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Austin Partners In Education (APIE) is looking for motivated, student-centered individuals to join our College Readiness team for the 2019-20 school year! This is a full-time contract position that ends May 29, 2020.


APIE's College Readiness program aims to increase the number of students participating in early college high school initiatives throughout the Austin Independent School District (AISD). These initiatives blend high school and college coursework to help historically underserved students develop technical skills, earn dual college credit, and pursue in-demand career paths.

APIE's College Readiness Advocates prepare students to meet academic college-readiness benchmarks outlined by the Texas Success Initiative through individualized and small-group tutoring in reading, writing, and math. Advocates also advise their students on college and career pathways and support their students in developing the non-academic skills necessary for a successful postsecondary experience. Lastly, Advocates work closely with program management to build and sustain community partnerships at assigned AISD campuses, and to help build a college-going culture within the school district.


Advocates work collaboratively with their teammates, supervisors, and campus partners to deliver holistic college readiness support for their students. At the same time, CR Advocates work independently to lead small classes and manage a caseload of 60 – 120 students. During on-board training, CR Advocates receive guidance on how to utilize APIE’s curriculum, create lesson plans, engage students, manage student behavior, and assist students with the college-going process. Advocates continue receiving professional development throughout the school year.


This position is ideal for an individual interested in pursuing a career in the education, social work, and/or nonprofit sectors. In addition to managing a tutoring caseload, CR Advocates will gain experience in creating and maintaining strategic partnerships, effectively managing competing priorities, and developing strong communication skills.


Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead small class instruction (7 – 10 students per class) and/or provide small-group, in class support as assigned
  • Utilize APIE’s academic (Math and English Language Arts) and non-academic curricula to create lesson plans and tutoring objectives tailored to each student’s individual needs
  • Manage a tutoring caseload of 60 – 120 students
  • Advise students regarding college readiness standards at various middle schools and high schools throughout Austin
  • Work with Program Supervisors and AISD staff to increase awareness of college and career opportunities available to students
  • Create and foster effective one-on-one relationships with students to ensure program participation and encourage a college going culture
  • Effectively track student attendance, academic progress, and student engagement
  • Collaborate with APIE and AISD faculty and staff to increase student attainment of college ready status per the Texas Success Initiative
  • Work with Program Supervisors to determine students’ academic roadmap and preparedness for the TSI Assessment
  • Assist with the coordination of student participation in the TSI Assessment testing administration
  • Establish, maintain, and utilize partnerships with on-campus contacts
  • Provide feedback in improving program curriculum and communication strategies with students
  • Assist Program Supervisors with logistic coordination at assigned campuses
  • Support College Readiness staff and supervisors with capacity building projects designed to improve and expand program effectiveness
  • Complete other job duties as assigned

Supervision Received: APIE College Readiness Program Manager, and College Readiness Program Coordinator

Hourly Rate: $16.00

Benefits: Healthcare (medical, vision, dental), short-term and long-term disability coverage, paid holidays, and paid time off


Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree in Education, Social Work, or related field
  • Experience tutoring and/or mentoring middle or high school students required
  • Valid government issued ID and access to reliable transportation
  • Must be available to work 40 hours a week Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during the length of the contract
  • Graduate experience a plus
  • Spanish fluency a plus

Skills / Knowledge / Ability:

  • Educational training in secondary education or strong reading, writing, and math skills (pre-algebra, intermediate algebra and functions, and basic geometry and statistics)  
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Good organizational skills and flexibility a must
  • Strong communication skills; verbal and written
  • Candidate will exhibit strong initiative and must be able to adapt quickly
  • Candidate will exhibit strong tenacity and problem solving ability, especially in challenging situations
  • Must be positive, personable, and able to relate well to diverse populations, with a particular emphasis on working with young people ages 13-18
  • Strong leadership skills with an ability to foster and grow relationships with middle and high school students, including mentoring and motivating
  • A proven “self-starter” with the ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively while observing and complying with all standards of the supervisions
  • Must have a commitment to work collaboratively and harmoniously with the APIE staff, colleagues, community resource agencies, and school district personnel
  • Able to manage multiple job functions simultaneously
  • Comfortable asking questions and follow-up as needed


To Apply:  Please email resume, a cover letter, and three professional references to by Friday, October 25, 2019. Applicants will be reviewed and interviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please. Thank you for your interest!  



Required Documents: 

resume, cover letter, and three professional references

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