About this Job
Oregon MESA is working to close the opportunity and achievement gaps in science and math for students underrepresented in STEM. MESA is a non-profit outreach program that serves historically underrepresented populations. MESA
is hosted by the Portland State University-College of Engineering and Computer Science and equips underrepresented students with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), invention, and 21st-century skills. MESA is supported by
five regional centers serving students in over 40 schools in Multnomah, Marion, Clackamas, Washington, and Klamath Counties. Mentors report to the MESA Regional Centers within each of these regions.
About Mentor Program
MESA Mentors work with a teacher (MESA Advisor) to guide 6-12th grade student inventors at MESA schools in the East Multnomah County area. Mentors will act as role models and help students with their
invention projects during weekly after school meetings, hosted at local schools or virtually by MESA Advisors. Mentors will partner with a STEM professional to support students in their project needs. Mentors primarily serve during the
academic school year, Oct. - May with training starting in September.
Mentors will be placed in MESA schools throughout East Multnomah County. Interviews will begin mid-September. First round of placements will take place at the end of September for the 2021-2022 school year. Work will be in-person this year, with some sites using a hybrid model depending on school district guidelines.
Job duties include:
- Serve as a point of contact between Oregon MESA and your chapter
- Support students with invention and engineering projects
- Research curriculum and activities for MESA teachers as needed
- Act as support for Advisors in managing and processing student paperwork, attendance rosters, and with the transport or distribution of materials
- Attend trainings that Oregon MESA holds on an ongoing basis
- Assist MESA staff in planning, preparing, and managing special events
- Create and give a presentation on how you chose your college & major, and what you are doing in school (research, etc) to prepare yourself for your intended career.
Take note that this position primarily serves in the academic school year (Sept. - May), and that mentors who are hired in this recruitment wave will be expected to incorporate mentoring with us throughout the upcoming year's classes. This
position will have orientation upon hire and additional paid training. Oregon MESA is following ODE guidelines on virtual programming and mentors will be required to comply with those guidelines.
Commitment: 5-12 hours/week
- Support and attend weekly MESA school chapter meetings in-person or virtually depending on school and institutional guidelines
- Complete weekly activity reports
- Participate in professional development events held 1-2 times per month
- Host presentation to engage students in college readiness
- Other administrative duties as assigned
- Be part of at least 1 of 3 sub-committees
- Leadership Team
- Be involved in event planning
- Attend monthly communication meetings with all staff
- Lead communications to other Mentors
- Mentor new Mentors that come on later in the year
- Facilitate engagement events for Mentors with RC
- Outreach Team
- Tabling at events
- Work Family Nights for schools
- Make phone calls to families for events
- Speaking for events/classrooms
- Chapter Team
- Being placed at multiple chapter sites
- Help with updating/editing curriculum
- Researching/creating materials for curriculum
- Availability some weekdays between 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
- Travel to MESA chapter meetings each week. If meetings are held virtually due to social distancing requirements, attend virtual meetings instead
- Willingness to initiate conversation with youth and teachers
- Must successfully pass a background check
- Valid driver's license (if using a personal vehicle to travel to and from MESA sites)
- Have access to a personal computer and internet (assistance may be provided on case by case basis)
- Excellent verbal and written communication
- Ability to meet deadlines and manage time efficiently
- Leadership and project management experience
- Experience working with students in an educational or mentoring setting
- Knowledge or experience working with diverse population
- Background in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, and/or math)
- Connections with industry professionals
- Safe space when you come to PSU
- Technical training opportunities and skill building
- Professional Development and Professional Learning Community
- Community of mentors and staff
- Laptop checkout
Wage: $14.50/hour. Mentors are compensated for travel time and mileage to chapter meetings.
Shifts: 5-12 hours per week, between 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Subcommittee work may be between 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Applicants from all institutions are encouraged to apply. For Applicants from Mt. Hood Community College, Federal Work-Study is preferred, but not required!
Please note that for applicants outside of Mt. Hood Community College, this is a contract position, not a student employment position.
About Oregon MESA: Portland State University
Oregon MESA is a pre-college academic program hosted by Portland State University that equips underrepresented students with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),
invention, and 21st-century skills. MESA reframes these skills into how students can help others in their daily lives, connecting academic work to their real lives and aspirations. As a result, they are better prepared to graduate from
high school, enroll in post-secondary education, and compete in a global marketplace.
Our mission is to provide students underrepresented in the fields of mathematics, engineering, science, and technology with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities to develop their talents, explore technology-based careers, enter college,
and compete successfully in the workforce.
Wage: $14.50/hour for up to 120 hours per school
Shifts: 5-12 hours per week, including between 3-5:30 p.m.
Type of Positions: Student Aide (students do not need to qualify for Federal Work-Study to be eligible for this role)
Contact: Robin Cousineau, MESA Regional Coordinator East County, firstname.lastname@example.org, 971-208-5969