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Bilingual Youth Development Coordinator – Overton High School

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Job Summary

 

Conexión Américas

Position: Bilingual Youth Development Coordinator – Overton High School 

 

Conexión Américas seeks qualified candidates for the position of  Youth Development Coordinator. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communications skills in English and Spanish and significant experience in the public education system and in working with Latino populations. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an understanding of challenges relating to academic achievement and social integration for recently arrived immigrant students in the Latino immigrant community. Experience with youth, family engagement, post-secondary advising, and counseling preferred. The successful candidate must be highly organized, self-motivated, compassionate and adaptable to working with people of diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Applicants must have advanced or native level fluency in Spanish, as all student services are delivered in Spanish. Please note that part of the interview will be conducted in Spanish. 

 

Only candidates who can demonstrate total commitment to the mission and values of Conexión Américas should apply. Please read about our mission and values on our website at www.conexionamericas.org

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

This is a permanent, full-time staff position that reports to the Director of Programs. The Youth Development Coordinator at Overton High School is responsible for the planning and implementation of case management, supports, and interventions for recently arrived 11th and 12th grade immigrant students at the school. This position will play a key role in supporting students’  understanding of the U.S  school system, navigate Overton High School, and ensure students receive effective advising on graduation options, post-secondary opportunities, and workforce readiness. 

This position requires coordinating resources and partnerships in conjunction with diverse community stakeholders and providing direct service to students at Overton High School. Due to the off-site nature of this position, the ideal candidate will be a self-starter, will be able to work independently, and will be able to nurture and further develop relationships with Overton High School and Conexión Américas staff. As the representative and ambassador for Conexión Américas within Overton High School, the Youth Development Coordinator must be able to manage complex and multifaceted relationships and be able to successfully navigate and work both within the school and Conexión Américas’ organizational structure. This role follows a fully in-person schedule, and must be at Overton High School between 7am-3pm. This role may allow some remote work options during the months of June and July only. During school closures, this position must communicate with the Director of Programs for an alternative work schedule

Job Responsibilities

 

Youth Development Program – Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct on-boarding and orientation for recently arrived immigrant students in grades 11th & 12th 
  • Build positive relationships with students to ease their transition into the school system
  • Conduct presentations to students on key components of their responsibilities in school, such as attendance, school policies, academic expectations, etc. 
  • When possible, provide programming or group meetings during PLT (Personalized Learning Time) and after school time 
  • Use trauma-informed strategies and de-escalation practices to support the socioemotional well being of students
  • In collaboration with counselors, provide advising on a range of post-secondary options, including HiSET, trade schools, college, etc. 
  • In collaboration with counselors, ensure that students are adequately informed on TN Graduation requirements 
  • Provide push-in support or interpretation for only for designated classes or programs, focusing on SIFE (Students with Interrupted Formal Education) and RAEL (Recently Arrived English Learners) classrooms
  • Coordinate with other support services, social workers, counselors, translators, and other personnel to support targeted students
  • Draw on the organization’s programs and other family and community resources to make effective culturally responsive referrals in response to students needs 
  • Communicate student progress and wellbeing with families as needed
  • Conduct home visits as needed
  • Collaborate with other Conexíon Américas staff in the school to support shared goals and programming, when applicable 
  • Track program and student data to maintain accurate records, assess needs, and share trends
  • Complete monthly reports outlining work completed, to be shared with Executive principal and relevant staff 

 

Conexión Américas:

  • Attends education team meetings, retreats, and professional development opportunities
  • Supports overall education team programming, such as field trips and family events, particularly those related to GEARUP programming at Overton High School 
  • Establish relationships between the organization and the Overton High School community; learns about and serves as an ambassador for Conexión Américas’ programs and organizational relationships
  • Provides periodic reporting on Overton High School youth development outcomes and conducts strategic planning
  • Attends organization-wide staff meetings and retreats

 

General Organizational Support:

  • Assists with implementation of organizational activities, including annual fundraising and special events
  • Communicates in a positive and effective manner Conexión Américas’ mission and programs to external stakeholders
  • Assists with fairs and outreach events on behalf of Conexión Américas to talk about all of Conexión Américas’ programs, as needed. 

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to those listed above.  As with every other job at Conexión Américas, every person in the organization will assist in any way necessary to respond to new demands and to assure a collaborative environment.

 

Qualifications

 

QUALIFICATIONS (Education and Experience)

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, social work or other relevant field required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Spanish required, biculturalism preferred
  • Case management experience preferred
  • Experience with the TN post-secondary landscape preferred 
  • Demonstrated appreciation for Latino culture and people required
  • Strong understanding of Latino culture and Latino issues in the US required 
  • Familiarity with Nashville community preferred
  • Flexibility, creativity, capacity to motivate others, initiative and ability to work as a team member required
  • Ability and experience with interacting with diverse groups of stakeholders required
  • Public speaking skills and experience required
  • Strong organizational skills required
  • Experience and knowledge of nonprofit organizations’ operations preferred
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks, handle various roles and work in a fast-paced environment with deadlines and strict timelines required
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and database management required
  • Reliable transportation required
  • Ability to carry up to 50 lbs. required

Additional Information

Benefits

 

Salary and Benefits

  • The salary ranges from $40,000 to $44,000, commensurate with experience and education. 
  • Medical and Dental insurance
  • PTO Benefits: 18 vacation/personal days and 12 sick days for all full-time employees
    • As this role follows a school-based schedule, it prioritizes vacation times around MNPS fall break, spring break, and summer. 
  • Holidays – 10 paid holidays for all full-time employees
  • Paid parental leave for full-time employees who complete two year with the organization
  • Ongoing training and development

How to Apply

 

To Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Maria Paula Zapata, Director of Programs, via email to maria@conexionamericas.org. Indeed submissions with only a resume will not be considered. All interviews will be conducted in English and Spanish. 

No phone calls or in-person inquiries, please. 

 

About Conexión Américas

Conexión Américas is a Latino nonprofit organization based in Nashville, TN. Our mission is to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed. Our organization was founded in 2002 to address some of the most pressing challenges created by recent demographic changes in Middle Tennessee as an increasing number of Latino families come to this region searching for a better quality of life. 

 

We focus on four areas of community impact:

Social Integration (family engagement, youth development and English as a Second Language), 

Economic Integration (homeownership, micro-entrepreneurship and taxpayer education/assistance), 

Civic Integration (community education through workshops and grassroots leadership development) and Community Development (arts and placemaking).

 

For more information about Conexión Américas, visit us at www.conexionamericas.org and check our organization’s profile at www.GivingMatters.com

 

Details

  • Date Posted: July 5, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Education