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Purpose and Scope
Promotes increased graduation rates of at-risk students by developing realistic educational plans based on the students' abilities and interests. Implements activities that explore academic, life skills, and career training preparation. Provides a realistic view of the requirements for career and college readiness, to helps students successfully design their program of study within the Project Graduation (PG) program. Collaborates with site staff to ensure the students' needs and success are met at many levels.
Essential Job Functions
1. Conducts planning sessions with Project Graduation (PG) participants to develop realistic educational earner plans. Reviews transcripts and standardized assessments with students before selecting courses.
2. Ensures that site staff provide all services mandated by state and federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) laws to support the success of Project Graduation (PG) participants.
3. Implements activities for students that explore academic, life skills, and career training preparation and staff professional development on college and career readiness. Provides guidance in solving complex problems.
4. Ensures that staff, students, and parents have access to current information and resources for completing coursework, financial forms, and career skills training. Researches and resolves technical issues for students, parents, teachers, and program officials.
5. Conducts presentations on PG participants' progress, PG goals, and PG innovative programs Maintains records on PG activities and services to ensure the success of the program.
6. Provides support to teachers, students and parents to maintain effective working relationships in stressful situations when resolving administrative, instructional and behavioral issues; implements quick response processes to ensure successful resolutions.
7. Monitors data to ensure that the PG program contributes to graduation rates according to Destination 2025 goals. Implements assessment systems so that students, teachers, and other stakeholders can contribute to enhancing the program.
8. Meets with students to provide specific guidance in course selections consistent with their abilities and interests. Reinforces the relationship between courses and future occupation or career. Meets with students and parents at least once a semester to review progress and focus on grades.
9. Collaborates with security, law enforcement, mental health and medical care providers to determine appropriate intervention actions for disruptive behaviors. Attends Professional development (PD) to learn the latest resources and/or laws as a resource for PG participants and staff.
10. Approves all educational transactions including registration, adds, drops, withdrawals, change of major or advise, waivers, and graduation requirements; reviews transcripts, schedules, and syllabus to ensure students are maximizing their time and resources.
11. Ensures successful, on-going communication between teachers, staff, students, and other stakeholders through meetings. Conducts sessions with teachers to become aware of daily classroom operations, students' patterns, and the most effective way to provide interventions.
12. Conducts workshops on college and career readiness, financial aid and entrance exams for teachers, students, and parents to provide exposure to various opportunities. Arranges off-site college tours, and on-site college and career representatives to speak to students based on their interests.
13. Performs other related duties as assigned or directed by the Director of Alternative Education or the Program Manager to ensure success for the students' and the program.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Education or a closely related field plus a minimum of four (4) years of experience in Secondary Education as a Teacher, Counselor, Principal or Company Leader or closely related area or any equivalent combination of education, training, and/or paid, exempt level directly relevant experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position for a total of eight (8) years. Master degree and/or 5 years of experience in Educational Leadership, Counseling, or Administration or closely related field preferred. Tennessee Educational Administration license preferred.
Degree Equivalency Formula:
Bachelor's Degree= 4 years plus required years of experience.
Master's Degree= 6 years plus required years of experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to provide programming aligned with developing life goal skills and career/educational goals
Knowledge of student characteristics and Knowledge and belief in the worth and dignity of all students and their potential to achieve various levels of success.
Knowledge of graduation requirements in colleges, universities, and two-year certification programs
Skill in the decision-making process, counseling techniques, and interpretation of data
Ability conduct workshops for students, parents and teachers to enable them to make the best informed decisions on courses, graduation requirements, and rules and regulations
Time management skills. Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment without sacrificing productivity. Effective management of long term projects. Plans steps, time-lines, or tasks to complete the
Ability to recognize problems and root causes based on evaluations, course enrollment and trends. Plans and develops proactive solutions not just quick
Customer service oriented to maintain collaboration with schools that refer students to the program
Ability maintain relationships with stakeholders that support initiatives to provide resources for students
Ability to use personal vehicle to visit schools and to work extended hours for special projects
Physical Requirements and Working Environment
Physical Demands: Requires mostly sedentary work involving standing or walking, exe1ting up to 50 pounds of force on a regular basis to move supplies and equipment; and some dexterity in operating office equipment and hot glue guns; must be able to use hands and fingers
Unavoidable Hazards: The position is exposed to no unusual environmental hazards. Occasionally required to wear gloves to apply bandages to students.
Sensory (ADA) Requirements: The position requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE
Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Company provides reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.
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