Family and Community Engagement Specialist, GEAR UP
California State University, Monterey Bay
October 3, 2018
Family and Community Engagement Specialist, GEAR UP
Classification: SSP II Department Name: Early Outreach & Support Pgms Job Number: FP2018-623 Status: Awaiting Approval Priority Screening Date: 10/03/2018 Recruitment Status: Open Until Filled
This position requires frequent travel to Salinas and Seaside High School Full-time (40 hrs/week) benefited-11 month position. Renewed annually depending upon continued grant funding.
California State University, Monterey Bay is distinctive in serving the diverse people of California, especially the working class and historically underserved communities. The identity of the University is framed by substantive commitment to a multilingual, multicultural, intellectual community which enables students, faculty and staff to cross institutional boundaries for innovative instruction, broadly defined scholarly and creative activity, and coordinated community service. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay (the 'Corporation') exists to enhance the educational program of the campus; directly serve students, faculty, and staff; and provide services to the public. Although the Corporation is a legally separate 501(3) nonprofit corporation, it is a fully integrated part of the California State University, Monterey Bay campus. The Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State population. PROGRAMSUMMARY: The GEAR UP programs are an essential component of the Early Outreach and Support Programs (EOSP) Department. This discretionary grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides seven-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. Services provided by the program include: academic and study skill development; academic, financial, or personal counseling; assistance in securing financial aid; information about career options; an individualized success plan; participation in cultural and social activities; mentoring; and collaborative partnerships with the community. POSITIONSUMMARY: Under the general direction of the Assistant Director of GEAR UP, the Family and Community Engagement Specialist is the lead to significantly improve the daily involvement of the parents, guardians, caregivers and/or significant adults of GEAR UP students in their child's educational performance, specifically relative to the identified GEAR UP goals of academic performance, college awareness/readiness/access, and drop-out prevention.
ESSENTIALDUTIESANDRESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:
Identify and serve parents of eligible GEAR UP students at assigned school sites.
Develop a working or operational definition of parental involvement for the GEAR UP Program that includes strategies to ensure that parents are full and active partners in their child's education.
Design and implement a comprehensive plan with identified strategies to improve parent involvement.
Work and collaborate effectively with teachers and other school-based personnel to identify and meet the needs of parents of GEAR UP students relative to improved school involvement.
Coordinate GEAR UP's effort to improve parent involvement with the local school's parent involvement program and with school-based personnel.
Coordinate GEAR UP's effort to improve parent involvement with school-based GEAR UP staff.
Develop daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly work schedules based upon established priorities that maximize services to parents of GEAR UP students (by addressing the greatest needs of the greatest number of parents).
Deliver a wide range of direct parent-education activities and services including, but not limited to, in-service, training, and workshop sessions.
Provide parents of GEAR UP students with assistance in the areas of academic achievement, college awareness/readiness/access, school success (attendance, behavior, personal, and social issues), and life-skills (e.g., organization skills, time management, individual and social responsibility, and work ethic) to ensure that parents have the necessary understanding and skills to support their child's school performance.
Identify appropriate educational, social, and other support services in the school, district, and community for parents and families.
Design and implement programs and strategies that help to ensure that parents expect and encourage student participation in GEAR UP and other academic remediation/enrichment programs.
Contact and communicate directly with parents/guardians on a regular basis to ensure parent awareness of and involvement in their child's school performance and to secure parent support of student participation in GEAR UP, school, and other activities.
Promote, support, and encourage both parent and student participation in appropriate GEAR UP activities and services.
Function as a GEAR UP team member by working collaboratively, cooperatively, and effectively with GEAR UP Site Coordinator, College and Career Advisor, Tutor Coordinator, and other GEAR UP staff.
Maintain accurate data, records, and files to document all activities conducted and services provided.
Submit accurate, complete, and timely data and performance reports on a weekly, quarterly, semester, and/or annual basis as required.
Perform other duties related to GEAR UP Program Targets/Benchmarks and Strategies as assigned.
