RPED Career Coach

RPED Career Coach


Pitt Community College
1986 Pitt Tech Road
Winterville, NC 28590
Phone: 252-493-7200

Job Location

Main Campus, Winterville, NC


Depends On Qualifications


State of NC Full Time Benefits

Job Category

  • Professional

Application Period

Opens: Friday, January 26, 2024
Closes: Sunday, February 18, 2024

Target Start Date

Friday, March 15, 2024

Expected Work Hours


Reports to

Director of High School Programs and will work with Ayden-Grifton and D.H. Conley high schools

Employment Type

Full-Time Position

Minimum Qualifications

Completion of Baccalaureate degree in Education, Communication or closely related field from a regionally accredited institution required. Master’s degree in Counselor Education or related field preferred. Two (2) years of advising and counseling experience in a community college, college, university or similar educational setting. Previous experience advising and working with students from diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds preferred.

Must exercise knowledge of interpersonal communication skills with tact, diplomacy and patience. Knowledge of basic office software applications required (Excel, WordPerfect, PowerPoint, etc.). Must demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.

Must have ability to sustain regular work attendance, and work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff and the general public. Ability to speak effectively with small and large groups required. Ability to work some evenings and weekends required.

Preferred Qualifications

Information Technology Requirements:  Must be able to operate a computer equipped with such software as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Access, SPSS, Microsoft Project specialized decision science software, etc.  Able to use Groupwise email and conduct research on the Internet. Operate a variety of specialized equipment such as laser and color printer, computer projection device, fax machine, photocopier, telephone, etc.

Physical Requirements:  Must be physically able to operate a variety of automated machines including telephone, computer, copier, calculator, etc.  Must be physically able to exert up to ten pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.  Position involves mostly sedentary work, but may require walking or standing for brief periods of time.  

Data Conception:  Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.

Interpersonal Communication:  Requires the ability to speak to and/or signal to people in order to convey or exchange information.  Includes the giving of assignments and instructions to assistants.   Includes the receiving of information and instructions from the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Language Ability:  Requires the ability to read a variety of documents, reports, books, manuals, etc. Requires the ability to prepare documents and reports with the proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, etc. Requires the ability to speak with poise, voice control and confidence.

Intelligence:   Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; and to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form.  Is able to deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems in order to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.

Verbal Aptitude:   Requires the ability to record and deliver information and to follow verbal and written instructions.

Numerical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers; utilize decimals; figure percentages; apply algebraic principles; and utilize descriptive and inferential statistics.

Form/Spatial Aptitude:  Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.

Motor Coordination:  Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using automated equipment.

Manual Dexterity:  Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment, computer, calculator, control knobs, switches, etc.  Must have moderate levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination and Visual Acuity:   Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color; requires the visual acuity to determine depth perception, peripheral vision, inspection for small parts; preparing and analyzing written or computer data, etc.

Interpersonal Temperament:  Requires the ability to relate to and deal with people in situations beyond receiving instructions.  Must be adaptable to performing under stress when confronted with an emergency.

Physical Communication:  Requires the ability to talk and/or hear (talking - expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing - perceiving nature of sounds by ear.)


The work performance of supervisory personnel of Pitt Community College is routinely evaluated according to the performance criteria outlined herein: 

Knowledge of Job: Has considerable knowledge of the methods, policies, and procedures of Pitt Community College and of departmental practices as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to the position of Career Outreach Specialist. Has considerable knowledge of the principles and practices associated with career outreach activities, particularly those involving hiring trends and identifying skills needed by a company in relation to available College services. Has considerable knowledge of methods for conducting needs analyses, compiling statistical data, identifying trends, and developing strategic goals. Has considerable knowledge of the laws, ordinances, standards, and regulations pertaining to the essential duties and responsibilities of the position. Has the ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply regulations, procedures, and related information. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology, principles, and methods utilized within the department. Continues to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, computer operations, equipment needs, policies, etc., as they pertain to departmental operations and activities. Is able to effectively communicate and interact with subordinates, supervisors, students, faculty, local businesses, community organizations, the general public, and all other groups involved in the activities of the department. Is able to effectively establish networking contacts and promote positive public relations within the community. Is able to assemble information and develop and complete written reports and documents in a concise, clear and effective manner. Is able to use independent judgment and work with minimal direct supervision as situations warrant. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations using percentages and decimals. Is knowledgeable and proficient with computers. Is able to read, understand, and interpret statistical reports and related materials.


Quality of Work:  Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities.  Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility.  Maintains high quality communication and interaction with all College departments and divisions, co-workers and the public.

Quantity of Work:  Performs described "Specific Duties and Responsibilities" and related assignments efficiently and effectively in order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets standards and expectations of the College.

Dependability:  Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work.   Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance with directives, College policy, standards and prescribed procedures.  Remains accountable to assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

Attendance:  Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to College policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness.  Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.

Initiative and Enthusiasm:  Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities.   Strives to anticipate work to be done and initiates proper and acceptable direction for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Judgment:  Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to problems or situations.  Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors.  Seeks expert or experienced advice where appropriate and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation:  Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified i.e. poor communications, variance with College policy or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons and departments within the College.

Relationships with Others:  Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors and staff for mutual and College benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among all College employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with department employees, staffers and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations, and the public so as to maintain good will toward the College and to project a good College image. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will within the College.   Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image within the College. Interacts effectively with higher management, Assistant Vice President, other College professionals and the public.

