Gear Up Site Level Grade Coordinator
Job Title: Gear Up Site Level Grade Coordinator
Reports to: Gear Up Director
Date Revised: 4/17/2022
Dept./School: Lufkin High School
Provides daily coordination of the GEAR UP grant, including community relations, implementation, and evaluation. Directs GEAR UP student cohorts in increasing their academic performance, high school graduation rates, and in preparing for post-secondary education. Increases educational expectations for participating students, and increases student and family knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing.
Strong knowledge of effective project management techniques
Thorough knowledge of workforce development strategies
Knowledge of techniques for partnership development
Knowledge of occupational training opportunities
Ability to coordinate large projects with multiple activities and diverse participants
Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing
Ability to make effective presentations
Ability to work with students and families of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
Minimum of two years of successful experience in teaching, counseling, social work, or related field preferred
Experience working within the public school system preferred
Major Responsibilities and Duties:
1. Oversee day-to-day implementation of Gear Up project at assigned grade level.
2. Develop a work plan in accordance with goals, objectives, and funding limitations to implement parent and student programs at GEAR UP school sites and grade levels.
3. Oversee program operations and coordinate services with school staff and Gear Up Director.
4. Design and implement a comprehensive plan with identified strategies and timelines that are grade-level specific to increase the number of GEAR UP students planning and preparing to attend college and other post-secondary educational institutions directly from high school.
5. Participate in school-college partnerships and coordinate advisory board meetings to develop comprehensive strategies for increasing college attendance rates.
6. Participate in GEAR UP’s college awareness and access program/services with district, local school, and other college access programs/services and with district, school-based, and other personnel.
7. Ensures that the comprehensive GEAR UP college awareness and access plan includes, but is not limited to, the following components: career exploration and advising, college exploration and advising, college tours (local, regional and national), ACT/SAT preparation and participation, the college application/admission process, and financial aid/assistance (including scholarships).
8. Designs and implements a variety of instructional activities, materials, and strategies related to college awareness and access for use with individual students, small groups, classes, and large groups in assembly, classroom, conference, seminar, summer program, workshop, and other appropriate settings.
9. Works to establish teams to develop a support system for targeted students and to ease the transition between middle school, high school, and college
10. Develops early college awareness services to include mentoring programs, academic course counseling, and college planning guidance.
11. Develops, compiles and prepares communications, promotional literature, and/or program tools for distribution such as newsletters, flyers, or curriculum materials. Promotes the GEAR UP program to the community, school staff, and the media under the direction of the Gear Up Director.
12. Administers GEAR UP formative assessments; ensures appropriate data collection to inform evaluation activities with assigned grade level.
13. Supplies data for the programmatic and statistical reports and disseminates information as required.
14. Participates in local education collaboratives, committees, or taskforce meetings. Attends conferences and workshops to keep abreast of the regulations and expectations of the GEAR UP grant as directed by the Gear Up Director.
Customer Care Skills
15. Provide professional communication with students, parents, community members, staff, and other professionals at all times.
16. Use proper phone etiquette at all times, speaking slowly and clearly. Take reliable messages, and route to the appropriate staff.
17. Ensure superior customer care skills are used via eye contact, facial expressions, voice inflections, body language, and an attitude of “going the extra mile” for others.
18. Ensure all requests for information are dealt with in an appropriate timeframe.
19. Create and maintain a welcoming, service-oriented environment toward all internal and external customers.
Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:
Tools/Equipment Used: Computer and peripherals; standard office equipment
Posture: Prolonged sitting; occasional bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting
Motion: Frequent repetitive hand motions; frequent keyboarding and use of mouse; occasional reaching
Lifting: Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds)
Environment: Work is performed in an office setting; may require irregular and/or prolonged hours
Mental Demands: Maintain emotional control under stress; work with frequent interruptions