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High School Career Coach

Categories: Mid South Region 3


Student Support Services


Guilford Technical Community College

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Position Description

The Career Coach is responsible for representing GTCC on Guilford County High School and Middle School campuses by working with students to help them explore and define potential career goals while identifying Guilford Technical Community College programs, including workforce training programs, which will enable students to achieve those career goals. S/he will work with the Director of Student Success and Retention, Guilford County Schools Career Development Coordinators, and High School and Middle School Counselors to identify students with whom to work to maximize the effectiveness of the program and move more students into higher educational opportunities. The Career Coach will work individually with students to assist them in seeing that their high school education is the beginning of their educational career and that higher education will afford them expanded job opportunities and greater earning potential for a lifetime. The Career Coach will empower students to make informed decisions about their career and educational plans through career exploration. Career exploration will include: career interest inventories, inventory result interpretation, matching of interests, skills and abilities with potential jobs, survey of local, regional, and national job outlook for potential jobs of interest, and an evaluation of the post-secondary educational path needed to achieve baseline education for degrees/certifications related to careers of interest. The Career Coach will provide general advising for students, examining high school classes and determining if student meets multiple-measures or requires placement testing to enter GTCC. S/he will provide placement test prep information and explain the importance of pre-test preparation. S/he will assist students in scheduling placement exams and interpreting results. When not working in the local high school or middle schools, the Career Coach will be assigned to a specific GTCC campus to conduct orientation sessions, advise students, work with faculty in technical programs with regard to industry research and outreach, work with Student Success Coaches, or other necessary duties as directed by the Director of the Student Success and Retention Office. Increase retention and academic success of students at the college by providing outreach to students with specific focus on providing resources and guidance to students who have been referred by faculty for early alert interventions.If the chosen job field requires education beyond obtaining a degree from GTCC, the Career Coach will assist the student with reviewing state universities and the statewide articulation agreements for possible transfer opportunities.


  • Provide general academic advising and career exploration services for high school and middle school students, assisting students in determining their career interest and college major by offering resources for self-exploration related to career opportunities and employment trends.
  • Develop and manage relationships with Guilford County Schools Career Development Coordinators and High School and Middle School Counselors to create mutually beneficial partnerships assisting graduating seniors.
  • Administer and interpret career interest/ability instruments, review, interpret and discuss with students.
  • Refer students to print and web-based resources related to career information. ·
  • Maintain contact with select advisees using a proactive advising model. Monitor student progress in high school/college classes (Dual enrollment or Early Middle College) and work with students, parents/guardians, and instructors to develop plans for success (e.g., track attendance, academic progress, early warning, etc.).
  • Collaborate as a team member on delivery of career services, student retention initiatives, information nights/open houses, job fairs, transfer fairs, orientations, and Student Success workshops that support efforts involving high school and middle school learners.
  • Participate in community outreach programs/presentations with the college Admissions Recruiter or faculty members as appropriate.
  • Responsible for knowledge of information related to High Schools, Middle Schools, Community Colleges, Universities, and Military pathways, enrollment policies, and procedures as well as information related to workforce development resources to provide students with timely information and guidance, assisting students in making informed decisions.
  • Provide supportive interventions to help students succeed in their academic endeavors providing academic success strategies to facilitate successful transition, foster progression, and promote completion of credentials.
  • Assist with academic advising and GTCC course registration for high school students.
  • Work with GTCC Early Middle College Liaison as needed.
  • Conduct workshops and classroom visits at high schools and middle schools to inform and instruct students concerning requirements for transition to college.
  • Work with Assessment Center Coordinator to arrange placement testing and provide test interpretation for high school students.
  • Serve as a liaison with Disability Access Services as needed for high school learners enrolled in college courses.
  • Communicates with students in response to early alerts issued by instructors, identifies appropriate intervention strategies and guides students in the use of those strategies to address challenges.
  • Provide information to Director regarding course needs for high school students.· In conjunction with the Director, create and follow a communication plan to ensure consistent communication with students, faculty, staff, and parents.
  • Work with high school, middle school, and college personnel to prepare information related to career pathways for distribution to students and parents.
  • Collect data and maintain data on work with students.
  • Participate in the assessment of services as requested by the Director.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of activities on a regular basis.
  • Participate in college training offerings, departmental meetings, statewide and regional professional development opportunities to improve knowledge and skill base and proficiency in the field.
  • Actively serve as an effective member to appointed college committees and participate in college activities as requested.
  • Demonstrate and model the College’s employability skills: Adaptability, communication, information processing, problem solving, responsibility, and teamwork
  • Other duties as assigned by Director.

Application Process

Institution Information

Guilford Technical Community College offers more than 80 programs of study and continues to support success through innovative education, training and partnerships. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates as well as noncredit courses in professional development, personal enrichment, job training, career development and basic education.As the third largest of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from its Jamestown, Greensboro, High Point, Aviation and Donald W. Cameron campuses as well as its Small Business Center in Greensboro and High Point.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Melissa Kinney


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience in career counseling, academic advising, admissions, and student success initiatives preferred.
  • Experience with program development working with special populations of students and/or high school or middle school students preferred.
  • Possess a general knowledge of career exploration steps and general tests which assist students in assessing their skills, interests, and abilities and the ability to interpret the outcomes preferred.
  • Experience working with diverse students including first generation college students, students from under-represented populations, and students transitioning from adult high school programs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred in Education, Social Work, Counseling, Business, Social Sciences or related field.