Friday, January 7, 2011

Down to the Wire

Finally after many months we are now getting the contracts and job descriptions!  It's hard to believe the amount of time it has taken to actually get this far.  We have much to learn in the realm of patience!  My job description was overwhelming.  For this kind of work in the US I should be getting paid at least $50,000 a year!  The salary they are giving me is $100 per month!  But because it is mission work and it is a poor country that's the way it is. Richard has yet to receive his job description but it is promised this week. So, with trembling heart and trusting in His faithfulness we go forward.

It looks like we could go in a month if the visas come through alright.  First we sign the contract and then we get a letter of invitation which we bring to the Mongolian Embassy here in LA.  That process could take up to 1 1/2 months or it could take 2 weeks.  I'm not sure how long it takes.

Our renters arrive today and we still have piles of boxes to go through and pack before we actually leave.  Richard still needs to give his 2 week notice at work.  I doubt whether we will be there in time for their 2nd semester which starts Feb 4th. 

Sometimes the list of things to do is overwhelming.  It's a lot of work to move to another country!  I am hoping and trusting that the Lord will give us energy and ability to do it all in the allotted time that we have.

Take a look at this job description and tell me what you think?

MIS College Coordinator Position
Job Description:
This is a one-year appointment; renewable annually based on continuation of contract.  This specialized administrative work involves the development, planning, and coordination of our School-to-College readiness programs at MIS (Mongolian International School).
An employee in this position is responsible for the development, planning, supervision, promotion and logistical support of programs and/or projects related to advancing students to higher education. Work involves complex and varied responsibilities that require independent judgment as well as the enforcement of established policies and procedures.
Work is performed under the general supervision of the Principal and Vice-Principal of MIS. An employee in this position will report to the Vice-Principal.

Key Responsibilities:
·       Coordinate to prepare students to advance to Universities. This includes the planning and implementation of academic engagement activities to promote college awareness and participation among students and parents.
·       Act as a home class teacher for 11th and 12th grade students to monitor progress, guide and counsel assigned students.
·       Assist with other college readiness and academic success initiatives such as the ACT/SAT Prep Academy, class/school presentations, parental engagement workshops.
      ·       Contact universities abroad (via phone, email, Skype and/or written correspondence) to make inquires and connections to assist college bound students; acting as a liason between MIS students and their prospective colleges.
·       Conduct meetings with internal and external groups, and conduct workshops upon request.
·       Schedule and implement outreach activities to area schools, and community organizations.
·       Represent MIS at appropriate events and engage in visitation and advising work with area schools, community agencies, churches, etc.
·       Assist with new students recruitment and admission process.
·       Maintain appropriate information, data and documentation, and prepare activity reports, proposals, correspondence, etc. as needed.
·       Share responsibility for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with public school personnel, parents and students, MIS staff and/or other appropriate individuals to conduct outreach activities designed to increase the participation in post-secondary educational opportunities by groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
·       Develop and maintain MIS Curriculum for students.
·       Research list of textbooks approved by US Department of Education.

Minimum of 2 years community college and minimum 3 years of experience in the related field or 4 years college degree in education or counseling.

Required Skills:
·       Strong knowledge of policies and procedures related to college admissions and financial aid. 
·       Strong written and oral communications skills.
·       Ability to assemble and organize data, and to prepare reports.
·       Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and students and parents from diverse populations.
·       Ability to work independently or as a member of a team.
·       Skills in the use of a personal computer, Microsoft Office and/or other software.
·       Ability to climb stairs, lift and carry boxes of supplies or books associated with the position.

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