AmeriCorps College Access Coach

April 30, 2016
Based at community centers near GRAD partnering high schools and/or at partnering high schools
Job Type


DEPT: College Access and Success

REPORTS TO: College Access and Success AmeriCorps Supervisor

PURPOSE: To support college readiness and access of Project GRAD (GRAD) scholars and additional participating students currently enrolled in high school or middle school, ensuring increased enrollment in postsecondary education and preparing for workforce certificate or college degree completion.

The role of the College Access Member is to support GRAD scholars and other participating students and family members in order to promote eventual college enrollment.

POSITION BACKGROUND: AmeriCorps is a national service program which provides member participants the opportunity to serve high need populations for the purpose of improving lives and communities. This 4.5 month, 675 hour position as a member of the Project GRAD Houston AmeriCorps program involves increasing college access for students in participating high schools. The service year begins on March 1, 2016 and concludes on July 15, 2016.

BENEFITS: This position awards a living allowance of $1,108.70 monthly and an education award from CNCS of $2,182.78 upon successful service completion.  Other benefits, student loan deferment, professional training, valuable networking opportunities, working with a dedicated team of AmeriCorps members and staff, and making a real difference in a local community.

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS: To serve in AmeriCorps, members must be at least 17 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and be a U.S. citizen or “permanent resident alien.”

This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations as defined by AmeriCorps.  Therefore, all members must consent to and pass a three-part background check which includes: a) NSOPW Public Sex Offender Check; b) Statewide Repository Checks (for State of Service and State of Residence); and c) FBI fingerprint-based Check.

HOURS: Members will average approximately 40 hours per week, allowing for holiday breaks and personal time off.  Hours will regularly include evenings and some weekends.

CONDUCT: The public and collaborative nature of GRAD’s work requires that the member demonstrate at all times the highest level of professional etiquette, integrity and transparency in his or her relationships among fellow GRAD and AmeriCorps staff members and GRAD’s various partners.  Working with students and family members requires the exercise of sound judgment in addition to respectful and relationship-building interactions.

The AmeriCorps College Access Coach will provide college success services as indicated below.

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Relative Importance:Responsibility:Estimated Time Commitment

Core (essential):• Implement AmeriCorps and GRAD grant initiatives and assure that these program components are effective ~~• Implement college readiness and career awareness programs for students and families including promoting good GPAs and SAT/ACT scores, organizing college fairs, career investigations, and college investigations to promote good matching, and financial aid workshops for students and parents ~~• Provide direct college enrollment assistance, to include college and scholarship applications, essay assistance and financial assistance forms (FAFSA and TASFA) ~~• Support student enrollment in leadership opportunities ~~• Collaborate with CBOs and campus based college access staff to achieve maximum student-level college access result ~~• Recruit for, prepare for, supervise, and instruct students in summer College Institutes ~~• Provide regular, ongoing reporting of relevant data to GRAD ~~• Participate in program training ~~• Participate in appropriate, approved community service projects:94%

Ancillary (essential):• Promote AmeriCorps at GRAD (GRADuation Pathways)~~• Record encounters with students and parents to include type, length of time and notes ~~• Maintain on-going journal reflecting on assignments, challenges and successes ~~• Submit monthly Grant Compliance and Accountability checklists ~~• Accurately document time of service each day ~~• Wear AmeriCorps logo daily:5%

Marginal ~~(non-essential):• Assist with program evaluation and analysis of effective practice:1%


College Access and Success AmeriCorps Supervisorsupervisor, guidance, single point of contact for program coordination

AmeriCorps Program Supervisor—collaboration, training, quality assurance, grant requirements

Partnering CBO’s and high school campus college access staff—collaboration to implement programs that increase student readiness for and success in college

Participating students and parents—to provide services, monitor program progress and explore options for improving strategies

Bachelor’s degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE (preferred)
Experience as a mentor in college access or success programs serving high school or college students or experience as a first generation college student.  Facility with speaking and/or writing Spanish preferred.


  • Demonstrates a desire to contribute to the success of students, particularly low-income and first-generation college students
  • Has access to personal transportation to move easily and efficiently between service sites
  • Works as an enthusiastic member of a team dedicated to student success
  • Contributes to the success of others
  • Recognizes opportunities for intervention and takes the initiative to act proactively and collaboratively
  • Takes responsibility for meeting program goals
  • Manages time wisely
  • Demonstrates strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Works collaboratively with partnering ISD and CBO’s campus staff to add value for student success
  • Creates effective written and oral communications, such as delivering presentations
  • Uses computer-based programs such as Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint

In the event of a local, state, or federal disaster declaration, AmeriCorps members may occasionally need to deploy to an affected area (in-state or out-of-state) to participate in response or recovery operations for up to 60 days.  During this time, service hours spent in response to that event may be counted towards the total required member hours of a given member.  Any given member will spend no more than 120 days on disaster related activities in a given member year without the prior consent of the OneStar Foundation unless otherwise specified in the program’s approved grant and program design (in the case of programs with a Disaster focus area).

If OneStar is activated by the Texas Department of Emergency Management, OneStar may require AmeriCorps programs to commit to providing at least 10% of their members to support disaster response and/or recovery needs. Examples of activities members may be asked to provide include establishing volunteer reception centers, managing teams of volunteers, distributing supplies and/or donations, or cleaning up and removing debris.


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