College Access & Persistence Counselor

Programs · Inglewood, California
Department Programs
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Full-Time with Benefits

Position Summary:

Provide individual and group interventions for youth through the College Success Program.  This program provides a range of youth development services to promote access to and persistence in college.

Development Responsibilities:

Design and refine a revolutionary College Counseling model with an eye toward long-term college persistence.

Guide high school seniors through the college search, application, and selection process.

Work with families to bolster college knowledge and engagement in the college search and financial aid processes.

Monitor and support students’ academic and non-academic persistence goals (e.g. organizational skills, self-advocacy, grit) from 9th grade through the sophomore year of college.

Provide individual counseling to a cohort of youth enrolled in college to maximize their opportunities for success in college. Subjects include class registration, financial aid procedures, social service needs, academic support and personal concerns.

Provide targeted workshops at partner high schools and facilitate key matriculation steps, including but not limited to:

  • Completion of commitment forms
  • Immunization record submission
  •  Scheduling placement tests and subsequent recommendations based on scores
  •  Verification worksheets and loan counseling
  •  Confirming orientations, class schedules and financial aid

Directly supervise and train college coaches (current college students who serve as peer mentors to program participants).

Review and monitor students’ financial arrangements and financial aid to ensure maximum aid is attained and student can budget appropriately.

Develop academic monitoring and early warning system to address risks to retention.

College access work with high school seniors.

Ensure youth apply to college and walk them through the process.

Oversee financial aid process for college applicants and enrollees.

Support Social Justice Learning Institute Alumni Persistence to complete college.

Manages a caseload of seniors in addition to alumni.

Coordinate activities including tutoring, social activities, transition programs or other special events.

Collaborate with college personnel to provide the necessary supports needed for degree completion including academic advising, mentoring, financial aid assistance, educational workshops, textbook funds, and public transportation assistance. Maintain weekly contact with caseload on-site and at the colleges.

Act as a liaison between students, colleges and other related agencies Maintain student records and portfolios Generate monthly reports updating status of client caseload Other duties as assigned


Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, counseling or related field

Able to demonstrate a commitment to the Social Justice Learning Institute goals, guidelines, and principles

Able to maintain confidentiality

Possesses a valid California Driver’s License

Able obtain a live scan clearance

Available to work on weeknights and weekends upon the request of management and attend team and staff meetings/trainings

Passionate about college access and completion for low-income scholars, first-generation scholars, and scholars from ethnically underrepresented groups in higher education

Deep understanding of the evolving college admissions landscape

Excited to work relentlessly and creatively to tackle college persistence challenges with scholars in the K-12 years

Possesses fantastic written and verbal communication skills, including strong public speaking skills

Able to form strong relationships with a wide range of constituents, including, but not limited to, parents, scholars, staff, leadership, and college admissions officers

Ability to initiate, plan, and execute concurrent, deadline-driven projects from beginning to end with flawless attention to detail

Ability to collaborate in a team environment

Knowledge of college admissions and financial aid process

Experience in working with young people from the youth development perspective

Highly computer literate

Demonstrated ability to engage students on a regular basis with consistent follow up, as necessary


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  • Location
    Inglewood, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Full-Time with Benefits