College Success Associate -- Support First-Generation College Students to Succeed!

Job Type

Full Time




Summer Search
90 Broad St # 701
New York City
New York
United States


We are Summer Search, a national youth development organization dedicated to creating greater equity by increasing the number of students from low-income backgrounds who successfully enter and complete college. Since 1990, we have partnered with high schools, community-based organizations, and families to provide mentoring (by full-time staff), transformative summer experiences, and start-to-finish college advising and support.

Our long-term investment (7-9 years) successfully supports our students in changing the nation’s college completion narrative. 96% are students of color; 92% are first in their families to attend college; 71% earn a bachelor’s degree within six years of graduating high school, compared to just 21% of their low-income peers nationally.


In 2010, Summer Search launched our College Success program to support students from their transition from high school through bachelor’s degree attainment. Over the course of the first two years of college, we provide continued mentoring and support to ensure that they are progressing academically, securing financial aid, engaging on campus, and adapting effectively. Joining the NYC program team, the College Success Associate will have the opportunity to advise Summer Searchers throughout their college journeys, as well as join a team of colleagues who are deeply committed to the students we serve.

Specifically, the College Success Associate will:

  • Manage a caseload of approximately 90 students in our College Success program, conducting 1:1 mentoring that results in trusting relationships and support Summer Search students in their transition into and long-term success in college.
  • Advise students on academics, financial aid and money management, engagement on campus and in the community, and career exploration, as well as provide access to other resources as necessary. 
  • Apply the Summer Search mentoring model to coaching students to navigate challenges and focus on problem-solving, particularly around situations commonly faced by first-generation, low-income college students.
  • Strive to maintain at least 2 touchpoints per semester for every student in caseload; engage with students more regularly for those in challenging situations and/or are seeking greater support.
  • Collaborate with High School, College Access, and College Success staff to identify and address risk factors for college attrition.
  • Utilize CoPilot (Salesforce platform database consistently to track key data and monitor progress towards multiple program goals.
  • Actively contribute to the ongoing development and refinement of the College Success program through participating in organizational trainings and meetings with regional and national staff.
  • Manage and/or support special projects as needed, such as professional development activities, scholarships, communications, as well as participate in student events and workshops.


  • A highly motivated college advisor, counselor, and/or youth development professional, with at least 2 years of experience working directly with students in a high school, college, education, or youth development environment. Experience advising students 1:1 is strongly desired.
  • Knowledgeable about key areas of college advising, such as academics, financial aid and money management, student life, and career exploration; demonstrated knowledge of SUNY and CUNY higher education systems are a plus.
  • Superior communications and interpersonal skills, with an ability to utilize active listening and reflect others’ viewpoints in order to build trusting relationships with both students and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues facing first-generation, low-income college students, and comfort in engaging in direct communications with students about these issues.
  • High degree of accountability and follow-through, with an ability to take personal responsibility for work product and results.
  • Ability to thrive within an evolving program model and dynamic work environment, with the self-leadership to remain focused in the face of ambiguity and/or shifting priorities.
  • Proficiency in using databases and Excel for data entry and management; experience using Salesforce/CoPilot or a similar student database is a plus.
  • Commitment to Summer Search’s mission of closing the opportunity gap for students from low-income backgrounds; team player who thrives in an authentic, feedback-driven culture.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; certification in college counseling or advising is a plus.


Work hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm with occasional weekend and evening special events. Work location is Summer Search office in New York City.



We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our holistic investment includes:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Medical, dental, vision, FSA, life and disability insurance plans
  • 401 (K) and Employer Match
  • Generous paid vacation days, sick days, and holidays
  • 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
  • Ample opportunities to connect with the students and communities we serve


With a staff that cares deeply about social justice and racial equity, 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 diverse organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please apply with your cover letter and resume through the link above.