Handle sensitive and/or confidential documents and information where judgement and discretion are essential.
Ensure confidentiality of all program records and other sensitive information.
Represent the GEAR UP programs at university functions and at statewide and national meetings, as necessary
Attends relevant national, regional, and local professional development conferences, workshops and seminars
Promotes and maintains an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service within the department and the campus community
Performs other duties as assigned
PHYSICALWORKENVIRONMENT: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information; and to occasionally travel to other offices or locations to attend meetings or to pick up or deliver materials.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills and listening skills. Working knowledge of the principles, practices and strategies currently used in improving access to low-income and educationally disadvantaged students. Cultural competency, Working knowledge of research and observation techniques for the purpose of recording, classifying, and interpreting factual information. Ability to rapidly acquire a working knowledge of the specific objectives of GEAR UP, Early Outreach and Support Programs Office and their relationship to the total campus; ability to interpret and apply program rules and regulations. Ability to analyze complex situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action. Ability to gather and analyze data; ability to reason logically, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; ability to participate in and contribute to group meetings, conferences, and interviews; ability to present clear and concise information orally and in written reports. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, student organizations, and other private and public agencies. Ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and university policies and regulations pertaining to academic achievement. Ability to use initiative and resourcefulness in planning academic pathway, work assignments and in implementing long-range program improvements for program participants. Knowledge and understanding of Title V, E.O. 595, 665, 405, and CSUMB Admissions and Financial Aid policies. Working knowledge of and ability to use a broad range of technology, systems and packages.
Minimum Qualifications: Education and Experience: Equivalent to a bachelors degree from an accredited college with major coursework in education, counseling or related field AND 2 years of professional experience in a student support program at a secondary and/or post-secondary level. A Masters degree or advanced coursework in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or directly related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Strong communication and organizational skills. Understanding of partner schools and target populations. Demonstrated ability to interact successfully with a variety of constituencies including middle/high school and college personnel and partnership members. Fluency in spoken and written Spanish.
Must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends and to travel in and out-of-state as deemed necessary to provide services to participants and attend professional development opportunities. Position will require travel between campus offices and off-campus locations. Experience with personal computers including word-processing, spreadsheet, databases, querying software, and email applications. Demonstrated experience that clearly provides evidence of the knowledge and skills required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements identified above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Must have own transportation, valid drivers license, and insurance, and the ability to complete a web-based training in defensive driving. Must continue to meet the established driving standards as a condition of employment.
A working knowledge of best practices in K-12 and higher education and academic counseling theories An understanding and analysis of various challenges that impact first-generation college students and low-income students and how to assist these students to college graduation Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity, community service and institutional excellence. Strong leadership, teambuilding, and group facilitation skills Any amount of proven work experience in a GEAR UP/TRIO Outreach Program.
Special Conditions of Employment: The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with University Corporation. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current University Corporation employees who apply for the position.
The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.
All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.
This position is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Educations Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Californias Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
Please note: University Corporation employment is separate and distinct from CSU Monterey Bay or State of California employment. University Corporation employees are not employees of either CSUMB or of the state of California.
University Corporation positions are at will employment.
Compensation and Benefits: The monthly hiring salary range is 4,316.01. This is an exempt position and as such is not eligible for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits, contributory retirement plan, TSA (403b), 13 paid holidays per year and other benefits.
The University Corporation at Cal State Monterey Bay also provides access to affordable campus housing, Employee Housing.
A completed online application and resume must be received by the University Corporation Human Resources by 5:00 p.m. on the priority screen date listed above to be guaranteed a review. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Corporation.
Materials submitted become the property of University Corporation at Monterey Bay and will not be returned. University Corporation at Monterey Bay will not fax application materials. For assistance or if you require an accommodation, please call (831) 582-3389, or TTD (800) 735 2929. For computer/online access you may visit the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library (map) or our Student Service Center first floor ( map). For additional campus information visit CSUMB.edu. For information regarding the University Corporation visit CSUMB.org.
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