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GEAR UP Coordinator

Company: Wonderful College Prep Academy
Location: Avenal
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description

Who we are:

Wonderful College Prep Academy is a charter network in California's Central Valley committed to providing a world-class education for all students. The Academy's mission is to graduate students prepared to earn a college degree and to put them on a promising career path for life. We believe this begins with a nurturing, engaging, community-centered school environment where students develop a strong and well-rounded academic foundation. Ultimately, this will prepare generations of leaders in the Central Valley who are critical thinkers and life-long learners.

The Academy's first school opened in Delano in 2009, serving students from across the Central Valley in grades 6-12. In 2016, we moved to our new, state-of-the-art college prep campus in Delano, and in the fall of 2017, added an elementary school in Delano and opened a second charter school in Lost Hills. In Delano, we serve over 2,000 students in grades TK-12, while in Lost Hills, we serve over 400 students in grades TK-10 and will grow to serve students through 12th grade over the next two years.

All students have access to technology, from hands-on-STEM learning for younger students in a fully equipped "maker's space" to one-to-one school-provided devices for all students. The Academy aims to provide every opportunity for our students that often is not found in public or charter schools, including the ability to graduate from high school with a free Associate Degree. Through a unique partnership with Bakersfield College, our students enroll in college classes starting in 9th grade and complete all their A-G requirements, in addition to their AS Degree requirements over the course of four years. In addition, all graduates are eligible to earn a four-year renewable college scholarship through the generous support of Lynda and Stewart Resnick.

We seek thoughtful, inclusive, skilled communicators, and creative problem-solvers who value continuous learning and who are excited to serve our students and families. Now is the time to join a team making enduring change within the Central Valley of California and beyond.

Job Description

We seek a Gear Up Coordinator to ensure all students have equitable access to quality education. The role reports to GEAR UP Director and is based in Delano, CA with frequent travel to Lost Hills, CA.

Continuously monitor and actively support student progress towards high school completion and college admission for a 9th-12th grade caseload.
Provide individual and group tutoring (focused on math and reading) designed to improve academic performance and motivate students.
Collect quarterly academic data and create reports to track student progress towards college goals.
Serve as a coach, mentor, and support to 12th-grade students through the rigorous and comprehensive college search, match, application, and decision-making processes.
Coordinate logistics and execution of college readiness activities such as homework labs, tutoring sessions, test prep courses, financial aid sessions, college application sessions, home visits, parent workshops and informational meetings.
Chaperone special college activities such as overnight college visits and college camps during the summer.
Maintain strong and consistent communication with parents throughout the year.
Educate parents on graduation and college entrance requirements and partner with them to ensure effective support of their children enrolled in the College Readiness program.
Partner with school teachers to ensure academic support and success of students.


Bachelor's degree required.
A minimum of two years of full-time experience working with youth.
Experience working in low-income, Latino (ideally rural/agricultural) communities.
California driver's license.
Fluency in Spanish.
COVID vaccination will be required for this position unless the candidate has a legally valid exemption.

Working Conditions:

Environment: Office environment; fast-paced work, constant interruptions.
Physical requirements: Hearing and speaking to exchange information, make presentations and communicate over the telephone; seeing to read, prepare, and proofread documents and view computer monitors; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment; kneeling, bending at the waist, and reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally, to retrieve and store files and supplies; lifting light objects; ability to go to sites apart from primary office to conduct business.

Compensation and Benefits:

Wonderful College Prep Academy offers highly competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, which includes generous performance bonuses.
Full-time staff benefits include medical coverage, dental, vision, and life insurance at no cost to the employee. We also offer an optional 403b, with company match. In addition, employees have free access to the Wonderful Wellness Center and gym.

Disclaimer : This job description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of an incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of an incumbent. An incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job. Nothing in this position description changes the at-will employment relationship existing between the Institution and its employees.

Additional Information

WCPA's dedication to you:

Free access to the Wonderful Wellness Clinic
Free access to the Wonderful Fitness Center
Company-paid health/vision/dental for self
Voluntary 403b with company match
Most positions are bonus eligible
Subsidized preschool and college scholarships for your children

Quality of Life in the Central Valley:

Framed by the Sierra Nevada to the east and the Coast Ranges to the west, California's Central Valley is one of the world's most productive agricultural regions and the base of The Wonderful Company's agricultural operations. This vast area enjoys a moderate climate and offers residents a high quality of life, a low cost of living, and a host of diverse cultural and recreational activities. From wine tasting and hiking to rafting, fishing, skiing, and surfing -- all within a two-hour drive -- the family-friendly Central Valley has much to offer.

Wonderful College Prep Academy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

EEO is the law

Keywords: Wonderful College Prep Academy, Visalia , GEAR UP Coordinator, Other , Avenal, California

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