Closes: Monday, July 26, 2021
Target Start Date
Expected Work Hours
- Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, or other related fields.
- Two years of experience counseling at-risk youth
- Or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Knowledge of collegiate procedures and best practices for promoting retention, academic success, and vocational or post-secondary placement of students.
- Familiarity with ADA law/disability services.
- Ability to effectively plan and implement program activities and services.
- Ability to assist students with development of non-cognitive skills, achieving academic success by overcoming challenges, financial aid, preparing for college and career readiness.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to build trusted relationships with at-risk youth and willingness to advocate on their behalf within the college community.
- Ability to work as an effective part of a team.
- Willingness to take initiative and work independently.
- Ability to make effective presentations to a variety of audiences.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Ability to utilize technology effectively.
- Ability to foster and maintain positive and collaborative relationships with other on-campus departments and staff.
- Understanding of and respect for the diverse backgrounds of students, staff, and college community.
- Experience working in a community college.
- Knowledge of and experience specifically with YouthBuild objectives, and regulations.
At Central Carolina Community College, we create transformative lifelong learning opportunities! We expect all employees to find ways to remove barriers to student success and provide all students a pathway to achievable dreams. Our employees are charged to recognize the challenges we face and to respond to them with empathy, understanding, and a willingness to help.
YouthBuild programs provide pathways for youth and young adults who are out-of-school and out of work to a living wage job. All over the world, YouthBuild programs unleash the positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their communities and their lives, breaking the cycle of poverty with a commitment to work, education, family, and community. Central Carolina Community College's YouthBuild program will work to enroll and graduate approximately 84 students (ages 16-24) from high school equivalency and non-credit courses in Construction, Culinary, and Nurse Aide with a goal of continuing their pathways into curriculum programs or directly into the workforce.
The Student Success Advocate provides programmatic and direct student support for the Central Carolina YouthBuild program which operates out of Lee County. The Student Success Advocate provides YouthBuild students an opportunity to explore issues and concerns about independent life, improving communication and interpersonal skills, managing stress and life challenges effectively, and making positive changes that lead to increased personal, vocational and academic success.
This position is contingent upon funding from the Department of Labor and is currently time-limited through June 30, 2024. Continuation of position is subject to continued grant funding.
Diversity Policy: Central Carolina Community College believes the college experience is greatly enriched through diversity; therefore, the college encourages diversity of thought within the student body and staff. Furthermore, the college seeks to promote awareness of diversity and the respect for all individuals, and the college pledges to adhere to this mission in its relationship with the community.
- Assist with student recruitment, review of application, interviews, and enrollment process.
- Advise a caseload of 30-35 students per year using an intrusive advising model guided by an appreciative advising approach.
- Create and monitor Individualized Service Strategy Plans for each YouthBuild participant in conjunction with YouthBuild Director and Assistant Director.
- Conduct targeted outreach to students referred by instructors, advisors or others by providing counseling designed to alleviate barriers to student success or making referrals to local resources, including resources to support mental health, housing needs, hunger, financial challenges, or other needs.
- Advise appropriate directors, deans or department chairs regarding student concerns.
- Coordinate returning student panel each cohort for new participants to learn about how a student's background can influence his or her experience and how to overcome common obstacles faced by other students.
- Recruit peer mentors, faculty mentors, and local professional mentors and coordinate mentorship programs for students.
- Facilitate workshops for students focused on test anxiety, time management, financial aid/literacy, and mental and physical wellness.
- Plan and implement cultural enrichment opportunities for program participants.
- Assist Job Developer and other advisors with tracking participants in follow-up period, collecting necessary documentation as needed
- Document all contacts and services electronically and in student files, maintaining confidentiality of student data.
- Contribute to program newsletter and informal and formal reports of program outcomes.
- Meet weekly with other YouthBuild staff to discuss achievements and concerns of the program and individual students, and implement program modifications for improvement, if necessary.
- Report monthly to Director of YouthBuild
- Collaborate with college administrators, faculty, and staff to promote retention, graduation, and college transfer or job placement of all YouthBuild participants.
- Serve on College committees as assigned.
- Complete the annual five-hour staff development.
- Encourage and support College activities, policies, procedures, and philosophies.
- Perform other duties as assigned.