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AchieveMpls Job Posting: Step Up Youth Services Manager

About Step Up
Step Up prepares today’s youth for tomorrow’s careers by recruiting, training and placing more than 1,600 young people (ages 14-21) in paid internships each year with over 200 regional employers, from Fortune 500 companies and small businesses, to public agencies and nonprofits. As one of the nation’s leading youth employment programs, Step Up leverages a collective of more than 200 partners spanning 15 industries and multiple sectors. Step Up has provided over 26,000 internships since 2003, yielding a competitive talent pipeline, a stronger economy and millions of dollars in wages for Step Up interns. Step Up is a partnership of AchieveMpls, the City of Minneapolis, DEED and Project for Pride in Living.

The Young People We Serve
Step Up supports historically underrepresented youth in Minneapolis who are ready to navigate theprofessional world. Step Up interns are the leaders of tomorrow, the talent that will power our region and the young people who reflect the global fluency of our communities. Nearly 91 percent of Step Up interns are people of color, and 48 percent come from immigrant families. Interns from 2017 were born in 35 different countries and speak 32 unique languages.

Position Description: Youth Services Manager
The Step Up Youth Services Manager works closely with program and community leaders to ensure the over-all success of this nationally-recognized youth employment program. Their primary responsibility is managing the whole spectrum of Step Up youth engagement, from youth recruitment and training to on-the-job support during the internship period. They also ensure that all program elements are well-coordinated with the City of Minneapolis and other partners to achieve the program’s youth service goals and objectives, and supervise a staff of 2-3 program associates.

Duties and Responsibilities
▪ Develop and lead all Step Up youth recruitment, training, engagement and communications activities.
▪ Collaborate with AchieveMpls and City of Minneapolis Step Up program directors to develop annual youth recruitment goals, strategies, plans and activities.
▪ Train, manage and lead a team of program associates to execute youth services plan
▪ Develop intern work readiness training curricula and lessons; establish training goals, structures and procedures; hire, train and supervise temporary work readiness training staff
▪ Work with program leadership to develop processes for matching youth to internship positions
▪ Maintain and build positive relationships with key Minneapolis Public Schools teachers and staff

Required Qualification and Experience
▪ At least 2 years of relevant professional experience
▪ Ability to establish priorities and manage complex, large-scale projects effectively
▪ Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to meet deadline
▪ Experience managing and coaching a team and ensuring accountability for results
▪ Experience coordinating large events, developing curricula and lesson plans preferred
▪ Proven ability to use data to develop strategy and guide processes
▪ Experience with relational databases, particularly Microsoft Dynamics CRM
▪ Flexibility and persistence; determination and drive
▪ Strong MOS Word and Excel skills; experience with large mail merges preferred
▪ Excellent written and verbal communication, and problem solving skills
▪ Commitment to education equity, career and college readiness and workforce development
▪ Knowledge and experience in work-readiness or secondary education preferred
▪ BA/BS in relevant field

Salary Range
$48,000 – $60,000 depending on experience

To Apply
Applications are welcomed from a broad range of applicants. Send cover letter and resume to HR@achievempls.org by Friday, August 10.

AchieveMpls is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Our Commitment to Equity
AchieveMpls is committed to hiring talented individuals who are passionate about our mission, represent the communities we serve and contribute to the diversity of our workplace and our city. We acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all persons. Our hiring decisions are guided by our equity values: embracing differences—race, culture, religion, ability, gender, gender expression and sexual orientation and class—eliminating racism and other forms of bias, and creating an inclusive workplace
where all employees feel valued, respected and heard.

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AchieveMpls Job Posting: AchieveMpls Career & College Center Coordinator at Roosevelt High School

About AchieveMpls
As the strategic nonprofit partner of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), we rally community support to inspire and equip Minneapolis students for careers, college and life. Our vision is that all young people have full access to educational and career opportunities, resulting in a more equitable and vibrant Minneapolis. Each year we manage Career & College Centers in 11 MPS high schools, train and place over 1,600 Minneapolis youth in paid STEP-UP internships with more than 200 employers, engage hundreds of volunteers as Graduation Coaches and career exploration volunteers, raise support for MPS strategic priorities, and administer MPS school funds and scholarships. Learn more at www.achievempls.org.

