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GEAR UP Family and Community Specialist

NH College and University Council

The New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC) is a non-profit consortium of 21, public and private institutions of higher education in the state of New Hampshire. These institutions are recognized and highly regarded for their outstanding teaching, research, and community service activities. They serve as major centers of activity that are vital to the economic development of the community and the state.

Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) connects campuses with their communities in ways that enhance students’ education while providing millions of dollars in service to those who need it most. Together with our  member colleges and universities, we work to ensure that students graduate with the skills and knowledge not only to succeed in today’s workforce but also to address society’s most pressing issues.

GEAR UP Manchester is seeking a GEAR UP Family and Community Specialist to serve in Manchester, NH. 

GEAR UP – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs is a discretionary grant program from the United States Department of Education that provides funding for academic and related support services to eligible low-income students, including students with disabilities and English learners, to help them to obtain a secondary school diploma and to prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education. 

This Federal grant program is designed to help students prepare for and succeed after high school.  Students will receive services ranging from academic support, career exploration, and college planning.  The program will serve nearly 2,000 students at all four Manchester middle and high schools and will follow students through their first year in college.

GEAR UP Manchester’s Family and Community Specialist will work with the cohort students, families and broader community.


The minimum qualifications to be considered for the position are: Bachelor’s degree in education, non-profit or related field required; Master’s degree preferred; bilingual in Spanish preferred; at least two years of training or experience in community based programming; knowledge of NH resources for students, counselors and families; direct experience working with underrepresented students and families; excellent oral and written skills required along with outstanding interpersonal skills; proficiency with data base management and report writing.

We are seeking candidates that interact effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, parents and partners.


The GEAR UP Family and Community Specialist will be expected to:

  • act as liaison between broader Manchester community and GEAR UP
  • plan, execute, and reflect on family/community events and workshops/trainings based on family/community needs
  • work with community partners to develop programming and supports for students and families in particular first generation students
  • Collaborate with school based GEAR UP Coordinators to develop and promote family / community engagement opportunities
  • monitor and track academic progress of cohort students retained in middle schools
  • help establish interventions for cohort student success while retained in middle school
  • plan, schedule, and oversee field trips to institutions of higher education, workshops and other events to encourage family participation in students’ post secondary options
  • serve as a resource and advocate for families and students
  • develop grade-level specific family engagement objectives to increase parent and guardian knowledge around college awareness, college application, college success, student non-cognitive skills, financial literacy, and technology literacy. enter data regularly and accurately in the database
  • help secure services, supplies, and materials that support the GEAR UP program.
  • track school level documentation of in-kind and match as outlined in the grant
  • supervise AmeriCorps Members to sustain GEAR UP efforts in Manchester schools
How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by email to by April 30, 2021

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Date Added: March 19, 2021

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