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 8/3/2017



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.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree
Experience in college access/success programming, serving underrepresented populations, or public administration
Experience managing multiple projects with strong administrative and organization skills

Skills, Beliefs, and Mindset:

Commitment to Alliance’s core beliefs, educational philosophy, low-income communities, and communities of color
Excellent communication and media skills, both verbal and written
Strong data collection, entry and analysis skills, in platforms such as Excel, CoBro, other data systems
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 with teachers, counselors, school leaders and other home office departments
Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education
Understanding of the nuances of urban school environments and school culture


Alliance is committed to a 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 is proud to offer the following benefits to Home Office employees:

Competitive salaries commensurate with experience.
A personalized health benefits package, built from a choice of medical, dental and vision coverage plans with a fully covered monthly premium for an individual employee (up to $750/month).
An employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of your regular earnings, beginning immediately upon your start date.
Paid time off benefits that include an annual accrual of 15 vacation days and 10 sick days, in addition to 11 paid holidays and paid time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Employer-paid monthly parking benefit or the option of receiving a reimbursement for using public transportation or a stipend for walking or cycling to work.

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