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 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 college. Taking a student-centered and culturally relevant 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 weekly mentoring conversations, the Program Associate will partner with students to provide individualized 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%)
• Mentor a caseload of approximately 35-40 high school students, building multi-year relationships and conducting regular mentoring by phone, or in-person when possible.
• 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.
• Hold students accountable to 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.
• Monitor and promote students’ academic and extracurricular participation and performance, as well as college readiness requirements.
• Participate in student recruitment, interviewing 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.
Administration and Project Management (30%)
• Enter and track program data accurately on a daily basis in our CoPilot 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, college access student support, college 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 requests.
• SELF-AWARENESS AND REFLECTION: 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.
• 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 CoPilot 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.
• Master’s degree in education, social work, counseling or related field is a plus.
• Academic or applied knowledge of adolescent development is a plus.
• Spanish, Vietnamese, and/or Cantonese language skills are a plus.
WORK HOURS AND LOCATION
The ideal start date for this position is December 17. Work hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm (two – three days) and 11am-7pm (two – three days) with occasional weekend and evening special events. This position is located in the Bay Area at our Summer Search office in Oakland.
We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our investment includes:
• Competitive salaries. The salary range for this position is 45,000-49,000.
• 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’ (3 floating holidays of your choice, 10 company-wide holidays and a 1-week December closure).
• Individual, local, regional and national training; plus a $200 professional development stipend for external 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 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.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Click here and submit a resume and targeted cover letter that answers the question, “How do you approach working with youth and why are you interested in this position?” Please address your cover letter to Ben Stevens.
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