The Choice Program at UMBC provides mentoring and advocacy services to young people throughout the state of Maryland. We utilize a community-based, family-centered approach in order to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes for young people and their families. We engage in a collaborative process of service: where young people set goals for themselves and are held accountable by supportive adults along the way.
We are currently seeking an Education Coordinator to serve in our Education Program, which provides goal setting, mentoring, advocacy, and barrier mitigation through the specific lens of college (and career) readiness to young people in Baltimore City. As with our other services, this position puts anti-racism into action through a focus on restorative practices, trauma-informed care and applied critical race theory. Collaboration is important in our organizational culture and is the cornerstone to ensure youth stay at the forefront of all we do. We can’t wait to talk to you more about our organizational values of holistic development, youth-centeredness, dismantling hierarchies and the belief in humans.
As the Education Coordinator, you will be stationed at Ben Franklin High School in South Baltimore to work directly with a group of up to 20 young people, providing college coaching and goal setting, navigating education and career barriers, and creating educational activities and opportunities that speak directly to the youth you serve. In this position, you will also lead the Youth in Action initiative: our ever-evolving collaborative group that aims to amplify youth voice on the issues they most care about and create paid opportunities for young people and community building. The Education Coordinator directly reports to the Assistant Director of Education.
Currently, this is a remote position, with all services, meetings, and activities taking place virtually until a return to in person services is officially approved considering the current pandemic.
Specific duties include:
College Coaching program for Ben Franklin High School students
Build a mentoring relationship with up to 20 young people at Ben Franklin High School;
Meet weekly with young people to identify their educational aspirations, develop college pathways, create and achieve smart goals;
Identify and connect young people to resources that support them in achieving their goals;
Work closely with young people’s teachers, administrators, and important figures in their community to foster a strong network of support;
Work towards a peer-to-peer model, where older youth feel equipped to mentor younger youth;
Connect young people to university students, faculty, and staff, as well as community leaders, interested in serving as college coaches.
Lead Youth in Action, a youth initiative that provides programming through the arts and activism
Host regular convenings with participants from Ben Franklin and The Choice Program communities at large, where young people plan the workshops, activities, and events they would like to see, take part in, and lead;
Support the committee in staying organized and working toward their goals. Typically, the committee plans a fall arts showcase, a spring ArtRising event, periodic public events, and ongoing workshops. This changes and evolves based on the committee’s composition each year;
Develop and oversee opportunities for young people to get paid for their roles in Youth in Action;
Work with Youth in Action towards a goal of self-sustainability, where it is run and led by a committee of paid young people.
Regularly attend education team meetings and 1 on 1’s with direct supervisor;
Periodically attend Choice and Ben Franklin High School meetings that directly support the work with young people;
Track and document young peoples’ goals, and progress on those goals;
Track and document project deliverables and outcomes;
Create ways to tell the stories and celebrate the work of our young people and of our communities;
Provides transportation, as needed, to young people for relevant activities and program events utilizing Choice Program passenger vans or personal vehicle.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Requires a Bachelor's degree; 1 year of experience in youth development, community organizing or familiarity with K-12 education systems. Position requires valid driver's license and ability to operate large passenger vans.
Physical Requirements: Light lifting and moving furniture, as well as carrying materials, to prepare spaces for training activities or events; Long periods of standing and walking, especially when facilitating activities; The ability to work remotely from home until further notice; Driving Choice youth and stakeholders in Choice vans in person, when face to face contact is deemed to be permissible and safe.
Note: Due to the nature of the work flow and level of responsibility, this individual maintains a flexible schedule which goes beyond a 40 hour work week. Evening and weekend work involved.
Fluency in Spanish
Background Screening Statement:
A background check will be required.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.
Screening of Applications Begins:
For best consideration, submit application materials by November 2, 2020 (applications will be accepted until the position is filled).
Salary range is $41,004 - $45,000
This is a grant-funded position wherein employment is contingent upon renewal of the grant in March of 2022.
UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities.
Please note the Type and FLSA Status above to determine the benefits offered for this position.
Equal Opportunity Statement:
UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.
Internal Number: 493264
About University of Maryland, Baltimore County
UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.