Job Positions

Post-Secondary Program Coordinator

Categories: Not Region Specific




Summer Search

Date Posted:

Jul 16 2021 2:02PM

Close Date:

Aug 20 2021

Position Description

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.

The Post-Secondary Program Coordinator is an exciting and dynamic new position at Summer Search NYC. This hire will advise program participants for two academic years as they plan for, transition into, and progress through their chosen post-secondary pathway, whether college, a vocational track, a gap year program, or joining the military or workforce. The Post-Secondary Program Coordinator plays a central role in supporting participants in transitioning into their post-secondary path.


Specifically, the Post-Secondary Program Coordinator will: Build relationships and provide 1:1 support and advising to a caseload of ~70 students for two academic years starting their senior year of high school. Over their senior year of high school, provide high-touch college or alternative post-secondary pathway advising to support each student in developing and implementing plans that are specific to their needs, interests, and strengths. During their first year after high school, provide mentoring and support towards post-secondary completion and career guidance as needed.

Specifically, this will include:
Advising participants on academics, financial aid and money management, engagement on campus and in the community, and career exploration. Applying the Summer Search depth mentoring model to coaching participants to navigate challenges and focus on problem-solving, particularly around situations commonly faced by first-generation, low-income participants. Engaging regularly with all participants, adapting to meet their needs in challenging situations and/or seeking greater support. Preparing participants to gain familiarity with and access to the range of supports offered by Summer Search. Consistently utilize Salesforce to record contact with participants and their progress toward/in a post-secondary pathway. Analyze data in collaboration with Post-Secondary Manager to adapt approaches and supports as needed. Collaborate with other Summer Search program staff to identify and address risk factors for post-secondary success. Support, deliver and attend workshops, training, and events. Prepare and deliver college application and financial aid workshops for students, families, and staff, focused on supporting first-generation, low-income college students. In partnership with program staff, facilitate other group sessions related to identity, educational attainment, career readiness, financial well-being, or purpose. Participate in events with high school students and post-secondary participants. Participate in trainings related to practical supports, including college access and persistence, career exploration, and financial well-being. Incorporate Summer Search CONNECT, our digital platform, into daily work and increase participant registration and engagement. Facilitate distribution and tracking of our Financial Assistance Fund, established to assist participants in pursuing higher education and career opportunities. Create content and distribute communications through various platforms to participants, providing program updates, resources and opportunities.

Application Process

We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our investment includes: Competitive and transparent salaries. The salary range for this position is $56,889-61,168. 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 (2 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

Institution Information

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.

Additional Information

Summer Search is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Contact Information

Use the link below to submit a resume and targeted cover letter, addressed to Emily FitzGerald, Director of Post-Secondary Program & Alumni Relations, that answers the question, “Why are you interested in the Post-Secondary Program Coordinator opportunity at Summer Search?”


Required Qualifications

The Post-Secondary Program Coordinator will be a highly motivated team player who thrives in an authentic, feedback-driven culture. Specifically, strong candidates will bring: EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE: At least 2 years of professional experience in college access, admissions, success, or a related field, ideally serving first-generation and/or low-income college student populations. Solid grasp of college admission processes, financial aid, scholarships and grants, institutions, and college admissions testing-- New York-specific knowledge is preferred. Knowledge of alternative pathways outside of 2- and 4-year colleges is a plus.

COMMUNICATIONS EFFECTIVENESS: Well-developed communications and interpersonal skills, with an ability to comfortably facilitate group presentations and utilize active listening and reflect others’ viewpoints in relationship building with diverse groups of stakeholders.

CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS: Demonstrated awareness and understanding of systemic and institutionalized racism facing communities of color, and the historical context of privilege and power in America, with sensitivity and humility in engaging youth around these topics.

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: The ability to recognize and reflect upon one’s emotions, thoughts, values, experience, and identities, and demonstrate an understanding of how they influence and impact others.

PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY: High degree of accountability and follow-through to achieve desired goals, teamed with an ability to remain focused and flexible in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS: Proficiency in using databases and Excel for data entry and management; experience using Salesforce or a similar student database is a plus.

LANGUAGE SILLS: Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus In addition, all Summer Search staff bring a commitment to our mission of unleashing students’ potential through mentoring and transformative experiences, as well as the ability to thrive in an environment that values excellence, gratitude, well-being, diversity, authenticity, and collaboration.

Preferred Qualifications

Work hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm with occasional weekend and evening special events. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will be remote until September 1st at the earliest with potential for limited working days in the office if desired in order to allow for the safest environment for our staff. After office reopening, this position will be based out of either the Summer Search NYC office in the Bronx or Manhattan.