VSAC is hiring in the Northeast Kingdom

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)
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About the Job

VSAC GEAR UP Outreach Counselor Opportunity

Do you enjoy working with middle and high school students? Are you energized by the enthusiasm of teenagers? As a VSAC GEAR UP Outreach Counselor you’ll have an opportunity to help students explore the possibilities their future can hold and help them create a plan to get there.

This opening for an Outreach Counselor is in our VSAC GEAR UP program and is based in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. This position serves Brownington Central School (grades 7/8), Brighton Elementary School (grades 7/8), the Canaan School (grades 7-12), Charleston Elementary School (grades 7/8), and North Country Junior High School (grades 7/8), providing career and college readiness services to students in these schools.

This position is full-time with generous time off during summer months and great benefits including a annual 401k contribution. The target start date for this position is September 1st.

Key Attributes:

  • flexibility
  • eagerness to learn
  • success when working independently
  • comfort creating and maintaining relationships with people in a variety of settings

The Successful Candidate Will:

  • create a curriculum plan to cover the full spectrum of career and college planning services
  • meet with students regularly in groups and individually
  • offer workshops and presentations to students and parents
  • develop rapport with middle and high school students and their families, area school staff and faculty, and agency and college personnel

Experience and Qualifications:

  • a master’s degree in counseling, education or related field preferred
  • experience working with youth in educational settings
  • an understanding of the socioeconomic and academic needs of first-generation, modest income students and families
  • excellent communication and organizational skills
  • a working knowledge of adolescent development, career development, post-secondary options and financial aid
  • solid group presentation skills
  • familiarity with public school systems

You do not need to meet 100% of the experience and qualifications listed to be considered.

Our work is often focused on the people in our society who benefit from additional support and information to attain their college and career goals, including members of the BIPOC & LGBTQ+ community as well as other groups. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who fully understand the perspectives, strengths, and challenges of the communities that we serve. If you think this might be a good fit, please apply.

Applicants must have a valid driver’s license verified by a Motor Vehicle Record Report, a willingness to travel up to 1,000 miles a month, a properly inspected, registered, and insured motor vehicle for business use, and must provide their own workspace when working away from VSAC offices. This position requires a background check. For more information and a full job description please visit http://www.VSAC.org jobs page or https://asp1.humanic.com/pls/vsac/hapss_index.apss to apply.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

While not the only source of inequality, we know that education lies at the heart of ensuring social and economic opportunity in our society. Justice and opportunity cannot be equally distributed if educational opportunity is denied to any of our fellow Vermonters.

VSAC is committed to improving our own knowledge and reviewing our systems with the goal of removing any unintentional roadblocks they present to people of color. While we know we must do our own work, we are also committed to deeply listening to the BIPOC members of our community and working with them to ensure that our programs and services create rather than deny opportunity.

Our vision: that through our work and our partnership with other organizations, all members of our community, particularly those for whom opportunity has been denied, will be able to obtain the education they need to fulfill their dreams.

Wage or Salary
$46,000-$50,000 annually