Position:  School and Community Engagement Coordinator
Location:  Summer Search New York City, NY
Job Id:  409
# of Openings:  1

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
SUMMER SEARCH NEW YORK
 
While young people from low-income communities – who are disproportionately young people of color – face systemic inequities in school, in the workforce, and in life, they possess unique strengths, resilience and tremendous potential. When provided with support and resources, these young people fulfill their potential and achieve success in school, work and life. 
 
Through a combination of mentoring and transformative experiences, Summer Search supports young people to successfully transition from adolescence into adulthood. We aim to unleash the potential of our young people while also building a toolkit for navigating and challenging systemic barriers to higher education and career opportunities. 
 
THE OPPORTUNITY
The School and Community Engagement Coordinator plays an integral role in achieving Summer Search New York City’s student recruitment goals and setting up the rest of the Summer Search team to deliver a strong program to students and families. This hire is responsible for coordinating the annual outreach season, organizing student events, and representing the High School Program within our New York City communities. This hire will take a student-centered and culturally relevant approach to mentor a caseload of 15 students. Reporting to the Director of Strategic Partnerships, this position will join a team that is committed to learning, social and racial equity, and the students we serve.
 
Specifically, the School and Community Engagement Coordinator will: 
 
Execute an effective annual outreach and engagement strategy  
Coordinate annual student outreach activities, including presentations, application help sessions, application review, interview days, student/family events, and school communication.
Design and modify student presentations and workshops 
Conduct school presentations for faculty and students.
Schedule and support team member participation in outreach activities.
Build and maintain positive relationships with school administrators, referral partners at high schools and community based-organizations.
Create systems to streamline communication between school partners, students and program staff
Broaden knowledge and support of Summer Search in local communities.
Coordinate and co-lead referral partner recognition events and activities.
During spring and summer, oversee high school student event planning and execution in collaboration with other program and development staff.
 
Track and Manage Prospective Student and Outreach Data 
Track and manage progress against regional metrics and goals (e.g. student nominations, presentation attendance, applications, interviews, etc.).
Ensure accurate and consistent tracking of outreach and student data in our Salesforce database.
Run reports, perform data analysis, and provide data, trends, and progress to staff, donors, and other key stakeholders.
 
 
1:1 Student Mentoring 
Mentor a caseload of approximately 15 high school students, building relationships and conducting regular mentoring by phone or in-person. 
Utilize a unique mentoring methodology based upon adolescent social-emotional development, cultural relevance, and critical consciousness. Enable conversations that allow students to reflect upon the impact of identities and social/cultural context on their lives.
Facilitate student participation and monitor student progress towards programmatic milestones. 
Participate in program events year-round (including evening and weekend events)
Provide student on-call support during summer months.
Participate in regular and ongoing trainings to build job-related skills, knowledge, and capacity e.g. student safety, cultural responsiveness. 
 
 
WHO YOU ARE
All Summer Search staff bring a commitment to our mission of unleashing students’ potential through mentoring and transformative experiences, as well as the ability to thrive in an environment that values excellence, gratitude, well-being, diversity, authenticity, and collaboration. Specifically, strong candidates will bring:
EXPERIENCE: At least 3 years of professional experience at a youth development, educational, or other social service organization, with student populations served by Summer Search (e.g. low-income families, students of color, LGBTQA, English Language Learners, and diverse religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.)
CULTURAL HUMILITY: Understanding of systemic and institutionalized racism facing communities of color, and the historical context of privilege and power in America. Ability to apply critical analysis and sensitivity in engaging youth, staff, and school and community partners around these topics.   
CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS: Ability to apply critical thinking in order to address systems and structures that create and sustain oppression and inequality. Personal commitment to and ongoing personal work related to social justice.
RELATIONSHIP BUILDING SKILLS: Active listening skills and ability to reflect others’ viewpoints in order to build trusting relationships with students, staff, and school and community partners. 
PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS: Public speaking skills and ability to adapt communications style based on the priorities of a given audience.
PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS: Resourcefulness and creative problem-solving skills, with the agility to respond to unexpected changes in a thoughtful and calm fashion. Skill in identifying, navigating, and communicating potential risks and challenges. 
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Strong organizational and project management skills, including the ability to juggle multiple workflows and easily adapt to shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment. Comfort and ability to coordinate team member participation on projects.
PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY: Personal responsibility for work product and results; excellent organizational skills to juggle multiple projects and ad hoc 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. 
DATA SKILLS: Proficiency in meticulous data tracking and management; experience using  Salesforce or a similar database is a plus.
 
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
Knowledge of local public school systems and communities is a plus
Spanish language skills are a plus.
Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
 
WORK HOURS AND LOCATION 
Work hours are typically Mon-Fri 10am-6pm with occasional weekend, early morning and evening special events. Work location is Summer Search offices located in both Manhattan and the Bronx.
 
SALARY
The salary range for this position is $50,000-$60,000. 
 
OUR BENEFITS 
We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our investment includes: 
Competitive and transparent salaries. Medical insurance with up to 90% employer contribution 
Dental, vision, FSA, life and disability insurance plans 
401 (K) and Employer Match up to $2,000 annually 
Generous time off including 15 vacation days, 10 sick days, and 18 holidays (3 floating holidays of your choice, a birthday day-off, 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/community care 
Ample opportunities to connect with the students and communities we serve 
 
OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUITY, 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. 
 
TO APPLY
Select "Apply for this Position" below to submit a resume and targeted cover letter, addressed to Bethany Nelson, Director of Strategic Partnership, that answers the question, “Why are you interested in the School & Community Engagement opportunity at Summer Search?” 
 
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