College Success Associate

Job Type

Full Time




United States


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 Bay Area 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



Specifically, the College Sucess Associate will:

  • Manage a caseload of 100-130 students in our College Success program, conducting 1:1 advising
  • 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.
  • Proficiency using databases to 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 support special projects as needed, such as career coaching, scholarships, or communications, as well as participate in student events and campus visits.



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

  • Competitive salaries
  • Medical insurance with up to 90% employer contribution
  • Dental, vision, FSA, life and disability insurance plans
  • 401 (K) and Employer Match up to $2000 annually
  • Generous paid time off including 15 vacation days, 10 sick days, 2 floating holidays, 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
  • Ample opportunities to connect with the students and communities we serve

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIONWith 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. 

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College Success Associates exemplify curiosity, empathy, teamwork, flexibility, critical consciousness, and a commitment to learning. Specifically, strong candidates will bring:

  • 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 college 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 UC, CSU, and
  • California Community College 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
  •  Commitment to Summer Search’s mission of closing the opportunity gap for low-income
  • students; 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 the Summer Search office in Oakland. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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