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Educator-in-Residence, Connection Coach, Real World Learning (Limited Term)

Posted: 10/16/2019

The Connection Coach is responsible for guiding students through the Skilled KC program completion process as well as coordinating industry licensure and professional testing for students.
Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Provide workforce education advisement, and career counseling services, assist students in selecting their educational and career goals and enroll students in appropriate Skilled KC courses, programs and trainings.
  • Train and mentor students in the creation and maintenance of their individual Workforce Education Plan for each pathway/certificate that a student is seeking.
  • Monitor and track student matriculation while supporting students with program completion.
  • Work closely with the enrollment/recruitment team, in supporting students along their student lifecycle from prospect to completion while enrolled at Skilled KC Technical Institute.
  • Perform certification/completion audits and transcript evaluations with students and for reporting purposes.
  • Obtain, verify and record placement data of students, including but not limited to employment, internships and apprenticeships.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with employers for the purposes of partnerships, job leads, and job placement of students and graduates in their respective fields.
  • Request and gather feedback from employers in the form of surveys, interview feedback, etc. to assess that students are meeting industry needs.
  • Determine and provide career related assessments of personal aptitude, abilities, skills and knowledge. Analyze and interpret assessment results and incorporate in coaching model.
  • Help students define and develop realistic educational workforce plans through schedule planning for each session. Each student should have an up-to-date workforce education plan that projects through to completion.
  • Follow-up with the student on any report of unsatisfactory work (notice of class probation for poor attendance, notice of failing grades, incomplete grades from past sessions, etc.).  Special attention should be paid to students who are placed on conditional admissions or academic probation.
  • Approve all designated educational transactions (e.g., pre-registration/registration schedule, drops/adds, change of pathway and, graduation requirements, etc.).
  • Consult regularly with instructional colleagues in order to best support students
  • Maintain an up-to-date student profile, with a summary record of performance to date (grade reports, transcript, requirements completed, etc.).
  • Inform and, if necessary, refer students to other institutional resources when academic, attitudinal, attendance, or other personal problems require intervention by other professionals.
  • Participate in department and division meetings.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in career education, advising, or counseling preferred.
Work Experience:  At least two years’ experience in higher education, career services or workforce case management.  Other experience may include student mentoring, conflict resolution or student success initiatives.  Experience with counseling or guidance for students with disabilities, school psychology or providing ADA accommodations in higher education settings, preferred.
Travel: This position may require occasional business travel.
Qualified incumbents for this position must be highly motivated, capable of self-direction, detail-oriented and able to work collaboratively in a teamwork capacity.  Incumbents must exhibit a keen sense of responsibility and enjoy working with multiple demands, shifting priorities and constant change.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to accommodate student and institution appointments at all locations. Hours may fluctuate based on the institution’s calendar and student needs.
  • Strong experience with developing workforce education plans, counselling and advising students using a developmental approach.
  • Strong experience with conducting career related assessments of personal aptitude, abilities, skills and knowledge.
  • Strong ability to analyze and interpret assessments and incorporate in coaching model.
  • Strong ability to assist students with the application and enrollment processes, including monitoring student progress through follow up meetings.
  • Working experience with gathering feedback and relevant information from employers in the form of surveys to assess students are meeting industry needs.
  • A high level of ethics with a strong sense of integrity and commitment to the values of the Foundation and maintenance of confidentiality.
  • Strong expertise and familiarity with issues and challenges facing low-income urban students.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in ethnically and racially diverse settings.
  • Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to effectively manage in a fast-paced environment. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including listening.
  • Commitment to collaboration, teamwork and inclusiveness.
  • Strong experience with maintaining student data  records i.e.; (grade reports, transcript, requirements completed, etc.).
  • Demonstrated skills at building relationships with instructional colleagues and faculty in order to best support students and leveraging existing relationships to improve outcomes of students.
  • Ability to maintain a calm and competent demeanor in uncomfortable or difficult situations.
All the statements in this position description are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.  This document describes the position currently available.  The organization reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time.

Job Type: Full Time