Program Manager, College and Career Readiness

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Dorson Community Foundation
East Orange, NJ
Published 24 days ago

POSITION: Program Manager, College and Career Readiness

LOCATION: East Orange, NJ, USA (Hybrid; remote operations with in-person programming beginning September 2021 due to COVID-19 public health regulations)

TYPE: Permanent full-time (requires flexible evening and weekend hours to meet the needs of our students and their families)

SALARY: $45,000 - $50,000 - Commensurate with qualifications and experience

START DATE: August 2021


Highly-motivated students from Essex County, NJ have dreams of college and career success. We invest in their futures. | Dorson Community Foundation (DCF) supports highly-motivated high school students with great potential, but unequal opportunities due to systemic inequities. We work to identify, recruit and develop these young people into happy and healthy humans - the next generation of leaders and agents of change their local communities need. Since 1992, DCF has served students from the Greater Newark, NJ area who are primarily students of color, the first generation of their family to earn a college degree, are from low-income backgrounds, and are motivated to achieve college and career success.

Through our college readiness and career development programming that uniquely emphasizes self-discovery and civic engagement, our vision is to develop our students into self-actualized individuals empowered by strong networks and social capital and the sense of civic responsibility necessary to become agents of change in their communities.

In 2019, DCF launched the Dorson Scholars Program, an intensive four-year, cohort-based, college and career readiness experience, providing year-round programming designed to nurture students on their paths to college and career success. The Program is anchored in the Dorson Scholars model comprising five core pillars: Self-Actualization; Post-secondary Exposure, Readiness, and Access; Career Awareness and Professional Development; Service-Learning and Community Engagement; and Transformative Summer Experiences. In fall 2021, the Program’s inaugural cohort will begin their junior year of high school.


DCF is looking for a dynamic and entrepreneurial individual to join our team as the Program Manager, College and Career Readiness. We are looking for a candidate who brings relevant skills and interest to the role, enthusiasm, ownership of their work, and is looking for an opportunity to seize a career-enhancing opportunity in a fast-paced, growing organization.

When you join DCF, you will find an innovative organization on the path to becoming the gold standard model for supplementary education in the Greater Newark, NJ area. We value human-centeredness and treating our students as humans first. We value responsible innovation and are committed to anticipating the ever changing landscape of higher education and the workforce. We value community engagement and strive to create a sense of civic responsibility within our students, on their pathways to become the necessary leaders to implement changes in our society. Lastly, we value collaboration and through our strategic partnerships, we are able to provide an abundance of opportunities to the students we serve.


Reporting directly to DCF’s Executive Director, the Program Manager, College and Career Readiness, will lead and manage the full spectrum of planning, coordinating, and implementing the Dorson Scholars Program. The primary focus of the Program Manager is on effectively serving a caseload of 20 high school juniors using the Dorson Scholars curriculum. The Program Manager will deliver innovative college and career readiness programming and social and emotional learning activities, and provide targeted advisory support to help Scholars and their families begin navigating the college admissions and financial aid processes. The Program Manager will help our juniors identify college options, begin writing college application and scholarship essays, prepare for financial aid requirements, and make responsible choices.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic and driven individual with a passion for advancing educational, racial, and social equity. A professional with one to three years of applied experience, the ideal candidate will be someone who enjoys classroom facilitation, direct student support, curriculum development and execution, and relationship management. The candidate must also balance working collaboratively with volunteers as well as working independently with an attention to detail. The ideal candidate will also personally connect to our mission, vision, and values and be invested in the growth of the Program and organization.


Classroom Facilitation & Program Management - 40%

  • Develop and deliver culturally competent college readiness and career development bi-weekly workshops based on the Dorson Scholars curriculum.
  • Serve as the point of contact for Guest Speakers and provide support prior to and during their presentations.
  • Work collaboratively with the Reflect+Connect Advising Program Manager to onboard, support, and maintain communications with volunteer Advisors in executing their bi-weekly advising sessions with Scholars.
  • Maintain class materials on our online Scholars Portal, ensuring resources are available to students on a timely basis.
  • Track and record student progress in our database, using both quantitative and qualitative measures; maintain accurate student contact information, class attendance records, and report card submissions.
  • Lead the organization and execution of program-wide events, including the Fall Kickoff Event, End of Year Ceremony, community service projects (Feed the Homeless Project and Toys for Tots Drive), Networking Events, and Mock Interview Nights.
  • Lead the organization and execution of cohort bonding social activities and parent engagement workshops.
  • Work collaboratively with a team of Program volunteers to see through the quality execution of all program activities.

Direct Student Support - 40%

  • Serve as the main point of contact for our cohort of 20 high school juniors and families.
  • Maintain ongoing communications with the caseload of 20 high school juniors, including, but not limited to leading as-needed check-in meetings and responding to all student and family correspondences in a timely manner.
  • Provide one-on-one guidance to a caseload of 20 high school juniors and their families beginning in the spring, including, but not limited to developing their college lists and college application and scholarship essays, and preparing for the financial aid process.
  • Help students resolve general obstacles that come up throughout the school year by coaching them on self-advocacy and resourcefulness skills.

Relationship Management, Community Engagement, and Partnerships - 15%

  • Serve as the point of contact and maintain collaborative relationships with our summer program partner organizations.
  • Serve as the point of contact and liaison to our school partners.
  • Work with the Executive Director to identify and secure new summer program partners. 
  • Oversee summer program application and selection processes.
  • Facilitate best fit placement of Scholars into summer opportunities.

Program and Organizational Support - 5%

  • Contribute anecdotal and quantitative data for reports.
  • Support the Development team by attending events.
  • Represent the Dorson Community Foundation brand in a positive light, and take actions to increase brand awareness throughout the community.


  • Bachelor’s degree and work authorization
  • 1-3 years of related professional experience
  • Demonstrated skill set in program management and implementation, including the ability to create and run programs to ensure that program activities are done on time, within budget, at a high level of quality, and lead to successful, measurable outcomes
  • Experience with college advising with high school students
  • Experience developing and facilitating workshops
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience working with low-income, first-generation to college, and students of color; understanding of the barriers facing this population
  • Experience developing trusting relationships with students and providing effective coaching to a diverse population of students
  • Comfort and familiarity with program evaluation; experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Highly organized with an ability to juggle multiple tasks and stay flexible
  • Entrepreneurial in spirit; excited by a startup, fast-paced work environment
  • Availability and willingness to work select evenings and weekends
  • Valid driver’s license preferred, but not required
  • Demonstrated alignment with DCF’s mission, vision, and core values
  • The ability to make a minimum of a two-year commitment


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DCF staff are currently working remotely and all programming has been conducted virtually. Beginning September 2021, we plan to shift our operations to a hybrid model, continuing to work remotely, while offering in-person programming (classes, events, and office hours); the in-person programming is contingent upon public health regulations. The candidate will be expected to work remotely with some travel to the Dorson office (East Orange, NJ) and partner locations to conduct in-person programming as soon as it is safe to do so.

POSITION: Program Manager, College and Career Readiness

LOCATION: East Orange, NJ, USA (Hybrid; remote operations with in-person programming beginning September 2021 due to COVID-19 public health regulations)

TYPE: Permanent full-time…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 23, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    July 30, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required


$45,000 - $50,000Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Level of Language Proficiency




Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
280 S Harrison St, East Orange, NJ 07018, USA

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