Details: Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience.
221 S. Hanson Street
At the Workshop School, we spend most of our time helping our students develop the skills they need once they graduate from high school. Yet research and experience tell us that students from disadvantaged communities enjoy far less exposure to postsecondary options (especially in higher education) than middle class students, and that even students who are well prepared for that transition struggle in both college and work environments
The Postsecondary Transition Coordinator is charged with 1) ensuring that all Workshop School students are exposed to a wide range of college and career development opportunities; 2) guiding 11th and 12th grade students through the college search and application process, including financial aid; and 3) helping Workshop School alumni find success in college and/or the workplace.
To be successful in this role, a candidate will need four main things. First, you have to be able to build strong relationships with young adults—some of whom do not open up easily. Second, you need a deep understanding postsecondary education systems and options in the greater Philadelphia area and beyond, including strengths of different institutions and the pathways students need to follow to be accepted at the institution of their choice. Third, you need to understand how to help young people learn and navigate college and career environments. This could include everything from helping a student find the writing center on a college campus (and then following up to make sure they are using it) to coaching a young person on how to handle a difficult supervisor at work. Finally, and most importantly, you need to be dogged and persistent. Some students will be harder to track down than others—usually the ones who need help the most. And few people (let alone young people) are comfortable asking for help even when they desperately need it. You need to know them well enough to understand when they need help even before they ask.
The specific responsibilities for this position are as follows:
- Establish immediate contact with Workshop School alumni (classes of 2018 and 2017). For recently graduated seniors who plan to enroll in college, confirm that they have completed required enrollment steps and registered for classes.
- Maintain regular contact with the entire class via email, phone and/or social media.
- Maintain face-to-face contact with all students no less that once every other month.
- Provide coaching, training and advocacy for students based on their specific college or career needs.
- Document all contact with/support of students, and collect data twice a year regarding their education and employment status.
- Organize quarterly events for alumni, to be held at the Workshop School.
The only experience qualification for this full-time position is that you have worked directly and intensively with young adults (age 16-21), especially from disadvantaged communities. Experience working in college access/guidance is strongly preferred but not required.
Skills-wise, you need to be great at building relationships and communicating (in person, in writing, and using technology). You need to be organized, since you will be managing relationships with a diverse range of young people. You need to be a quick learner, as you’ll need to understand the environments in which these young people are living and working. And finally, you need to be tough, persistent, and compassionate.
This role will require you to be off-site quite a bit, even if that means just out in the neighborhood or down at Community College. To that end, having access to a car would simplify the job, though it is not necessarily a requirement.
Hours and compensation
This is a full-time, 12-month position with Project-Based Learning Inc., the nonprofit arm of the Workshop School. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience, and the position includes full benefits.
Full, competitive benefits package.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please email resume and cover letter to Matthew Riggan at the email address above.