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Academic and Career Exploration to Success (ACES) Coach
DEPARTMENT: Scholarship Department
FLS STATUS: Exempt
DEADLINE: Still Accepting Applications
POSITION SUMMARY: The Academic and Career Exploration to Success (ACES) Coach is responsible for supporting youth in foster care, ages 16-21, in their successful transition to and retention in post-secondary education, career technical education and workforce readiness. The ACES Coach will address academic needs for high school students in this population, assist with college and job applications and serve as a support system as these students continue in their adolescent development. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, maintaining a case load of 25 students, meeting regularly with students and connecting them to appropriate regional education and employment resources, maintaining student records, troubleshooting student difficulties and concerns, building relationships with post-secondary school contacts, employment sector contacts, Child Protection and Permanency (CP&P) caseworkers, adolescent providers and regional school districts, and developing workshops to assist in students’ skill development.
The employee must be able to provide accurate and clear descriptions of all scholarship programs administered by FAFS. This includes answering telephone and email inquiries, as well as conducting presentations as needed.
The above listed job duties are a brief description for this position. The ACES Coach may be required to perform other tasks that are deemed necessary by the Director of Scholarship Programs.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Master’s degree required in education, school counseling, or a related field
• Highly organized and detailed-oriented
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Knowledge of counseling theories in practice
• Knowledge of post-secondary education funding and college application process
• Knowledge of employment readiness skills
• Manage multiple tasks simultaneously
• Maintain positive working relationships with others
• Proficient in Microsoft Office with emphasis on Microsoft Word and Access preferred
• Must have reliable transportation
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE SKILL DESIRED:
• Experience working with adolescents ages 16-21
• Knowledge of special education services and resources
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Duties that occupy a major portion of time and importance in the job.
• Facilitate bi-weekly meetings and weekly contacts with adolescents on caseload
• Participate in group conferences with informal and formal supports to best match student needs with services
• Assist students in developing academic skills and behaviors that lead to admission and retention in a post-secondary institution, such as guiding conversations on academic progress, financial costs and best-fit
• Coordinate appropriate educational testing opportunities for student, whether for supplemental instruction, college admissions preparation or standardized testing
• Advocate for student when supplemental instruction or tutoring is needed and connect student to resources
• Maintain complete files for all students, including documentation of all communication
• Establish and maintain a professional relationship with students, providers, education and employment related contacts and the Department of Children and Families
• Connect students to contacts, such as college retention programs, resources such as the New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN), and professionals on campus to promote engagement
• Aid in exploratory practices for education and employment options based on career interests or additional education advancement, such as job and/or college fairs
• Facilitate internships, job shadowing, volunteer or community service options to enhance adolescent’s employment performance
• Assist student in the completion of applications for postsecondary education programs, financial aid or employment applications
• Provide opportunities for students to develop skills such as communication, teamwork, networking, critical thinking and professional etiquette
• Serve as an informational liaison for FAFS scholarship programs
• Conduct events and presentations to promote scholarship programs, FAFS services, and primarily, the ACES Program model and tools for transitioning adolescents
• Maintain initiative in professional development by staying aware of statewide and regional trends in youth employment and education best practices
Deadline: Submit cover letter, resume, salary requirements and completed filter questions (see below) to:
Director of Scholarship Programs
For additional information contact Director of Scholarship Programs Marjorie Blicharz, 609-520-1500 ext. 323.
ACES (Academic and Career Exploration to Success) Coach Filter Questions
1. Do you have experience working with young adults, ages 17-21?
2. Briefly describe post-secondary options available for adolescents. Please include education and employment preparation for these options.
3. Briefly describe your knowledge of post-secondary education funding, including federal and state grants.
4. Briefly describe your experience conducting presentations for various group sizes.
5. How would you develop a positive working relationship with a resistant adolescent?
ADA SPECIFICATIONS (Physical demands that must be met in order to successfully complete the essential functions of the job)
This position is primarily sedentary and is located in the Foster and Adoptive Family Services office. There may be a minimal amount of lifting up to 20 lbs. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear in person and on the telephone. The employee is required to stand, walk, sit and reach above the shoulders. This job requires the staff person to work evenings and weekends as needed in order to participate in Board of Directors and committee meetings and represent FAFS at community events.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
FAFS is an equal employment opportunity employer and employs individuals based upon job qualifications regardless of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, genetic testing, sexual orientation or affectation, age, veteran or military status, national origin, disability, atypical heredity cellular or blood trait or any other protected classification as established by applicable laws.