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Career Specialist 

About the Organization Jobs for America's Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that partners with students facing multiple barriers to success. A trained JAG Career Specialist provides individual and group instruction to 35-45 students in the classroom using the competency-based JAG National Curriculum. The curriculum emphasizes graduating from high school and preparing students for post-secondary education or entering the workforce directly.

The JAG-K classroom is a Career Association with opportunities for leadership, community service, career exploration, and on-site job shadow experiences. The unique 12-month follow up program allows the Specialist to continue providing support and encouragement to the student for the first year after graduation.

There are 68 JAG-K programs located in 33 different school districts across Kansas during the 2017-18 school year. JAG-K is a state affiliate of the national JAG program that operates in 34 states and territories. In addition to school districts, JAG-K partners with DCF and the Kansas State Department of Education.  

If you are passionate about helping students prepare for successful futures, JAG-K is the organization for you. JAG-K partners with students facing various barriers; helping them graduate from high school and getting on a successful career path. Identifies, recruits, and instructs students deemed to have a high degree of difficulty of being promoted into the next grade level, achieving graduation, and/or making a successful transition from school to a career with advancement opportunities.1. Provides appropriate curriculum and ensures students achieve specific JAG competencies through classroom instruction; teaches through a variety of methods including lecture, hands-on activities, and team teaching; tailors the program and teaching methods for the needs of each specific student, and implements an intervention strategy for each individual.2. Ensures an appropriate pool of students by directly recruiting students, and obtaining referrals from an Advisory Committee, school personnel, and parents; holds interviews with prospective candidates and those making referrals to determine, using JAG guidelines, the appropriateness of the prospective student for the program.3. Administers testing programs including pre-/post-tests and career interest surveys. Establishes and implements a career development plan for all enrolled students.4. Ensures positive perceptions of the JAG-K program within schools by developing and maintaining positive, effective working relationships with school personnel including teachers, administrators, students, and members of the Advisory Committee.5. Advocates for the program and develops a pool of effective community support resources by working with employers, parents, civic groups, and legislators to build awareness of and support for the program; develops job opportunities, participates in public relations activities, attends meetings and speaks to various community groups.6. Builds appreciation for teamwork, sense of belonging, and commitment to community service among JAG-K students by organizing and serving as advisor to a JAG-K Career Association; creates training opportunities through hands-on activities, film presentations, guest speakers, and workshops; assists with civic and social opportunities.7. Provides students with guidance, counseling, and support within appropriate limits; refers students to additional support services on an as-needed basis; takes responsibility for learning and complying with school policies such as mandated reporting, discipline, attendance, and the like.8. Complies with all documentation requirements in a timely fashion including contacts and activities involving students, employers, and other groups; develops and maintains a well- organized filing system.9. Assists students in finding and maintaining quality employment and/or post-secondary educational programs upon graduation; works closely with students and employers for 12 months after the end of the school year to ensure a satisfactory employment outcome; develops a plan for contacts with non-graduates to ensure effective transition to employment or additional education.10. Participates in staff, regional, and statewide meetings, and staff development activities.Additional Responsibilities:1. Performs various school-related functions such as lunch duty.2. Participates in field trips.3. Completes special projects and other projects/duties as assigned by the Regional Director.

Position Requirements 1. Bachelor's degree in social service, counseling, business, education, or a related discipline is required by start date of position. 2. Experience working with youth accompanied by knowledge of child development issues.3. Skills in human relations, leadership, supervision, and motivational techniques.4. Ability to work 12 months per year.5. Ability to work independently while managing multiple priorities.6. Ability to establish the appropriate boundaries while developing and nurturing supportive relationships with students.7. Ability to educate a variety of constituencies and interested parties about the program by developing ongoing relationships and making formal presentations.8. Ability to develop curriculum and educational opportunities consistent with the JAG model.9. Working knowledge of basic computer applications such as word processing.JAG-K values all roles within the organization and works as a team to reach our common goal of helping students reach their full potential. In addition to a passionate work environment, we offer opportunities for growth and development, an attractive benefit package including health and dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance and much more.  
Location Russell High School  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Start Date July 1, 2018  
Starting Salary $37,500.00 annual salary  
EOE Statement We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will consider applicants for this position without regard to any category protected by applicable federal, state or local law, including but not limited to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status or uniformed service member status. Equal access to the hiring process, services, and employment is available to all individuals. Applicants requiring accommodations to the application or interview process should contact the human resources representative.  
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