Career Coordinator - YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Job Type

Full Time




1231 North Broad Street, 3rd Floor
United States


Are you driven to support recent high school graduates (alumni) to be successful in college, employment, or a year of service? 


Are you looking for an opportunity to work as part of a team and ready to coordinate the talents of multiple staff/partners to create a support system for alumni? 


Are you excited by the idea of working on the design of the alumni experience while also providing direct service?  


If yes, YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School is searching for a professional to join our team in the following role: 

Career Coordinator 

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW | YouthBuild Philly is a life-changing two year program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 who have dropped out of high school serving approximately 450 young people per year, half as students and half as alumni. In the first year of the program, students engage in competency-based academics, vocational training in either building trades, business/customer service, early childhood education and healthcare, as well as serve as part-time AmeriCorps members. In the second year of the program, alumni receive support to pursue their goals in careers, college, and training. YouthBuild Philly is an award winning, flagship program of the national YouthBuild movement, and has been named a Top Workplace by the Philadelphia Inquirer for six consecutive years. The program’s core values are excellence, perseverance and respect. Our mission is to provide out of school youth in Philadelphia with the broadest range of tools supports and opportunities available to become self-sufficient, responsible and productive citizens in their community. 


POSITION OVERVIEW | The Career Coordinator is that serves as the primary support for alumni during the year after graduation as part of a collaborative team, as well as leads program design in a key area to grow our work. The primary responsibilities of this position include: 

  • Career Advising / Placement & Retention Coaching: support assigned alumni, in collaboration with program and partner staff, to succeed in their respective placements (college, technical school, training program, apprenticeship, employment, military, or a year of service) and to begin to advance in their field through individual meetings, group workshops, monitoring social media, advising on FAFSA/PHEAA, visits to alumni on-site at their placement, and reviewing data; the Coordinator also works with students in the first year to facilitate individual conversations about their career plans and collaborate with program staff to support students in their bridge program at a partner organization as well as support inactive students (students who leave the school without obtaining a diploma).
  • Relationship Development: initiate and proactively develop relationships with alumni and students on caseload, as well as program and AmeriCorps staff, family/community supporters, partners, and volunteers and coordinate their involvement to support students/alumni.
  • Barrier Identification, Referral & Follow Up: support assigned alumni, in collaboration with program and partner staff, by facilitating support teams, proactively identifying and responding to personal issues/barriers to success, follow up on progress, and conduct visits to their home or other locations as needed.
  • Program Design: design program-wide systems, resources, and tools as well as compiling data for alumni to be retained/advance in their careers after the completion of the two-year YouthBuild program.
  • Data: develop, track, report and document alumni/student career planning progress, placements, retention of placements, success stories, grant compliance and performance metrics 


Success is achieved when alumni are retained or advance in their chosen career goal for at least a year. In addition, the successful candidate should be excited by the concept that this position will continue to evolve to meet the needs of alumni/students and our partners. 

The regular hours for this position are weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with flexibility required for program schedule changes, alumni/student schedules, as well as for occasional evening and weekend events. 


QUALIFICATIONS | YouthBuild Philly requires the following qualifications for this position: 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (exceptional candidates with an Associate’s degree and significant experience may be considered).
  • Act 34, 114 and 151 criminal background clearances.
  • At least three years of experience in college access, career services, transition services, youth workforce development and/or post secondary education preparation.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well ability to integrate a wide-range of technology and data management into daily work.
  • High level of professionalism and customer-service skills.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to present to large groups.
  • Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented project completion skills  


Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate: 

  • Desire to primarily focus on supporting alumni and ability to initiate contact with alumni and inactive students who are not available in the school building on a regular basis.
  • Commitment to preparing students/alumni for career options and willingness to promote a wide range of education, careers, year of service, armed forces and other options.
  • Desire to operate in a highly flexible work environment and the ability to work occasional night, weekend or other variations in regular hours.
  • Ability to travel to locations, organizations or events in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding counties  Basic familiarity with federal financial aid/FAFSA and employment tools (resumes, etc) 


YouthBuild Philadelphia prefers the following qualifications for this position: 

  • Experience working with out-of-school youth.
  • Experience with direct service to alumni or program participants who are at off-site programs or with bridge programs/dual enrollment/TRIO or related programs.
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia post secondary education institutions and/or labor market.
  • Interest in researching, innovating, and designing programs that guide alumni towards adult self sufficiency.
  • Experience in classroom instruction, training delivery or workshop facilitation.
  • Experience in planning and implementing program or event logistics 


How to Apply Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Human Resources at with the words "Career Coordinator" in the subject line.



  • Medical & Dental Benefits
  • PTO
  • Sick Days
  • Supplemental Insurance plans available through Aflac
  • 401k
  • Staff member Wellness programs (Yoga, Zumba, Healthy Challenge, etc.)

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to Apply Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Human Resources at with the words "Career Coordinator" in the subject line.