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About SMART 

SMART (Schools, Mentoring and Resource Team, Inc.) champions education equity by supporting students in overcoming systemic barriers on their journey to a college degree. We envision a community with equitable pathways to college graduation for every student in San Francisco. SMART provides a unique eight-year continuum of support that starts in 4th grade and goes all the way to college, including school support, after school enrichment, summer programming and college preparation. Since launching our high school program in 2011, 100% of SMART Scholars have graduated high school and matriculated to college. While only 21% of very low-income students who enter college will graduate within six years, SMART Scholars are currently persisting at a rate of more than 80%.

Position Description

Reporting to the College Achievement Program Manager, the College Counselor works closely with 12th grade Scholars, families, and staff to ensure that SMART Scholars are ready for college and successfully applying to and enrolling in college. This includes coordinating all college prep and college counseling activities, promoting an organization-wide college going culture, and coordinating programs that support Scholars’ personal achievement, leadership development, and career exploration. The ideal candidate for this position is highly skilled in college counseling, project management, teaching and lesson planning, and external relationships management.

Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

College Readiness and Counseling

  • Oversee college counseling for high school Seniors and their families, including guiding Scholars and families through the college and financial aid application process. 
  • Facilitate weekly Scholar workshops and regular one-on-one college and career advising meetings.
  • Present family workshops on college admissions and financial aid. 
  • Establish and develop relationships and partnerships with high school college counselors, as well as colleges and scholarship programs.
  • Support implementation of annual college tours to Southern and Northern California.
  • Ensure smooth matriculation to college by guiding high school Seniors through initial college course selection and additional pre-college summer programming.
  • Collaborate with SMART staff to plan the annual Step Up Graduation for high school Seniors. 
  • Collaborate with SMART staff to promote a college-going culture throughout all grade levels.
  • Conduct outreach to SMART alumni in college to ensure they are supported and engaged.

Data Tracking

  • Collect personal and academic student data to track student progress and inform student support strategies.
  • Ensure relevant data is collected and accurately entered into the appropriate database by expected benchmarks.
  • Use data collected to evaluate Scholar needs and develop appropriate interventions.

Other Program and Organization-wide Responsibilities

  • Support SMART’s other program components as needed, including recruitment, enrollment, summer, and high school programming.
  • Teach and provide staff assistance to SMART’s summer program.
  • Support and participate in organization-wide events.
  • Participate in cross-department committees and teams.
  • Other duties and special projects as needed.

Experience and Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Strong passion for issues of educational equity for students from underserved communities.
  • Minimum two years of college prep advising and college admissions experience (preferably in CA).
  • Deep understanding of the challenges faced by minority populations and underrepresented communities. Experience working directly with underrepresented communities is strongly desired.
  • Minimum two years of professional experience working with youth, preferably with high school and/or college students.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the college counseling and financial aid process for first-generation college students.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to take initiative, capacity to work independently as part of an intra- and inter-organizational team and multi-tasking proficiency.
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills.
  • Great team player with a strong conviction in the power of collaboration in a small staff setting.
  • Fluency in Spanish or Cantonese strongly desired.

This is a full-time non-exempt position. Occasional evening work required.

Compensation and Benefits: Starting annual salary range for this position is $54,500-$56,500. SMART is also proud to offer additional competitive benefits, including: Paid holidays, generous paid time off policy and parental leave policy, 100% coverage of employee medical, dental, and vision insurance, employer sponsored life insurance and long-term disability insurance, and access to pre-tax benefit programs such as commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts, and a 401K account.

How to Apply: Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Josephine Saechao, College Achievement Program Manager at careers@thesmartprogram.org. Due to the volume of applications we receive, please no phone calls.

Deadline to Apply: Applications accepted until position is filled.

SMART is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, national origins, sexual orientations and genders. Learn more about SMART’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity at www.thesmartprogram.org/equity.

About SMART 

SMART (Schools, Mentoring and Resource Team, Inc.) champions education equity by supporting students in overcoming systemic barriers on their journey to a college degree. We envision a community with equitable pathways to…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Salary

USD 54,500 - USD 56,500

Benefits

Paid holidays, generous paid time off policy and parental leave policy, 100% coverage of employee medical, dental, and vision insurance, employer sponsored life insurance and long-term disability insurance, and access to pre-tax benefit programs such as commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts, and a 401K account.

Paid holidays, generous paid time off policy and parental leave policy, 100% coverage of employee medical, dental, and vision insurance, employer sponsored life insurance and…

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish or Cantonese strongly desired.

Fluency in Spanish or Cantonese strongly desired.

Location

On-site
1061 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

How to Apply

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Josephine Saechao, College Achievement Program Manager at careers@thesmartprogram.org. Due to the volume of applications we receive, please no phone calls.

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Josephine Saechao, College Achievement Program Manager at careers@thesmartprogram.org. Due to the volume of applications…

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