TITLE: Portland Teacher Program Coordinator
CLASS: Academic Professional
EXEMPT STATUS: Exempt
NATURE AND SCOPE OF WORK
The Portland Teacher Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and implementing the overall recruitment and retention strategies for target minority students pursuing the teaching profession. The incumbent in this classification is responsible for actively coordinating efforts between Portland Public Schools, Portland Community College, and Portland State University, ensuring student issues are addressed. The incumbent will market the program, working closely with middle and high school programs as well as acting as an internal liaison between both higher education institutions. This position requires active case management of students currently enrolled in the program including providing student and family advocacy, advising, and counseling as needed.
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES (Includes some or all of the following)
1. Coordinate and implement the recruitment of targeted minority groups into the teaching profession for Portland Public Schools, Portland Community College, and Portland State University. Work closely with community leaders and school officials in developing and implementing appropriate strategies.
2. Market the Portland Teacher Program, working closely with middle and high school programs. Travel through the state of Oregon to promote the program. Write newsletters to keep businesses, key leaders, politicians, and faculty aware of program issues.
3. Work with businesses in raising funds for scholarship programs. Research and identify various funding sources. Write program grants. Manage grant funds and Portland Teachers Project budget.
4. Manage an active case load of enrolled students, both at Portland Community College and at Portland State University. Provide student and family advocacy. Provide general advising, job search assistance, and counseling as needed. Refer students to community agencies based on identified need.
5. Facilitate quarterly colloquia for program students. Coordinate guest speakers and table discussion topics.
6. Develop and implement program policies and procedures. Actively participate in professional organizations and committees at the local and state level in advocating for teacher reform.
7. Direct the work of casual and student workers as grant monies allow. Screen, interview, select, and train employees.
8. Perform related duties as assigned.
Work is typically performed in an office environment, although regular travel is required to various schools in the metropolitan area and client homes requiring the use of a personal vehicle and a current driver's license. Requires the ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours.
Training sessions requires the ability to move and lift materials and equipment that may weight up to 25 pounds.
Bachelor's degree in Education or related field. Experience performing the duties of this job may substitute for the degree requirement on a year for year basis.
Demonstrated experience working in or with Education Equity programs. Demonstrated experience working with cultural and ethnic minority populations. Experience in project and case management. Experience working in post-secondary and secondary education settings desirable.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Considerable knowledge of socio-economic issues and current barriers faced by minorities.
Considerable knowledge of various cultures.
Knowledge of educational institutions, bureaucratic structures, and political issues.
Knowledge of program and grant budgets.
Knowledge of effective supervisory practices and techniques.
Skill in cross-cultural communication.
Skill in operating a computer and various supporting software packages.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability to effectively manage and prioritize program requirements from multiple institutions and multiple supervisors.
Ability to work with people of diverse age groups and social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.
Ability to operate a variety of office equipment.
Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written form.