AmeriCorps Summer 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: AmeriCorps Program Coordinator


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 2 month, 300 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 May 16, 2016 and concludes on July 29, 2016.

BENEFITS: This position awards a living allowance of $2,700 and an education award from CNCS of $1,212.44 upon successful service completion. Other benefits include 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 30-33 hours per week, allowing for holidays and personal time off.


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 Success Members will provide college success services as indicated below.

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Relative Importance:Responsibility:Estimated Time Commitment

Core (essential):• Recruit for, prepare for, supervise and instruct students in summer College Institutes ~~• participate in program training ~~•participate in appropriate, approved community service projects ~~• Confirm and maintain valid student and family contact information ~~•contact GRAD Scholars and identify ways to provide support to help achieve college success ~~ • update Sales Force database as appropriate ~~• assist with Transitional Workshops during months of June- July at local colleges and universities: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%



AmeriCorps Program Director—supervisor, guidance, single point of contact for program coordination
Grant Management Department—collaboration, training, quality assurance, grant requirements


Participating students—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.


  • Demonstrates a desire to contribute to the success of students, particularly low-income and first-generation college students
  • 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 organizations 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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