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STEAM Coordinator Part Time Temporary Upward Bound Los Angeles

Adult Services | Los Angeles, CA | Part Time and Temporary

Job Description

About Us:

VOALA

Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities.  VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.

UPWARD BOUND

The VOALA Upward Bound program serves students at Roosevelt High, Dorsey High, Crenshaw High, Washington Preparatory, Leuzinger, North Hollywood High, San Fernando High, Polytechnic High, Sun Valley and Westminster High. Upward Bound provides fundamental education support and preparation for college. Serving more than 500 students annually from low-income families and/or high school students from families in which neither parent holds a college degree.

Upward Bound is one of seven federally-funded TRiO programs.  The Upward Bound program was established to provided fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.  The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.  Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.  The goal is to increase the rate at which participants complete the secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. We provide after-school academic instruction in core subjects and foreign languages, as well as PSAT, SAT, and ACT test preparation. Career exploration and mentoring are also an integral component to assist participants in deciding on potential college majors and career options.

We also provide college and career planning workshops, a summer program, individualized academic planning and counseling, financial aid advising, scholarship and application assistance, supplemental Saturday instruction and weekly tutoring as well as college and cultural field trips and an alumni program.

JOB SUMMARY AND PURPOSE

The Steam Coordinator is responsible for researching providers whose primary business is to focus on STEAM projects for High School students for the purpose of exposing them to careers in the STEAM Fields. All Project Activities will be implemented virtually.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identify and research companies who provide STEAM Curriculum for High School students.
  • Conduct survey of program participants to determine interest level on various STEM Careers.
  • Identify Post-Secondary schools, and companies who provide majors, internships and certification programs in the STEAM Field.
  • Identify guest presenters for webinars and workshops for program participants.
  • Assist Project Coordinator in the implementation of two STEAM Projects monthly.
  • Develop and implement tool to measure participants interest in pursuing a STEM career.
  • Prepare and submit reports on STEM project activities outcome, make recommendations on further projects.

Qualifications

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred in Mathematics, Science, Engineering, or an appropriate field in STEM.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience working with students in areas of science, mathematics, or health.
  • Experience assisting low-income first-generation students with their college plans.
  • Experience in coordinating and implementing activities in areas of science/ mathematics.
  • Experience in data collection and analysis.

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Knowledge of academic advisement in a college preparatory program
  • Knowledge of college entry and financial aid/scholarship process
  • Knowledge of curriculum development and workshop/seminar presentation 

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS:

  • Working Microsoft operating system skills: Outlook, Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Familiar with online tools/resources: CSU Mentor, University of California Doorways A-G Requirements, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), SAT/ACT College Entrance Exam Registration, California Colleges and Career Exploration; generally proficient with database applications.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to asses academic needs and evaluate participants in an academic setting;
  • Ability to be actively engaged in the day to day operations of the program;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with people from various backgrounds and/or limited English capabilities
  • Strong Public Speaking skills.
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.

HEALTH AND SCREENING:

  • Proof at the time of hire TB clearance within 6 months prior
  • Annual Influenza vaccination (between Aug 1 – Dec 1)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) and measles immunization
  • Health screening at the time of employment
  • Must pass fingerprint clearance and background check.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Formal training and/or work experience in programming that improves secondary school retention/graduation rates
  • Professional or personal experience in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting project participants
  • TRIO experience
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.