Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation

The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation (Foundation) leads the charitable and education objectives of the Greater Phoenix Chamber and promotes economic prosperity and quality of life for the Greater Phoenix region. The Foundation’s charitable activities focus on community and workforce development and improving health and prosperity for the region.

Greater Phoenix Chamber

The Greater Phoenix Chamber (Chamber) is the leading business organization for the greater Phoenix region. Our mission is to promote regional prosperity, serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. We accomplish this through our ability to convene and connect business leaders, elected officials and community leaders; cultivate thought leadership; advocate for pro-business policies; and communicate and promote the region’s strengths.

Who are we looking for today?

We are interested in hiring people who have a passion for Phoenix and a desire to make the Greater Phoenix region a great place to live, work and play. Ideal candidates will also have a passion for education and working with businesses to define and integrate viable career pathways into Arizona’s education system.

Primary Responsibilities

The Foundation is looking for a College and Career Coach for our new education strategy, to prepare Arizona students for college, career and citizenship through stronger engagement of education, business and the community. In collaboration with Phoenix Union High School (PXU), the Foundation is entering a 30-month pilot to launch, test and determine feasibility for scale. This position will work closely with several stakeholders to develop and test a comprehensive plan for potential scale across the state.

The College and Career Coach prepares students for work-based learning opportunities throughout the year and identifies work-ready students for referrals. This individual will coordinate a variety of career development opportunities for students from broad career awareness to student internships. The College and Career Coach supports students through the entire career development process, ensuring they are prepared to meet employer expectations.

During the initial rollout, this individual will work with the Chief Innovation Officer, consultants and PXU to identify and implement the necessary technology resources, training guidelines and processes in order support students in the career development continuum.

The ideal candidate must be able to work effectively with youth, employers, teachers, school administrators and Chamber staff. The candidate will communicate in a strong, positive and effective manner, both verbally and non-verbally and be a self-starter with the ability to sustain and move work forward with minimal direction. All Chamber employees are expected to work collaboratively with other departments and be team players to help accomplish our organizational mission. The ideal candidate must be well organized with the ability to ensure continuous progress of various projects. This position will be primarily located at the Academy at South Mountain. Typical workday is 7:30am to 4:30pm.

Position Objectives

  • Identify, prepare and match students with work-based learning opportunities throughout the school year and during the summer.
  • Coordinate and ensure participation of experiential learning for all academies, including but not limited to career fair, college visits, guest speakers, industry-related fieldtrips, job shadows and internships.
  • Maintain employer relationships within the schools, including but not limited to advisory board meetings, employer panels, and employer mentors, in collaboration with the Foundation Partnership Manager and PXU faculty.
  • Maintain ongoing communications with employer partners, including collection of community investment hours.
  • Assist in the planning of career development events throughout the year and recruit students, teachers and employers to participate.
  • Provide career preparation training, including resume writing, mock interviews and workplace etiquette.
  • Support students as they explore career pathways, facilitating the student aptitude testing and helping students interpret results.
  • Identify and connect teachers and employers for teacher externship opportunities. Assist in teacher commitment to business engagement.
  • Document all activities in the customer relationship management tool in a timely, complete and accurate manner. Prepare related reports as needed.
  • Meet established work-readiness milestones and placement goals.
  • Work with Partnership Manager, workforce collaboratives, education and other stakeholders to articulate and implement career pathways.
  • Work collaboratively with CTE teachers and leaders to ensure active Business Advisory Councils exist for CTE programs and Academies.
  • Conduct appropriate student surveys and report results.
  • Refer students needing social or academic assistance to appropriate support services.
  • Identify gaps in the new education strategy and work with the Chief Innovation Officer, Foundation Partnership Manager, and PXU staff to create solutions for scale.

Candidate Qualifications

The Foundation is looking for candidates with the following knowledge, skills and abilities desirable for job success:

  • Minimum two-years’ experience in volunteer management, community relations or customer relations
  • Minimum one-year experience working with schools, school leaders and/or staff highly preferred
  • Minimum one-year experience working with youth required, preferably in a teaching or guidance counselor capacity
  • Experience working in industry is also highly preferred
  • Understanding of, and experience with, embedding work-based learning, project-based learning, and/or experiential learning opportunities into curriculum
  • Must have excellent communications skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to establish professional relationships
  • Must possess analytical ability to solve problems, anticipate challenges, and identify opportunities and solutions
  • Must be able to provide superior customer service to both internal and external customers at all levels of an organization
  • Detail oriented with ability to stay organized while handling multiple tasks. Able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Highly motivated to learn, grow professionally, and work in a team environment
  • Proficient in all MS Office products
  • Must maintain a neat and professional appearance
  • Must be able to travel to schools and partners regularly; reliable transportation is necessary
  • Must be able to pass a background check, fingerprint clearance and a drug test

Successful candidates will also be expected to bring the following personal attributes to the position:

  • Innovative by continuously looking for ways to improve processes, always for the best use of resources
  • Takes a diplomatic approach to work and communications and an ability to easily establish credibility among a wide variety of stakeholders (i.e., business, nonprofit, academic, and policy/public sectors)
  • Possess the ability to exercise mature judgment, tact, and professionalism
  • Collaborates and builds bridges internally/externally; works with others to achieve common goals and furthermore possesses the ability to work with all levels of management and leadership both internally and externally
  • Executes with excellence by consistently delivering on promises to the highest standards; appreciates and demands quality

Application Information:

Qualified candidates should respond by sending a confidential cover letter, resume and salary requirements to hr@phoenixchamber.com. Please include the position in the subject line of your submission. Applications for this position will be accepted through Wednesday, March 11.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. GPC is an equal opportunity employer. No person will be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, color, age, national origin, disability or any other legally protected classes.

Posted by Jocelyn McAlpin