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Job Title: Teacher, Counselor - Wellstone - GEAR UP (2017-2018) and Requisition ID number: 51142

Close Date: No established closing date; open until filled

Organizational Unit: GEAR Up (10001053)

Site: Wellstone Intl High School (0363)

FTE: 1.0; 39 weeks; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union: Teachers(04)

Functional Area: Teaching

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.


Bilingual Somali required

JAG Program Specialist


Under general supervision, provides program support related to Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program; provides relevant and challenging classroom and work-based learning experiences for students that develops their personal, leadership and employability skills to ensure graduation from high school and positive post-graduate outcomes.


  • Provides appropriate curriculum and ensures students achieve specific JAG competencies to classroom instruction; teaches through a variety of methods including lecture, hands on activities, and team teaching; tailors the program and teaching methods for the needs of each specific student, and implements and intervention strategy for each individual.
  • Ensures an appropriate pool of students by obtaining referrals from the school counselor, school personnel, and parents; hold interviews of prospective candidates and those making referrals to determine, using JAG guidelines, the appropriateness of the prospective student for the program.
  • Ad ministers testing programs including pre/post-test and career interest surveys; establishes an implements a career development plan for all enrolled students.
  • Ensures positive perceptions of the JAG program with the schools by developing and maintaining positive, effective working relationships with school personnel including teachers, administrators, students, and members of the JAG advisory committee.
  • Builds appreciation for teamwork, sense of belonging, and commitment to community service among JAG students by organizing and serving as advisor to a JAG Career Association; creates training opportunities your hands on activities, film presentations, guest speakers; assist with civic and social opportunities.
  • Provides students with guidance, counseling, and support with an appropriate limits; refer students to additional support services on an as needed basis; takes responsibility for learning and complying with school policies such as mandated reporting, discipline, attendance, and the like.
  • Assist coordinator with finding and maintaining quality employment and/or post-secondary education of programs upon graduation; works closely with the coordinator to ensure students have satisfactory appointment outcomes.
  • Participate in staff, regional, and state wide meetings, and staff development activities.
  • Completes and coordinates special projects and research assignments.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious effective workplace environment.
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendence goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work related issues, records and MPS information.
  • Other duties or tasks may be a sign on an as needed basis.

Knowledge of:

  • Applicable policies procedures and regulations covering specific areas of the assignment.
  • Principles and techniques of education and the preparation of effective written informational or educational materials.
  • Training tools and techniques.
  • Child development issues an impact ask an educational programs.
  • Local community resources regional community service programs and regional training programs.
  • Personal computers utilizing standard software and specialized MPS software applications and procedures.
  • Principles of record keeping and records management.
  • Principles and practices of educational program management.

Skills in: understanding and applying JAG program standards and MPS policies and procedures.

  • Equitable teaching practices specifically with English Learners

  • Using initiative and independent judgment within a stab list procedural guidelines.
  • Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or working at goals, objectives and activities.
  • Identifying problems and opportunities, and developing solutions.
  • Developing curriculum and educational opportunities within the JAG model.
  • Working without close supervision and standard work situations.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Providing effective customer service, and dealing tactfully and courteously with the public.
  • Establishing and maintaining affective working relationships with a variety of constituencies.
  • Making presentations to individuals and groups.
  • Effective verbal and written communication.

Under Minimum Qualifications and Knowledge

Refugee and immigrant needs in a high school setting Diverse cultural understanding of East African and Latino populations

Under License and Certification Requirements

Bilingual Somali Required.


Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.


Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | [No Established Closing Date] | GEAR Up (10001053) | Wellstone Intl High School (0363) | Teaching

About Minneapolis Public Schools

Since 1994, the Minneapolis Public Schools has operated under site-based decision making to move decision making closest to the students served. The goal of site-based management is to improve student achievement. Under site-based decision making, district and school efforts, theoretically, should complement each other. District offices set parameters, facilitate the sharing of information and best practices among schools, help evaluate progress, and give constructive feedback to both the schools and the Board. Schools have freedom (within approved decision-making parameters) to design site plans. Although what site-based decision making looks like at each school may vary, schools typically have a team of representatives from all areas to serve as a "site council," "education council" or "shared leadership team." This will include principals, parents, students, teachers, specialist teachers, clerical, other building staff, business partners, and the community/neighborhood. The councils meet monthly to make decisions and discuss long-range program goals for the school. Parents who are not on the council may attend and if they would like to have a subject discussed, may submit agenda items and talk to a member. Under the site-based decision making philosophy, these councils are to examine everything that might be standing in the way of student achievement-be it grade levels, student groupings, materials, or school policies and practice-and recommend keeping what is working and changing what is not.

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