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JAG College and Career Coordinator

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Work type: Full Time Administrative
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Categories: Student Affairs/Student Services

General Description of Position:

Provide program leadership for the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) College pilot program, which has a primary mission to support alumni of the JAG high school program in meeting their career and postsecondary educational goals. The JAG College and Career Coordinator is responsible for program oversight, development and implementation, ensuring compliance with grant requirements, budget and data management and reporting, and employer, faculty and partner/stakeholder engagement for the grant-funded JAG College initiative within the Career Development Office. The Coordinator provides leadership and supervision for the development and coordination of the JAG College professional development, employer networking and supportive services components. He/she will be tasked with providing a structure that takes into account the general welfare of students, promotes the personal growth and development of students, and complements and supplements experiences in the learning community.

This is a grant-funded, soft-money position through the end of the pilot grant period (June 2018).

Major Responsibilities: Program Leadership
    • In collaboration and cooperation with the Director of Career Development, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and EmployIndy, develops program goals and objectives that are in line with statewide initiatives and provides leadership in and/or carries out the implementation of these goals and objectives.
    • Develops and manages a budget, including student support, marketing, special events, and staffing expenses.
    • Works with faculty, staff, and students to promote the value of diversity and an inclusive environment within the JAG College program and Ivy Tech as a whole.
    • Assists the Ivy Tech Foundation in the grant writing process when deemed appropriate and necessary.
    • In collaboration with program and regional campus leadership, identifies and effectively engages community stakeholders for student support and general programming needs.
    • Leads the design and implementation of the outreach and recruitment plan to maintain a constant pipeline of prospective students.
    • Supervise any part-time, work-study and/or clerical staff.
    • Orders and maintains purchase requisitions of learning community materials and supplies.

Academic Affairs

    • Coordinates the design and implementation of the enhanced cohort orientation experience.
    • Works closely with the Director for Career Development and the Workforce Alignment team to design meaningful programming that is aligned with talent needs of business/industry in the regional area.


Student Affairs

    • Collaborate with JAG Specialists, teachers, counselors, and administrators at Marion County high schools regarding students in their junior and senior years of high school to begin the process of relationship development to support the transition process to postsecondary education to the College.
    • Acts as primary support resource for students in the JAG College program.
    • Coordinates with the Academic Advising office regarding specific student advising interventions.
    • Receives student inquiries related to support resources and directs students to resources as appropriate.
    • Advocates for students in the JAG College program both with internal Ivy Tech employees and external stakeholders, when appropriate and within the guidelines of FERPA regulations.
    • Serves as a problem-solver and thought-partner with students to address their needs, concerns, and/or barriers to retention and completion.
    • Actively researches student support initiatives within the college for appropriate referrals and connections.
    • Operates beyond the surface-level answer/response for students within the JAG College program.
    • Embodies the spirit of intrusive advising models in student interactions.
    • Create a learning community (JAG Student Organization) among the students being served through this program that builds a sense of belonging and offers peer-to-peer mentoring and leadership development opportunities. 

Employer/Stakeholder Engagement

    • Serves as the liaison among Ivy Tech, the Indiana Department for Workforce Development, and EmployIndy regarding JAG initiatives.
    • Attends DWD-led and EmployIndy-led JAG staff meetings as required.
    • Engages employers and workforce development stakeholders in meaningful and mutually beneficial collaborations.
    • Manages stakeholder communication via in-person meetings, written program newsletters/updates and online communications.
    • Ensures broad awareness and engagement of key employers, workforce development stakeholders, staffing firms, industry associations, and networking groups.
    • Represents Ivy Tech, DWD, and EmployIndy at community partnership meetings, workforce development events, and economic development initiatives.

Evaluation & Data Management

    • Identifies and tracks program outcomes and indicators via the JAG National Data Base (e-NDMS) and appropriate Ivy Tech systems.
    • Ensures program design and strategy supports the overarching program goals and outcomes targets.
    • Monitors student data and provides monthly, quarterly and annual updates to the Director of Career Development, DWD’s Director of Youth Initiatives, and EmployIndy’s Youth Director.
    • Identifies and responds to opportunities for program growth and improvement.
    • Provides program data and results to DWD, EmployIndy, and the Ivy Tech Foundation for use in grant reports and funding proposals.

This is not to be construed as an exhaustive list. Other duties logically associated with this position may be assigned. All responsibilities will be conducted within the parameters of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), other applicable regulatory requirements, and professional standards.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, student personnel, management, business, or related field required. 
  • One to two years’ experience in educational programing serving diverse student populations (preferable secondary and/or postsecondary public institution). 
  • Experience in teaching, counseling, advising, case management or workforce development.
  • Must demonstrate excellent communication and team building skills, the ability to be decisive, and provide leadership in a community college setting. 
  • Must have the ability to work well with persons from various social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. 
  • Knowledge of computer applications and familiarity with computerized records systems required.
  • Passion for seeing students succeed.
Preferred Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree in education, psychology, student personnel, management, business, or related field. 
  • Terminal degree in education, counseling, student personnel, management or a related field.
  • Not-for-profit management experience.
  • Previous knowledge of the JAG program or experience with the JAG student population or similar student population.
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