ABOUT WA MESA

The Washington Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Program is a statewide organization committed to building pathways to college and careers in STEM for traditionally underrepresented minority (URM) students, including women, Native American/Alaska Natives, African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders.

POSITION TITLE

Post-Secondary Success Coach (PSSC)

DATES OF SERVICE AND WORK SCHEDULE

Monday, August 9, 2021 – Monday, May 9, 2022 (10-months)

Monday – Friday (may need to serve some evenings and weekends) 

SITE LOCATION

University of Washington

1410 NE Campus Pkwy, Schmitz Hall, 3rd Floor

Washington MESA Program

Seattle, WA 98195

POSITION SUMMARY

The overarching goal is to increase the number of middle-and-high school first-generation, low-income students, and students of color preparing for access to college and other post-secondary options. WA MESA seeks to provide two Post-Secondary Success Coaches (PSSC) to work within MESA Centers to provide direct engagement with students. To disrupt the cycle of poverty and increase the earning capacity of vulnerable populations, PSSCs will serve as role models and facilitate STEM academic enrichment and retention activities that promote post-secondary planning and a college-going culture for middle-and-high school first-generation, low-income students, and underrepresented students of color.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide direct engagement with middle and high school students to promote post-secondary planning and career-goals success.
  • Coordinate and facilitate activities that supplement classroom learning and address gaps in skill/knowledge.
  • Establish partnerships with local, regional, and national affinity-based groups and student organizations to promote diversity in STEM.
  • Support the annual MESA Day regional and national STEM competitions.
  • Abide by all guidelines and rules outlined in the Member Service Agreement and ensure compliance with AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities. 
  • Generate awareness and leadership around racial justice and equity through the sharing of ideas, information, and experiences. 
  • Collect and document program data using required tracking tools and progress reports. 
  • Participate in WACC training. 
  • Practice personal self-care and reflection.  
  • Collaborate with other WACC teammates and national service members in your community on common projects. 
  • Record and track service hours.
  • Participate in professional development training and actively engage in learning about AmeriCorps.  

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Be a United States Citizen, a Naturalized Citizen, or a Lawful Permanent Resident. 
  • Be 18 or older. 
  • Have an AA/BA or some college. 
  • Agree to a criminal record check and not have a sexual offense or murder conviction (other offenses may also prohibit participation, but will be determined on a case-by-case basis) 
  • Commit to serving full-time (70% direct service, maximum 20% training/professional development, maximum 10% on fundraising) 
  • Ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds. 
  • Strong organization, problem-solving, and written and oral communication skills 
  • Strong data management and social media skills 
  • Strong initiative, self-starter, and enthusiasm for helping others succeed. 
  • Committed to promoting educational equity and inclusion. 

BENEFITS

  • Monthly living allowance (stipend) and Education Award upon successful completion of the program.
  • Health Insurance
  • Forbearance for Federal Student Loans and childcare (if eligible).
  • Networking opportunities and training and practical hands-on experience along with professional development opportunities. 
  • A chance to make a difference in your community, and with your team! 

SALARY AND HOURS

$9,000 Living Expenses (for 900-hours/21-hours per week)

$3,172.50 Education Award (Eligible upon successful completion of service)

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Email the following items to wamesa.inbox@gmail.com
  • Resume and Cover Letter
  • Contact information for 3 references (name, title, relationship, email address, and phone number)
  1. If selected, you will be invited to interview with the WA MESA State Office staff, K-12 MESA network member(s), and current AmeriCorps VISTAs.

DISCLAIMERS: 

The Washington Campus Compact (WACC) AmeriCorps program is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action enroller of AmeriCorps service volunteers. Members of ethnic minorities, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, and recently separated veterans, persons of disability and/or persons aged 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WACC only enrolls members who are  U.S. citizens, U.S. Naturalized citizens, or lawful permanent residents of the United States. All new members must show service eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and must satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria pursuant to 45 CFR 2540.202.