YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Postsecondary Coordinator, YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Posted on August 3, 2015

Postsecondary Coordinator (Alumni)

Full-time, 12-month position at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, an alternative 12th-Grade-only, diploma-granting high school for former high-school dropouts ages 18 to 21.

To apply, send a letter of interest and a resume to Frederick Bader, Human Resources Coordinator, at fbader@youthbuildphilly.org with “Postsecondary Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School
1231 North Broad Street, 5th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122
http://www.youthbuildphilly.org

Background

YouthBuild Philadelphia is a two-year program for 18 to 20 year olds who previously dropped out of high school. During the first year of the program, students earn a competency-based high school diploma, receive vocational training, and serve as part-time AmeriCorps members. In the second year of the program, alumni receive support to pursue their postsecondary goals; this position focuses on the second year of the program and primarily works with alumni.

Mission

Our mission is to provide out-of-school youth in Philadelphia with the broadest range of tools supports and opportunities available to become self-sufficient, responsible and productive citizens in their community.

Core Values
* Excellence * Perseverance * Respect *

Job Description

The Coordinator serves a part of a team and is the primary support for assigned alumni during the year after graduation. The Coordinator works with alumni to help them succeed in their respective postsecondary placements, which include college, technical school, training program, apprenticeship, employment, military, or a year of service. Success is achieved when the alumni are retained or advance in their chosen postsecondary placement for at least a year. The Coordinator also works in collaboration with school staff and partner organizations to prepare students for their postsecondary plan, as well as for bridge programs, and takes a role in managing partnerships. Finally, the Postsecondary Coordinator specializes in designing departmental procedures, obtaining resources, and compiling data for students/alumni to begin their postsecondary placement through a bridge program at a partner organization prior to graduation.

The successful candidate should be excited by the concept that this position will continue to evolve to meet the needs of alumni and students.

The regular hours for this position are weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with flexibility required for program-schedule changes, as well as for periodic evening and weekend events.

Qualifications

YouthBuild Philadelphia requires the following qualifications for this position:

§ Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

§ Act 34, 114 and 151 criminal background clearances

§ At least three years of experience in college access, career services, transition services, youth workforce development and/or postsecondary education preparation

§ Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well ability to integrate a wide-range of technology and data management into daily work

§ High level of professionalism and customer-service skills

§ Strong communication skills and ability to present to large groups

§ Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented project completion skills

Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate:

§ Desire to primarily focus on supporting alumni and ability to initiate contact with alumni and inactive students who are not available in the school building on a regular basis

§ Commitment to preparing students/alumni for postsecondary options and willingness to promote a wide range of education, careers, year of service, armed forces and other options

§ Ability to initiate, maintain and enhance positive partnerships with external organizations

§ Desire to operate in a highly flexible work environment and the ability to work occasional night, weekend or other variations in regular hours

§ Ability to travel to locations, organizations or events in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding counties

YouthBuild Philadelphia prefers the following qualifications for this position:

§ Experience with bridge programs, dual enrollment, TRIO or related programs, or internship programs

§ Experience with direct service to alumni or program participants who are at off-site programs

§ Knowledge of the Philadelphia education-focused community based organizations and/or alternative high school diploma programs

§ Interest in researching, innovating, and designing programs that guide alumni towards adult self-sufficiency

§ Experience in classroom instruction, training delivery or workshop facilitation

§ Experience in planning and implementing program or event logistics


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