Position:  Post-Secondary Program Coordinator
Location:  Summer Search Boston Boston, MA
Job Id:  414
# of Openings:  1

POST-SECONDARY PROGRAM COORDINATOR
SUMMER SEARCH BOSTON
 
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 Post-Secondary Program Coordinator is a new position at Summer Search Boston. This hire will advise high school seniors and graduates as they transition into their post-secondary plans of college or the workforce. Reporting to the Director of Post-Secondary Program and Alumni Relations, this hire will join a 6-member team and deliver programming that empowers Summer Search students to thrive in high school and beyond.
 
Specifically, the Post-Secondary Program Coordinator will: 
 
Deliver college access programming
Provide holistic, group-mentoring and individualized post-secondary advising to 30 high school students on an annual basis, developing and implementing plans that are specific to each cohort’s needs and strengths. 
Prepare and deliver college and financial aid workshops for students and their families. 
Collaborate with High School Program Team to identify and address risk factors for college matriculation and attrition. 
 
Deliver post-secondary programming
Adapt the Summer Search mentoring model to manage a caseload of students in our Post-Secondary program, coaching students to navigate challenges and focus on problem-solving, particularly around situations commonly faced by first-generation, low-income college students.
Advise students on academics, financial aid and money management, engagement on campus and in the community, and career exploration, as well as providing access to other resources as necessary. 
Utilize Salesforce database to track key data and monitor progress towards multiple college goals.
 
Participate in and contribute to program development and delivery 
Support the development and delivery of enhanced college access/success curriculum. 
Participate in event planning and/or attend program events (including evening and weekend events.) 
Participate in regular in-house trainings delivered by management staff.
Coordinate and/or participate in special projects as needed.
 
WHO YOU ARE
The Post-Secondary Program Coordinator will 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.
EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE: At least 2 years of professional experience serving first-generation college student populations from low-income backgrounds. Demonstrated knowledge of the college admission process, financial aid, scholarships and grants, college admissions testing and group facilitation. 
JUDGEMENT AND 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.
PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY: Personal responsibility for work quality and results; excellent organizational skills to juggle multiple projects and at times, unplanned requests.
CULTURAL COMPETENCE: Cultural sensitivity and humility in working with diverse and low- income populations, with an awareness of institutionalized racism and classism facing low-income communities.
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.
TECHNOLOGY SKILLS: Command of Microsoft Office programs and experience using databases. Salesforce experience is a plus. 
 
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Master’s degree in education, social work, counseling or related field is a plus.
Knowledge of college admission process, financial aid, scholarships and grants, and college admissions testing is a plus.
College counseling or advising certification is a plus. 
Bi-lingual English-Spanish/-Haitian Creole/-Cantonese/-Vietnamese/-Cape Verdean Creole is a plus.
 
WORK HOURS AND LOCATION
Work hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm with occasional weekend and evening special events. Work location is Summer Search office in Jamaica Plain.
 
OUR BENEFITS
We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our intense investment includes:
Competitive and transparent salaries. Salary range is $46,329 – $48,500.
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, 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 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. 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.
 
TO APPLY
Click "Apply to this Position" below submit a resume and targeted cover letter that answers the question “Why are you interested in the Post-Secondary Program Coordinator opportunity at Summer Search?” Please address cover letter to Dallas Pride, Director of Post-Secondary Program and Alumni Relations.
 
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