We’re Hiring – Career Pathways Advisor

Career Pathways Advisor
Job Description

The goal of MeckEd’s Career Pathways Program is to put young people on a path to a bright future.  MeckEd’s Career Pathways Program seeks to transform the lives of those CMS high school students who face obstacles that limit their access to a world of limitless possibility.  In addition to providing navigational support, social capital, and case management, the Career Pathways Advisor exposes students to a variety of career pathways through work-based learning opportunities. These opportunities include internships, job shadows, field trips, and workshops on soft skills, resume writing, and interview strategies.  Career Pathways Advisors maintain and expand partnerships with area businesses, corporations, and industries, to match high quality workplace opportunities with students and their interests.  Additionally, Career Pathways Advisors inform students, teachers, and families about post-secondary educational, training, certification, and work and career opportunities. Career Pathways Advisors are based in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) high schools.

Background:  According to the Harvard Graduate School of Education “Pathways to Prosperity” report (February 2011):

  • Many students drop out of school because they do not see a clear connection between their program of study and opportunities in the job market.
  • In the U.S. economy, there is a “skills gap”—high school graduates lack the skills needed for many of the 21st century jobs that provide a range of wages and benefits.
  • In addition to skills, many students are at a disadvantage because they also have an “experience gap.” Career Pathways Advisors help close this gap by providing an array of interesting and meaningful experiences outside of traditional classroom environments.
  • Career Pathways Advisors are deeply committed to the success of their students both in and beyond school.

 Key Responsibilities include:

  1. Establish and/or strengthen business and education partnerships

Serve as the connector and facilitator to significantly increase the number of current CMS students participating in the following:

  • Local industry apprenticeships.
  • On-site internships.
  • Work-based learning opportunities- including job readiness workshops, job shadows, and site visits.
  • Develop a productive and positive relationship with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) staff involved in workplace learning programs.
  1. Expand existing career-management and traditional career counseling services.
  • Clearly define pathways toward countless 21st century career opportunities including, but not limited to, the fields of IT, energy, finance, construction trades, advanced manufacturing, the medical profession, and health related fields.
  • Counsel students on the menu of opportunities related to various careers and the coursework and/or training necessary and/or required to enter those careers.
  1. Inform students, families, school counselors, and businesses of available opportunities
  • Create an awareness campaign to message to students, families, and guidance counselors the value of Associate Arts degrees, qualifications, and certifications available through Central Piedmont Community College, as well as area and regional corporate and in-house training and certification programs.
  • Coordinate field trips, assemblies, small-group meetings, classroom visits, and other activities aimed at providing students and teachers with information about career pathways and post-secondary education and training options.
  • Brainstorm and develop meaningful volunteer opportunities for parents, businesses, and the community.
  • Effectively communicate to business leaders the incentives and benefits of investing in the development of future workers and encourage participation as collaborative partners.
  1. Manage day-to-day program
  • Track and analyze student, school-wide, and business partner participation data, using an existing framework.
  • Maintain up to date case files for each of approximately 40-45 students participating in the Career Pathways program.
  • Manage an annual budget and operating plan.
  • Responsible for managing logistics of all work-based learning opportunities provided for students.
  • Build relationships and maintain regular communication with school administrators, teachers, Career Development Coordinators, and district-level Career and Technical Education staff.
  • Deliver public presentations in order to raise awareness about the Career Pathways Program and encourage community and business involvement.
  • Coordinate student transportation as needed.
  • Assist with MeckEd community engagement programming, community relations efforts, and donor relations as needed.
  • Collaborate with existing MeckEd Career Pathways Advisors when needed.
  1. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program management
  • Work in collaboration with the Career Pathways Program Coordinator to recruit and enroll eligible 11th and 12th grade students for the WIOA program.
  • Counsel and assist a caseload of 40- 45 WIOA program participants regarding career pathways, training issues, professional goal setting, and identifying and working with barriers to employment.
  • Responsible for delivering job readiness curriculum two- four times per month.
  • Update, track, and monitor participants throughout program using the NC Works online database.
  • Manage day-to-day relationships with program participants, addresses participant concerns promptly with an action plan to ensure satisfaction.

Job Requirements/Qualifications include:  MeckEd is seeking a highly motivated, positive, and energetic leader with at least five years of professional experience who feels strongly about the mission of MeckEd and supports the concept of high-quality public schools being essential to a growing and economically vibrant community.  The candidate must be a self-starter who is willing to go the extra mile to ensure student success. The candidate has excellent project management, interpersonal communication, and presentation skills.  MeckEd seeks an individual who possesses the following professional characteristics:

  • An ability to implement best practices demonstrated through other successful career-preparedness programs.
  • A successful record in developing and executing major projects or initiatives that have resulted in lasting transformation and systemic change.
  • Superior project management and facilitation skills.
  • Proven attention to detail and strong decision-making skills.
  • A track record of being able to work both independently and with key external stakeholders.
  • Exceptional relationship-management skills, including proven abilities to influence & motivate others as well as fierce attention to detail and follow-through
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, excellent oral presentation, and written skills
  • Strong team orientation, ability to provide and accept feedback, and ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Demonstrated skill in MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Knowledge of, and existing networks in, the Charlotte community would be preferred.
  • Experience with K-12 public education, nonprofit work, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and/or CMS preferred.
  • Preferred Case management and/or NC Works database experience.
  • Bilingual candidate preferred, but not required.

Compensation: MeckEd offers a competitive compensation package comparable to other nonprofits in Mecklenburg County.

About MeckEd:  MeckEd is an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit committed to ensuring access to an excellent public education for all young people in Mecklenburg County.  This includes providing all students- especially those who face obstacles, with a diploma that matters and the experiences necessary to thrive in and beyond school.  To achieve that mission, MeckEd educates, engages, and holds accountable, parents, civic, school, and district leaders, while providing best in class workforce development and Out of School Time experiences for young people enrolled in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

In August 2012, MeckEd launched the Career Pathways Program to directly address the urgent need to help students graduate from CMS, college, and career-ready. While employed by MeckEd and reporting directly to the Director of Career Pathways, the Career Pathways Advisor position will work out of a CMS high school in order to effectively assist students, collaborate with CMS administration, teachers, and Career Development Coordinators at selected schools.

How to Apply

  • Cover letters and resumes will be accepted up until 5 pm, Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
  • Cover letters and resumes will only be accepted electronically.
  • Interviews will take place at MeckEd’s offices between Monday, November 27 and Friday, December 1, 2017.
  • Start date to be determined in collaboration with the successful candidate.
  • Applications are confidential. Note: Only the references of finalists will be requested and contacted).

Please provide:

  • Cover letter that highlights why you are interested in, and qualified for, the position of Career Pathways Advisor.
  • Current resume.

The cover letter and resume should be addressed to:
Ms. Anisa Henry
Director, Career Pathways
ahenry@mecked.org

 

MeckEd is an Equal Opportunity EmployerDue to a large number of applicants only successful applicants will be contacted.

Due to a large number of applicants only successful applicants will be contacted.

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