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AISD AmeriCorps, Graduation Partner, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 11643

Mon, August 8, 2016

Explore this position and learn how to apply via your BTT Gateway account, Job ID 11643 

Make a difference by helping underprivileged high schools students graduate and move on to post-secondary education. Become an AmeriCorps Graduation Partner and give your time improving Austin ISD students’ chance of graduating high school. This is a great opportunity to gain unique, valuable experience while serving and giving back to Austin's community of students. 


Position Title: AmeriCorps Graduation Partner 
Department: High Schools 
Location : Austin, TX  
Assignment Period: Start Date August 9, 2016 - End Date June 2017 


OVERVIEW: 

Austin Independent School District seeks 20 AmeriCorps*Texas members across six high school campuses to provide critical services to student demographic groups who struggle with attendance, graduation rates, and postsecondary enrollment milestones. Graduation Partners will assist the principal, school personnel, parents, and students in providing individual and group activities on achievement, attendance, truancy, postsecondary preparation/success and other challenges that may impede the student’s academic success. 
The applicant must possess a sincere interest in empowering youth and a passion for higher education. Applicants are team players with strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Applicants should possess the ability to carefully and strategically plan individual work goals in order to meet organizational objectives in a timely manner. All work must be done in accordance with AISD policies and procedures. 


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

• Participate in pre-service member orientation, as well as on-going trainings, seminars, community service, and team building activities throughout the term of service. 
• Adhere to daily schedule for all service assignments and consistently accrue service hours through direct service in schools and community partnerships, trainings, civic reflection, and service days. 
• Manage two distinct caseloads, Attendance and Postsecondary, spending 50% of time and effort on each. Members will provide intense one-on-one case management to students who are in need of high-level support to overcome the following barriers: (1) chronic absences and (2) lack of understanding of the college enrollment processes and financial aid. 
• Conduct daily "Power Check-ins" with students to discuss issues including but not limited to the following: attendance and tardies, follow-up for college applications and financial aid, and student re-engagement activities. 
• Attend weekly campus team meetings, research student attendance/tardies via student database, make rapid response phone calls home for absences, research college and career content, and plan daily power check-ins. 
• Call the homes of all absent students on a daily basis and provide individual case management for chronically absent students. 
• Provide one-on-one college application and FAFSA support to students on caseload; discuss with students pressing issues (academics, graduation requirements, etc.) regarding college and career support. 
• Attend college trips/visits and fairs with students to promote postsecondary enrollment. 
• Participate in occasional school activities before/after school and on Saturday that promote attendance, behavior, academic performance, and/or postsecondary preparation/success. 
• Gain and maintain knowledge of all students’ interests, needs, and backgrounds. 
• Cooperate with all staff to develop and execute student specific supports needed to improve attendance, behavior, academic performance, and/or postsecondary preparation/success. 
• Collect, organize, and maintain student and program documents. 
• Assist with occasional home visits. 
• Ensure that students consistently receive quality support in order to succeed academically. 
• Submit weekly timesheets, periodic reports (e.g. data reports and reflection logs), and other service-related documentation as required. 


ADDITIONAL DUTIES: 

Member expectations include, but are not limited to the following: 
• Participate in school activities supporting academic success, MBK activities, and/or promoting a college going culture including some after school and weekend events. 
• Participate in occasional community service projects. 
• Create bulletin boards and/or other educational displays. 
• Maintain excellent working relationships with supervisors, fellow AmeriCorps members, district/campus and college personnel, students and families, volunteers, donors, and the greater community. 
• Able to operate audio/visual equipment, computer equipment, and other office equipment to support member activities. 


COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: 

• Stipend: $1285/month (prorated for partial months) 
• Health insurance benefits will be provided at no cost (no paid leave benefits) 
• Education award of $5,730 upon successful completion of the program 
• Weekly service commitment: average 43 hours, including some required Saturday activities 

Members must serve a minimum of 1700 hours of service and complete their full contractual term of 10 months in order to qualify for the Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. 


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: 
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited, four-year college or university 
• Work or volunteer experience in education, social services, and/or community based organizations is strongly preferred 

INTELLECTUAL DEMANDS: 
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
• English/Spanish bilingual candidates are strongly preferred and required for Travis Early College High School applicants 
• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general educational and technical procedures and governmental regulations 
• Ability to work with children and adolescents 

EMOTIONAL DEMANDS: 
• Austin ISD AmeriCorps Members have ongoing access to vulnerable populations, including individuals with disabilities. Members must be emotionally mature and be able to handle difficult and complex team member and student situations. 
• Candidates must also demonstrate strong interpersonal and coaching skills, as they will be supporting, motivating, and influencing student progress and success.  

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Graduation Partners must also submit to and pass a comprehensive criminal background check prior to working with students. 


AISD AmeriCorps provides equal employment opportunities to all team members and/or applicants for employment or service, without regard to race, color, class, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, weight, height, disability, political affiliation, marital or familial status, partnership status, citizenship status (except as required by law), veteran status, or status in any group protected by federal law, state law, or local ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations upon request in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. We encourage and support diversity and tolerance in our workplace. 
*This position description is subject to change pending approval by State Commission

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