TORCH Bridges Student Support Assistant
July 15, 2017
Now in its 25th year, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is a community-based organization whose mission is to cultivate a collaborative community that supports, values and empowers youth. HCI works with community partners to identify needs/opportunities, foster collaboration and support community-driven efforts that benefit local youth and families. By offering its assistance, HCI strives to build the capacity of the community to more effectively serve its young people.
One of HCI’s flagship initiatives, Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) works to increase the high school graduation and postsecondary attendance rates of Northfield youth who are low-income, students of color, and/or potential first-generation college attendees. Completing its 13th year, the program works with more than 400 youth in grades 6-12, plus 125+ alumni.
HCI seeks an individual (20-25 hours/week) to provide administrative support to TORCH youth participating in the Tri-City Bridges to the Future initiative. Funded through a Social Innovation Fund grant from Youthprise and the Corporation for National and Community Service, Tri-City Bridges to the Future seeks to offer resources and support to Opportunity Youth ages 14-24. TORCH seeks to enroll and support 30 students in the Tri-City program, allowing them to access financial resources and support in graduating from high school, pursuing postsecondary education, and receiving initial career possibilities.
Tasks for the TORCH Bridges Student Support Assistant include:
- Provide diversified administrative services to the TORCH and HCI Coordinators
- Assist TORCH students with the completion of paperwork necessary to successfully enroll in postsecondary programs, register for workforce development programs, and complete necessary financial aid applications
- Oversee the administration of select tests and assessments required for students to complete enrollment
- Provide administrative support for TORCH students enrolled in the Individual Development Account (IDA) program
- Prepare materials and logistics for TORCH and other Bridges-related meetings, field trips, and activities. Ensure that all needed equipment, meeting supplies, and materials are provided for the smooth flow of the activity.
- Track and maintain data required for grant reports for TORCH-supported projects.
- Supervise college work-study students and office volunteers.
- Other duties as needed/requested.
Required qualities for the TORCH Bridges Student Support Assistant include:
- Bilingual in English and Spanish
- Demonstrated computer knowledge and skill in word processing, spreadsheets, database creation/maintenance, Google programs, and PowerPoint
- Accuracy, organization and attention to detail.
- Demonstrated interpersonal relations skills. Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with high school students, staff, volunteers and HCI partners.
- Ability to: organize, plan and implement multi-faceted workload; effectively identify, analyze, and solve problems; and successfully handle conflict resolution.
- Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
- Ability to work with minimum supervision and as a member of a team.
- Willingness to maintain the standards, carryout the purpose, and adhere to the policies of the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative.
Preferred qualities for the Bridges Student Support Assistant include:
- Familiarity with Northfield and Rice County organizations and resources
- Experience with graphic design and/or website maintenance
To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information for three professional references to: Zach Pruitt, HCI Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org). Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Seeking candidates who are ideally able to begin work by August 2017.