AchieveMpls Career & College Centers
Our Career & College Centers (CCCs) in eleven MPS high schools help young people chart their career course and make a plan for success after graduation—whether that means postsecondary school, apprenticeships, technical training, work or other opportunities. We also track individual student progress to ensure that every senior has a plan. Our team includes licensed school counselors, teachers and social workers. We bring extensive experience in helping students develop the best postsecondary plans for their individual career and life goals.

The Young People We Serve Minneapolis youth are our city’s emerging leaders, the talent that reflects the global fluency of our communities and will power our region. 70% of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) students are youth of color, and 60% are eligible for free or reduced lunch. 32% of MPS students call a language other than English their home language, with nearly 90 different languages spoken in the district.

Position Overview:
Career & College Center Coordinator The Career and College Center (CCC) Coordinator at Roosevelt High provides individualized assistance to students in exploring and planning for careers, postsecondary training and financial aid. In this work they collaborate with other AchieveMpls team members, school and community-based staff to develop and coordinate high-quality career and college planning activities and implement a system of career and college readiness across the school. Learn more about Roosevelt High at http://roosevelt.mpls.k12.mn.us/.

Duties and Responsibilities
Career Exposure: Assist students in building an awareness of the wide range of careers available
• Provide individualized and group advising to students regarding career research, career fields/clusters/pathways, job searches and other career-related activities
• Coordinate career exposure events that connect students directly with professionals and companies, such as classroom-based career speakers events, gym style career fairs, speed networking events with employers, work site tours and informational interviews
• Support student skill-building in developing resumes, interviewing, networking and other career-related skills

Postsecondary Exposure: Assist students in researching and gaining exposure to postsecondary training options
• Provide individualized advising on how to research and apply to college and other postsecondary education options
• Coordinate opportunities for students to connect directly with college representatives or visit college campuses
• Coordinate college fairs in collaboration with Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color
Plan Development: Support students in preparing postsecondary plans
• Offer individualized advising on postsecondary planning, including determining appropriate postsecondary match and fit
• Promote, support and coordinate opportunities for students to prepare for appropriate tests and entrance exams (i.e. ACT, Accuplacer, etc.) for postsecondary applications
• Support students in completing all steps of the college application process
Financial Aid: Support students in identifying how they will finance postsecondary plans
• Provide individualized support in understanding options for financing postsecondary options
• Support students in completing the FAFSA, Dream Act and/or scholarship applications
• Support students in budgeting and in interpreting financial aid packages
Collaboration & Communication: Work with school community members and AchieveMpls staff to implement a robust system of college and career readiness that is integrated into the school
• Partner with counselors to create a system that provides all students with appropriate career and college planning opportunities
• Collaborate with counselors to communicate regularly with families and students via e-mail and/or hard copy newsletters regarding activities in the CCC, events, deadlines, etc.
• Convene other college access partners through a College Access Network, where applicable

Qualifications and Experience Required
• Current knowledge of career and college planning processes and resources
• Proven record of working effectively with diverse student population, cultures and communities
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Ability to work collaboratively with school staff, community organizations, parents, business representatives, college admissions staff and volunteers
• Skills and experience working as part of a team
• Ability to take initiative in engaging students, teachers and other school staff
• Ability to work with students in a classroom setting
• B.A. degree or higher required

Qualifications and Experience Preferred
• Master’s degree in counseling or related field
• Second language proficiency

Salary Range
$51,000-$60,000 depending on experience

To Apply
Applications are welcomed from a broad range of applicants. Send cover letter and resume to HR@achievempls.org by Thursday, August 9, 2018.

AchieveMpls is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Our Commitment to Equity AchieveMpls is committed to hiring talented individuals who are passionate about our mission, represent the communities we serve and contribute to the diversity of our workplace and our city. We acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all persons. Our hiring decisions are guided by our equity values: embracing differences—race, culture, religion, ability, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and class—eliminating racism and other forms of bias, and creating an inclusive workplace where all employees feel valued, heard and respected.

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