Education Coordinator

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD

ID: 7071583
Posted: October 29, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Department:
The Choice Program at UMBC

The Choice Program at UMBC provides mentoring and advocacy services to young people throughout the state of Maryland. We utilize a community-based, family-centered approach in order to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes for young people and their families. We engage in a collaborative process of service: where young people set goals for themselves and are held accountable by supportive adults along the way.

We are currently seeking an Education Coordinator to serve in our Education Program, which provides goal setting, mentoring, advocacy, and barrier mitigation through the specific lens of college (and career) readiness to young people in Baltimore City. As with our other services, this position puts anti-racism into action through a focus on restorative practices, trauma-informed care and applied critical race theory. Collaboration is important in our organizational culture and is the cornerstone to ensure youth stay at the forefront of all we do. We can’t wait to talk to you more about our organizational values of holistic development, youth-centeredness, dismantling hierarchies and the belief in humans.

Responsibilities:
As the Education Coordinator, you will be stationed at Ben Franklin High School in South Baltimore to work directly with a group of up to 20 young people, providing college coaching and goal setting, navigating education and career barriers, and creating educational activities and opportunities that speak directly to the youth you serve. In this position, you will also lead the Youth in Action initiative: our ever-evolving collaborative group that aims to amplify youth voice on the issues they most care about and create paid opportunities for young people and community building. The Education Coordinator directly reports to the Assistant Director of Education.

Currently, this is a remote position, with all services, meetings, and activities taking place virtually until a return to in person services is officially approved considering the current pandemic.

Specific duties include:

College Coaching program for Ben Franklin High School students

Build a mentoring relationship with up to 20 young people at Ben Franklin High School;
Meet weekly with young people to identify their educational aspirations, develop college pathways, create and achieve smart goals;
Identify and connect young people to resources that support them in achieving their goals;
Work closely with young people’s teachers, administrators, and important figures in their community to foster a strong network of support;
Work towards a peer-to-peer model, where older youth feel equipped to mentor younger youth;
Connect young people to university students, faculty, and staff, as well as community leaders, interested in serving as college coaches.
Lead Youth in Action, a youth initiative that provides programming through the arts and activism

Host regular convenings with participants from Ben Franklin and The Choice Program communities at large, where young people plan the workshops, activities, and events they would like to see, take part in, and lead;
Support the committee in staying organized and working toward their goals. Typically, the committee plans a fall arts showcase, a spring ArtRising event, periodic public events, and ongoing workshops. This changes and evolves based on the committee’s composition each year;
Develop and oversee opportunities for young people to get paid for their roles in Youth in Action;
Work with Youth in Action towards a goal of self-sustainability, where it is run and led by a committee of paid young people.
Administrative duties

Regularly attend education team meetings and 1 on 1’s with direct supervisor;
Periodically attend Choice and Ben Franklin High School meetings that directly support the work with young people;
Track and document young peoples’ goals, and progress on those goals;
Track and document project deliverables and outcomes;
Create ways to tell the stories and celebrate the work of our young people and of our communities;
Provides transportation, as needed, to young people for relevant activities and program events utilizing Choice Program passenger vans or personal vehicle.


Required Minimum Qualifications:
Requires a Bachelor's degree; 1 year of experience in youth development, community organizing or familiarity with K-12 education systems. Position requires valid driver's license and ability to operate large passenger vans.

Physical Requirements: Light lifting and moving furniture, as well as carrying materials, to prepare spaces for training activities or events; Long periods of standing and walking, especially when facilitating activities; The ability to work remotely from home until further notice; Driving Choice youth and stakeholders in Choice vans in person, when face to face contact is deemed to be permissible and safe.

Note: Due to the nature of the work flow and level of responsibility, this individual maintains a flexible schedule which goes beyond a 40 hour work week. Evening and weekend work involved.



 

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