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College Financial Services Coordinator

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Organization Overview

Since 1989, Making Waves Foundation has provided educational opportunities that change young lives. Today, Making Waves remains committed to providing historically underserved and underrepresented students access to an equitable education that will propel them to a successful and rewarding future.

What began in 1989 as the Making Waves Education Program, an academic afterschool tutoring and support program for 46 5th graders, has evolved into the opening in 2007 of Making Waves Academy, a tuition-free public charter school serving 5th-12th grade students, and the creation of the College and Alumni Program (CAP), which provides a critical bridge between college acceptance and college graduation.

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 2013, CAP currently supports nearly 700 low-income and historically underrepresented college students, who we call Wave-Makers, through the successful completion of their degrees, as quickly and with as little debt as possible. CAP serves Making Waves Academy graduates, CAP Bay Area scholarship recipients, and students from the former Making Waves Education Program, as well as Making Waves Academy high school seniors. What makes CAP different is its combination of personalized coaching, financial literacy training, and need-based scholarships. Upon graduation, Wave-Makers are equipped with the skills to build meaningful careers and positively contribute to society.

While nationally only 13% of students from low-income households have a college degree by age 24, 86% of CAP college students are on track to graduate within six years (83% of CAP students come from low-income households, and 82% are first-generation college students). On average, CAP college students borrow $230 in student loans per year, which is 3% of the national average of $7,200 in loans borrowed annually by undergraduates.

For more information, visit https://making-waves.org/how/cap/.

 

Position Summary

CAP is seeking a College Financial Services Coordinator based in Richmond to manage a caseload of approximately 150 college students in managing the financial components of earning a college degree. College Financial Services Coordinators work with students to set and maintain budgets, manage the CAP scholarship, complete financial aid forms, and graduate with minimal debt.

In the first 6-12 months, the College Financial Services Coordinator will work closely with team members across the College and Alumni Program (CAP) to provide financial support services to approximately 150 Wave-Makers in college. The primary focus is ensuring thorough completion of the Annual Financial Plan to effectively and efficiently disburse the Making Waves scholarship. This will require an adaptable individual who has a thorough understanding of how financial aid is disbursed, high level of attention to detail, strong organizational and prioritization skills, independent problem-solving skills, and the ability to efficiently build and foster relationships with students, staff and external partners.

 

Position Responsibilities

Direct Service (30%)
  • Support Wave-Makers through federal, state, and institutional financial aid application and renewal processes, paying attention to critical deadlines
  • Work with Wave-Makers to identify and overcome financial obstacles that prevent them from succeeding
  •  Advise Wave-Makers on financial aid and CAP scholarship policies and guidelines, budgeting skills, and loan and repayment options
  • Provide financial aid and literacy advising to Wave-Makers and their families through presentations, workshops, seminars, group working sessions, and one-on-one meetings
  • Work collaboratively with CAP and Making Waves Foundation staff to ensure that Wave-Makers receive excellent financial services

 

Administrative Responsibilities (50%)
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records in CAP’s Salesforce database, including Wave-Maker communication, task completion, budgets, scholarship payments, and financial aid
  • Process scholarship payment requests and petitions in accordance with CAP policies and guidelines
  • Utilize Salesforce reports and list views to measure progress against goals and inform Wave-Maker outreach

 

Program and Organizational Support (20%)
  • Advance, lead, or develop CAP’s programming in the following areas:
  • Financial literacy workshops and newsletters
  • Curriculum development
  • Complete projects and support team members as needed
  • Attend/staff CAP, Making Waves Foundation, and Making Waves Academy events as assigned
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as needed

 

Qualifications

Required
  • Bachelor’s degree and work authorization required
  • 2-4 years of related work experience in financial aid, scholarships, and/or financial literacy
  • Ability to handle a heavy workload and work in a fast-paced nonprofit organization
  • Results-and solution-oriented thinking
  • Skilled in project management
  • Excellent analytical thinking, detail orientation, and integrity
  • Experience delivering effective presentations
  • Strong computer and database skills, with Salesforce experience a plus
  • Demonstrated commitment to CAP’s mission to coach our students to graduate from college as quickly and with as little debt as possible while equipping them with the skills and experiences needed to be competitive contributors to the global workforce
  • Demonstrated proficiency and/or growth potential in the five key Making Waves Foundation Core Competencies: Mission & Core Value Alignment; Organizing, Planning, & Executing; Building Relationships & Influencing Others; Reasoning & Strategic Thinking; and Organizational Stewardship
  • Awareness of and respect for cultural, ethnic, religious, economic, and gender diversity
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends for CAP events, as needed
  • Occasional local travel required
  • Making Waves Foundation is requiring all staff members who work on-site to receive a COVID-19 vaccine(s). Accommodations or exceptions can be requested directly to someone on the Talent Team for medical or religious reasons. While the majority our staff is currently working remotely, we will be transitioning to a hybrid model as early as January 2022. 

 

Preferred:
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus
  • Driver’s license strongly preferred
  • Access to a car strongly preferred

Organization Overview

Since 1989, Making Waves Foundation has provided educational opportunities that change young lives. Today, Making Waves remains committed to providing historically underserved and underrepresented students…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    January 3, 2022
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

USD 55,000 - USD 65,000

Benefits

  • Special Temporary COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) stipend, in addition to a competitive base salary (subject to annual approval by Making Waves Foundation)
  • Group insurance plans with medical, dental, vision, group life insurance, and long-term disability plans (100% employer contribution for the employee)
  • Retirement plan, including a matching contribution
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for medical/dependent care expenses
  • 24 vacation days, 10 sick days, and 2 personal days per fiscal year (for full-time employees)
  • 15 paid holidays per fiscal year
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Currently this position is 100% remote; we will be returning to our Richmond, California office in January 2022. 
  • Special Temporary COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) stipend, in addition to a competitive base salary (subject to annual approval by Making Waves Foundation)
  • Group insurance plans…

Level of Language Proficiency

English fluency required, Spanish fluency strongly preferred.

English fluency required, Spanish fluency strongly preferred.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Richmond, CA
Associated Location
Richmond, CA, USA

How to Apply

Apply online through the Making Waves Foundation careers page: https://making-waves.org/who/careers/. Submit your resume and cover letter as a single document in the online application. Please address your cover letter to Ms. Ivette Chavez, Director of Financial Services.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Anticipated Start Date: ASAP

Making Waves is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply for positions in which they feel qualified. We are committed to embracing diversity and consider all applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other legally protected classification.

Apply online through the Making Waves Foundation careers page: https://making-waves.org/who/careers/. Submit your resume and cover letter as a single document in the online…

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