Granite State College: University System of New Hampshire

VISTA Position

College & Career Readiness at Manchester High School West
Northern New England AmeriCorps*VISTA Collaboration
Campus Compact for New Hampshire
This is an AmeriCorps *VISTA opportunity offered by Campus Compact of New Hampshire. Granite State College is the host site.
Are you interested in exploring a career in secondary or higher education? Do you have a passion for helping low-income students imagine, prepare for, and pursue the lifelong benefits of a college degree? Working in the STEAM Ahead College Corridor at West High School, you will help high school students understand the value of a college education to help them achieve their dreams. You will help them build literacy and acquire the skills necessary to succeed in college.   In Granite State College’s partnership with Manchester Community College, UNH Manchester, and other USNH institutions, you will develop and use recruitment and retention strategies such as college tours and college fairs, focusing particularly on low-income populations. A scholarship towards a GSC master’s degree is available for you.
Specific Responsibilities
The VISTA volunteer, as College & Career Connections Coordinator, will:
  • Build connections with GSC, MCC, UNHM, and other USNH institutions’ staff, faculty, and West High School students to understand and support college success needs
  • Help students identify their dreams and desired careers and understand how a degree will help them achieve those through activities such as dream-setting and journaling
  • Collaborate with GSC, MCC, UNHM, and other USNH institutions staff to develop and use recruitment and retention strategies focused on low-income populations, including activities such as career awareness, college tours and college fairs
  • Develop and use outcome measures to monitor success of activities
  • Participate in designing and conducting short summertime enrichment course
Successful candidates should have the ability to work in a team setting with enthusiasm, creativity, and the desire to make a difference in setting high school students on the path to a college degree and achieving their goals. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. Preference will be given to applicants with training and/or experience in teaching developmental and college preparation skills, or in college and career planning and recruitment. A background check will be performed on selected applicants and is a requirement of the position. 
Successful applicants will possess the following skills and attributes:
  • Outstanding communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills, particularly with individuals and groups having diverse interests and backgrounds
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to deal effectively with information from diverse sources
  • Solid time-management and priority-setting skills
  • Experience or skills in research and evaluation tasks, including critical thinking skills and good judgment
  • Computer software competence, including Word, Excel, Power Point, and online communication and research
  • Entrepreneurial, courageous, adaptable, constructive, and creative approach to the challenges and opportunities of a dynamic work environment
  • High degree of self-initiative to maintain momentum and progress
  • Inclusive, empathetic, sensitive, and respectful approach to collaboration that accommodates diversity, uniqueness and differing viewpoints
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driver’s record, reliable vehicle
  • Experience teaching secondary level or summer enrichment, college recruiting, or career planning
To view the AmeriCorps*VISTA position, please visit VISTA Volunteer: College & Career Connections Coordinator - Manchester
Application Process: You may apply through the AmeriCorps *VISTA listing above, or send resume, letter of interest, and the names and contact information for three professional references via email to:
No phone calls please.
GSC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam-era and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply.

Revised 5/7/14