SUMMER SEARCH BOSTON
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.
Summer Search Boston is seeking a Post-Secondary Program Coordinator to advise high school seniors and graduates as they transition into and progress through their chosen post-secondary pathway whether college, a vocational track, a gap year program, or joining the military or workforce.
This hire will join a 5-member post-secondary team passionate about working with youth and committed to building long-term, holistic, individualized relationships with each student to support them in their journey through high school and beyond.
Specifically, the Post-Secondary Program Coordinator will:
Post-Secondary and College Readiness Programming:
Supporting youth in the 12th grade and years 1-2 after high school.
- Utilize the Summer Search mentoring model to manage a caseload of students in our post-secondary program, coaching students to navigate challenges and focus on problem-solving, particularly around situations commonly faced by first-generation, low-income college students.
- Provide holistic, group-mentoring, and individualized post-secondary advising to 25-35 high school seniors on an annual basis, developing and implementing lesson plans that are specific to each cohort’s needs and strengths.
- Prepare and facilitate college, career and financial well-being workshops for students and their families.
- Advise students on academics, financial aid and money management, engagement on campus and in the community, and career exploration, as well as providing access to other resources, as necessary.
- Collaborate with High School Program to identify and address risk factors for college matriculation and attrition.
- Track key data and monitor progress towards college completion, internship placement, career milestones and/or other post-secondary goals in Salesforce database.
Career Readiness Program:
Supporting youth in years 2-6 after high school.
- Implement post-secondary department strategies to guide and enhance career coaching and internship program.
- Ensure students participate in the career coaching and internship program through intentional and strategic outreach, communication, preparation, and placements.
- Respond to student challenges around financial aid, academics, connecting to resources, and other types of situations.
- Incorporate Summer Search CONNECT, our digital platform, into your daily work and encourage students and alumni to engage in the platform to support our student outcomes, including agency, educational attainment, career readiness, and financial well-being.
- Ensure meticulous data collection in our Salesforce database.
- Fulfill OR execute the organization-wide programmatic metrics and goals, such as number of outreach contacts, advising touchpoints, matriculation, graduation rate, internship placement, career coaching participation, etc.
Program Design & Delivery:
- Support the design and development of enhanced college access/success curriculum.
- Participate in event planning and/or attend program events (including evening and weekend events.)
- Participate in regular in-house training delivered by management staff.
- Coordinate and/or participate in special projects as needed.
Alumni Engagement (as needed):
- Support the Director of Post-Secondary Program and Alumni Relations in cultivating and stewarding Boston’s alumni community through volunteer leadership and alumni board management.
- Develop tools, processes, and metrics to support ongoing strategic efforts to grow alumni engagement.
- Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records, capture contact, biographical and career information of alumni via surveys, correspondence, one-on-one relationships, etc.
WHO YOU ARE
The Post-Secondary Program Coordinator will exemplify curiosity, empathy, teamwork, flexibility, critical consciousness, and a commitment to learning. Specifically, strong candidates will bring:
- EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE: At least 2-3 years of professional experience serving first-generation college student populations from low-income backgrounds (high school or college-aged). Demonstrated knowledge of the college admission process, financial aid, scholarships and grants, career development, and group facilitation.
- JUDGEMENT AND PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS: Resourcefulness and creative problem-solving skills, with the agility to respond to unexpected changes in a thoughtful and calm fashion. Skill in identifying, navigating, and communicating potential risks and challenges.
- PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY: Personal responsibility for work quality and results; excellent organizational skills to juggle multiple projects and at times, unplanned requests.
- CULTURAL COMPETENCE: Cultural sensitivity and humility in working with diverse and low- income populations, with an awareness of institutionalized racism and classism facing low-income communities.
- 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.
- TECHNOLOGY SKILLS: Command of Microsoft Office programs and experience using databases. Salesforce experience is a plus.
Additionally, 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.
- 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. Master’s degree in education, social work, counseling or related field is a plus.
- College counseling or advising certification is a plus.
- Bi-lingual English-Spanish/-Haitian Creole/-Cantonese/-Vietnamese/-Cape Verdean Creole is a plus.
WORK HOURS AND LOCATION
Work hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm with occasional weekend and evening special events. As are currently working remotely until further notice due to COVID-19, you will be provided a technology set up to work from home as well as other accommodations as necessary. This hire must reside in one of the following states while working remotely and be able to work in-person out of the Boston office after re-opening: California, Washington, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Colorado. After office reopening, this position will be based out of our Boston office in Jamaica Plain.
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.