Part-Time Success Coach II, 2013-2104 School Year
Nexus Columbus - Columbus, OH

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Company Summary :
Connections Education is a leading, fully-accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K–12. Connections Education is committed to expanding quality education through technology and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

The Connections Learning division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions looking to develop and enhance their online learning programs. Connections Learning delivers a full range of targeted digital learning solutions to the K-12 education community including online courses, a program for homebound students, a digital learning platform, and more. More than 300 schools, school districts, state departments of education and other educational institutions, serving tens of thousands of students throughout the U.S. and beyond, are already utilizing Connections Learning products and services.

Blended learning is the cutting-edge combination of face-to-face and online learning that provides students with a “greater than the sum of its parts” educational experience. Seven (7) blended learning charter high schools are currently in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan – in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Indianapolis, East Lansing, Royal Oak and Grand Rapids, respectively. These schools will together provide more than 600 students in grades 9-12 with a personalized path to college- and career-readiness.

Position Summary :

Working from Nexus Academy of Columbus , the Nexus Success Coach II will be responsible for guiding one or more cohorts of students toward college/career readiness through successful completion of the Nexus high school program. The Success Coach’s work with students will be balanced between academic support (in conjunction with virtual and in-person Teachers) and advisory activities . This is a part-time position with no benefits.

Responsibilities :

Academic Support
· Assist high school students in their courses by providing on-site motivation and support;
· Work collaboratively with a team of teachers (both in-person and virtual) to ensure that all students in the cohort are on track and successfully progressing through the program;
· Assist students with daily assignments and projects to increase understanding;
· Clarify directions, rubrics and portfolio requirements;
· Assist Virtual Teachers with keeping student records and data up-to-date, including cumulative files, online student and family information, attendance accounting, and logging all student and parent contacts;
· Participate in the organization and administration of State Testing, as directed;
· Help carry out educational programs developed through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process for special education students;
· Maintain a positive, supportive, and engaging learning environment at all times;
· Develop and implement strategies that encourage student collaboration and teamwork;
· Supervise an advisory cohort of students, ensuring that all students are successfully progressing through the program and that parents have a central point of contact for discussions on their student;
· Monitor students’ attendance, participation, and academic performance;
· Oversee the student escalation process to communicate with School Principal and On-site and Virtual Teachers if student is “approaching alarm” or “in alarm” status, based on escalation metrics;
· Develop and monitor individualized Action Plans for each student in escalation; including working with students to set goals for getting back on track and communicating with parents/caretakers and school staff;
· Act as main point of contact for parents, teachers and other staff members regarding students in escalation; plan and deliver workshops related to general work/study habits, working effectively in teams, test-taking strategies and 21 st century learning skills;
· Help each student identify and focus on his or her potential and aspirations;
· Support college and career counseling activities under direction of Guidance Counselor;
· Help students to research and understand their post-secondary career and educational options;
· Assist with student preparation of applications for college and jobs;
· Work with a team to coordinate and implement social activities and relevant field trips for students;
· Train, mentor and supervise Success Coach I as requested by the Principal;
· Complete some classroom responsibilities, as requested by the Principal; and
· Other duties as assigned.
· Valid Teacher certification (an advanced degree in education and relevant work experience may be considered)
· Bachelor’s degree
· Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
· Experience and demonstrated interest in working with youth (both strivers and strugglers) in a diverse urban environment
· Experience working in a school or other educational environment
· Strong multi-cultural skills
· Strong technology skills (especially with internet, Microsoft OS and MS Office programs)
· Customer focused approach
· Ability to motivate and assist students with high school coursework
· High degree of flexibility
· Demonstrated ability to work well in an innovative, fast paced environment
· Team player track record
· Ability to work evening hours occasionally to support students and families