Job Positions

College Success Associate

Categories: Pacific Region 9


College Success


Summer Search

Date Posted:

Jul 16 2019 10:00PM

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Position Description

In 2010, Summer Search launched our College Success program to support students from their transition from high school through Bachelor’s degree attainment. Over the course of the first two years of college, we provide continued mentoring and support to ensure that they are progressing academically, securing financial aid, engaging on campus, and adapting effectively. Joining the Bay Area program team, the College Success Associate will have the opportunity to advise Summer Searchers throughout their college journeys, as well as join a team of colleagues who are deeply committed to the students we serve.


  • Manage a caseload of 80-90 students in our College Success program, conducting 1:1 advising that results in trusting relationships and supports Summer Search students in their transition into and long-term success in college.
  • Advise students on academics, financial aid and money management, engagement on campus and in the community, and career exploration, and provide access to other resources as necessary.
  • Apply the Summer Search mentoring model while coaching students to navigate challenges commonly faced by first-generation, low-income college students.
  • Maintain at least 2 touchpoints per semester for every student in caseload; engage more regularly with those in challenging situations and/or are seeking greater support.
  • Collaborate with High School, College Access, and College Success staff to identify and address risk factors for college attrition.
  • Use databases to consistently to track key data, enter case notes, and monitor progress towards multiple program goals.
  • Actively contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of the College Success program through participating in organizational trainings and meetings with regional and national staff.
  • Provide planning support and staffing to College Success and Bay Area Program Team events, such as the Annual Holiday Party and Dare to Lead career conference.
  • Manage and/or support special projects as needed, such as career coaching, scholarships, or communications, and campus visits.

Application Process

Navigate to the link below to submit a resume and targeted cover letter, addressed to Michal “MJ” Jones, College Success Manager, that answers the question, “Why are you interested in the College Success Associate opportunity at Summer Search?”

Institution Information

While young people from low-income communities – who are disproportionately young people of color – face systemic inequities in school, in the workforce, and in life, they possess unique strengths, resilience and tremendous potential. When provided with support and resources, these young people fulfill their potential and achieve success in school, work and life. Through a combination of mentoring and transformative experiences, Summer Search supports young people to successfully transition from adolescence into adulthood. We aim to unleash the potential of our young people while also building a toolkit for navigating and challenging systemic barriers to higher education and career opportunities.

Additional Information

OUT BENEFITS -A starting salary within the range of $47,000-$49,000 annually. Full-time employees receive an annual cost of living adjustment (COLA), and salary bands are benchmarked and updated annually to remain competitive with similar positions within the Bay Area market. -Medical insurance with up to 90% employer contribution -Dental, vision, FSA, life and disability insurance plans -401 (K) and Employer Match up to $2,000 annually -Generous time off including 15 vacation days, 10 sick days, and 18 holidays (3 floating holidays of your choice, a birthday day-off, 10 company-wide holidays, and a 1-week December closure). -Individual, local, regional and national training; -A commitment to developing leaders from within the organization -An organizational culture that supports staff well-being and holistic self-care/community care -Ample opportunities to connect with the students and communities we serve OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION With a staff that cares deeply about social justice and racial justice, we believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we work with students, as well as how we work together as a team. We hope you will join us as we continue to build a justice-centered organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued.

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Required Qualifications

  • A highly motivated college adviser, counselor, and/or youth development professional, with at least 2 years of experience working directly with students in a high school, college, education, or youth development environment. Experience advising college students 1:1 is strongly desired.
  • Knowledgeable about key areas of college advising, such as academics, financial aid and money management, student life, and career exploration; demonstrated knowledge of UC, CSU, and California Community College higher education systems are a plus.
  • Superior communications and socioemotional skills, with an ability to utilize active listening and reflect others’ viewpoints in order to build trusting relationships with both students and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues facing first-generation, low-income college students, and comfort in engaging in direct communications with students about these issues.
  • High degree of accountability and follow-through, with an ability to take personal responsibility for work product and results.
  • Ability to thrive within an evolving program model and dynamic work environment, with the self-leadership to remain focused in the face of ambiguity and/or shifting priorities.
  • Proficiency in using databases and Excel for data entry and management
  • Commitment to Summer Search’s mission of closing the opportunity gap for low-income students; team player who thrives in an authentic, feedback-driven culture.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is required; certification in college counseling or advising is a plus.