community college campuses, local businesses, and the community.