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Student Success Center Coordinator

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Make the Road States
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Elizabeth, NJ
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Published 8 days ago

Make the Road New Jersey builds the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and respect through community organizing, the provision of high quality legal and support services, transformative education and policy innovation. MRNJ is a project of Make the Road States. Founded in 2014, MRNJ has more than 2,000 members and operates community centers in Elizabeth, Passaic, and Perth Amboy and also provides services in Newark, NJ. Our member-led organizing committees -- which work on the issues named above -- implement strategies to combat shared problems, and develop leadership and the capacity for civic participation. We also provide an array of high-quality bilingual services including ESOL, legal services, workplace safety training and college access.

Make the Road New Jersey’s youth committee, Youth Power Project, reaches working class youth to support them in becoming effective thinkers, leaders and decision-makers. Our programs provide academic and emotional support, cultivate creativity and critical thinking skills, and help students seize educational opportunities. Our Student Success Center, part of our Youth Power Project, works inside the Elizabeth Public Schools supporting the entire district. 

The Student Success Center: 

In September 2019, via an innovative partnership with the Elizabeth Public Schools, Make the Road New Jersey launched New Jersey’s first youth-led Student Success Center (SSC), a peer-to-peer training and support network. The mission is to support students, faculty, and staff in sustaining and growing a culture of post-secondary student achievement for every student and to make accessible critical tools and resources to meet those expectations. The SSC provides college exploration and preparation, academic support, and student leadership by putting young people at the center of our dialogue to identify what they need to improve access to college and by providing schools with a space to help them meet college readiness goals. The SSC has helped thousands of first generation high school students of color and low income students to apply to college and for financial aid. In its first year, the SSC increased the college application and acceptance rate by more than 30% at one of Elizabeth’s lowest performing schools.

 Current Opening:

Make the Road NJ seeks a full-time Student Success Center coordinator to supervise and support the SSC in Elizabeth. The coordinator is responsible for the day to day administration of the SSC, including supervising the ten College Ambassadors (trained high school students that provide one on one college access aid to students), coordinating financial aid workshops and college access/readiness presentations, and liaising with school staff and administrators. The coordinator will grow an ambitious program that centers youth leadership and decision making.

Key Responsibilities but not limited to:

  • Manage in-person/virtual drop in center after school where College Ambassadors support students in the college application process
  • Schedule one-on-one and group support to navigate the college and financial aid application process including monthly financial aid clinics, weekly college access/readiness workshops, college tours, and campus-wide college awareness events
  • Coordinate and conduct outreach for workshops/events for parents and guardians to foster a high level of parent engagement in the college process
  • Support a small group of Elizabeth Public School alumni through their first year of college to ensure a high retention rate
  • Supervise intensive spring and summer training programs for more than 80 students on college access
  • Supervise the development and day to day work of 10 College Ambassadors
  • Liaise with school faculty and staff 
  • Keep a detailed and organized record of activities and individual student achievement/provide quantitative and qualitative data as needed
  • Track progress toward meeting all outcomes and contractual obligations
  • Coordinate events and support with Make the Road New Jersey’s youth organizing program
  • Participate in school based and partner meetings, events and activities as needed
  • Attend all required staff meetings

 Requirements:

  • Eligible to work in the U.S
  • College Degree
  • 1-2 years experience in college access or youth development
  • Possess a commitment to collective action and community organizing
  • Bilingual English/Spanish required
  • Have experience working in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic work environment

 Job Competencies:

  • Experience with the college application process (FAFSA, Common App, writing/editing personal statements).
  • Self-starter with strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Be highly professional and team oriented with a passion for excellence and eagerness to help the department meet our goals and support organization as a whole
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and complete assignments under strict deadlines with minimal supervision in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure required.
  • Have a working knowledge of spreadsheets, Microsoft Office suite, Google Drive, and using a database to run reports.
  • Flexible work schedule, some evenings or weekends required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • High level of accountability and initiative



Make the Road New Jersey builds the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and respect through community organizing, the provision of high quality legal and support services, transformative education and…

Details at a Glance

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

Salary

Starting salary is based on a scale and will depend on factors such as experience and education.

Benefits

MRStates offers an excellent benefit package including health insurance, 401K, and generous paid vacation, sick, personal days.

MRStates offers an excellent benefit package including health insurance, 401K, and generous paid vacation, sick, personal days.

Location

On-site
42 Broad St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201, USA

How to Apply

Please apply with resume and cover letter

Please apply with resume and cover letter

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