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YouthBuild Educational & Counseling Assistant

Job Summary

The YouthBuild Educational Assistant for Morehead State University’s YouthBuild project will be responsible for assisting the Director in the educational and career placement branch of the YouthBuild Project encompassing all programmatic, budgeting, recruitment, management, and evaluation activities of this federally funded project that educates and trains at-risk participants to earn GED and basic Carpentry certificates, with the ultimate goal of placing participants in post-secondary education and/or facilitating participants entrance into the labor market.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Morehead-Rowan County YouthBuild Educational Assistant will be expected to perform duties in the following areas:


  • Oversight of YouthBuild’s career counseling and job placement services:
    • Facilitate participants’ transition to post-secondary education and/or other job training opportunities.
    • Provide career counseling services
    • Work with program partners to match participants with internships, job shadowing, and/or apprentice activities.
    • Coordinate various work readiness components of program.
  • Coordination of YouthBuild’s educational components:
    • Work with program partners to assist program participants in the completion of their GED.
    • Advanced instruction and tutoring to prepare participants for success in post secondary education
    • Assist with the additional special education requirements of some participants.
  • Collaborate with YouthBuild Director to provide counseling services to participants encompassing: substance abuse, family, financial, legal, and other personal issues; making referrals to other agencies as needed.
  • Administrative support for the YouthBuild grant program and coordination with partner agencies and organizations.
  • Budgeting and fiscal affairs
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Grant compliance and reporting
  • Assist in the preparation of all reports and data management to DOL, HUD, and other funding agencies in accordance with agency guidelines.
  • Assist the Director in various capacities and functions to help ensure the success of the program.
  • Assist with other program components, including construction training, as needed.


  • Strategic planning and public policy analysis
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Personnel and program management
  • Must coordinate mentor-student component of program

Organization Relationships

The YouthBuild Educational Assistant reports to the COPC/YouthBuild Director and to IRAPP’s Director of Applied Research, Service, and Policy.  This position interacts with program participants, citizens, government officials, businesses, nonprofit organizations, state, federal, and local government agencies outside the university as well as faculty, staff, and administration at IRAPP, and with other MSU units as necessary.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Education, or social sciences: sociology, economics, political science, or public administration or a related field. Strong verbal and written communication skills, and ability to positively interact with various partners and agencies is a must.  The ability to work with an at-risk population and provide career counseling services are essential. 

Additional Desirable Qualifications

2-3 years experience in education or social services or counseling related fields, particularly with at-risk youth, is especially desirable. Database entry and management a plus. Knowledge of current labor market trends and an ability to coordinate services with multiple private and public agencies; in addition to a basic knowledge of affordable housing and construction techniques used by program partners are desired. Prior experience with grants and service programs, and strong organizational and planning skills are also highly desirable.

Working Conditions and Atmosphere

Frequent coordination and planning meetings, with possible evening and weekend planning sessions conducted throughout the project. Some regional and national meetings that require travel and overnight stays will be required. Teamwork, networking and frequent deadlines also involved.  Ability to handle stressful situations that involve problem-solving student issues, purchasing equipment and supplies, meeting evaluation deadlines, and site visits.