COOK INLET TRIBAL COUNCIL, INC.
Youth Advocate (Passages)
Youth Empowerment Services (YES)
YES Program Manager
Full-Time, Regular (195 Days)
This position supports the YES Passages grant goal of assisting youths with academics and socio-emotional transitions from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school, as well as, being a Point-Of-Contact for resources. This position will work within a multidisciplinary team to foster a partnership between family and school in addition to: providing regular contact with the student and their families, educational resources, academic counseling, and resources to students/families for appropriate academic and social services; serving as a support system to students in transition from village to urban life and District wide; and working together, the Advocate and CITC staff will provide educational and supportive wrap-around services to students and families.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Obtains assistance for students by making referrals to educational resources; arranging for appointments; establishing rapport with in-school staff and other educational agencies.
- Facilitates youth success by monitoring progress of each student’s educational support plan, conducting overview of past week’s accomplishments/barriers; following up on educational referrals, and advising parents of youth’s status.
- Eases transitions from a rural to urban school system and district wide transfers by providing school linkages, advocating on the youth and family’s behalf and facilitating opportunities for parental involvement.
- Reinforces ‘parents-as-advocates’ by respecting parent’s values, learning about the family and providing pertinent resources, school information and community updates to keep the families informed.
- Educates students by providing information and resources on areas such as: career and post-secondary planning, setting high standards for academic achievement, home school communication, importance of family involvement in education and other relevant trainings as needed.
- Assist with creation and implementation of a 3D club for youth.
- Prepares reports by collecting, analyzing and summarizing data and information on a quarterly basis.
- Maintain cooperative working relationship and ensure effective and timely written and oral communications with parents, staff and other personnel.
- Maintains operations by following CITC and ASD policies and procedures; participating in quality reviews.
- Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
- Demonstrated ability to utilize a variety of communication styles to maintain contact with families/students.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with families/students and advocate for their needs.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated familiarity with educational and social services resources.
- Demonstrated ability to compile and summarize data in spreadsheet, database and word processing formats.
- Knowledge of Alaska Native/American Indian educational issues, and unique and specialized needs.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, Education, or related field required. Year-for-year equivalent experience working with youth may be substituted.
- Minimum three (3) years’ experience working with Alaska Native families, knowledge of their values and belief systems.
- Knowledge of the Anchorage School District policies and practices.
- Continued employment status will be contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory state and federal criminal background check report in compliance with the 1990 Indian Child Protection Act.
- Valid Alaska Driver’s License and insurable under CITC’s automotive insurance, which requires the driver to be at least 21 years of age.
Hiring preference shall be given to eligible and qualified Alaska Native/American Indian applicants pursuant to PL 93-638 Indian Self-Determination Act.