GEAR UP Coordinator

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Organization Alliance College Ready Public Schools
Location Downtown, Los Angeles
Classification Other
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting 10/02/2017



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.


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.


Alliance’s GEAR UP federal grant program supports college readiness and persistence for a cohort of 1,000 7th graders through their first year of college, starting at 7 Alliance middle schools. The GEAR UP Coordinator is responsible for the administrative, data and communications aspects of the program. This position reports to the GEAR UP Director on the Alliance College Success team.


Assist in coordination of college awareness and readiness programming for GEAR UP students and families, including but not limited to: career exploration and advising, college exploration and advising, college tours (local, regional, and national), and ACT/SAT preparation and participation, the college application/admission/matching process, financial aid, social emotional learning.
Collaborate with Alliance GEAR UP, College Success, and other teams to ensure successful programming.
Collect, enter, track, and analyze data related to GEAR UP activities for required U.S. Department of Education annual progress reports as well as general project operation.
Create and maintain GEAR UP communications, including writing and design for print, website, e-newsletter, social media; and manage listservs.
Manage all contracts and payments with GEAR UP schools, partners, and contractors.
Track partner cost share, including cost share form completion and monitoring.
Coordinate team meeting logistics.
Participate in professional development at the local, regional, and/or state level; attend GEAR UP meetings and trainings when needed.
Perform other duties to achieve GEAR UP goals as needed.


Bachelor’s degree
Strong administrative and organization skills
Commitment to Alliance’s core beliefs, educational philosophy, low-income communities, and communities of color
Excellent communication and media skills, both verbal and written
Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
Detail-oriented with excellent organization skills
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and cultivate relationships
Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education