Jobs for Michigan's Graduates Specialist

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Vassar High School
Position Details: 


Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates is on a mission to equip young people with the skills to overcome barriers and win in education, employment, and as citizens. We envision a world where every young person is educated, employed, and career-bound. Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG), is the state-based affiliate of the national Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program and has received three consecutive years of national recognition for our ability to deliver on our mission and vision.

The JMG Specialist is critical to this continued success. Integrated within a local high school, this full-time high-performing role provides services consisting of classroom instruction, mentoring, barrier removal, employability skills training, and postsecondary transition services. The role is responsible for identifying, recruiting, and instructing students at-risk of not graduating on time, not transitioning successfully post-graduation, and/or who have an interest in high demand career fields. The JMG Specialist also works closely with community partners to ensure the continued success of program students.

Position is a contracted position through Vassar Public Schools in partnership with GST Michigan Works. JMG Specialist will work year-round, with expected start date in July 2019. Limited travel, including overnight stays, may be required. Position is primarily located in Vassar High School. JMG Specialist may work out of the Flint or Caro Michigan Works offices when school is not in session or for training purposes.

JMG Specialist Role and Responsibilities:

Classroom Instruction and Academic Remediation. (40%) JMG Specialists work to ensure young people graduate from high school and master the competencies that will lead to winning in employment, education and in life.

  • Recruit, screen, and enroll a full roster of 50 youth, and teach 3-4 classes per day.
  • Lead students towards mastery of the JAG National competencies utilizing project-based learning, hands-on activities, film presentations, guest speakers, workshops, and other instructional methods.
  • Educate youth of the high demand career pathways and provide opportunities to explore career options and develop interest.
  • Promote student development through project-based learning, and build an appreciation for teamwork and a sense of belonging among the youth.
  • Work with students and other staff/faculty to provide remediation and/or tutoring required for students to improve their basic education skills and ensure students graduate with their class.
  • May perform additional duties as appropriate which may include things such as: hall duty, lunch duty, advisory, etc.

Mentoring and Community Outreach. (25%) Through methods such as trauma informed care, JMG Specialists work with youth to develop the skills necessary to overcome barriers and win! 

  • Ensures positive perceptions of the JMG program within schools by developing and maintaining positive, effective working relationships with school personnel including teachers, administrators, students, and members of the Advisory Committee.
  • Advocates for the program and develops a pool of effective community support resources by working with employers, parents, civic groups, and legislators to build awareness of and support for the program.
  • Provide daily opportunities for resiliency that address student challenges and/or triggers.  Offer guidance in the areas of personal growth, academic achievement and career goals. 
  • Organize the establishment of a highly motivational, career-oriented, student-led Career Association (made up of all JMG participants within the school with student elected leadership). Serve as the advisor to the JMG Career Association within the school.
  • Work with the local Michigan Works! agency to provide connections to additional support services and other community organizations.
  • Provide mentoring and wrap-around services. Refer to school or community based organizations as needed to overcome barriers to success. 
  • Contact parents/guardians about attendance, grades, positive observations, and behavior challenges as they arise.
  • Assist students in developing service learning projects (community service) in order to meet JMG requirement of 15 hours per student per year.
  • Attend JMG meetings/professional development including mandatory staff meetings. Assist with special events or peer-based training as needed.

School-to-Career Transition and Employer Engagement. (25%) Not only do JMG Specialists work with youth to gain skills needed for employment during school, they also provide follow-up support for at least 12 months after graduation.

  • Work with the Michigan Works! business services team and business partners to develop outside opportunities such as work-based learning and/or job shadowing.
  • Outreach to businesses for purposes of engagement in projects and work-based learning opportunities, including business tours, job shadows, service learning projects, internships, apprenticeships, etc.
  • Outreach to postsecondary institutions to provide guidance and resources, and set up college tours and guest speakers based on in-demand career pathways.
  • Assists students in finding and maintaining quality employment and/or post-secondary educational programs.
  • Maintains contact with non-seniors during the summer months to ensure youth stay in school and graduate on time.
  • Works closely with JMG graduates, employers, and postsecondary providers for 12 months after the end of the school year to ensure satisfactory outcomes in employment and/or postsecondary education/training; develops a plan for contacts with non-graduates to ensure effective transition to employment or additional education.

Data Management and Accountability. (10%) Data entry is essential to capturing the outcomes and achievements of our youth.

  • Daily updates in National database to include attendance, grades, daily instruction summaries, record of daily contact hours.
  • Keep up with school’s student reporting to monitor attendance, grades, behavior referral, on track to graduate, GPA, engagement, and any other required documentation requested by the district.
  • Provide personal and confidential information for screening in accordance with local and state laws and organizational policies governing those working directly with students in schools. Maintain compliance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) at all times.
  • Complete and regularly maintain all paper and electronic documentation as required by Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates, the JAG National organization, and Partner School District.  Submit properly completed written and electronic documentation as directed by Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates.
  • Work with Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates to complete all monitoring agreements and documentation required.

Job Qualifications:

  1. Highly qualified certified teacher designation with accompanying education degree is required. Any secondary teacher certification will be considered (English, Social Studies, CTE, Counseling, etc).
  2. Commitment to JMG core values: Collaboration, Excellence, Leadership and Solution-Focused.
  3. Experience working with youth accompanied by knowledge of positive youth development strategies.
  4. Skills in human relations, leadership, supervision, and motivational techniques.
  5. Ability to work independently while managing multiple priorities.
  6. Ability to establish the appropriate boundaries while developing and nurturing supportive relationships with youth.
  7. Exceptional communication skills and cultural competencies.
  8. Ability to develop lesson plans and educational opportunities consistent with the JAG model.
  9. Working knowledge of basic computer applications such as word processing.


Pay commensurate with education and experience. Benefit package included.  Travel expenses will be paid or reimbursed.

How to apply:

Interested applicants may submit resume to Angela Libkie, Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.

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