"Alliance for Strategic Growth, Inc. Exists to empower the Eastern Indiana workforce to meet existing and future sector-driven employment demands."
POSITION: Jobs for America s Graduates (JAG) Specialist
DATE WRITTEN/Updated): March 15, 2017
SUPERVISOR: JAG Manager
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
Identifies, recruits and instructs students deemed to have a high degree of difficulty of being promoted into the next grade level, achieving graduation, and/or making a successful transition from school to a career with advancement opportunities. The Specialist is responsible for fully implementing the JAG Model in an assigned school and achieving process standards and performance goals.
Primary Team Functions and Responsibilities:
1. Communicate on a regular basis with the JAG manager and other members of the Operations team to coordinate the direction and central planning necessary for the successful administration, and management of the JAG program in assigned school of responsibility.
2. Recommends and/or implements processes and procedures for service delivery.
3. Participates, as appropriate, in meetings for various projects or task forces being executed.
Supervision, Direction, Facilitation:
1. Coordinates and facilitates the daily enrollment and service delivery in the assigned school of responsibility.
2. Informs other team members about their activities as it relates to the overall workforce development objectives set by Alliance for Strategic Growth Inc.
3. Carries out responsibilities in accordance with Alliance for Strategic Growth Inc. S policies and applicable laws.
Education and Experience:
1. Bachelor s degree in social service, counseling, business, education, or a related discipline is preferred. Equivalent combination of training, education and experience may be considered.
2. Experience working with youth accompanied by knowledge of adolescent development issues.
1. Achieve results. Incumbent must be results oriented and able to achieve goals. This involves a motivation to achieve, an awareness of the business of Alliance for Strategic Growth Inc., a willingness to learn, and a strong customer focus.
2. Leadership. Incumbent must be able to lead jobseekers in the fulfillment of their desire to gain employment. This involves the exercise of authority, developing and motivating others, setting goals and monitoring results.
3. Interface effectively with others. (Interpersonal Skills) Incumbent must be able to work effectively with others. This involves oral communications, professional relationship building and teamwork.
4. Plan and organize work. Incumbent must be able to plan and organize his/her work and the work of others. This involves the ability to analyze problems, reach decisions, make and implement plans.
5. Manage change. Incumbent must display initiative and remain flexible and adaptable in response to a changing work and regulatory environment.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Provides appropriate curriculum and ensures students achieve specific JAG competencies through classroom instruction; teaches through a variety of methods including lecture, hands-on activities, and team teaching; tailors the program and teaching methods for the needs of each specific student, and implements an intervention strategy for everyone using an Individualized Development Plan.
2. Ensures an appropriate pool of students by directly recruiting students, and obtaining referrals from an in-school Advisory Committee consisting of school personnel; holds interviews with prospective candidates and those making referrals to determine, using JAG guidelines, the appropriateness of the prospective student for the program.
3. Administers testing programs including JAG pre-/post-tests and career interest surveys.
4. Ensures positive perceptions of the JAG-Indiana within schools by developing and maintaining positive, effective working relationships with school personnel including teachers, administrators, students and members of the in-school Advisory Committee.
5. Advocates for the program and develops a pool of effective community support resources by working with employers, parents, civic groups and legislators to build awareness of and support for the program; develops job opportunities, participates in public relations activities, attends meetings and speaks to various community groups.
6. Builds appreciation for teamwork, sense of belonging, and commitment to community service among JAG-Indiana students by organizing and serving as advisor to a JAG Career Association chapter; creates training opportunities through hands-on activities, film presentations, guest speakers, and workshops; assists with civic and social opportunities.
7. Provides students with guidance, counseling, and support within appropriate limits; refers students to additional support services on an as-needed basis; takes responsibility for learning and complying with school policies such as mandated reporting, discipline, attendance, and the like.
8. Complies with all JAG and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) documentation requirements in a timely fashion including contacts and activities
involving students, employers, and other groups; develops and maintains a well-organized filing system.
9. Records information and data daily using the online Electronic National Data Management System (e-NDMS) and state case management system. It is understood that 30-60 minutes per day is required to maintain the electronic data base.
10.Assists students in finding and maintaining quality employment and/or post-secondary educational programs upon graduation; works closely with students and employers for 12 months after the end of the school year to ensure a satisfactory employment outcome; develops a plan for contacts with non-graduates to ensure effective transition to employment or additional education.
11.Participates in staff, regional and national statewide meetings, and staff development activities.
12.Performs selected school-related functions.
13.Participates in field trips.
14.Completes special projects and other projects and duties as assigned by the JAG Manager.
15.Skills in human relations, leadership, supervision and motivational techniques.
16.Ability to work 12 months per year.
17.Ability to work independently while managing multiple priorities.
18.Ability to establish the appropriate boundaries while developing and nurturing supportive relationships with students.
19.Ability to educate a variety of constituencies and interested parties about the program by developing ongoing relationships and making formal presentations.
20.Ability to develop curriculum and educational opportunities consistent with the JAG model.
21.Working knowledge of basic computer applications and an Internet browser.
22.Willing to work in a highly accountable and performance-based program. Reports potential audit issues and/or financial inconsistencies to ASG s President/CEO.
EQUIPMENT: In performing duties, incumbent will use calculator, network computer terminal, personal computer, copier, video conferencing equipment, laptop and projection equipment, fax machine, typewriter, scanner and telephone.
PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS: Incumbent administratively reports to their agency supervisor. Incumbent functionally reports to the JAG Manager. Incumbent has contact with One Stop Operator, co-workers, WorkOne staff, School personnel, vendors, and other partnership organizations via telephone and face to face.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Job is performed in a school environment where no unusual physical requirements occur. Job functions also require traveling to local and state offices and vendors. The position also requires frequent mobility to conduct workshops, access files and lift moderate amounts of material for storing, filing, and delivery.