Philadelphia Futures is a nonprofit organization that provides Philadelphia's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. We transform lives by breaking down the barriers that have historically excluded low-income, first-generation-to-college students from achieving college success. The students Philadelphia Futures serves are provided with a comprehensive, time-tested array of programs designed to reduce the institutional, academic, social and financial barriers to college success.
Since 1989, our Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) Program has worked with students in Philadelphia’s public schools from 9th grade through college completion. SAS high school students participate in a year-round intensive preparation program that will build academic skills, match them with a mentor, and guide them through the college application and admissions processes. SAS Coordinators support the progress of high school students and work with them intensively through enrollment in college.
Our College Connection Program, launched in 2013, is designed to expand services across systems of schools in Philadelphia, serving students from public, public charter and parochial schools from eleventh grade through college completion. Students participate in an intensive preparation program that will guide them through the college application and admissions processes and actively support their continued progress through college completion.
We are currently seeking a College Access Coordinator to join our College Access team. This role is a unique opportunity for a proactive, detailed-oriented individual to serve in a critical role in supporting low-income, first-generation-to-college students through high school and into college, with the goal that they graduate college career ready and with manageable debt.
Significant responsibilities of this position include:
- Providing comprehensive support for students as they navigate the entirety of the college admission, financial aid and matriculation processes
- Maintaining weekly contact with students to assure and support student participation in required coursework and optional extracurricular activities; monitoring and providing resources for improved academic performance in students’ high schools; and providing individualized support/interventions as needed
- Meeting periodically with students, parents/guardians, mentors and high school staff (as applicable) to support progress, and develop and implement individualized plans for college admission
- Maintaining records of student progress, activities, and other vital information
- Actively and regularly developing a research-based knowledge base of best practices with regard to college guidance for low income, first-gen students
- Supporting adolescents in their social-emotional development
- Assisting with planning and implementation of program activities.
The successful candidate for this position will possess the following experience, education, skills and attributes:
- Experience in and a passion for working with underrepresented high school college students and understand the unique college guidance, admissions and financial aid needs of low-income, first-generation-to-college students
- Substantial experience in one or more of the following areas: college guidance and/or admissions, educational programs development, and teaching and/or training
- A demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, outcomes-oriented, collaborative decision-making environment
- Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree or comparable professional experience is preferred
- Excellent written and oral communications
- Knowledge of languages other than English (spoken and/or written) is not required but is highly valued
- Knowledgeable and proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word and PowerPoint); experience in ETO and Google Classroom is highly desirable.
This is a full-time, exempt position and offers a competitive compensation/benefits package based on experience. College Access Coordinators report to the Director of Sponsor-A-Scholar or the Director of College Connection. Occasional evening and weekend hours required.
To Apply: Please email your résumé and cover letter with salary requirements to HR@philadelphiafutures.org, indicating the “College Access Coordinator” in the subject line.
For more information on Philadelphia Futures, visit our website: www.philadelphiafutures.org
Philadelphia Futures is deeply committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. Philadelphia Futures is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
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