America Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. We do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development. ANY operates in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California. Visit www.americaneedsyou.orgto learn more information.
America Needs You – California launched in 2016 as ANY’s first Partner Fellows Program site. The California program works with two partners, the Ric and Suzanne Kayne Foundation and ScholarMatch, to provide college students with holistic support through graduation and to careers. America Needs You focuses of the career development and mentorship aspects of the Kayne Scholar experience.
The California team delivers approximately 10 Saturday career development workshops and several additional program events annually to three cohorts of Kayne Scholars (ambitious, first-generation college students) and their Mentor Coaches (accomplished young professionals). The team also builds corporate partner/internship host relationships, works with national staff on curriculum design and development, provides support to Kayne Scholars, and recruits a new class of Kayne Scholars and Mentor Coaches each year.
As Program Coordinator, you will serve as a main point of contact for one cohort of Kayne Scholars and Mentor Coaches. You will support Kayne Scholars to explore careers, navigate professional and personal challenges, and source and secure internships by counseling Kayne Scholars both directly and in collaboration with their Mentor Coaches and ScholarMatch College Advisors. The ideal candidate will have experience providing case management or academic/career advisement to college-aged students, will be highly-organized, and enjoy public speaking, multi-tasking and team collaboration. The ideal candidate will also be excited to work in a startup environment/remote office, be a self-starter, and be energized by the ambiguity and opportunity of joining a small, tight-knit team. This role reports directly to the California Program Director and is based in downtown LA’s Arts District.
- Provide holistic support, with a career development and career exploration focus, to one cohort of Kayne Scholars and Mentor Coaches on a variety of topics:
- Exploring careers and sourcing, securing and succeeding in STEM and business internships (90% annual internship goal)
- Successfully building and maintaining professional relationships and a mentoring relationship
- College success (in partnership with Scholar Match College Advisors), including time management, leveraging on-campus resources, and addressing personal issues
- Support Kayne Scholars’ and Mentor Coaches’ program performance through data tracking, analysis, and follow up, including analyzing program surveys, and monitoring program standing, retention, and relationship development
- Plan and facilitate Saturday career development workshops for small and large groups (up to 150) and contribute to workshop preparation and execution through tailoring curriculum, coordinating registration and set up, and facilitating active discussions, among other tasks
- Lead site recruitment efforts for new cohorts of Mentor Coach volunteers and, in collaboration with ScholarMatch, evaluate and select new cohorts of Kayne Scholars
- Collaborate with staff from partner organizations (such as ScholarMatch College Advisors) to provide seamless student support, including creating and tracking program improvement plans when necessary
- Contribute to the California strategic growth plan as an active member of our entrepreneurial team
- Represent ANY-CA at external functions and meetings
- Manage partner and volunteer relationships, as appropriate
- Additional projects and duties as needed determined by the California Program Director
- Bachelor’s Degree is required
- Detail-oriented and able to manage multiple projects and tasks
- Strong public speaking and facilitation skills
- Experience providing career and/or college advisement to adolescents, college students or young professionals
- Strong listening and mediation skills, with a high level of empathy and ability to create a culture of accountability and support
- Experience teaching or training youth and adults; ability to build capacity of and empower others
- Experience working with college-aged youth preferred; familiarity working with first-generation college students is a plus
- Experience with volunteer management and/or engagement
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Seeks continuous improvement and feedback
- Ability to work in a fast paced, data-driven environment with a start-up feel
- Ability to work effectively through remote communication with a national team
- Strong ability to effectively collaborate with a diverse group of stakeholders
- As ANY workshops are held on Saturdays, this position will require flexibility and willingness to work nontraditional work hours
- Strong commitment to America Needs You’s mission and vision
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org(subject line: CA Program Coordinator – Last_Name, First_Name). Please note that your application will not be considered without a cover letter. No phone calls please.