College Persistence and Workforce Development Coordinator
Reports to: Educational Equity Director Status: Full-Time, Exempt
At the Social Justice Learning Institute, we are dedicated to improving the education, health, and well-being of youth of color by empowering them to take hold of their educational future using research as a tool for community and social change. We train students to conduct research on problems in their community using a rigorous yearlong curriculum while providing basic academic support (i.e., tutoring, homework assistance, academic counseling, etc.) and college preparatory education. Our youth learn what it takes to achieve academically in order to go to college and become civically engaged, solution oriented and critical participants in the democratic experience. We envision an educational system where youth become engaged citizens who discover their best talents and apply them to help improve the world they live within.
SJLI has reorganized the Educational Equity department in response to the ever growing need and demand for its well recognized Urban Scholars Program.) Currently SJLI is at 17 school sites in six school districts and anticipates expanding to at least two school districts during the next year.
This role falls into two major categories -- College Persistence and Workforce Development. This position is responsible for creating, planning, implementing and supervising activities of SJLI alumni that support their continuance and completion of their college education and/or career path. For workforce development, the coordinator will work with various partners, government agencies, local businesses, job training entities and potential employers to identify and build job and career opportunities for our Urban Scholars participants and alumni. Both of these services and activities will be coordinated across Los Angeles County.
This candidate must manage a caseload of our alumni (ages 18 thru 24), primarily those who are currently on a two or four year post-secondary education or career path and secondarily those who need support on how to resume their education or secure assistance with their career training. Importantly, this position is responsible for tracking our alumni on their college and or career path and collecting data on youth being served. The College Persistence and Workforce Development Coordinator will keep track of where our alumni are on their journey. This position will also work with the regional managers to create a report that reflects the current landscape of our efforts towards postsecondary planning and workforce development for graduating urban scholars. Additionally, he or she must maintain an overview of the various contracting, program service delivery, reporting and evaluation activities.
Provide individual and group interventions for SJLI alumni who are currently in college or employment programming, while co-creating a plan for post-secondary planning for graduating seniors for the Academic & Career Support Coordinator to carry out in the fall. This program provides a range of youth development services to promote access to and persistence in college and career.
Coordinate Alumni Post-Secondary Planning
- Work in collaboration with regional managers to coordinate a plan to support SJLI alumni’s persistence through their college and or career path.
- If needed, work with families to bolster college knowledge and engagement in the importance of continuing the college path.
- Review and monitor students’ financial arrangements and financial aid to ensure maximum aid is attained and students can budget appropriately.
- Design and refine SJLI’s college counseling model with an eye toward long-term college persistence for SJLI scholars.
- Monitor and support SJLI alumni academic and non-academic persistence goals (e.g. organizational skills, self-advocacy, grit) while they are in college.
- Provide individual counseling to a cohort of SJLI alumni 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.
- Directly supervise and train college coaches (current college students who serve as peer mentors to program participants).
- Collaborate with college personnel to provide the necessary support needed for degree completion including academic advising, mentoring, financial aid assistance, educational workshops, textbook funds, and public transportation assistance.
- Develop academic monitoring and early warning systems to address risks to college retention.
- Act as a liaison between Urban Scholars Seniors, SJLI alumni and colleges.
- Coordinate 1 on 1’s with SJLI alumni to provide assistance for college re-entry, including financial aid, FAFSA, college, and scholarship application assistance.
- Identify the need for alumni scholarship awards and/or needed alumni resources.
- Support workforce partnership development
- Act as a liaison between Urban Scholars Students, Urban scholars Alumni and work related opportunities.
- Coordinate 1 on 1’s with Urban Scholars alumni to provide additional job, internship, & other work related application assistance.
- Other duties as assigned
Data Tracking and Reporting
- Maintain consistent contact with Urban Scholars Alumni at the colleges.
- Update database that tracks Urban Scholars Alumni college &/or career status
- Keep track of senior college portal logins
- Updates student data information on a bi-monthly basis
- Maintain Urban Scholar Seniors and SJLI alumni student records.
- Generate monthly reports updating status of client caseload.
- Track SJLI alumni scholarship awards and provided alumni resources.
- Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, counseling or related field
- Background in college and/or career counseling (strongly preferred)
- Able to demonstrate a commitment to the Social Justice Learning Institute goals, guidelines, and principles
- 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 Urban Scholars Alumni
- Knowledge of college admissions and financial aid process
- 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
- 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
- Experience in working with young people from the youth development perspective
- Highly computer literate
- Familiar with online database entry and tracking
- Demonstrated ability to engage students on a regular basis with consistent follow up, as necessary
- Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred
- Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred) in education, psychology, social welfare, or related field
- 3 – 5 years of experience in a similar non-profit role