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Organization Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
Classification Other
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting 11/13/17

Description

ABOUT ALLIANCE COLLEGE-READY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter organization in Los Angeles, serving 12,500 low-income students across 25 free, public charter high schools and middle schools. We’re a well-established charter network with a proven record of success in preparing our students for college. In the next phase of our evolution, we must strive to ensure that our students are set up for success in college and beyond. Now is the time to join us in working for long-lasting change for our scholars.

WHY JOIN ALLIANCE?

Join our team at Alliance and you can expect to be part of an inclusive and innovative organization deeply committed to preparing Los Angeles students for long-term success. We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are motivated to unleash our scholars’ potential. We want strong collaborators, skilled communicators and avid problem solvers who are comfortable in a culture of continuous learning and who are excited to implement fresh ideas and unique solutions to achieve our goals in service of our 12,500 students and families.

ROLE SUMMARY

The College Success Coordinator is responsible for supporting students through their transition to college, leading to improved summer melt[1], college persistence and graduation rates. As a result, this position’s responsibilities fall into three domains: 1) high school support, 2) the Alliance Mentorship Program (AMP) and 3) alumni tracking and support.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

High School Support – The College Success Coordinator will develop and execute a plan that supports counselors and school administrators at five school sites, ensuring that high school seniors successfully transition to college. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Prepare and disseminate information regarding admissions, applications, financial aid, testing and matriculation processes to students, parents, and community members through group presentations and individual meetings
Provide guidance relating to college major and course selection, career aspirations, academic goals, and college choice
Analyze high school-specific data to make recommendations to school administrators that lead to higher college persistence rates such as making adjustments to curricula and expanding or re-focusing college supports provided to students
Collaborate with High School Counselors to plan and execute community-wide variety of transition supports for seniors including: college campus visits, managing students completion of the college matriculation process, completion of financial aid applications, and one-on-one guidance to ensure students understand financial aid packages
Alliance Mentorship Program (AMP) – The Alliance Mentorship Program is a one-year peer mentor college transition program that provides Alliance college freshmen with the support necessary to decrease summer melt rates and increase persistence rates. The College Success Coordinator will be responsible for the implementation, evaluation, and revision of AMP for five high school sites and four colleges. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Lead the mentor recruitment and selection process for targeted colleges
Work with school-site staff to identify and recruit potential mentees
Manage and train up to 40 mentors
Revise and implement the AMP mentor professional development curriculum to train mentors in leadership, communication, data tracking, and group facilitation skills monthly
Collaborate with the College Success Team in planning and executing the “AMP College Prep Summit”
Oversee group mentor-mentee meetings to check for quality and content of exchanges
Evaluate AMP success through the collection and analysis of survey, transcript, testing, persistence, and other data
Cultivate relationships with college/university admissions, outreach, and financial aid offices to ensure transition success for our students
Research scholarship, job, and internship opportunities for graduates and promote through communication channels
Build relationships with colleges to ensure Alliance alumni are receiving the support needed to persist and graduate
Alumni Tracking and Support – In addition to supporting alumni via AMP, The College Success Coordinator will play an integral role in implementing the alumni outreach and support strategy of the College Success Team.

Responsibilities include:

Support school-site student transition coordinators to assist in meeting yearly alumni tracking and data collection goals
Develop and support alumni outreach strategies at all Alliance high schools with graduates and manage the collection of data pertaining to college transitions, persistence and degree completion
Provide direct support to Alliance graduates through individual advisement regarding college enrollment, accessing resources and career readiness
Other duties as assigned by the Manager of College Success

THE STRONGEST CANDIDATES WILL HAVE/BE:

Excellent project management and organizational skills – ability to set priorities and manage multiple projects simultaneously
Proven ability to work with minimal direction and flexibility to adapt to constantly changing environments
Excellent interpersonal skills, capable of interacting with professionals in a variety of industries, school administrators, students, parents, and other stakeholders
Ability to analyze data to identify trends and evaluate program effectiveness
Desire to work under pressure occasionally, outside of normal workdays and office hours to meet the needs of our students
Ability to travel as the position generally splits time between home office, school sites, and colleges

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university is required.
Experience or interest in supporting first generation college students and/or higher education

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Alliance is committed to being a Best Place to Work, where employees find meaning and joy in their work every day, within a culture of collaboration, support, and excellence. Alliance offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience, as well as an employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of regular earnings, and comprehensive health benefits packages, including dental and vision. Alliance covers 100% monthly premiums for individual employees or up to $900/month toward family plan premiums.

[1] ‘Summer Melt’ refers to students who commit to enrolling in a post-secondary institution but do not enroll anywhere after high school graduation

[2] Mentors are successful Alliance Alumni who have completed at least one year at a target college.

Only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are free public charter schools which do not discriminate against any student, parent, community member, or employee on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.