TORCH Director, Northfield Middle School
June 23, 2021
Now in its 17th year, Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) is a collaborative school-community partnership to address disparities in education. Originally TORCH served exclusively Latinx students, but because of the program’s success, TORCH is now available to all traditionally under-served students, including youth who would be first-generation college students and young people from low-income homes. TORCH works with more than 500 Northfield youth in grades 6-12 (plus alumni) each year, providing academic advising, tutoring, postsecondary access, career exploration, and connections with community opportunities and resources.
TORCH is a program of the Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) and TORCH staff are employees of HCI.
TORCH seeks a full-time director to lead the middle school program with youth in grades 6-8.
- Track student progress and conduct individual academic counseling sessions with each TORCH student in their cohort at least twice per month
- Work with each student to create an individual plan that identifies areas of need, interventions, goals, and college aspirations
- Communicate with parents to discuss future plans and opportunities for youth. Ensure that parents are aware of academic progress
- Coordinate events, activities and communication for the purpose of affirming and rewarding those TORCH students who have achieved academic success and/or met their goals
- Coordinate schedules and supervise AmeriCorps staff assigned to serve the TORCH program
- Recruit and maintain a pool of volunteer tutors to work with TORCH students one-on-one or in small groups
- Communicate with teachers, guidance counselors and social workers in those cases where additional or different levels of academic support and intervention are necessary
- Recruit TORCH students for summer programs
- Arrange and lead college visits for groups of TORCH students
- Bachelor’s degree (ideally in the field of counseling, social work, youth development, or a related area) or related experience
- Ability to engage and communicate effectively with TORCH students and their families
- Ability to work collaboratively with TORCH team members, school district staff and other groups and organizations
- Ability to supervise volunteer tutors and AmeriCorps staff
- Ability to plan, implement and evaluate academic support interventions
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to understand and work with different cultures and backgrounds
- Ability to collect and analyze data to inform programming
- Ability to speak before groups and make public presentations to promote the TORCH program
- Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
- Ability to work select evening and weekend hours
- Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota driver’s license and auto insurance and be able to travel throughout the community
- Willingness to maintain the standards, carry out the purpose, and adhere to the policies of HCI
- Maintenance of a cell phone is an expectation of employment
- Familiarity with Northfield and Rice County organizations and resources
- Familiarity with higher education resources and opportunities
- Bilingual in English and Spanish or Somali
- Experience in grant writing, grant reporting, and fundraising
To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information for three professional references to Zach Pruitt, email@example.com. Application review will begin on July 19 and will continue until the position is filled.