Jobs for American Graduates (JAG) Specialist



Co. Roscommon, Ireland · inglewood, ca, usa · inglewood, ca, usa
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

Job Details

Inglewood [014] - Inglewood, CA
Regular Full-Time
$25.44 - $36.04 Hourly



Full-Time 40 Hours per Week; Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

This position will support all Alta Vista Innovation sites in the Los Angeles area.

Help Us Change Lives

We live by the motto that “There is a Student in Front of Everything We Do” and we are very passionate about it. Do you have a passion to work with students? If so, then this is an exciting opportunity for you! You’ll have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of students supporting their growth and development. Remember the person who made a difference in your life? Now it’s your turn.

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How You Will Make an Impact:

The JAG Specialist will establish a positive and on-going supportive relationship with students, families, principals, administrators and school faculty to support students in the JAG Multi-Year Program.

RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES: This list is illustrative only and is not intended to be a comprehensive list of tasks performed by this classification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Collaborates with school counselors, advisors, community resources, and teachers to support and reinforce the curriculum and to consistently build support for academic success, career exploration, goal setting, leadership development, college planning, personal counseling, either directly or through linkages in the community to assist in overcoming barriers to graduation and/or success in the workplace
  • Analyzes student data and barriers and confers with the JAG advisory committee (or School Success Team) to identify and develop a pool of qualified students in need of intensive academic support such as tutoring, extended learning, mentoring, and counseling. Students with multiple barriers to success will be candidates for the program
  • Deliver the curriculum for the targeted 35-45 students in grades 11 and 12; ensure they receive competency in the 37 core competencies through classroom instruction and Project Based Learning, and as many of the 87 total high school competencies during their high school participation in the JAG program
  • Administer testing including JAG pre-/post-tests to students in the classroom and document results in the data management system (e-NDMS)
  • Monitor basic skills improvement (TABE or CASAS); provides academic support and remediation including; access to tutoring, study skills, credit recovery to show gains as students progress toward graduation
  • Develop, implement and update monthly individualized development plan (IDP) with all students on the program roster
  • Monitors the attendance, credits needed for graduation, college prep course selection, enrollment in AP and dual credit courses
  • Serves as a student advocate when collaborating with school staff in developing intervention plans for struggling students and assists in implementing/referring interventions as appropriate
  • Advocates for the program and works with school leadership and personnel to create an outreach plan to develop a pool of effective community support resources by working with employers, parents, civic groups, and community leaders to build awareness of and support for this unique program; develop service learning projects, creates a pool of classroom speakers, participates in public relations activities, attends meetings and speaks to community groups
  • Conducts parent/family outreach and education activities to the students to strengthen family/school partnerships and facilitate career exploration, college selection and financial planning
  • Builds appreciation for teamwork among students, sense of belonging and commitment to service learning among students by organizing and serving as advisor to the Career Association; create opportunities through hands-on activities, guest speakers and workshops; and organize civic and social development opportunities
  • Collaborates in supporting a smooth transition between grades; partners closely with other JAG Specialists to support students through continued participation in high school classrooms as appropriate
  • Provides supportive services to program participants for the 12-month follow-up period post-high school graduation to ensure successful transition to postsecondary education, employment and/or military. If students are non-graduates, JAG Specialists will provide support services to these students to ensure attainment of diploma or GED during the follow-up period. Employers and/or postsecondary advisors are to be contacted 6 times during the 12-month follow-up period to ensure accuracy of data and continued student support
  • Complies with all documentation requirements from Management in a timely fashion including student contacts and activities, employer and community organization contacts, and other groups; develops and maintains a well-organized filing and retrieval system for the class. Utilizes e-NDMS for developing student rosters for the classroom
  • Adhere to the JAG Specialist Handbook
  • Adhere to the JAG Career Association Handbook
  • Provides opportunities for student and graduate activity and engagement throughout the summer, documenting activities using e-NDMS
  • Participates in staff, district, and statewide meetings, and staff development activities within the building, district and statewide as appropriate
  • Perform various school-related functions such as lunch duty; work closely with the school administrator to limit non-JAG Model assignments
  • Connect the full cohort of students to and/or organize and lead field trips to higher education institutions, business and industry, and other community-based activities and events
  • Complete special projects and duties as assigned
  • Administrative duties, responsibilities, and activities may be assigned or changed from time to time



  • Ability to work independently while managing multiple priorities
  • Ability to establish appropriate boundaries while developing and nurturing supportive relationships with students
  • Ability to educate a variety of constituencies and interested parties about the program by developing ongoing relationships and making formal presentations
  • Ability to support curriculum instruction, projects and/or other educational opportunities consistent with the goals of the program
  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Presentation and public speaking skills; Effective writing and verbal skills
  • Records management
  • Data analysis skills


  • Bachelors degree in social service, counseling, business, education, or a related discipline is preferred. Equivalent combination of training education, and experience may be considered
  • Experience working with students and a knowledge of child development issues
  • Experience in secondary and/or postsecondary education settings
  • Skills in people services, leadership, supervision, and motivational techniques
  • Proficient in MS Office and Electronic National Data Management System (e-NDMS)

TRAVEL: Ability to travel in performance of job duties.


  • Mental Demands: Ability to process a large volume of electronic and manual data
  • Finger Dexterity; using primarily just the fingers to make small movements such as typing, picking up small objects, or pinching fingers together
  • Talking; especially where one must convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately, loudly, or quickly
  • Average Hearing; able to hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information
  • Average Visual Abilities; ordinary acuity necessary to prepare or inspect documents or operate machinery
  • Physical Strength; sedentary work. Sitting most of the time. Exerts up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally (almost all office jobs)
  • Frequent multi-tasking, changing of task priorities, repetitious exacting work required
  • Field work is required and includes visiting homes, schools, and community agencies
  • Working in a noisy, distracting environment with frequent deadline pressures