The Career Coach assists South Davidson High School students with determining career goals and identifying College programs that would enable students to achieve these goals. This is a grant-funded, full-time 10 month position and will be physically located at South Davidson High School. The Career Coach reports directly to the DCCC Director, Career Development and has the following responsibilities.
Develops and implements programs and services that provide support, engagement and guidance to help high school students define career interests and explore career and educational opportunities.
Meets one-on-one with students and families to discuss academic and career goals and develops pathways and monitors student progress toward goal achievement.
In collaboration with the South Davidson High School Career Development Coordinator, teachers, counselors and the DCCC Career Development office facilitate career exploration, job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships and other career activities to equip students with necessary skills and employment preparation strategies.
Collaborates with the Career Development Coordinator and the DCCC Career Development office to maintain and distribute information regarding career fields, employment opportunities, labor market information and specific employers for full-time and part-time internship and work-study opportunities.
Complies data and maintains records to evaluate and report program objectives and success for the purpose of modifying and/or enhancing program structure and meeting program goals required for grant reporting.
Collaborates with community college personnel to provide Davidson County students and their families with information and support regarding college admissions, Career & College Promise pathways, student financial aid and testing.
Prepares a variety of manual and electronic reports and materials for the purpose of communicating with staff, students, and community stakeholders.
Collaborates with the high school Career Development Coordinator and the DCCC Director, Career Development to design and coordinate a variety of events, programs and presentations (student assessments, classroom presentations, career fairs, career day, field trips, student placement and follow-up, teacher and counselor in-services, etc.) for the purpose of supporting a smooth transition of students from middle school to high school and from high school to post-secondary opportunities (college, employment, military training, etc.).
Collaborates with the high school Career Development Coordinator to develop relationships and jointly serve as liaison with post-secondary institutions, employers, community leaders, for the purpose of building resources and expanding program opportunities for job shadowing, internships and apprenticeships.
Participates in meetings, workshops, and committees (community organizations, advisory committees, etc.) for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform job functions and remaining knowledgeable of career opportunities and program requirements.
Participates in professional development opportunities as appropriate for the position to achieve program outcomes and goals.
Collaborates with the high school Career Development Coordinator to jointly represent Davidson County High School and Davidson County Community College to various on- and off-campus groups, including meetings with employers, middle and high school parents and teachers, students and the general public.
Maintain sensitivity, understanding and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological, and ethnic backgrounds;
Support the mission, vision, and values of the College and attend College events and meetings;
Perform other duties appropriate to the title and as assigned that support the mission of the College.
ADA requirements for this position include critical thinking skills with the ability to process information and exercise good judgment; ease of mobility within the work environment and other areas of campus and College locations; travel between campus locations may be required; and effective use of all forms of communication including use of computer.
Bachelors' Degree from an accredited institution
Minimum of 2 years' experience in secondary or post-secondary education
Ability to work collaboratively with college and high school personnel
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to handle multiple demands
Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution in counseling, education, psychology, or closely related field.
Two years’ experience providing counseling, educational support or career development services to students.
Experience using various career exploration tools.
Experience interpreting labor market information.
About Davidson-Davie Community College
Davidson County Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College system. DCCC serves Davidson/Davie and adjoining counties with the main campus located on the border of Lexington and Thomasville, and the Davie campus located in Mocksville. We also have three satellite education centers in the area for students who find it convenient to study in a smaller environment. Davidson County Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. (See Davidson County Community College website – www.davidsonccc.edu – Street Address: 297 DCCC Road, Thomasville, NC 27360-7385 – Post Office Address: P.O. Box 1287, Lexington, NC 27293-1287)Davidson County Community College’s mission is to develop minds, inspire imaginations, and prepare students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment.