A Life After School Coordinator
Start Date: August 1, 2016
Time: 40 hours per week
Salary Range: $37,000 – $40,000, dependent on experience
Benefits: Excellent healthcare and dental plan.
Reports To: Director of Programs
Application Due: July 8, 2016
The A Life After School (ALAS) Coordinator will support New Urban Arts’ students in developing and implementing a post high school plan. Each year New Urban Arts graduates 40-50 high school seniors, many of whom struggle to meet their post-secondary goals. Some aspire to college; some search for employment, and some aim to grow their creative practice. The ALAS Coordinator will build the organization’s capacity to inform and support students as they navigate the post-secondary landscape. The ideal candidate will be an experienced college advisor who also believes in the validity of options other than college.
ABOUT NEW URBAN ARTS
New Urban Arts is a nationally recognized community art studio and gallery for high school students and emerging artists in Providence RI. We believe that democracy requires that all young people, regardless of their background, are entitled to become more independent and creative thinkers. Our mission is to build a vital community that empowers young people as artists and leaders to develop a creative practice they can sustain throughout their lives. We achieve our mission through free year-round youth mentoring programs, artist residencies, professional development, and public performances and exhibitions.
• Supporting New Urban Arts Seniors in developing and implementing their post high school plans, including the college application process and alternative post-secondary options.
• Running approximately four workshops and events throughout the year including: (Fall) College Application 101; (Winter) Essay Writing Boot Camp; (Winter) Financial Aid 101; (Spring) The Not College Fair.
• Building a library of opportunities and resources.
• Support New Urban Arts underclassman to start thinking about post-secondary options and connecting them to summer learning opportunities.
• Working with New Urban Arts program staff and volunteer artist-mentors to foster an excellent, supportive learning environment.
• Working with New Urban Arts’ program staff and volunteer artist-mentors to ensure that the ALAS program is widely known and understood by New Urban Arts students, that young people understand it as an essential element of our community, and that young people are recruited into the program by all staff and volunteers.
• Working with program staff to help youth develop art school portfolios.
• Enthusiasm regarding participation in rigorous professional development programs on such topics as adolescent development, prevention, conflict resolution, art education, and youth development with experts and leaders in and outside of our organization.
• Building systems to track and report student and alumni outcomes.
• Tracking and reporting student outcomes, evaluate program performance, and employ learning to drive program development.
• Tracking New Urban Arts alumni as they participate and complete post-secondary plans.
Parent & Partner Engagement:
• Building partnerships with post-secondary programs and other organizations
• Working with our partners at College Visions to access college advising expertise and resources and to coordinate college visits and admissions representative interviews.
• Communicate and build relationships with New Urban Arts parents as appropriate during the college application process.
• A commitment to New Urban Arts’ mission and values.
• A minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
• Experience coaching high school students through the college application process and an understanding of the financial aid landscape and challenges.
• Experience and understanding of art school portfolio preparation and application. process as well as the art and design higher education landscape.
• An interest in working with high school aged youth in a community setting.
• Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
• An ability to work in a shared and open office space.
• An ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
• Flexibility, inclusiveness, responsiveness, and the ability to handle stress without contributing to it.
• A sense of humor and wonder.
E-mail resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: ALAS Coordinator. No calls please. Please send your resume and cover letter as two separate attachments; do not include them in the body of your email. PDF is the preferred file format.