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Work Study Position with Portland Public Schools: College Advocate Mentor

Monday, September 16th, 2019 to Friday, June 12th, 2020 (PT)


Hiring ManagerRebecca Lewis
Age Limit18 and up
Organization Name:
Portland Public Schools
Number of openings: 5
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:15am-3:15pm
Hours per week: 8-15

Portland Public Schools is seeking employees to work as GEAR UP College Advocate Mentors (CAMs) for the 2019-2020 school year in the Madison, Jefferson, and Roosevelt clusters, service 7th and 8th graders in middle schools and/or 11th and 12th graders at the high schools. CAMs must be able to work 10-15 hours a week during school hours (8:15am-3:15pm Mon-Fri).
  • Roosevelt High School (11th/12th); Astor, Cesar Chavez, George (7th/8th)
  • Jefferson High School  (11th/12th); Faubion, Ockley Green, Tubman, Vernon (7th//8th)
  • Madison High School  (11th/12th); Harrison Park, Roseway Heights (7th/8th)

Mobilizing for College: Engage, Empower, Elevate
In 2014 and 2018, respectively, Portland Public Schools was awarded two federal grants focused on building the capacity of schools to embed practices that promote equitable access to post-secondary education and training. Our revamped program, now known as Mobilizing for College: Engage, Empower, Elevate (M4C:E3) uses an integrated approach that engages community partners, families, teachers, and near peer mentors to advance educational opportunity and success. M4C:E3 draws on a set of best practices and a suite of services centered on the classroom that 1) leverage community resources and leadership of families; (2) support positive academic mindsets through data-informed teacher practice; and (3) encourage students to apply their unique intellectual, cultural an personal assets to realize their educational and career goals.
Local mentors from the community who are attending post-secondary education or training are paired with teachers to enrich classrooms, provide college and career exposure activities, and help students develop a college going identity.
In addition to working directly with teachers in the classroom, College Advocate Mentors have numerous paid opportunities for professional development including:
  • Summer intensive Portland State University Fellowship (teachers and CAMs);
  • CAM-centered professional development retreats and workshops throughout the year;
  • Ongoing quality coaching from supervisor, mentoring from CAM Alum, etc.

Under the direct supervision of the designated GEAR UP staff, and with guidance from school staff, College Access Corps members and experienced mentors, College Advocate Mentors:
  • Enrich classrooms by modeling student engagement, forming positive mentoring relationships with students, and connecting classroom content to their experiences as college students;
  • Serve as a role model/mentor to students by developing their academic and personal strengths through consistent feedback and encouragement;
  • Design & facilitate a series of workshops to help students cultivate a college going identity;
  • Support teachers in organizing and carrying out meaningful college and career exposure activities which may include field trips, discussion panels, guest speakers, etc.;
  • Assist staff with other projects as assigned.

This position is classified as a non-represented, limited term position, FLSA non-exempt. Mentor I - $12.50 per hours (less than 2 years of college). Mentor II - $14.75 per hours (verified 2 years of college - official transcripts required)

  • Starting Fall term 2019, must be enrolled college or trades/apprenticeship program taking a minimum of 6 credits (or the equivalent in technical skills training).
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and a team player attitude.
  • Must be comfortable speaking in front of a group and sharing personal experiences as a student.
  • Experience and/or ability to work with and appreciate individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with staff, students, parents and other members of the school community.
  • Must be able to plan, prepare, design and lead mini lessons, workshops, and panels in subjects related, but not limited to, socio-emotional skills, non-cognitive skills, financial aid and scholarship access, college application process, and college and career decision making.
  • Familiarity with the schools and communities GEAR UP serves.
  • Experience working with middle and/or high school youth.
  • Completion of leadership development course or demonstrated experience in leadership role.
  • One year, or more, experiences as a GEAR UP College-Advocate Mentor.
  • Preference will be given to those who are Work-Study eligible. If not currently eligible, we recommend consulting with the Financial Aid department at your school to determine potential eligibility.
  • Preference will also be given to DACA students.
  • Preference will also be given to bilingual applicants.
For more information about this position and for instructions on how to apply, please contact Jessica M4C SMART Coordinator
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Apply by phone - 503-593-5366

Job ID: 44297
Position #: 998297

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Requirement Details
Must be able to attend teh following required trainingsFebruary 2020 Mid-Year Retreat (2 Days, 1 night, overnight)
One day trainings on September 20, 2019, November 2019, and April 2020
CausesChildren & Youth College Readiness Education Mentor
SkillsHelp w/People Learning/Education Mentoring Teaching