Associate of Scholar Experience

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Focus Areas: College Access and Team Launch Support 

Reports to: Director of Scholar Experience  

About Chicago Scholars: 

At Chicago Scholars we strive to prepare our Scholars for the world and the world for our Scholars. Our dual focus on Scholars and the world are both essential to our strategy. The first part of our work supports college acceptance, matriculation, persistence, and career access for our Scholars. The second part allows Scholars to go beyond surviving to thriving, from achieving to excelling, from attending and working to belonging and exceeding. The first part of our work allows entry, the second truly opens up opportunity and redistributes power. To achieve these goals we center diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and racial justice so that we can launch and lift our Scholars and enable them to lead and leverage their power wherever they are on their journeys.

Chicago Scholars is transforming the leadership landscape of our city by resolving the fundamental barriers to success for academically driven, first generation college students from under-resourced communities. Through college counseling, mentoring, and by providing a supportive community to our Scholars through each phase of our program: College Access (Launch), College Persistence (Lift) and Career & Leadership Development (CLD/Lead), we ensure that they realize their full potential as students and leaders. 

83% of Chicago Scholars graduate college within 6 years. Per the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, only 49% of their peers earn a degree within 6 years. Upon graduation, our Scholars move into leadership positions across Chicago, helping to drive the economic future of their communities and our thriving city. 


READI Commitment  

At Chicago Scholars we strive to prepare our Scholars for the world and the world for our Scholars. Our dual focus on Scholars and the world are essential to our strategy. To achieve these goals, we center racial justice, equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion (READI) in all that we do.  

Chicago Scholars’ commitment to READI encompasses all of our stakeholders—from our staff to our board, from our volunteers to our partnering organizations, and most importantly our Scholars. This holistic approach is necessary for the sustained, long-term, positive impact that we seek for our Scholars, our neighborhoods, our city, and our world. 

To learn more about Chicago Scholars commitment to READI, please visit 

At Chicago Scholars, we believe that education is social justice. That's why we're empowering Chicago's best and brightest first-generation college students and students from low-income communities with the mentors, resources, and opportunities to go to our nation's best colleges and universities, graduate on time, and become Chicago's next generation of leaders. Since 1996, we've impacted the lives of more than 5,000 young leaders in Chicago. 


Our Values: 

These are a set of guiding principles that apply to all stakeholders within the Chicago Scholars ecosystem. We select and retain stakeholders based on these stated expectations for how we achieve our mission and vision. Each are supported with core competencies and narrative for the sake of clarity. 

We Dream Big. We speak up, innovate, push the boundaries and keep the creativity flowing. We don’t accept the status quo because the stakes are too high. We have an incredible belief that growth and change is possible. While we dream big, we are laser focused on our intended goals and outcomes for our Scholars, our city and the world. 

We Show Up. We show up every day; not just physically, but with a positive attitude and willingness to work, connect, challenge, engage, solve problems and have fun. We don’t wait for someone to tell us what to do. We take action and get the job done. If we don’t know how, we figure it out through our knowledge, exploration or our network. 

We Embrace Our Differences. We represent a multicultural nation and our collective backgrounds, experiences, styles, values, perspectives and beliefs are an asset to the world. We recognize that together we achieve better outcomes more quickly. Justice and equity starts with us using our collective voice. 

We Model the Way. We exhibit the behavior that we want to see in others and in the world. Titles are granted, but our behavior is what earns us respect. In order to model the way, we must be clear about our guiding principles, celebrate our accomplishments and learn from our challenges and failures. 

We Care For Each Other Along the Way. We adapt to the needs of the person in front of us. We pause, reflect and listen. We do our best work when we are in good relationship together. We care personally and challenge directly. 

We Keep Our Word. When we commit, we are all in. Whether for events, a Scholar, a peer or ourselves. Our words are as powerful as our actions and are the building block of trust, respect, self-worth and integrity. 


Job Impact Statement: 

The Associate of Scholar Experience is responsible for ensuring that no Scholar gets left behind throughout the first year of our seven-year program. They accomplish this by maintaining consistent, encouraging, and clear communication with Scholars both individually and collectively. Additionally, this person supports Team Launch to ensure Scholars have the best possible experience from enrollment in the program to college matriculation. The Associate of Scholar Experience will manage all optional programming for Scholars such as Growth Labs (both Writing & Interview) and other pop-up events throughout the program year. Additionally, this role will oversee Scholars’ re-engagement for 50% of our annual high school Scholar class. The Associate of Scholar Experience will support with Scholar communications, some event and programming logistics, and data collection and entry for Launch Scholars. Lastly, the Senior Associate of Scholar Experience will support the College Access Team throughout the program year on various projects.  