Coordination of Work:  Plans and organizes daily work routine.  Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology.  Avoids duplication of effort.  Estimates expected time of completion of elements of work and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Punctually attends required meetings, planning sessions and discussions as scheduled.  Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules.  

Safety and Housekeeping:  Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established by the College and various regulatory agencies.  Sees that the standards are not violated.  Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.  

Planning: Plans, directs and uses information effectively in order to enhance activities and production of the department.  Knows and understands the expectations of the College regarding the activities of the department and works to see that these expectations are met.  Designs and formulates ways, means, and timing to achieve the goals and objectives of the department and the College.  Within the constraints of College policy, formulates the appropriate strategy and tactics for achieving departmental and College objectives.  Organizes, arranges and allocates manpower, financial and other designated resources in an efficient and effective way so as to achieve the goals and objectives of the department and the College.

Organizing:  Organizes own work and that of subordinate staff.  Ensures that staff members know what results are expected of them and that they are regularly and appropriately informed of all College and department matters affecting them and/or of concern to them.

Staffing:  Works with the Personnel Department to select and recommend employment of personnel for the department who are qualified both technically and philosophically to meet the needs of the department and College.   Personally directs the development and training of department personnel in order to ensure that they are properly inducted, oriented and trained.

Leading: Provides a work environment, which encourages clear and open communications. Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of the principles of effective leadership and how such principles are to be applied.  Provides adequate feed?back to staff so that they know whether their performance levels are satisfactory. Commends and rewards employees for outstanding performance yet does not hesitate to take disciplinary action when necessary. Exercises enthusiasm in influencing and guiding others toward the achievement of College goals and objectives.

Controlling:  Provides a work environment, which is orderly and controlled. Coordinates, audits, and controls manpower, financial resources and utilization of material and equipment efficiently and effectively. Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of College standards, methods and procedures.    

Delegating:  Assigns additional duties to staff as necessary and/or appropriate in order to meet department goals, enhance staff abilities, build confidence on the job and assist staff members in personal growth.  Has confidence in staff to meet new or additional expectations.

Decision Making:  Exercises discretion and judgment in developing and implementing courses of action affecting the department.  When a particular policy, procedure or strategy does not appear to be achieving the desired result, moves decisively and definitively to develop and implement alternatives.

Creativity:  Regularly seeks new and improved methodologies, policies and procedures for enhancing the effectiveness of department and College.   Employs imagination and creativity in the application of duties and responsibilities.  Is not adverse to change.

Human Relations:  Strives to develop and maintain good rapport with all staff members. Listens to and considers their suggestions and complaints and responds appropriately.   Maintains the respect and loyalty of staff.

Policy Implementation:  Has a clear and comprehensive understanding of College policies regarding the department and College function.  Adheres to those policies in the discharge of duties and responsibilities and ensures the same from subordinate staff.

Policy Formulation:  Keeps abreast of changes in operating philosophies and policies of the College and continually reviews department policies in order to ensure that any changes in College philosophy or practice are appropriately incorporated.  Also understands the relationship between operating policies and practices and department morale and performance. Works to see that established policies enhance same.




Position Description

Time-Limited, RPED (Rural Postsecondary and Economic Development) Grant Funded Position (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2027)

Career Coaches are community college counselors embedded in high schools to help students acquire awareness and explore career and technical education postsecondary program options. This position is time-limited, grant-funded by RPED for four years.  Under general supervision, employees in this position are employees of Pitt Community College and will not be an agent or employee of Pitt County Schools. Duties and responsibilities include organizing career planning activities, developing academic/career goals modules, and providing group and individual career coaching for high school students. This position reports to the Director of High School Programs and will work with Ayden-Grifton and D.H. Conley high schools. 

  • Provide support, engagement, and guidance to help high school students define their career interests and explore educational opportunities at Pitt Community College and other postsecondary institutions. 
  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of postsecondary career counseling given to high school students and their families.
  • Plan, design, implement and deliver content for career development workshops and sessions.
  • Coordinate day-to-day Career Coach operations and schedule activities, programs and speakers.
  • In collaboration with the high school, develop and maintain a current and comprehensive on-line accessible occupational library including information on careers and career clusters, employment prospects and trends and employment requirements and opportunities.
  • Conduct workshops and sessions for students that focus on career assessments, financial aid application, opportunities for apprenticeships/internships, and Career and College Promise credit classes in high school as well as on campus and in the community.
  • Provide information on careers, career pathways, and educational requirements.
  • Provide opportunities for job shadowing, mentoring, internships, visits to business and industry, and other career awareness activities.
  • Monitor and track student career interest areas and the job market.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of coaching activities and students served.
  • Promote student participation in outreach activities such as college nights, parent’s nights, financial aid and scholarship workshops.
  • Contact, schedule and arrange guest speakers from the local business community, colleges and military services to present information regarding specific occupations.
  • Create partnerships and interact with a variety of external workforce development stakeholders including alumni, business and industry, governmental agencies, etc.
  • Provide enhanced career services counseling for underrepresented and first-generation college students. Connect students to academic enrichment activities such as study groups, tutoring, and workshops on study skills.
  • Inform students, teachers, counselors, and parents regarding local and regional workforce needs. 
  • Must attend Career Coach training, meetings, conferences and seminars regarding career trends, career and technical education updates, and workforce development trends.
  • Prepare and submit to supervisor monthly activities report and annual activities report as required for grant reporting purposes.


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