Specialist I - College and Career Readiness Pool 2023-2024

Posted: 06/18/2023

Specialist I - College and Career Readiness Pool 2023-2024

Reports to one of the following:

Coordinator IV – Academic Advisement
Coordinator IV – GO Centers
Principal – MS, HS, ALT/SP
Executive Director – Collegiate Programming & Advisement

Location: To Be Determined
Pay Grade: 201
Salary Range: $44,235 - $62,355
Duty Days: 187

This is a grant-funded position and is contingent on availability of funds.

Position Purpose

Develops student and family understanding of college and career options as well as pathways to post-secondary achievement; guides and assists students and their families in the college and career process.  Collaborates with other institutions to promote college and career readiness.  Maintains program requirements to facilitate student success.


  • Facilitates understanding of FWISD Programs of Choice and their connection to college and career planning; works with the school’s administration, staff, and faculty to promote FWISD Programs of Choice and to define the college and career awareness process.
  • Coordinates and facilitate presentations, student workshops, parent meetings, and college & career awareness activities for each grade level that promote FWISD Programs of Choice, post-secondary, and career options.
  • Facilitates ongoing parent outreach and information sessions that emphasize early education for FWISD Programs of Choice and college and career access.
  • Implements school-wide marketing strategies for FWISD Programs of Choice, college, career, and technical education programs.

Guidance & Assistance
  •  Provides each grade level with appropriate college and career guidance.
  • Offers students and parents financial aid information and assists with the completion and submission of scholarship and/or grant opportunities that promote college and career success.
  • Proactively assists all students in developing and applying skills for maximum educational, career, personal, and social growth.
  • Uses an effective referral process for assisting students and families in accessing support programs and services.
  • Facilitates the interpretation and communication of interest inventory results for all students, by grade level.

  •  Coordinates partnerships with community and higher education providers to integrate services that promote secondary and postsecondary planning and success.
  • Collaborates with school staff to plan workshops for students that need assistance with time management, study skills, and the test preparation process.
  • Serves as coordinator to bring together people and resources in the home, school, district, and community to support students’ optimal development.

Program Management
  •  Operates an active database of educational and career resources that serves as a foundation for literacy about colleges, job training programs, careers, and other opportunities (i.e., summer bridge programs).
  • Regularly and accurately maintains documentation of all program related services and activities.
  • Supports various school programs and activities.

Additional High School Responsibilities
  •  Supports the planning, organization, and execution of activities pertaining to college and career readiness, such as college visits, career day, college decision day, summer internships, and so forth.
  • Supports the principal and campus with activities that help to build a college and career campus culture (i.e., college acceptance displays, scholarship money totals, and so forth).
  • Regularly communicates and meets with parents regarding college and career opportunities for students; keeps an accurate log of these activities.
Personal Work Relationships
  • All Fort Worth ISD employees must maintain a commitment to the District’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.
  • Exhibits high professionalism, standards of conduct and work ethic.
  • Demonstrates high quality customer service; builds rapport/relationship with the consumer.
  • Demonstrates cultural competence in interactions with others; is respectful of co-workers; communicates and acts as a team player; promotes teamwork.  Responds and acts appropriately in confrontational situations.

Other Duties as Assigned
  • Performs all job-related duties as assigned and in accordance to the Board rules, policies and regulations. All employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of academic and career development, post-secondary options, college admissions, and the financial aid process; including understanding of requirements, forms, and opportunity programs.
  • Skill in working with initiatives that require collaboration with District and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Skill in talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with District leaders, students, staff, parents, community, and others contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to present information to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data.
  • Ability to analyze situations and take appropriate courses of action.
  • Ability to maintain confidential student records.
  • Ability to use software to create spreadsheets, databases, and do word processing.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written forms.
  • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.

Travel Requirements
  • Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.

Physical & Mental Demands, Work Hazards
  • Tools/Equipment Used:  Standard office equipment, including computer and peripherals.
  • Posture:  Prolonged sitting and standing; occasional stooping, squatting, kneeling, bending, pushing/pulling, and twisting.
  • Motion:  Frequent repetitive hand motions, including keyboarding and use of mouse; occasional reaching.
  • Lifting:  Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds).
  • Environment:  Works in an office setting; may require occasional irregular and/or prolonged hours, including evenings, nights, and weekends as necessary.
  • Attendance:  Regular and punctual attendance at the worksite is required for this position.
  • Mental Demands:  Maintains emotional control under stress; works with frequent interruptions.

Minimum Required Qualifications
  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university.
  • Certification/License:  None.
  • Experience:  2 years’ working with urban students from diverse socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Language:  Bilingual (English/Spanish) working proficiency preferred in some settings.

This is a grant-funded position and is contingent on availability of funds.

This document is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.

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