YES Appalachia Lead Educator
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.
- College Degree and two years of working experience in
education, college access services, and/or other closely related
- Proactive; resilient; accountable; strong problem-solving and
- Ability to work with diverse constituents, both internally and
- Facilitate effective collaboration and the ability to resolve
- Demonstrated excellence in oral, written, and virtual
- Ability to work flexible hours with strong attention to detail
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:
Middle School Scholar and Family Support:
- 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
- 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
- Spearhead process of interviewing, selection, and onboarding of
new YES cohorts.
Scholar Outreach and College Access 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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
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
- List of a minimum of 3 professional references with contact
Additionally, provide answers to the required supplemental question
in the application.
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.
Director of Human Resources/ EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
ADA /504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
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