While young people from low-income communities – who are disproportionately young people of color – face systemic inequities in school, in the workforce, and in life, they possess unique strengths, tremendous potential. When provided with support and resources, these young people fulfill their potential and achieve their goals.
Through a combination of mentoring and transformative experiences, Summer Search supports young people to successfully transition from adolescence into adulthood. Our youth build toolkits for navigating and challenging systemic barriers to higher education and career opportunities, while also experiencing holistic support and unconditional care from our staff, their peers, and our community.
Summer Search Bay Area is seeking a Program Associate to mentor a caseload of approximately 35-40 high school students, building long-term 1:1 relationships through high school to graduation and on to post-secondary. Taking a student-centered and critically informed approach, this person will utilize Summer Search’s unique mentoring methodology, prepare students for two challenging summer experiences, and support post-secondary readiness and matriculation. Through regular 1:1 conversations and facilitated group activities, the Program Associate will partner with students to provide support of the many facets of students’ lives, which includes conversations about school, family, friends, race, class, gender, sexuality, summer programs, and more.
Specifically, the Program Associate will perform these responsibilities:
Student Mentoring and Program Facilitation (70%)
- Serve as a mentor to a caseload of approximately 35-40 high school students, building long-term relationships and conducting regular mentoring by phone or in-person.
- Utilize a unique mentoring methodology based upon adolescent social-emotional development, cultural relevance, and critical consciousness. Enable conversations that allow students to reflect upon the impact of identities and social/cultural context on their lives.
- Support students in year-round program participation, as well as demonstrating a personal commitment to students that result in a high level of engagement throughout their Summer Search experience.
- Facilitate group sessions with students at events and through our group mentoring model by establishing group agreements, modeling containment, working through conflict, and encouraging participation of all students.
- Monitor and promote students’ academic and extracurricular participation and performance, as well as post-secondary readiness requirements.
- Participate in student recruitment, admissions and enrollment, as well as planning and attending key milestone events for students and their families throughout the school year, including travel to schools within the region and some evening and weekend events, especially in the spring.
- Participate in regular and ongoing trainings to build job-related skills, knowledge, and capacity e.g. student safety, critical mentoring, social responsibility.
- Enter and track program data accurately weekly in Salesforce database to assess student progress and drive organizational learning, to ensure high levels of program quality and professional development.
Administration and Project Management (30%)
- Enter and track program data accurately on a weekly basis in our Salesforce database to assess student progress and drive organizational learning, to ensure high levels of program quality and professional development.
- Actively participate in and/or coordinate projects that support school and student outreach, summer programs logistics, post-secondary access student support, post-secondary success student support, and/or alumni engagement.
- Provide supplemental support to team members by covering project and student-facing work as needed and determined in partnership with teammates and managers.
WHO YOU ARE
Program Associates exemplify curiosity, empathy, teamwork, flexibility, critical consciousness, and a commitment to learning. Specifically, strong candidates will bring:
- PASSION FOR WORKING WITH YOUTH: A commitment to building long-term, holistic, individualized relationships with each student to support them in their journey through high school and beyond.
- RELATED EXPERIENCE: At least 2 years of professional experience working with student populations served by Summer Search (e.g. low-income families, students of color, LGBTQIA+, English Language Learners, and diverse religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds)
- RELATIONSHIP BUILDING SKILLS: Active listening skills and ability to reflect others’ viewpoints in order to build trusting relationships with both students and colleagues.
- COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE: Understanding of systems of oppression, such as: white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, and more which target and disproportionately impact communities of color. Historical context of privilege and power in America; combined with ongoing personal work, sensitivity, directness, and humility in engaging youth around these topics.
- PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY: Personal responsibility for work quality and results; excellent organizational skills to juggle multiple projects and at times, unplanned priorities.
- SELF-AWARENESS AND REFLECTION: The ability to recognize and reflect upon one’s emotions, thoughts, values, experience, identities, and power dynamics, and demonstrate an understanding of how they influence and impact others.
- TEAMWORK AND COLLABORATION: Flexibility and an eager team player who is excited to collaborate with colleagues and participate in an authentic, feedback-driven office culture.
- DATA SKILLS: Proficiency in detailed data tracking and management; experience using Salesforce or a similar database is a plus.
OTHER DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
- BA/BS AND/OR equivalent experience in the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the responsibilities of the job. Equivalencies includes demonstrated knowledge in education, social work, counseling, or a related field.
- Academic or applied knowledge of adolescent development is a plus.
- Spanish, Vietnamese, and/or Cantonese language skills are a plus.
WORK HOURS, SCHEDULE AND LOCATION
Work hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm (two – three days) and 11am-7pm (two – three days) with occasional weekend and evening special events.
In-person work at the office and partner schools are required as part of your job description and responsibilities. This position can work out of our Santa Rosa or Oakland Office. (Note: as part of our Regional Program Strategy, Summer Search is exploring additional office locations where you can work out of around the Bay Area). School locations for this position may include: Napa County, Vallejo, San Rafael, Richmond, Oakland, San Francisco and/or Hayward.
Staff have the option to work remotely 2 days out of the week if they are able to accommodate it within their schedule.
We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our investment includes:
- Competitive salaries. The starting salary for this position is $52,811.
- Medical insurance with up to 90% employer contribution
- Dental, vision, FSA, life and disability insurance plans
- 401 (K) and Employer Match up to $2,000 annually
- Generous time off including 15 vacation days, 10 sick days, and 18 ‘holidays’ (2 floating holidays of your choice, your birthday off, 10 company-wide holidays and a 1-week December closure).
- Individual, local, regional and national training; plus a $360 professional development stipend for external training and a $72 wellness stipend
- A commitment to developing leaders from within the organization
- An organizational culture that supports staff well-being and holistic self-care/community care
- Ample opportunities to connect with the students and communities we serve
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
With a staff that cares deeply about social justice and racial justice, we believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we work with students, as well as how we work together as a team. We hope you will join us as we continue to build a justice-centered organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued.
SUMMER SEARCH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.