Job Workload Breakdown: 

  • 35% - Optional/Pop-Up Scholar Programming 
  • 35% - Scholar Engagement and Outreach 
  • 25% - Scholar Data Entry and Tracking 
  • 5% - General Team Support 


Key Responsibilities: 

Optional/Pop-Up Scholar Programming 

  • Manage optional programming for Scholars which includes, but is not limited to: writing labs, interview labs, scholarship workshops, and other pop-up events/activities 
  • Promote optional programming to Scholars by utilizing Eventbrite and other online tools 
  • Draft and create a communications plan for optional programming with the Senior Associate of Communications to engage Scholars and CBO students through our optional programming 
  • Co-lead the Launch Leadership Council (LLC) with the Director of Scholar Experience and create marketing materials to promote the LLC 
  • Track volunteer information with the Development Team and encourage volunteers to move up the ladder of engagement 
  • Co-manage the Get Involved inbox to track volunteer engagement and answer any volunteer inquiries regarding optional programming 
  • Review surveys on optional programming to brainstorm new ways to improve optional programming for Scholars, volunteers, and CBO students 

Scholar Engagement and Outreach 

  • Co-manage Scholar engagement with the Senior Associate of Scholar Communications (i.e., Launch Inbox, engagement check outreach, and proofreading mass email and/or text communications to Scholars) 
  • Conduct outreach for all Scholar-facing activities and co-manage attendance tracking; assist with the rescheduling of all Scholars for required events 
  • Identify metrics to reengage Scholars who are at risk of disenrollment and utilize NowPow to send resources to disengaged Scholars 
  • Communicate with Mentors and College Counselors to track Scholar engagement and conduct engagement checks, if necessary 
  • Act as a resource and a professional role model for all Scholars who have questions and/or concerns throughout their participation in the Chicago Scholars program, specifically the Launch (College Access) phase. 

Data Entry & Tracking  

  • Identify metrics to ensure the success of the College Access program and track progress against goals; address risks to remain on track 
  • Monitor Scholars’ attendance and engagement to ensure they are on-track to complete College Access programming and enroll in a match and fit college or university 

General Team Support 

  • Support new Scholar recruitment, selection, and enrollment logistics 
  • Support event logistics for New Scholar Orientation and Onsite College & Leadership Forum 
  • Support other team projects and logistics on an ongoing basis 

Additional Responsibilities 

  • Additionally, the Associate of Scholar Engagement will staff and facilitate monthly evening and weekend Scholar workshops and other programming events 
  • Attend and support mandatory all staff events: New Scholar Orientation, the Onsite College & Leadership Forum, New Scholar Interview Nights, and our Quarterly Staff Retreats 
  • Attend and support all mandatory Program Team events: New Scholar Orientation (NSO) and Scholar Holiday Party 



  • Education: College degree required  
  • Experience: 1 – 3 years 
  • Must live in the Chicagoland area.


  • Communication: Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to speak in public and engage all stakeholders (Scholars, parents, mentors, volunteers, college representatives) 
  • Adaptability: Demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with diverse audiences (educational level, socio-economic circumstance) 
  • Critical Thinking: Ability to plan and organize tasks and work responsibilities to achieve objectives; allocate and use resources well 
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment 
  • Adaptability: Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities 
  • Project Management: Proficiencies with technology and standard office applications (e.g., Salesforce) & willingness to adapt to new technologies; ability to collect, enter and track accurate data to inform decision making 
  • Continuous Improvement: Ability to propose new approaches, methods, or technologies to improve practices, processes and outcomes 
  • Accountability: Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion 

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:  

Effective January 1, 2022, all Chicago Scholars employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Exceptions may be made for religious and medical accommodations. Unvaccinated employees who receive a religious or medical accommodation must submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test result. Employees hired after January 1, 2022 are required to be fully vaccinated by their first day of work or submit a negative test result dated no more than three days prior to their first day of work. 

If you have questions regarding this policy, or any of Chicago Scholars employment policies, please reach out to the Human Resources team at with the subject line: Policy Question

Starting Salary: $37,500

To Apply:

Please click 'Apply' to submit your application which should include a resume and cover letter.

Focus Areas: College Access and Team Launch Support 

Reports to: Director of Scholar Experience  

About Chicago Scholars: 

At Chicago Scholars we strive to prepare our Scholars for the world and the world for our Scholars. Our dual focus on…

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


247 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60604, United States
Suite 700

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