College Access Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time

Published

08/02/2018

Start Date

10/01/2018

Application Deadline

09/03/2018

Address

Philadelphia
PA
United States

Description

Philadelphia Futures is a nonprofit organization that provides Philadelphia's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. We transform lives by breaking down the barriers that have historically excluded low-income, first-generation-to-college students from achieving college success. The students Philadelphia Futures serves are provided with a comprehensive, time-tested array of programs designed to reduce the institutional, academic, social and financial barriers to college success.

Since 1989, our Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) Program has worked with students in Philadelphia’s public schools from 9th grade through college completion. SAS high school students participate in a year-round intensive preparation program that will build academic skills, match them with a mentor, and guide them through the college application and admissions processes. College Access Coordinators support the progress of high school students and work with them intensively through enrollment into college.  


We are currently seeking a College Access Coordinator to join our SAS team. This role is a unique opportunity for a proactive, detailed-oriented individual to serve in a critical role in supporting low-income, first-generation-to-college students through high school and into college, with the goal that they graduate college career ready and with manageable debt. 


Significant responsibilities of this position include:


  • Maintaining weekly contact with students to assure and support student participation in required coursework and optional extracurricular activities; monitoring and providing resources for improved academic performance in students’ high schools; and providing individualized support/interventions as needed
  • Meeting periodically with students, parents/guardians, mentors and high school staff (as applicable) to support progress, and develop and implement individualized plans for college admission
  • Maintaining records of student progress, activities, and other vital information
  • Supporting adolescents in their social-emotional development
  • Providing comprehensive support for students as they navigate the entirety of the college admission, financial aid and matriculation processes
  • Actively and regularly developing a research-based knowledge base of best practices with regard to college guidance for low income, first-gen students
  • Assisting with planning and implementation of program activities, including facilitating outreach presentations about college guidance, access and success

 

The successful candidate for this position will possess the following experience, education, skills and attributes:


  • Experience in and a passion for working with high school students, especially those that may be experiencing obstacles due to social, emotional, academic or other circumstances
  • Solid understanding of the unique college guidance, admissions and financial aid needs of low-income, first-generation-to-college students
  • Substantial experience in one or more of the following areas: school counselling, college guidance and/or admissions, educational programs development, social work, and teaching and/or training
  • Experience in managing a caseload of students, which includes thoughtful and careful outreach to schools, families, and other constituents
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, outcomes-oriented, collaborative decision-making environment
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree or comparable professional experience is preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communications
  • Knowledge of languages other than English (spoken and/or written) is not required but is highly valued
  • Knowledgeable and proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word and PowerPoint); experience in ETO and Google Classroom is highly desirable

 

This is a full-time, exempt position and offers a competitive compensation/benefits package based on experience. College Access Coordinators report to the Director of Sponsor-A-Scholar or the Director of College Connection. Occasional evening and weekend hours required. 


For more information on Philadelphia Futures, visit our website: www.philadelphiafutures.org


Philadelphia Futures is deeply committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. Philadelphia Futures is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


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