The Galveston Career Connect (GCC) grant will leverage nearly $4M to strengthen the academic and career skills of high school students in the IT, engineering and health science fields. The program begins this fall and is open to all GISD sophomores. During the course of the grant over 1,300 students will receive integrated academic and career-focused learning, work-based activities, individualized care and academic counseling, connected internship opportunities, and industry recognized credentials in a high-growth job. Students that follow this program will be able to earn certifications as an EMT, a Patient Care Technician, in Engineering-AutoDesk and CAD, and in Information Technology. Participating students will graduate with a high school diploma, at least 12 total semester hours and up to 24 dual college credit hours from Galveston College. They will earn real world experience through internships, job shadowing and guest speakers. All books and certification tests will be paid and provided for through the grant.
The Galveston Career Connect (GCC) program coordinator will be responsible for launching, implementing and overseeing all aspects of a federally funded school-based program. The program coordinator will be hired and supervised by GISD with consistent support and communication to Galveston Sustainable Communities Alliance (GSCA).The coordinator will serve in a largely independent role within GISD; allowing the coordinator to facilitate honest dialogue among all of the partners during initial program design meetings, quarterly implementation meetings, and through the GCC advisory board, and supporting impartiality during semi-annual program improvement conversations based on analysis of participant and partner data. The program coordinator will also be responsible for cultivating and executing partnership agreements, managing program staff, and the overall execution of program activities, including those that the management plan calls for partner organizations to implement.
Experience and Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have the acumen and finesse to handle complex situations and multiple responsibilities simultaneously mixing long-term projects with the urgency of immediate demands. He or she must possess exceptional judgment and communication skills, and must exhibit the skills to collaborate with and achieve actionable results through others, the ability to build strong and sustainable relationships, and the capability to interact within external constituents of all backgrounds.
- Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred;
- Minimum 10 years professional work experience in education, program administration, talent recruitment, or workforce development;
- Experience in staff management;
- Extensive connections to employers in the region;
- Expertise in project and data management;
- Ability to cultivate, negotiate, and execute agreements with high-level partners;
- Detail-oriented, strong follow-through skills;
- Experience managing budgets;
- Ability to take initiative, prioritize tasks, and work independently;
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
- Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
- Poise, confidence, and maturity interacting with key stakeholders, with the ability to build strong relationships and work with people of diverse backgrounds;
- Exceptional judgment, strong initiative, and a quick learner; and
- Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills.
- Overseeing all aspects of a successful Galveston Career Connect program including developing program materials, scheduling, staffing, resource management, participant experiences, budget management, and scheduled federal reporting;
- Cultivating relationships with employers who can provide internships and mentorship for students as well as externships or professional development for program faculty, counselors, and staff;
- Liaising between all grant partners to ensure fidelity to the vision, program, and management plan;
- Presenting at quarterly meetings of the stakeholder advisory group convened by the GSCA Leadership Council;
- Presenting upon request to the GISD Leadership Team and Board of Trustees
- Developing professional development experiences for teachers in industry focused fields;
- Developing work experiences for high school students in the program;
- Regularly gathering and acting upon data from students and employers;
- Actively seeking external exposure and publicity for the GCC program through print, social media and other avenues; and
- Hiring and managing three staff: an administrative assistant and two career counselors.
Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:
Maintain emotional control under stress. Occasional district wide and statewide travel; frequent prolonged and irregular hours
The Galveston ISD does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, military status, or on any other basis prohibited by law.
This posting is subject to the Veterans Priority Provisions for Veterans and spouses of certain veterans as defined in the Jobs for Veterans Act (Public Law 107-288)