College & Career Coordinator
Mission Statement: Hope House Colorado (“HHC”) empowers parenting teenage moms to achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency and to understand their significance in God’s sight, resulting in a healthy future for them and for their children.
Position Title: College & Career Coordinator
Exemption Status: Salaried Non-Exempt
Reports To: Economic Team Manager
Salary Range: $41,000-$45,000
Benefits Eligibility: Eligible
Work Environment: This role is expected to work 40 hours/week on the HHC campus, except when offsite for HHC work-related purposes. Existing schedule is 8 hours per day Monday – Friday; to include one evening shift each week.
Position Summary for College & Career Coordinator: The College & Career Coordinator (“CCC”) is responsible for coordinating the College & Career Program for Hope House Colorado. This includes providing guidance and support for teen moms through each stage of their college journey, including career counseling, financial aid navigation, coordinating volunteer tutors, and providing educational advice, ultimately driving growth in the Education domain of our Self-Sufficiency rubric. The CCC is also responsible for guiding teen moms through each stage of their career path, from job readiness to job skills development to career development, ultimately driving growth in the Career domain of our Self-Sufficiency Rubric. The CCC works closely with external workforce development and business partners.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
College Program Responsibilities:
- Engage, educate and excite teen moms about college opportunities
- Assist teen moms in building the educational pathway that is best for her (certifications, trade schools, associates and bachelor’s degrees, etc.,) and help her set realistic goals (i.e. stackable certifications)
- Maintain working relationships with advisors at community colleges and trade schools
- Build and maintain relationships with college and financial aid advisors, scholarship funders and foundations, and community liaisons. Coordinate campus visits; assist teen moms in completing college applications, connecting with advisors, and registering for classes
- Assist teen moms with all aspects of financial aid including FAFSA, COF, scholarship applications, etc.
- Provide in depth assistance in ensuring mom is prepared for college before she starts
- Communicate important deadlines to teen moms, including FAFSA open application due dates, registration deadlines, class drop dates, etc.
- Provide guidance in aligning class schedules and workload with parenting responsibilities and other life goals
- Provide one-on-one coaching and support to teen moms in every aspect of the college journey
- Maintain up to date information on college websites and instruct teen moms in utilizing those sites
Career Program Responsibilities:
- Provide job readiness assistance; filling out applications, creating resumes & cover letters, practicing interview skills, dress/attire when interviewing, etc.
- Assist with job searches; use of job search websites & job boards
- Maintain #jobleads page on Slack, connecting our teen moms to available jobs in the community
- Engage Hope House champions and business owners interested in providing job opportunities
- Work with Director of Partnerships to build and maintain relationships with non-profit workforce development organizations: Activate Workforce, Mile High Apprentice, Cross Purpose, The Bridge Network, etc.
- Educate and engage teen moms in exploring career pathways; bring in speakers for the Cool Careers series, coordinate field trips to local businesses, provide shadowing opportunities, etc.
- Develop Individual Goal Plans (IGP) with teen moms in the Education and Career domains of the Self-Sufficiency Rubric
- Work closely with the Residential Team to support residents in reaching their college and career goals
- Track progress in designated HHC databases and communication systems (Apricot, Microsoft Teams, and KPI Dashboard) and report weekly on work completed with participants
- Score IGPs weekly, enter data into Apricot and KPI databases, track attendance in Learning Lab for studying, tutoring, etc.
- Maintain a working knowledge of burgeoning career tracks, especially in the health field
- Continually seek new college scholarship and funding opportunities
- Participate in the continual improvement process of the College & Career Program
- Coordinate transportation as needed
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
- Promote the values of HHC throughout the organization and in external relationships
- Attend team and organizational meetings, activities, and events
- Comply with all organizational policies and procedures
- This position works on site at the Hope House Resource CenterAssist with knowledge transfer to support HHC expansion goals as requested
- Relationship Building: Builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect.
- Coaching & Mentoring: Enables teen moms to grow and succeed through feedback, instruction, and encouragement.
- Accountability & Dependableness: Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, and achieves results with little oversight
- Ethics & Integrity: Earns others’ trust and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions.
- Values Diversity: Helps create an environment that embraces and appreciates diversity.
- Decision Making: Makes timely, informed decisions that take into account the facts, goals, constraints, and risks.
- Problem Solving: Partners with clients to identify and resolve complex or sensitive issues; resolves difficult or complicated challenge
- Results Focus & Initiative: Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how best to achieve them. Gets the job done.
- Stress Tolerance: Maintains composure in highly stressful or adverse situations.
- Enforcing rules & regulations: Enforces rules and regulations and initiates enforcement in a way that is perceived as fair, objective, and reasonable.
Supervisory Duties: None
Work Environment:This role is expected to work 40 hours/week on the HHC campus, except when offsite assisting HHC teen moms. Existing schedule is 8 hours per day Monday – Friday, including one evening.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, and walk as well as bend, squat, and climb stairs. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with this position. We are a team and support each other in all ways necessary to continue working toward our mission.
Benefits: HHC benefits are available to employees who consistently work a minimum of 24 hours a week. Benefits offered are subject to change at HHC’s sole discretion.
- Health Benefits: Employees may elect medical, dental, vision & life insurance plans.
- Simple IRA: Employees may choose to make salary reduction contributions through HHC’s Simple IRA plan and HHC will match the employee’s contribution up to a maximum of 3% of the employee’s annual salary.
Paid Time Off (PTO):
- Vacation: Upon hire, employees earn 1 hour of vacation per 15.33 hours worked up to 120 hours (3 weeks) in a year. Accruals are adjusted to increase vacation earned per hours worked based on length of employment with HHC.
- Holidays: HHC observes eleven (11) holidays throughout the year. Salaried employees are paid for these holidays according to the nationally recognized observation day for each holiday.
- Sick Leave: HHC provides eligible employees with Paid Sick and Safe Leave (PSSL) and Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) in accordance with the requirements of Colorado’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA).
- Must have a valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance
- Must pass a criminal background check, driving record check, and drug screen
- Must be committed to Hope House Colorado’s Guiding Principles and continually working towards the HHC mission
- Must demonstrate a commitment to the Hope House Relational Covenant
Desired Skills and Attributes:
- Experience working with at-risk populations, preferably teenage mothers, is valued
- Highly organized and detail oriented
- Good leadership skills and the ability to work well with others
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to maintain good working relationships with outside service organizations
- Comfortable working with Microsoft Office Suite
- Data entry experience in a program database is preferred (Apricot & KPI Dashboard training provided)
Education and Training:
- Minimum of an Associate’s degree in an educational field, or equivalent experience
- Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
- Experience in college and/or career counseling preferred