Salary: $4,000 to $6,000 per month

Dates of Employment November 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018 (contract position)

Opening Date: 10/01/17

Closing Date: 10/31/17


APPLICATION PROCESS:

Send resume and cover email to [email protected]. Finalists will be interviewed beginning on October 20th, 2017.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Consultant will be employed as a contract worker by Tech Bloc and located on the CAST Tech campus, with reporting responsibilities to the school principal and Tech Bloc executive leadership. It is hoped that this 9-month employment contract will transition into a full-time, paid position supporting CAST Tech through SAISD.

PRIMARY PURPOSE:

CAST Tech has entered into an innovative partnership with Tech Bloc and other industry partners to ensure that every 9th grade student at this new career-themed academy will be paired with an adult professional. This partnership has already signed up more than 100 volunteers through its “Friends of CAST Tech” campaign. CAST Tech is an innovative school specializing in information technology, business, and entrepreneurship. The mentoring coordinator will play a lead role in designing and overseeing the new mentoring partnership, which may also include some workplace mentoring (where students visit the companies rather than employees coming to the school). The Mentoring Coordinator will also play a central role in developing a menu of employer engagement opportunities ranging from school- based activities such as career talks and work-based opportunities such as job shadowing. The CAST Tech Mentorship Coordinator will facilitate student learning through recruiting prospective business mentors, coordinating the Friends of CAST Tech, working with SAISD to vet all volunteers and providing mentor training. The mentor coordinator will work in conjunction with school faculty to develop mentorship curriculum, arrange for guest speakers, and coordinate job shadowing events. The Mentorship Coordinator will work with the industry advisory committee to ensure that curriculum and student activities align with industry needs.

CAST TECH OVERVIEW:

CAST Tech will be the first in a series of career-themed high schools focused on meeting labor and workforce needs in San Antonio. Industry partners have collaborated on the design of projects and courses in Information Technology and Business/Entrepreneurism to meet employer needs. CAST Tech includes student developed/incubated business concepts that are encouraged by close student relationships with teachers, mentors, college and university faculty, and supported by work experience through project-based learning and internship placements, and college hours.

CAST Tech will provide innovative staff development to educators as well, both inside the school and beyond through its university partnerships. Embedded professors and staff will use CAST Tech facilities and staff to train future teachers and administrators in the CAST Tech environment, which utilizes technology as a medium for personalized instruction, project-based learning, blended learning models, business partnerships, and innovative methods as the focal areas for instruction. This diversity of experience will allow teachers to act more as mentors than instructors and will give students the opportunity to fully master content and advance at their own pace. This structured, accelerated, individualized approach will ensure that every CAST Tech graduate will have acquired the hard and soft skills that are essential to placement in one of San Antonio’s well-paying, high- demand jobs.

Staff in this innovative environment will be required to work as part of a team. The Mentorship Coordinator will be a key member of this diverse team, supporting staff by connecting the school to industry participation and input.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education/Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university
  • Candidate must have satisfactory outcome of fingerprinting background check. Non-refundable fee (approximately $50.00) paid by the employee

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Professional work experience outside education;
  • Project management, group facilitation or collaborative leadership experience;
  • Demonstrated use of technology for communication and collaboration;
  • Experience with mentoring programs;
  • Demonstrated use of technology to organize and deliver training;
  • Demonstrated passion for exposing students to real-world opportunities such as mentoring and internships, solving-real world problems;
  • Demonstrated passion for pursuing opportunities to learn and use new technology for personal and professional use;
  • Demonstrated use of interacting in an online learning platforms;
  • Effective team builder;
  • Strong communication and presentation skills;
  • Enthusiastic and empathetic;
  • Entrepreneurial mindset

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

Designing and implementing a school-wide mentoring program:

  • Assessing mentoring models to design the ideal school-wide mentoring program, beginning with the 2017 class of 150 9th graders;
  • Ability to communicate, engage and sell employers and local tech and business workers on the new Friends of CAST Tech mentoring program
  • Develop and implement mentoring program, including identifying necessary community-based partners and supports;
  • Work to develop effective matching of mentors to students (or grouping in the case of group mentors) and ongoing monitoring of relationships;
  • Work to source professional and collegiate mentors, develop and oversee training and ongoing support;
  • Serve as a liaison to industry advisory group and additional corporate mentors and industry partners; provide regular communication;
  • Stay on top of best practices in the field of mentoring and continuous improvement of mentoring program using qualitative and quantitative evaluations/feedback;
  • Work to create or source measures to evaluate progress and quality of mentorship program;
  • Analyze data in order to modify and improve mentorship program;
  • Track the mentorship volunteer hours;
  • Communicate with employers regarding employee volunteerism;
  • Engage the Friends of CAST Tech in other school activities to strengthen and deepen mentor involvement and commitment;
  • Develop and implement mentorship curriculum that fulfill the requirements of CAST’s curriculum program;
  • Use technology to strengthen the teaching/learning process;
  • Support the mission of the school district by serving as a positive role model for students.

LEADERSHIP

  • The Mentorship Coordinator must act as a campus leader and a key facilitator for the exchange of information between industry and staff, students;
  • Will be the face of CAST Tech to industry partners and in the community;
  • Administrative duties as assigned;
  • Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly to students, parents and staff;
  • Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents and community members;
  • Participate in staff development activities that improve job-related skills and professional growth.

The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervise students and industry mentors

EQUIPMENT:

  • Computers and Computer peripherals
  • Various software programs
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Printers
  • Copier
  • Telephone

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Mental Demands

  • Above average degree of concentration, communication (verbal and written), interpretation, understanding verbal instructions, analyzing, differentiating, reading, coordinating, compiling, computing, instructing, emotional control, memorizing, organizational skills, and the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Physical Demands

  • Regularly required to stand, walk, talk, hear, and write. Lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • Frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl;
  • Occasionally sit, climb, or balance, taste or smell; lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Environmental Factors:

  • Frequent exposure to outside weather conditions. Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.