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Collegiate Express Director, PS 361

Who We Are: CAMBA is a community of staff, volunteers, clients, donors, neighbors and partners who work together to build an inclusive New York City, where all children and adults have access to the resources and supports they need to thrive.  We take a comprehensive approach by offering more than 160 integrated programs in:  Education & Youth Development, Family Support, Job Training & Employment Support Services, Health, Housing, and Legal Services. We reach more than 65,000 individuals and families each year at our 90 locations, including 10,000 youth.  CAMBA serves a diverse cross section of New Yorkers from new mothers in Brownsville to job seekers in the Rockaways. More than half of our clients are immigrants and refugees from around the globe. Over 85% of our families are in living in poverty, reflecting the challenges faced by nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers today. 

Collegiate Express program will work intensively with up to 50 low and moderate-income students living in Flatbush, Brooklyn whose parents have not attended college over four years, starting in the 9th grade. Students must have B or C averages in middle school and moderately-high attendance rates and at least one adult in the household who is willing to meaningfully participate in the program.  The central goal of the program is for every child to reach and succeed in college by providing: academic advisement, tutoring, a parent-mentor network (College Coach), college tours, subsidized employment, youth development and savings promotion.

Responsibilities:

  • Communicate effectively with students, direct reporting staff, peers, supervisors, volunteers, school administrators and funders.
  • Plan and organize program activities to maximize program contract's goals and performance targets.
  • Reach out and market the program to the community in order to recruit students and volunteers (College Coaches).
  • Motivate, coach and counsel volunteers to excel.
  • Work with volunteers to improve work performance through participant feedback, training, and other appropriate mechanisms.
  • Conduct initial intake and assessment of students and students' families' situations and needs (including academic and skill levels, support services needs, and individual development needs).
  • Create and maintain student files, progress notes and monitor data tracking.
  • In collaboration with students, and families prepare an Individualized Academic Support Plan (IASP) for each student identifying education and employment goals, interim achievement objectives, and services.
  • Assist students in attaining their goals by identifying and locating community resources for students and by making referrals to appropriate services both within and outside CAMBA.
  • Track and monitor students' attendance, grades and state assessments on a regular basis.
  • Develop eligibility requirements for incentives, internships and special outings.
  • Monitor students' progress towards their goals weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually.
  • Review all documentation related to students' progress for accuracy, completeness, and clarity.
  • Lead and participate in administrative and staff meetings as requested.
  • Provide all required information for weekly/monthly/quarterly/semester/annual reports to CAMBA management and/or to funders.
  • Prepare and monitor College Coach's schedule
  • Assign and monitor the caseload of families assigned to College Coaches including initial assessment and ongoing progress.
  • Reach out to students and families (i.e. phone calls, letters, home visits, etc.) who have missed required activities, as needed.
  • Follow-up with students and with referral organizations regarding student contact and progress with referral organization.
  • Counsel students and families regularly either through meetings in CAMBA offices, by telephone and/or home visits.
  • Work with students and families to break through barriers to student goals and to assist students and families in advocating for themselves.
  • Facilitate workshops and trainings (i.e. high school graduation requirements, College Explorations, financial literacy and FAFSA).​

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree (B. A. or B. S.) in education, social work or a related field and two years applicable experience and/or equivalent experience. Master's degree preferred. (A license is required of these Master's Degrees: Social Work (LMSW or LCSW), Mental Health Counseling, Counseling/Guidance, and Art Therapy).
  • Bilingual in Haitian Creole or Spanish preferred.
  • Strong background in navigating the New York City Public school system
  • Must obtain Dept. of Health, Dept. of Education fingerprint clearance; doctor's note certifying good health; proof of negative results from TB test; and State Central Registry (SCR) clearance.
  • Ability to maintain State Central Registry (SCR) clearance and fingerprint clearance throughout the duration of employment.
  • Ability to adapt to the culture and environment of a public school.​
EOE:
CAMBA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace. People of color, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply. We consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, pregnancy status or sexual orientation.​


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