High School Program Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $43,000
Maximum: $48,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



San Diego
United States


Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) was named the 2016 Example of Excelencia out of 200+ organizations nationwide.

BLCI seeks an individual that is committed to closing the educational achievement gap, creating change in education and interested in expanding BLCI’s impact. BLCI offers their employees an opportunity to impact policy, families, and a large community through education. Working at BLCI is an opportunity to influence our organizational growth and be part of a movement.

The High School Specialist (HSS) promotes a caring, safe and academically rigorous environment for 9thth, 10th and 11th graders at Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) to make them competitive applicants to four year universities. The HSS implements BLCI’s college and career readiness curriculum with emphasis on college knowledge and behavioral building skills through fun, creative and engaging activities, Steps to Success workshops and field trips designed to prepare students for the rigor of higher education. He or she advises parents on student academic progress, assists in setting student academic goals, and monitors progress. The High School works with the BLCI team to plan organization wide events, manages tutors, and has other administrative duties This position requires fluency in both English and Spanish. The person we seek is knowledgeable about college acceptance requirements, creative, follows through on tasks, communicates clearly and effectively, builds rapport with students and families from underserved communities, and serves as a positive role model.

Organizational Background: Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) is a community-based out-of-school- time program that promotes a college-going culture for disadvantaged families through tutoring, enrichment activities, fieldtrips, academic advising, case management, and parent engagement activities. Our families come first and we are committed to helping them and their children succeed as long as they are committed to our programs. Our programs start in 3rd grade and continue until students graduate from college. Parent participation is a requirement. The vast majority of our families are Latino and Spanish speaking. All of our students are of the first generation in their families to go to college and most are low-income.

Job Purpose: To organize, oversee and coordinate the High School Program.

Reports to: Director of College and Career Success

Duties and Responsibilities:

Direct Services

  • Recruit and admit students as necessary.
  • Work closely with Director of College and Career Success to ensure students have met expectations and qualification for promotion to the College Success Program.
  • Plan and implement fieldtrips, weekly workshops, career days, college trips, conference visits,and college trips and provide support to extracurricular activities.
  • Set a productive and structured, yet fun environment for students. This includes maintaining a quiet setting, with basic expectations and strong classroom management.
  • Maintain the HSP snack schedule, monthly calendar and ensure supplies are available as needed.
  • Assist students (or connect with existing resources when possible and necessary) with all aspects of the college application process to include SAT preparation, scholarship identification, recommendations, financial aid support, etc.
  • Ongoing case management: meet with individual families to set and/or review goals and academic plan for college at least twice per year, or as needed.
  • Ensure student folders are updated, data entry and tracking of student GPA’s, attendance and activities and follow up activities with both students and parents.
  • Serve as a resource to students and parents (includes addressing individual obstacles to academic success, serving as a liaison to the schools, teachers and community as related to the High School program.

Other Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the Director of College and Career Success and Chief Operations Officer maintain and build new partnerships with other organizations/community members for student opportunities.
  • Work with Director of College and Career Success to complete and implement annual pre, mid and post assessment tools and collecting and tracking student data.
  • Report student outcomes to Director of College and Career Success on a regular basis.
  • Participate in staff meetings on a weekly basis and assist with BLCI functions, maintenance and other events such as parent meetings, etc.
  • Assist the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer, and Chief Advancement Officer with fund-raising, public relations, and other functions as deemed appropriate.
  • Participate in one on one or group mentoring.
  • Plan and coordinate the implementation of parent classes according to program.
  • Work with Director of College and Career Success to schedule and supervise paid and volunteer tutors, including coordinating orientations, trainings and recognition opportunities. Maintain time and effort sheets.
  • Collect parent fees, and fines for tardiness and missed meals.
  • Some events will require Specialist to work nights and weekends.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree.
  • Bilingual: English and Spanish.
  • Minimum 3 years experience working with underserved students in educational setting post Bachelor degree.
  • Minimum 1 year working with a similar population as BLCI students as college application and admission advisor.
  • Commitment to continuous learning.
  • Provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  • Must be able to drive, hold a valid California driver’s license, use BLCI and personal vehicle and provide proof of insurance
  • Previous experience working with first-generation, low income, and/or underrepresented populations.
  • Superior written and communication skills.
  • Communicates effectively with supervisor (accepts feedback, addresses concerns, and remains
  • professional).
  • Highly organized and follows through on tasks.
  • Maintains professionalism in the community.

Behavioral Skills

  • High standards of ethics and accountability
  • Outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to work in a team and manage multiple tasks
  • Dedicated to the concept of promoting equal opportunity for under-represented students
  • Have desire, ability and passion to work with students and make a difference in their educational opportunities.





Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in English and Spanish required.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Applicants must submit their resume and cover letter via email to Sara Boquin, Chief Operations Officer, at hr@blci.org, no later than Friday, October 19, 2018. Only applications that indicate fluency in Spanish and English will be considered.

Qualified candidates will be contacted by telephone and/or email after application closing date.

Barrio Logan College Institute is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.