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YES Appalachia Lead Educator

Appalachian State University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 17, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Other Student Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
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Position Title YES Appalachia Lead Educator Position Number 096281 Department College Access Partnerships - 240105 Description of University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Minimum Qualifications
  • College Degree and two years of working experience in education, college access services, and/or other closely related fields.
  • Proactive; resilient; accountable; strong problem-solving and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse constituents, both internally and externally.
  • Facilitate effective collaboration and the ability to resolve conflict.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral, written, and virtual communication skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours with strong attention to detail and organization.
License/Certification Required
N/A Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Lead Educator is an essential member of the YES team working alongside other YES Educators and College Access Partnership colleagues. This position works out of the Appalachian State University office to support YES Scholars in Watauga and Ashe Counties in North Carolina and requires regular local travel to these sites. This position is responsible for designing and leading YES middle school sessions; coaching and mentoring Scholars as they navigate high school choices, summer program options, and preparation for higher education environments.

YES sessions place an emphasis on learning to evaluate information verbally and through reasoning — not through rote-learning methods. In YES, the process is more important than the end product or answer; precise thoughts and ingenious questions are highly encouraged. To achieve this, the YES Educator should be comfortable leading Socratic-style discussions and demanding students to think critically. YES seeks Scholars and educators with verbal acuity, unique insights, profound interests, and who demonstrate agency. The YES educator's role is to nurture and hone these skills in students while preparing them emotionally and culturally to participate in the kind of rigorous learning environments they will encounter in high school and college.

Duties and responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to the following:

Middle School Academics:
  • With the support of Appalachian State and the College Access Partnerships programs, prepare and lead YES Scholar cohort sessions, number of in-school sessions per week will depend on the Scholars and the organization's needs.
  • Develop and implement YES Scholar extra help sessions as needed (tutoring, phone counsel, etc).
  • Co-plan and co-lead with the YES Program Director the 7th and 8th-grade summer program at Appalachian State University with other branch staff.
  • Collaborate with YES staff and liaise with resources in Boone to plan and implement the annual YES Appalachian Adventure Summer Camp for rising 9th graders from all YES sites.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with staff and administration from all partnering middle schools.
  • Liaise/coordinate with school teachers, counselors, student success coordinators, and other college access staff to be proactive about Scholars' academic progress in middle school and to address any issues.
  • Confirm YES session schedules to ensure Scholars arrive promptly and are prepared for the session.
  • Identify summer programs tailored to each scholar's interests and needs and help Scholars apply.
  • Recommend middle school Scholars for national scholarship programs and provide application assistance, as needed.
  • Work with other YES educators to continue refining the nationwide curriculum.
  • Spearhead process of interviewing, selection, and onboarding of new YES cohorts.
Middle School Scholar and Family Support:
  • Responsible for contacting families of new Scholars to establish ongoing communication and introduce the program.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for all middle school Scholar and family concerns; work with YES, App State, and school staff to resolve Scholar and family concerns.
  • Schedule and lead meetings with middle school Scholars and families regarding high school planning and high school decision making.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the high school application and high school schedule selection process.
  • Connect families to outside resources as needed.
  • Identify scholar special needs such as counseling, financial support for dental/medical/vision, conflict resolution/mediation, and mentorship — refer these issues to the Program Director.
Scholar Outreach and College Access Support:
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with Scholars to ensure Scholar accountability and success.
  • Maintain effective relationships with the administrators, teachers, and families of YES Scholars.
  • Meet with middle/high school Scholars for additional academic support, as needed, which includes and is not limited to Saturday sessions.
  • Plan and host social events with Scholars throughout the year to build rapport and community amongst Scholars.
  • Provide and/or coordinate standardized test preparation to Scholars applying for talent identification programs, boarding schools, and/or college in large group sessions and/or one­-on-­one sessions, as needed.
Office Operations:
  • Engage in regular calls and meetings with national YES and College Access Partnerships colleagues.
  • Effectively use program management tools that YES and Appalachian State staffs use to maintain monthly tasks, goals, meetings, and weekly student cohort schedules.
  • Compile processing sheets when necessary for YES or GEAR UP staff (i.e. reimbursements for expenses related to meetings, field trips, etc.).
  • Manage and update the databases for YES and GEAR UP to track services provided to Scholars to measure individual and group academic and personal progress.
This position is grant-funded through Young Eisner Scholars. Please visit our website for more information. Suggested Salary Range $40,000 Physical Demands of Position
Typical physical demands of a professional position within a university including possible light lifting during students activities up to 20 pounds, with or without reasonable accommodation. Special Instructions to Applicants
For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University's Job Board:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of a minimum of 3 professional references with contact information
Additionally, provide answers to the required supplemental question in the application. AA/EEO Statement
Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Important Contacts:

Director of Human Resources/ EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187

Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144

ADA /504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056 Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian
We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community. Quick Link Posting Number 201500947P
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