We are Summer Search, a national youth development organization dedicated to creating greater equity by increasing the number of students from low-income backgrounds who successfully enter and complete college. Since 1990, we have partnered with high schools, community-based organizations, and families to provide mentoring (by full-time staff), transformative summer experiences, and start-to-finish college advising and support.
Our long-term investment (7-9 years) successfully supports our students in changing the nation’s college completion narrative. 96% are students of color; 92% are first in their families to attend college; 69% earn a bachelor’s degree within six years of graduating high school, compared to just 21% of their low-income peers nationally. Summer Search alumni, often the first in their families to earn a college degree, are beacons of change who give back to their families and communities. For more information about our organization, please visit our website at www.summersearch.org.
Summer Search Seattle is seeking a College Access Coordinator (CAC) to guide and advise Summer Searchers through the college application process. Our community is spread across south King county, and this position will most likely support students from Renton, Tukwila, Kent, and Highline school districts. The CAC will support students through their college access process including assessing academic progress and college readiness, advising on best-fit college choices, guiding students through college applications and the financial aid process, and supporting a successful transition to college life. The College Access Coordinator will also collaborate with the College Access and Success Manager and other Seattle Program staff to implement key program elements.
This position contributes to the overall success of our programs by ensuring that students meet short, intermediate and long-term outcomes including college readiness, high school graduation, and post-secondary matriculation. Typical work hours are 10am – 6pm, Monday – Friday, with the occasional weekend/evening commitment. This is a great next step for a college advisor or counselor to join a collaborative and dedicated team, as well as to contribute to closing the opportunity for youth that come from a low-income background in King county.
Specifically, the College Access Coordinator will::
- Provide holistic, 1-1 individualized post-secondary advising to approximately 55-70 high school students on an annual basis, developing and implementing plans that are specific to each student’s needs and strengths.
- Holistically mentor a small caseload of ~5 high school seniors
- Prepare and deliver college and financial aid workshops to ensure students and families are educated and current about college application and financial aid processes, and college deadlines for tests, scholarships, and matriculation
- Provide bi-weekly college access trainings to ensure that staff are educated about the college and financial processes to support students in matriculating and persisting in college
- Collaborate with colleagues in the High School and College Success programs to identify and address how to best support each student towards post-secondary success.
- Contribute to the ongoing development and refinement of the College Access program through collaborating with regional and National office staff, as well as participate in trainings in the field of college access/success, particularly for first-generation, low-income students.
- Operate with an awareness of challenges commonly faced by first-generation and/or low-income students, bringing sensitivity, humility, and understanding to all interactions with students and their families.
- Consistently utilize Salesforce database to track key data and monitor progress towards multiple post-secondary goals including points of service entries.
Participate in professional and organizational development:
- Collaborate with mentors, national college access and success staff, and external partners to gain knowledge and stay current with evolving news and research
- Leverage relationships with post-secondary institutions and regional community based organizations to support college access milestones for Summer Search students (i.e. college applications, deferment of fees, personal statement support).
- Attend regional college access workshops and trainings.
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 INCLUSION
With 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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WHO YOU ARE
College Access Coordinators exemplify curiosity, empathy, teamwork, flexibility, critical consciousness, and a commitment to learning. Specifically, strong candidates will bring:
- PASSION FOR WORKING WITH YOUTH: A commitment to building long-term, holistic, individualized relationships with each student to support them in their journey through high school and beyond.
- RELATED EXPERIENCE: At least 2 years of professional experience in college access, admissions, success, or a related field. Working with student populations served by Summer Search (e.g. low-income families, students of color, LGBTQIA+, English Language Learners, and diverse religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds) is ideal.
- COLLEGE KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrated knowledge of the college admission process, financial aid, scholarships and grants, and college admissions testing. Knowledge of liberal arts colleges, the common application, and the 2-year college track. Knowledge of the college process for undocumented students is strongly desired.
- COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE: Understanding of systems of oppression, such as: white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, and more, which target and disproportionately impact communities of color. Historical context of privilege and power in America; combined with ongoing personal work, sensitivity, directness, and humility in engaging youth around these topics.
- PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY: Personal responsibility for work quality and results; excellent organizational skills to juggle multiple projects and at times, unplanned requests.
- SELF-AWARENESS AND REFLECTION: The ability to recognize and reflect upon one’s emotions, thoughts, values, experience, and identities, and demonstrate an understanding of how they influence and impact others
- TEAMWORK AND COLLABORATION: Flexibility and an eager team player who is excited to collaborate with colleagues and participate in an authentic, feedback-driven office culture.
- DATA SKILLS: Proficiency in detailed data tracking and management; experience using Salesforce or a similar database is a plus.
OTHER DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
- BA/BS AND/OR equivalent experience in the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the responsibilities of the job. Equivalency includes demonstrated knowledge in college counseling.
- Academic or applied knowledge of adolescent development is a plus.
- Spanish, Amharic, and/ or Vietnamese language skills are a plus.
WORK HOURS AND LOCATION
- Work hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm with occasional weekend and evening special events. Work location is the Summer Search office in Seattle. Travel to partner high schools and other locations for student meetings and events will be required as well, usually a few times each month.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
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