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College/Career Information Coordinator

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CLASS DESCRIPTION
OFFICIAL TITLE: College/Career Info Coord CODE: 6770 SQ/OQ: Optimal Qualified
WORKING TITLE: College/Career Information Coordinator GRADE: 16 MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: As a member of the school counseling team, under the direction of the resource counselor and school principal and/or designee, develops and implements a comprehensive college and career information program for students in Grades 9-12 and maintains the College and Career Center. Utilizing technology, collects, reviews, selects, maintains, and distributes a wide variety of information concerning colleges, trade schools, vocational and employment opportunities, and career information. Assists students in all aspects of the college planning process including the application process, testing, financial aid, and scholarships. Supports the work of the school counseling program by meeting with students and parents individually and/or in groups on career planning and college entry process. Builds and maintains rapport with college, career, military, and the business community in order to gather and disseminate current information and resources.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION STANDARDS
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of the college selection, testing, application, and admissions process; knowledge of vocational/technical/career school programs and admissions. Knowledge of computerized career information systems, college related software such as SAT/PSAT/Accuplacer/ACT prep computerized programs, college application software, and financial aid systems, or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge. Ability to access college and career information from a variety of sources, including the internet. Knowledge of the business and employment principles and practices of private industry, local, state, and federal governments; knowledge of a variety of occupations and their associated terminology; knowledge of state of Maryland labor regulations for minors; knowledge of high school courses/programs and graduation requirements. Ability to evaluate, prioritize and organize materials received in the Career Center as well as the tasks required to keep the Center a viable resource for students and their parents. Excellent oral, written communications and human relations skills. Able to deal courteously and effectively with colleagues and all who use the center; ability to develop and maintain effective career information programs; ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative in completing duties. Knowledge of the seven core competencies of the Supporting Services Professional Growth System (SSPGS).
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors degree required. Experience in the field of college and career information and planning or business and employment practices. Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience equivalent to a Bachelors degree, which provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform effectively in the position, may be considered.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: None
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) As required by the duties and responsibilities of the job.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) Some after school and/or evening events.
OVERTIME ELIGIBLE: Yes

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Actively manages the college and career information center by obtaining, organizing, filing, and displaying current materials related to college and career exploration, college assessments, financial aid, and scholarships, vocational opportunities, and local resources for students.
2. Collaborates with school administration and resource counselor to develop a schedule for the center to be open and available to students and their parents.
3. Assists students in accessing on-line college applications and information.
4. Assists students (and their parents) with college applications, including financial aid paperwork.
5. Advertises and disseminates scholarship information; instructs and assists students/staff with computer searches for colleges, careers, financial aid, and scholarships.
6. Provides information and/or applications for PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, Accuplacer; coordinates registration for MCPS approved SAT preparation courses; assists students with college essay writing.
7. Schedule visitations by representatives from colleges/career schools and military.
8. Records select college representative visitations for students, parents, and staff.
9. Participates, assists, and collaborates with school counseling meetings/workshops.
10. Presents individual and group instruction for career/college exploration, assessment surveys, financial aid, and scholarships (e.g. FAFSA, Profile)
11. Plans, organizes, develops, and creates informational material on career events and publications
12. Assists in the publication of school and PTSA newsletters and annual testing bulletin designed to disseminate information to students, staff and community.
13. Coordinates and supervises career developing activities/programs.
14. Encourages the use of, and assist students with, career interest and other assessment instruments.
15. Coordinates speakers, mentors, and shadowing opportunities.
16. Attends faculty meetings and school counseling department meetings relating to college/career resources.
17. Participates in professional development workshops, and in-service training; attends college/career seminars (as directed by supervisor/principal)
18. Recommends changes to the college & career information program.
19. Researches and evaluates computerized college software and prepares recommendations to resource counselor.
20. Organizes, schedules, and chaperons field trips relevant to college and career exploration including career/employment fairs.
21. Collects, maintains, and disseminates job information (part time, summer, and full time) to students, staff, and the school community.
22. Serves as a school liaison for school and community groups.
23. Coordinates and supervises student aides/volunteers in the Career Center.
24. Issues/validates work permits.
25. Maintains a file of student career interests and cumulative student planning folders.
26. Assists with senior surveys and school profiles.
27. Performs related duties as assigned.

Class Established: 8/73
Date(s) Revised: 5/07, 10/2010, 7/12
Last Reviewed: 6/74, 11/83, 9/89, 7/92, 7/93, 2/98

This description may be changed at any time.

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