College & Career Specialist – Sylva, NC


About Communities in Schools:

At Communities In Schools, we are “all-in” for kids. It is our passion– it is our mission. As the State Office for North Carolina, we deliver CIS programs across the state and we collaborate with local affiliate organizations, to provide resources and create communities of caring adults who work hand-in-hand with educators to make sure young people have the tools they need to stay in school and achieve in life.   Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, serving 1.5 million students in 2,400 sites across the country. We achieve this mission by hiring bright, creative, and innovative team members who have a passion for what we do.  At CISNC, we value relationships, collaboration, learning, integrity and commitment.

Position Overview: The College & Career Specialist will take personal
responsibility for ensuring that 35-45 high school students who are at risk of
dropping out of school and/or failing to successfully transition into the workplace
achieve expected outcomes, including graduation and placement into
postsecondary education, the workforce and/or the military. He/she will provide
targeted youth with employability and life survival skills through classroom
instruction based on JAG’s high school competencies, guidance/counseling,
academic remediation, work-based learning experiences, summer activities,
postsecondary, and career advisement and provides a twelve-month follow up
period following graduation. This position is a full-time, year-round position
dedicated 100 percent (50% classroom teaching and 50% post-high school
graduation placement/planning & case management) to the implementation of the
JAG Model and responsible for delivering the JAG High School Curriculum. The
Specialist is responsible for reinforcing the competency-based lessons during other
periods of time in which students and graduates are engaged in the JAG Multi-Year
Program. They also will create a sustainable system of supports throughout the
local community for students through graduation and one year of follow-up
services and targeted outcomes.

Location and core business hours:
School Site Location
Hours directed by the school location

Essential Functions:
• Establishes a positive and on-going supportive relationship with students,
families, principals, administrators and school faculty to support students in
the JAG Multi-Year Program.
• Collaborates with school personnel and community partners to support and
reinforce the curriculum and build support for personal, academic and career
success for JAG students.
• Analyzes student data and confers with the JAG advisory committee (or
School Success Team) to identify and develop a pool of qualified students in
need of intensive academic support.
• Deliver the JAG curriculum for the targeted 35-45 students in grades 11 and
12 with an emphasis on the core competencies through classroom
instruction and Project Based Learning.
• Monitor basic skills improvement and provide appropriate academic support
and remediation as needed.
• Develop, implement and update monthly individualized development plan
(IDP) with all students on the program roster.
• Monitor the attendance, credits needed for graduation, college prep course
selection, enrollment in AP and dual credit courses.
• Collaborate with employers, parents, civic groups, and community leaders to
create an employer marketing plan to develop a pool of effective community
support resources by working with all stakeholders to support the JNCG
• Conducts parent/family outreach to strengthen family/school partnerships
• Fosters teamwork, sense of belonging and commitment to service learning
among students by organizing and serving as advisor to the Career
• Provides supportive services to program participants for the 12-month
follow-up period post-high school graduation to ensure successful transition
to postsecondary education, employment and/or military.
• Complies with all documentation requirements from JAG Manager in a
timely fashion.
• Provides opportunities for student and graduate activity and engagement
throughout the summer.
• Participates in staff, district, and statewide meetings, and staff development
activities as appropriate.

Additional Skills:
• Perform various school-related functions such as lunch duty; work closely
with the school administrator to limit non-JAG Model assignments.
• Connect the full cohort of students to and/or organize and lead field trips
to higher education institutions, business and industry, and other
community-based activities and events.
• Complete special projects and duties as assigned.

Core Competencies:
Customer Focus
Quality Orientation
Time Management
Job Competencies:
Continuous Improvement
Oral Communication

Required Education/Experience:
• 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.
• North Carolina’s Professional Educator’s Licensure preferred, but not
• Experience working with students and a knowledge of child development
• Experience in secondary and/or postsecondary education settings.
• Skills in human relations, leadership, supervision, and motivational
• 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
• Ability to support curriculum instruction, projects and/or other educational
opportunities consistent with the goals of the program.
• Working knowledge of basic computer applications such as word
processing, Excel, and electronic data tracking, using the Internet-based
Electronic National Data Management System (e-NDMS) or JAG Force.


We offer outstanding benefits including medical, dental, vision, and 403(b) and MORE!!! We offer paid vacation, sick time and holidays.  Our team is friendly, fun and collaborative.

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