TORCH Program Coordinator
June 23, 2021
Full-time; if selected candidate desires less than full-time work, position description can potentially be adjusted to meet these wishes
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 is seeking a full-time coordinator. The Coordinator will lead the TORCH Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program; provide academic advising to students; and connect TORCH students with eligible supplementary programs/resources and career pathways.
- Lead the TORCH PSEO program, supporting more than 40 high school students annually in taking online college classes through Riverland Community College.
- Aid PSEO students in registration, including completion of the Accuplacer Test.
- Connect PSEO students with tutoring and other academic support resources, as needed.
- Serve as a liaison between the TORCH program and Riverland.
- 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 for postsecondary education. Ensure that parents are aware of academic progress.
- Communicate with teachers, administrators, school counselors and social workers in those cases where additional or different levels of academic support and intervention are necessary.
- Assist students and families with the completion of college applications, financial aid, and scholarship applications.
Connections with Supplementary Programs & Career Pathways
- Screen TORCH students for eligibility for partnering programs, including Opportunity Reboot, that can provide additional community and financial resources.
- Administer and interpret assessments and interest inventories for youth to determine strengths and interests, as well as barriers to achieving educational and career goals.
- Support youth to identify ways to access a career pathway of their choosing, based on their interests, strengths/abilities, and jobs currently available.
- Maintain necessary files (physical and online), track required program data, and complete assigned grant reporting.
- 2-5 years of experience in youth development or related fields.
- Ability to quickly build positive relationships with TORCH high school students and their families.
- Passion for equity, social justice and working with diverse youth.
- Ability to maintain focus on long-range goals while simultaneously carrying out the intermediate action steps.
- Ability to work collaboratively with TORCH team members, school district staff and other groups and organizations.
- Ability to plan, implement and evaluate academic support interventions.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Highly organized with superior attention to detail.
- Familiarity with evaluation processes – data collection, analysis and continuous improvement.
- Capable of completing work on time in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a positive attitude – excellent ability to manage simultaneous projects and troubleshoot issues in a calm manner.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision and as a member of a team.
- Ability to work select evening and weekend hours.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, and Excel) and Google Suite.
- 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.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish or Somali.
- Familiarity with Northfield and Rice County organizations and resources.
- Familiarity with post-high school resources and opportunities.
- Familiarity with career pathways.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information for three professional references to Tessa Kiesow, TORCH High School Director (email@example.com). Application review will begin on July 15 and will continue until the position is filled.