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, resilience and tremendous potential. When provided with support and resources, these young people fulfill their potential and achieve success in school, work and life.
Through a combination of mentoring and transformative experiences, Summer Search supports young people to successfully transition from adolescence into adulthood. We aim to unleash the potential of our young people while also building a toolkit for navigating and challenging systemic barriers to higher education and career opportunities.
The Post-Secondary Program Coordinator is an exciting and dynamic new position at Summer Search Seattle. This hire will support Summer Search participants through the summer after their high school graduation and the first year of their post-secondary pathway, whether college, a vocational track, a gap year program, or joining the military or workforce. The Post-Secondary Program Coordinator plays a central role in our site launching the Post-Secondary Program Redesign, which aims to better support Summer Search participants in transitioning and persisting through their post-secondary pathway after high school. This is a unique opportunity to help shape future post-secondary programming for our Seattle site.
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
Build relationships and provide 1:1 mentoring and advising to a caseload of high school graduates (class of 2021) and current post-secondary participants.
TRANSITION PROGRAM CASELOAD:
- Beginning summer of 2021, after high school graduation:
- Facilitate 1:1 individual meetings that support pathway matriculation in partnership with the high school mentors and the post-secondary team.
- Provide high-touch college or post-secondary pathway advising to 26 graduated high school seniors through their first year after high school.
- Provide mentoring and advising on academic progress, support services, financial aid and money management, community engagement, and career exploration.
- Apply the Summer Search depth mentoring model to support participants in navigating challenges and focus on problem-solving, particularly around situations commonly faced by first-generation students.
- Engage with transition program caseload once a month at minimum.
- Incorporate Summer Search CONNECT, our digital platform, into your daily work and increase post-secondary participant and alumni registration in support of the following long- term participant outcomes: agency, educational attainment, career readiness, and financial well-being.
- Create and distribute monthly newsletters to all post-secondary participants providing program updates and post-secondary opportunities Collaborate with other Summer Search program staff to identify and address potential barriers to post-secondary matriculation.
- Consistently utilize Salesforce to record contact with participants and their persistence toward/in a post-secondary pathway, analyzing data in collaboration with the Director of Post-Secondary Access & Success to adapt approaches and supports as needed.
- Prepare participants to independently navigate tiered levels of program support after their first post-secondary year.
POST-SECONDARY PARTICIPANT CASELOAD:
- Beginning fall 2021, provide mentoring and advising to a focused caseload of 15-25 current post-secondary participants needing higher level support including, students attending a 2-year college, those nearing post-secondary completion, those who went directly into the workforce and those who are experiencing health and wellness challenges.
- Apply the Summer Search Depth Mentoring model while coaching participants navigating challenges and focus on problem-solving, particularly around situations commonly faced by first-generation participants.
- Direct participants to gain familiarity and access the ranges of support offered by Summer Search, including our new online portal, Summer Search CONNECT.
- Identify and promote internship and career opportunities for post-secondary participants in partnership with our development team.
- Consistently utilize Salesforce to record contact with participants and their persistence toward/in a post-secondary pathway, analyzing data in collaboration with the Director of Post-Secondary Program to adapt approaches and supports as needed.
Deliver high-quality Post-Secondary programming that currently serves more than 400 post-secondary participants & alumni:
- Lead and facilitate Post-Secondary events such as our Campus Visits, Like A Boss Career Conference, and additionally support with post-secondary access program related events.
- Contribute to the ongoing development and refinement Post-Secondary Program Redesign by collaborating in focused working groups within the network.
- Create and manage monthly social media content and posts on both Summer Search Connect and Instagram platforms.
- Manage local site scholarship database for post-secondary program.
- Attend trainings related to post-secondary pathway access, matriculation, persistence, career exploration, and financial aid.
- Leverage relationships with post-secondary institutions and regional community-based organizations to support participants with post-secondary pathway persistence and community resources (i.e. academic and/or financial aid appeal support, deferment of fees, basic needs resources).
- Participate in monthly network-wide post-secondary success cohort calls cross collaborating and sharing best practices with post-secondary staff across all regional sites.
- Provide regular post-secondary program updates to all staff.
- Consistently utilize Salesforce to record contact with participants along with tracking their matriculation and persistence toward/in a post-secondary pathway.
WHO YOU ARE:
The Post-Secondary Program Coordinator will be a highly motivated team player who thrives in an authentic, feedback-driven culture. Specifically, strong candidates will bring:
- EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE: At least 2 years of related experience in college access, admissions, advising, or a related field, ideally serving first-generation high school or college-aged populations. Solid grasp of Washington state’s 2- and 4-year college admission process, financial aid, scholarships and grants, apprenticeships, etc., preferred. Bachelor's Degree is also preferred. Knowledge of post-secondary pathways outside of 2- and 4-year colleges is a plus.
- COMMUNICATIONS EFFECTIVENESS: Well-developed communications and interpersonal skills, with an ability to comfortably facilitate group presentations and utilize active listening and reflect others’ viewpoints in relationship building with diverse groups of stakeholders.
- CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS: Demonstrated awareness and understanding of systemic and institutionalized racism facing communities of color, and the historical context of privilege and power in America, with sensitivity and humility in engaging youth around these topics.
- SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: The ability to recognize and reflect upon one’s emotions, thoughts, values, experience, and identities, and demonstrate an understanding of how they influence and impact others.
- PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY: High degree of accountability and follow-through to achieve desired goals, teamed with an ability to remain focused and flexible in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
- TECHNOLOGY SKILLS: Proficiency in using Microsoft Office Suite for data entry and management; experience in using virtual platforms such as Microsoft Teams & Zoom; experience using Salesforce, or a similar student database is a plus. Familiarity using social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, etc
- LANGUAGE SILLS: Bi-lingual English- Spanish, Vietnamese, or Somali is a plus
In addition, all Summer Search staff bring a commitment to our mission of unleashing students’ potential through mentoring and transformative experiences, as well as the ability to thrive in an environment that values excellence, gratitude, well-being, diversity, authenticity, and collaboration.
WORK HOURS AND LOCATION
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will be remote until further notice, with potential for limited working days in the office if desired in order to allow for the safest environment for our staff. Once we have returned to working in-person, this position will be based out of the Seattle office in Tukwila. Work hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm with occasional weekend and evening special events.
We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our investment includes:
- Competitive and transparent salaries. The salary range for this position is $48,000-$52,000.
- 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, a birthday day-off, 10 company-wide holidays, and a 1-week December closure).
- Individual, local, regional and national training
- 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 EQUITY, 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.