NJ LEEP is a college access and success program for low-income and first-generation students from the greater Newark area. NJ LEEP currently serves 75 middle school students (with the program growing to serve 120 middle school students by 2021), 140 high school students, 120 college students, and more than 250 family members annually. We help students perform at high academic levels by building skills through law-related and other educational programs, developing the habits necessary for college success and community leadership, and offering exposure to colleges, careers, and role models who have achieved professional success. NJ LEEP’s model is challenging and rigorous and 100% of NJ LEEP program graduates have gone on to college. NJ LEEP strives to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. We are committed to anti-racist principles and are actively engaged in the work of those principles, including staff trainings and creating space for dialogue around race and identity for both staff and students. For more information about our work, please go to www.njleep.org.
The College Access Coordinator will report to the Director of College Access and Success and will be responsible for teaching spring semester and summer college preparation classes, leading high school juniors and seniors through the College Application Process (CAP), and being a helpful and proactive resource to students about the college application process and expectations that await them in college.
• Work to build relationships of trust, support, and high expectations with student and families
• Co-lead instruction of yearlong College Application Process (CAP) classes for high school juniors (spring semester) and seniors (fall semester) with Director of College Access and Success
• Manage classroom and keep students consistently focused and on task during after-school programming hours
• Guide students through all aspects of the college search and application process
• Provide support for additional Saturday CAP sessions throughout the fall and winter (as needed)
• Review and offer constructive feedback on written responses to all aspects of applications
• Assist in creation and instruction of content to infuse college-going culture in grades 9-11
• Support of Summer CAP including instruction, facilitation of small group editing teams, classroom management, and general administrative and emotional support to students
• Manage student scholarship process, including compiling and maintaining scholarship database, communicating scholarship opportunities to students and families, and coordinating scholarship fly-in visits;
• Act as a resource for financial aid applications including FAFSA, CSS Profile, NJFAMS/HESAA, and EOF completion.
• Track, input, and maintain data (including, but not limited to: student attendance, college application submission, financial aid and scholarships, and supplement deadlines) into NJ LEEP data-management systems
• Identify and analyze trends in data to best support CAP and NJ LEEP Programming
• Follow up with students regarding their college application process outside of programming hours via phone and email
• Collect and manage sensitive documents (e.g., school transcripts and family financial documents)
• Assist in communication with college admissions officers and local guidance counselors in conjunction with College Access Director
• Organize and support college tours and visits for all grade levels
• Frequently check and communicate with college-related online tools (e.g., Common Application, Coalition Application, Scoir, College Greenlight, etc.)
• Attend and assist in operations, fundraising, and programming events
Provide additional support to programming staff, as coordinated by supervisor, on all other duties as assigned
• BA/BS degree from a four-year college or university
• Strong writing, proofreading and editing skills, with meticulous attention to detail
• Ability to build and maintain strong relationships
• Relevant experience working with students such as in a college admissions office, counseling students about the college application process or in their transition to college
• Experience leading and facilitating groups of students; experience teaching preferred
• Committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and willing to be an active participant in NJ LEEP’s anti-racism work
• Ability to build strong relationships based upon thoughtful communication, honesty, and emotional intelligence
• An understanding of the obstacles faced by first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college education
• Demonstrated ability to multitask effectively and expertly prioritize
• An understanding and belief in NJ LEEP’s mission and model
• Deep commitment to service
• Must be able to work evenings and some weekends in the fall
• Professional and positive attitude with a willingness to contribute to a positive staff dynamic
Compensation: NJ LEEP offers a competitive compensation.
NJ LEEP is a college access and success program for low-income and first-generation students from the greater Newark area. NJ LEEP currently serves 75 middle school students (with the program growing to serve 120…
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Marissa Geraghty with the subject line “College Access Coordinator.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible; applications received by May 14th will receive priority consideration. The projected start date for this position is June 2021.
Due to the volume of applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
NJ LEEP is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our staff. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply. NJ LEEP does not discriminate based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital or family status, veteran status or disability.
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Marissa Geraghty with the subject line “College Access Coordinator.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling…