Do you have a deep belief in the potential of all kids? This is your opportunity to make a difference! JAG Illinois is a premier school-to-work organization building hope and resiliency in the lives of thousands of students annually. Specialists bring relationships and relevance into the classroom through engaging project based learning opportunities on a daily basis.
JAG Illinois seeks a high school Education Specialist to fill a position for the Kankakee School District in Kankakee, IL. The Specialist will facilitate our learner centered program working with 11-12 grade students. This full-time, 12 month position requires a dedicated individual who is confident, a self-starter and will work collaboratively with our school and community partners. Preferred experience: working with high school youth facing multiple challenges, developing and implementing the project-based method of instruction, school-to-work transition, career guidance, and facilitating a student lead organization.
The 11th and 12th Grade Education Specialist takes personal responsibility for ensuring that 45-50 high school students, who face a number of challenges in their lives. Many times the environmental challenges cause additional challenges at school that lead to behaviors such as lack of engagement, attendance issues, and falling behind on credits needed to graduate. The goal of JAG Illinois is to teach leadership and life skills necessary for students to graduate and transition into continued learning at the workplace or through some level of post-secondary education, the military and/or National Service. To achieve the expected outcomes, the Specialist will provide targeted youth with employability and life survival skills through classroom instruction of 37 core competencies, guidance/counseling, academic remediation, work-based learning experiences, summer activities, post-secondary, and career advisement; providing a twelve-month follow up period following graduation. This position is a full-time, year-round position dedicated 100 percent to the implementation of the JAG model.
Students in the multi-year program, that are targeted for classroom participation, will be those deemed to have a high degree of difficulty in being promoted to the next grade, achieving a successful transition in high school, unclear about high school graduation, post-secondary planning, careers and/or making a successful transition from school to future opportunities.
The goals are:
Assure JAG Illinois students are moving through the JAG Illinois system and receiving supports to graduate from high school and move into post-secondary education, career and/or military.
Create a sustainable system of supports throughout the local community for students through graduation and one year of follow-up.
Assure high levels of accountability for student success and services provided to all students through the e-NDMS data management system.
To achieve expected state and national performance outcomes by providing students with the following opportunities: employability skills, guidance/counseling, academic remediation, career and post-secondary planning, and a twelve-month follow up period.
Primary Job Responsibilities
Establishes a positive and on-going supportive relationship with students, families, local principals, administrators and school faculty to support students in the local JAG Illinois program. Serving as a student advocate when collaborating with school staff in developing intervention plans for struggling students.
Collaborates with school counselors, advisors, community resources, and teachers to implement the JAG Illinois curriculum and to consistently build support for academic success, career exploration, goal setting, leadership development, college planning, personal counseling, either directly or through linkages in the community to assist in overcoming barriers to graduation and/or success in the workplace.
Analyzes student data and barriers and confers with advisory committee to identify and develop a pool of qualified students in need of intensive academic support such as tutoring, extended learning, mentoring, and counseling. Students with multiple barriers to success will be candidates for the JAG Illinois class.
Deliver the JAG Illinois curriculum for the targeted 45-50 students in grades 11th and 12th; ensure they receive competency in the 37 core competencies through classroom instruction, in a variety of ways including Project Based Learning, as well as 87 total competencies.
Administer testing and assessments including pre-/post-tests to students in the JAG Illinois classroom and document results in the data management system (e-NDMS).
Develop, implement and update monthly Individualized Development Plan (IDP) with all students on the program roster.
Assess the impact of JAG Illinois on attendance, credits needed for graduation, college prep course selection, enrollment in AP and dual credit courses.
Advocates for the program and creates an employer marketing plan to develop a pool of effective community support resources by working with employers, parents, civic groups, and community leaders to build awareness of and support for this unique program; develop service learning projects, create a pool of classroom speakers, participate in public relations activities, attend meetings and speak to community groups.
Conducts parent/family outreach and education activities to the JAG Illinois students to strengthen family/school partnerships and facilitate career exploration, college selection and financial planning.
Build appreciation for teamwork among students, sense of belonging and commitment to service learning among JAG Illinois students by organizing and serving as advisor to the Career Association; create opportunities through hands-on activities, guest speakers and workshops; and organize civic and social development opportunities.
Collaborates in supporting a smooth transition from 10th grade into 11th grade; partners closely with JAG Illinois Specialists in the 9th and 10th grade to support the JAG Illinois classroom students into continued participation in high school JAG Illinois classrooms as appropriate.
Provide supportive services to program participants for 12-month period after high school graduation to ensure successful transition to postsecondary education, employment and/or military. If students are non-graduates, specialists will provide support services to these students to ensure attainment of diploma or GED during the follow up period. Employers and/or post-secondary advisors are to be contacted 6 months out of the 12 month follow up period to ensure accuracy of data and continued students support.
Complies with all documentation requirements from Program Manager in a timely fashion including student contacts and activities, employer and community organization contacts, and other groups; develop and maintain a well-organized filing and retrieval system for the JAG Illinois class. Utilizes e-NDMS for developing the student roster for the classroom.
Participates fully in JAG Illinois for 12 months annually, and provides opportunities for student activity and engagement throughout the summer, documenting activities in e-NDMS.
Participates in staff, regional, and state-wide meetings, and staff development activities within the building and district as appropriate.
Perform various school-related functions such as lunch duty; work closely with the school administrator to limit non-JAG Model assignments.
Complete special projects and duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in social service, counseling, business, education, or a related discipline is preferred. Equivalent combination of training, education, and experience may be considered.
Experience in Secondary and/or Post-Secondary education settings.
Skills in human relations, leadership, supervision, and motivational techniques.
Ability and interest to work 12 months per year.
Ability to work independently while managing multiple priorities.
Ability to establish appropriate boundaries while developing and nurturing supportive relationships with students.
Ability to educate a variety of constituencies and interested parties about the program by developing ongoing relationships and making formal presentations.
Ability to develop curriculum, projects and/or other educational opportunities consistent with the goals of JAG Illinois.
Working knowledge of basic computer applications such as word processing, Excel, and electronic data tracking, using the JAG Illinois Internet-based Electronic National Data Management System (e-NDMS).
About Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates
iJAG is an independent, statewide 501(c)(3) private nonprofit corporation established in 1999 and has become a leader within the national JAG network. Initially created for high school seniors as a school-to-work program, iJAG has evolved into an organization serving 2,800 students per year in 49 programs (35 schools), reaching into 17 communities across the state of Iowa and Illinois.
In its 19 year history, iJAG has mentored over 18,500 students who were at the highest risk of disengaging from school or dropping out of school without the skills and motivation needed to succeed in higher education and the workforce.
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