Now hiring: College and Career Improvement Coach
The Community Center for Education Results (CCER), which supports the Road Map Project initiative, is recruiting for a College and Career Improvement Coach for High Schools.
The College and Career Improvement Coach position is a great opportunity for someone who has experience working in public schools and/or higher education and understands the different roles within school buildings and central office (teachers, counselors, administrators, etc.) and/or higher education departments (financial aid, registration, placement, etc.). Candidates must be committed to supporting staff to build equitable school and district supports that will ensure that all students can achieve their postsecondary goals.
COLLEGE AND CAREER IMPROVEMENT COACH
Primary responsibilities will be co-facilitating school teams in the College and Career Leadership Institute (CCLI), a year-long professional learning and improvement network. CCLI teams use continuous improvement processes to review school data, identify school needs, and address these needs by building systems, adopting quality practices, and testing solutions. CCLI aims to support schools to significantly increase the number of students of color and low-income students who earn a high school diploma, enroll in a postsecondary institution, and are on track in their first year to earn a credential for a well-paying job. We encourage candidates to read this article to learn more about how CCLI supports schools.
This position will co-create a focus on the transition to college (summer melt, placement, College Academic and Distribution Requirements, etc.) with our school teams and partnering colleges. This will require us to start building long-term relationships with our local community and technical colleges as well as feeder four-year institutions.
The College and Career Improvement Coach will work closely with the College and Career team and another CCLI facilitator. The team works very collaboratively and typically uses a co-facilitation model with schools. This role may also provide limited support to other Road Map Project college and career efforts.
WHO WE ARE
CCER is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2010 to staff and support the Road Map Project—a collective impact initiative to improve student achievement from cradle through college and career in seven King County, Washington school districts: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, (South) Seattle, and Tukwila. Through multisector collaboration with hundreds of organizations and individuals, the Road Map Project aims to increase equitable policies and practices in the education system to eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps, and for 70 percent of the region’s youth to earn a college degree or career credential by 2030.
- Support and facilitate protocol-driven planning with teams from up to 10 comprehensive high schools in a year-long professional learning and improvement network.
- Facilitate structured school team meetings that involve problem-solving, goal and strategy setting, progress monitoring, and use of continuous improvement tools to measure the effectiveness of strategies.
- Assist school teams in using qualitative and quantitative data to identify areas of strength and challenges, and to inform continuous improvement.
- Identify best practices and effective tools within particular schools and develop mechanisms to disseminate across schools and the region. Write reports that capture school progress and learnings that can be shared with funders, school district leaders, and other policymakers.
- Co-design and develop content for CCLI quarterly workshops (which include all CCLI teams) and ensure alignment to school meetings.
- Co-create a new high school to college transitions function within CCLI, support the improvement of college and career pathway tracking function, leading to a pilot summer melt project 2022.
- Establish partnerships between our public high schools in the region and our local community and technical colleges as well as feeder four-year institutions.
As CCER begins to intentionally embark on an ongoing journey of organizational identity and understanding our role in the community, the responsibilities for this position are subject to change.
ATTRIBUTES OF A SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
- At least five years experience in or with K-12 public schools or higher education.
- Experience working with staff using data, and education research, and continuous improvement approach to drive organizational or institutional change.
- Demonstrated personal commitment to anti-racism work with an understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by communities concerning race, ethnicity, age, class, ability, immigration status, gender, etc.—and their intersections.
- Strong experience facilitating conversations with staff aimed at dismantling racism and ageism, including navigating and challenging power dynamics and inequity.
- Value the voices and experiences of young people and their families and is committed to creating spaces that centers them as contributors, leaders, and decision-makers in this work.
- Commitment to outcome-based accountability, and using different data sources and measures to evaluate improvement strategies.
- Strong skills and interest in facilitating small and large meetings with staff and other stakeholders.
- Demonstrated project management and event coordination skills, including the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative work environment, take initiative, respond to shifting priorities, communicate changes and progress clearly, multitask, and meet deadlines.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience and interest in developing and delivering presentations.
- High level of proficiency using Zoom (and all its functions), Microsoft Office, and Google Drive.
- Experience working in partnership with communities of color, and ability to support Latinx student population focus.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will facilitate monthly meetings and workshops via Zoom, with up to 200 participants. Once it is safe to resume working in person, local travel will be required, by attending school meetings throughout South King County. The candidate will need to provide their own transportation and mileage reimbursement is provided.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, this job is remote. Our office is located in the Pacific Tower at 1200 12th Avenue South, Suite 701, Seattle, WA 98144. When safe, this position is required to travel locally throughout the Road Map Project region.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The starting annual salary for this position will be $70,000, with an annual salary review. Excellent benefits package, including health, vision, dental, and life insurance as well as a 401k plan with employer match. CCER is an equal opportunity employer.
The preferred application deadline is 5:00 PM Pacific Time on July 28, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. There is a desire for the College and Career Improvement Coach to start no later than September 15, 2021, when CCLI programming for the 2021-2022 school year begins. No phone calls, please.
The job application can be found in this form (no log-in needed). In it, you will be asked for your basic information, cover letter, resume, and how you learned about the position.
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