Career and Work Based Learning Specialist
The Career and Work Based Learning Specialist will be responsible for the planning, implementation, and coordination of a Work Based Learning program. This will include working to create internships, job shadowing, and career introduction programs. The successful candidate will also perform associated duties related to introducing students to careers, helping students experience careers, and tracking student career interests for all grades. This position will be within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and will report to the Executive Director of Instruction. The position is a 12 month position on the teacher pay band.
JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
• A minimum of three (3) years of work experience in education, business, industry, or comparable.
• A Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in education, business or a related field is required
• Ability to:
o Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships between business, government, and school.
o Plan, organize, and prioritize work.
o Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
o Demonstrate leadership on start-up projects where creativity and resourcefulness is a key to success.
• Strong computer skills.
• Presentation skills for large and small group training and workshops.
• Work effectively with a wide range of students, employers, and business and industry partners.
• Develop specific systemic and expansive career exploration and work-based learning activities for students in all grade levels such as career speakers, workplace tours, job shadows, field studies, and internships for students.
• Develop and secure externship sites for students in pathways.
• Facilitate in-classroom involvement of business and industry partners.
• Participate as a member of the MCPS Instructional Team.
• Work directly with business and industry to develop, implement, monitor, and refine outcomes for work-based learning opportunities.
• Measure and track the level of work-based learning activities for data analyses and reporting.
• Conducts a variety of work-based learning activities for students, including, assessment for job readiness, career exploration and counseling, and job preparation skills training.
• Provide necessary support for student participation in WBL activities, including required school district documentation, transportation, workplace visits, and communication between employer and students.
• Selects, places, and evaluates students at internship site for WBL and job readiness skills. Collaborates with the employers to address any on-site questions or issues related to individual WBL placements.
• Develop work-based learning opportunities for students by identifying and cultivating employer interest and participation in WBL activities through ongoing communication with employers, and business and industry partners.
• Maintains necessary records of student participation; compiles, reports, and analyzes data, documenting program and activities.
• Assists with the data collection and reporting of CTE and Career Pathway activities.
• Serves as a resource to the school’s administrative staff regarding CTE instruction and the needs of students.
• Coordinate marketing of CTE programs with parents, students, and community.
• Develop and implement a badging system to track student’s career readiness.
• Perform other tasks and assume such responsibilities as related to the position and assigned.