College Access School Coach

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About CARA: CARA’s mission is to ensure that first-generation college students, low-income students, and students of color have the knowledge and support necessary to enroll in and persist through college. CARA’s programs help transform the culture of schools and community-based organizations by training a wide range of youth and adults within those communities to support all of their students to and through college.  

About the College Inquiry program: CARA works with 20-25 schools and organizations each year to develop comprehensive, inquiry-driven college access programs. Working with teachers, counselors, and administrators, we use organizational structures strategically to embed post-secondary exploration throughout students’ middle and high school years. The College Inquiry Program works to:

  • Assess existing college access work and create goals and action plans
  • Facilitate the creation of college offices and develop the work of college counselors
  • Recommend lessons from CARA’s College Inquiry curriculum for each grade, developing thoughtful 6-12th or 9-12th grade scope and sequence plans
  • Plan and facilitate the ongoing work of college access teams and individual staff
  • Design and run professional development sessions on college access for staff

Job Description: CARA’s College Access School Coach will serve as a coach in a set of schools. They will support and advise staff through the development of a school-based College Inquiry team encouraging programmatic changes to support the facilitation of the curriculum and the implementation of school-wide events around college access. The coach will collaborate with the school staff in the development of the college office and school-wide systems to encourage more informed post-secondary matches and increase the rates of college enrollment and persistence among graduating seniors. 


  • Working in 7-9 schools as a College Inquiry Coach
  • Assessing existing college access structures and supports
  • Creating and implementing action plans using CARA’s resources
  • Monitoring and fine-tuning both curriculum map and action plans
  • Managing communication with administrators and teams of teachers and counselors
  • Helping to plan and/or facilitate professional development for staff
  • Supporting college counselors on the implementation of counseling best practices 
  • Supporting college counselors on the efficient use of data management tools
  • Managing data and documentation for portfolio of sites
  • Collaborating with colleagues from other CARA programs to provide comprehensive support to schools across programs

Resource Development and Management

  • Creating and revising materials for the College Inquiry program’s suite of print and on-line resources: High School Curriculum, College Office Resources, and Resources for Leaders (professional development)
  • Developing agendas, session outlines, materials, and resources for professional development (audiences include counselors, teachers, administrators, CBO staff, and near-peer leaders)


  • Managing invoicing and payment for curriculum and coaching work
  • Providing general office support, as needed

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:

  • BA required, MA preferred 
  • Extensive familiarity with New York City high schools
  • Strong understanding of landscape of college application and financial aid processes for first-generation and low-income students
  • Experience as a college counselor and/or strong understanding of hallmarks of a well-functioning college office team
  • Experience managing relationships with multiple school administrators, school teams, or representatives of community-based organizations
  • Experience developing curriculum, professional development materials, and/or other learning experiences for students and adults 
  • Experience with staff development/coaching a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to pick up projects mid-stream, learn quickly, and rapidly take ownership 
  • Ability to work across multiple teams
  • A collaborative and engaging work style
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to efficiently manage a complex schedule
  • Comfort traveling throughout the five boroughs of New York City
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience and comfort using database systems 

Start Date: July 5th, 2021

Salary Range: $72-78,000

Benefits: Family friendly environment with full benefit plan (including 4 weeks vacation, generous sick days, pension plan, and tuition credits)

We are an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourage qualified individuals of every race, creed, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

Send cover letter and resume to Please include position title in the subject line of the email. 

About CARA: CARA’s mission is to ensure that first-generation college students, low-income students, and students of color have the knowledge and support necessary to enroll in and persist through college. CARA’s programs help transform…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 5, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 30, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


$72,000 - $78,000


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
New York, NY

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