Program Coordinator - GEAR UP

Kennesaw State University  |  Kennesaw, GA

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Posted one week ago Full-Time

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Position Title:

Program Coordinator - GEAR UP

Job Type: Leadership Development/Programs
Location: Kennesaw, GA
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Public, 4-year
Institution Size: < 20,000 Students
Employer ID: 25382
Application Deadline: 06/11/2019

Stated Non-Discrimination Policy

Gender Expression / Identity Sexual Orientation


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Masters Preferred, Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Higher Education, Student Affairs

Masters Preferred, Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Higher Education, Student Affairs

Position Description


GEAR UP Georgia Priority Model
Program Coordinator

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has been designated by the Governor’s Office to lead GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Potential) Georgia (GUGa). The goal of GUGa Project is to increase the number of Georgia high
need students who obtain a secondary school diploma and are prepared for and succeed in postsecondary education. The project has a statewide scope, proposing to serve over 12,000 high need students in over 40 schools in disadvantaged pockets of the state. In order to increase postsecondary access and success for these students, two different approaches have been adopted as models for delivering services and activities.  Kennesaw State University (KSU) has been charged with overseeing one of those models, the Priority Model. The Priority Model targets high school youth who have experienced homelessness
or the foster care system. Priority Students in grades 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th are being identified and recruited across multiple counties in Georgia. Program Coordinator is a 100% grant funded position through the GUGa Grant and manages the daily operations of the Priority Model on behalf
of the grant. The Program Coordinator will be expected to deliver services to homeless and/or foster care high school youth in designated counties with the intent to increase students’ academic readiness for higher education and dramatically increase the number of students who access and succeed in postsecondary education.

Bachelor’s Degree in education, counseling, social work, or related field;
At least three years of experience working with high school students; Strong knowledge of
postsecondary education requirements, options, application procedures, financial aid, and
scholarship opportunities.
Not Applicable
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: (Preferred qualifications)
Master level professional with one to three years’ experience working with minority, low income
populations, potential first-generation students and/or students with disabilities in the college
educational setting.

1.Ability to work effectively with school personnel, parents, community leaders, and students.
2.Ability to serve as a role model for students.
3.Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated ability to conduct effectiveworkshops and presentations for diverse audiences.
4.Strong program management skills, including demonstrated record of completing tasks on timeand within budget.
5.Commitment to working with young people and to the value of postsecondary education.
6.Experience working in a college/university academic setting;
7.Excel, social media, MSWord, etc.
8.Ability to work with sensitive and confidential student information;
9.Able to work later afternoons, evenings and weekends.
10.Able to be on–call and respond as needed either by phone or in person

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status.

Job Requirements

1. Implement grant work plan and coordinate individualized college access and success services
by interacting on a daily basis with high school students and guardian/parents/families. Implementation of services include, but are not limited to: academic planning and preparation, career exploration, tutoring, mentoring, college visits, financial aid planning, summer enrichment activities, summer melt initiatives, text messaging, leadership training, annual orientation events, FAFSA submission, and college application completion.

2. Work collaboratively with school administration, Department of Family and Children Services representatives, Georgia Student Finance Commission representatives, community stakeholders, etc. to expand a school and community-wide culture of college access and success. Coordinate a Local Community Council within each county served to support collaborative efforts.

3. Leverage data to ensure GUGa services are tailored to meet school needs and that services are delivered to the intended student, parent/family member, and educator participants.

4. Collaborate with other GUGa site coordinators to share best practices and promote efficient use of resources in meeting GUGa goals and objectives.

5. Ensure compliance with all grant requirements as determined by the University System of Georgia (USG), Board of Regents (BOR) and the U.S. Department of Education.

6. Submit required grant-related reports focused on program implementation and student outcomes including, but not limited to: monthly activity plans, completed activity reports, and annual performance reports; Monitor success of the initiative, including levels of participation, quality of activities and impact in terms of student achievement, attendance, educational expectations, and behaviors.

7. Participate in GUGa meetings and professional development opportunities sponsored USG, BOR, DOE and the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships.

8. Ensure timely and accurate submission of expenditures for reimbursement.

9. Leverage community resources, solicit in-kind contributions of goods and services, and maintain proper records for all expenditures and grant match requirements.

10. Supervise GUGa Priority Model Program Assistant(s), Federal Work Study Student(s) and Student Assistant(s) in the following but not limited to setting goals for performance and deadlines in ways that comply with the grant’s and KSU’s plans and vision; organizing workflow and ensuring employee(s) understand their duties and/or delegated tasks.

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