College Success Associate Coordinator (college success program for high school and college)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $32,000
Maximum: $35,500
Details: Per year, 37.5 hours per week




35 Congress Street
Suite 102
United States





Cover letters and resumes are required for consideration

LEAP for Education is a non-profit organization that specializes in working with middle school, high school, and college students to help them succeed in achieving their college and career goals. The organization primarily works to service underserved (low-income, first generation) students from Salem and Peabody.

In our College Success Program (CSP), students receive college and career advising beginning in 11th grade through their college graduation. We prepare our HS students and their families for entrance into post-secondary education. Some of our services include identifying careers and majors, selecting colleges, preparing for college tests, applying to college, and applying for financial aid and scholarships. CSP staff continue to follow students through the post-secondary institution to assure successful graduation. In addition, we work with the parents and guardians of our students to make sure they understand the often complex process of applying and affording post-secondary education.

Currently our College Success Programs are offered in Salem and Peabody, where we serve over 150 youth. As the College Success Program Associate Coordinator, you will work closely with the rest of the team in ensuring that all programs run smoothly.

In the afternoons, you will meet with a cohort of 18-20 HS seniors in Peabody both individually and as a group on a separate day each week at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. You will teach the lessons we have created for each group and, as part of the team, will have voice in enhancing curriculum through the year. In our program, students are able to get a jumpstart on resume writing, college and career research, and college/financial aid applications. Students continue to meet with CSP staff while in college for help remaining on track academically as well as for support services, therefore you will also meet individually with about 20-25 college students in the mornings.

The following outlines the duties of the position and the qualifications. Please read carefully.

We are looking for a talented individual to fulfill the full-time duties of College Success Program Associate Coordinator (reporting to the Program Manager) and assist in running the programs as well as to take on the following tasks:


• Prepare curricula and weekly lesson plans for group meetings and parent meetings

• Advise a certain caseload of college students on a regular basis around academics and any issues that may present obstacles such as work, health, transportation, financial or any other personal matter

• Help coordinate campus visits throughout the year (4 for each school vacation in February and April)

• Assist students with resume and college essay writing

• Help put together and read college and scholarship applications

• Support students in registering for college entrance exams (ACT, SAT, TOEFL, etc.)

• Actively recruit new students throughout the year (as needed to ensure cohorts remain at 18-20 students)

• Contribute in all activities and events as needed


• Track and follow up with the students' attendance for all of our meetings and tutoring/SAT prep sessions (if applicable)

• Keep the College Success Program Database up to date with student information

• Recruit and train volunteers/interns to help you run the groups (as needed)

• Supervise volunteers/interns and provide feedback as needed

Family and Community Engagement:

• Maintain a regular presence (at least once a week) in Peabody Veterans Memorial High School to engage with current and potential students, as well as administrative staff and guidance counselors

•Assist with the coordinating of parent and community activities and events (this includes recruiting attendees for such events and running parent meetings)

Requirements (do not apply if you do not meet these):

1. B.A. or B.S. degree (Education, Social Work, Psychology, Human Services, Sociology, or other related majors preferred).

2. Must have a car with valid driver's license.

3. Ability to make a commitment of at least two years (due to the nature of the work we do and the trust and constancy that needs to be built with our students)

Specific Qualifications:

1. Must show a passion for working with youth and for our core values and mission that says that all students should have the choice to go to college.

2. Strong communication (written and verbal) skills and excellent editing skills to assist students in writing college essays.

3. Experience with the college application & financial aid process.

4. Computer literate -- comfortable in MS Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as Internet. Familiarity with MS Access is helpful, but not necessary.

5. Experience and passion for working with youth.

6. Bilingual skills would be very helpful (but not required) so that you can communicate with the parents who are mostly Spanish speaking.

7. Must be willing to work occasional weekends or evenings for special events or activities.

8. Must be able to lift about 30 lbs. as you will be transporting student files and educational materials from the office to the high school each day that the HS program runs.

Compensation ranges from $16.00/hour to $18.00/hour depending on experience and education. You will receive 3 weeks of vacation, 8 holidays (when office is closed) and will accrue up to an additional 19 days in sick and personal time (including optional holidays). Full-time employees will qualify for medical insurance (80% paid by the organization for single coverage, 75% for family), Short-term Disability and Life Insurance.

Resumes and cover letters are required for consideration. Please send them to:

In your cover letter please explain why you are interested in working with youth, how you connect with LEAP’s mission and why you believe you are qualified to be an adviser (tell us a little bit about your experience with college and financial aid applications).

In the provision of our services, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, religion, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, ancestry, public assistance, veteran history/military status, genetic information or disability.

LEAP's programs are funded in part with funds from the City of Salem Department of Planning and Community Development, City of Peabody Department of Planning and Community Development, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Healthcare, 80% paid for singles and 75% for families

Dental, 50% paid

Life insurance

Short Term disability

Generous paid time off

start with 3 weeks vacation

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficiency in Spanish would be very helpful (but not required) so that you can communicate with the parents who are mostly Spanish speaking.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

You MUST submit a cover letter with your resume to be considered.