Job Positions

Post-Secondary Program Coordinator

Categories: Northeast Region 1




Summer Search

Date Posted:

Nov 19 2022 2:34PM

Close Date:

Jan 31 2023

Position Description

Summer Search Philadelphia is seeking a Post-Secondary Program Coordinator to advise program participants as they plan for, transition into, and progress through their first year of 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 is a dynamic and exciting role that plays a central role in supporting participants in transitioning into their post-secondary path by developing and implementing plans that are specific to each cohorts needs and strengths. Reporting to the Executive Director in Philadelphia, this hire will join a team of knowledgeable youth development professionals across the national network with a passion for innovation, equity, professional growth, and wellbeing.


The Post-Secondary Program Coordinator will build relationships with and provide direct, 1:1 support to a caseload of 40 - 60 participants throughout the junior and senior year of high school through the end of their 1st year of post-secondary. Specifically, this hire will: Deliver Post-Secondary Access Programming Support research and selection of best-fit college choices and/or alternative pathways post high school graduation, for example, military, gap year programs, apprenticeships, entrepreneurship, or entering the workforce. Facilitate college access practical supports (i.e., college applications, financial aid, post-high school planning, career exploration) Prepare and deliver college planning and financial aid workshops for students and their families. Organize and schedule visits with colleges and universities (virtual and in-person) Collaborate with the High School and Post-Secondary teams in which to identify and address how to best support each student towards post-secondary success. Deliver Post-Secondary Programming Apply the Summer Search mentoring model to coach participants to navigate challenges and focus on problem-solving, particularly around situations commonly faced by students, who are entering colleges/universities as they might be the first family member to do so. Advise students on academics, financial aid and cash management, engagement on campus and in the community, career exploration, and access to the other resources as needed. Prepare participants to independently navigate support offered on college/university campus and through Summer Search. Create a sequence of workshops/events that support post-secondary outcomes related to educational attainment, career readiness and financial well-being. Use Salesforce to record contact with participants and their progress regularly toward/in a post-secondary pathway, analyzing data to adapt approaches and supports, as needed. Incorporate Summer Search CONNECT, our digital platform, into your daily work and encourage students to engage in the platform. Contribute to and Support Program Development and Delivery With support from the Executive Director, lead student engagement efforts for post-secondary programming Build relationships with HBCU/HSI institutions and professional organizations to increase awareness of Summer Search Support the implementation of the transition program and the delivery of enhanced college access/success curriculum. Participate in event planning and/or attend program events Participate in the training opportunities related to college access/success, internships, apprenticeships, and other alternative pathways post-high school graduation. Support or coordinate special projects, as needed

Application Process

Submit a resume and targeted cover letter, addressed to Sylvia Watts McKinney, Philadelphia Executive Director, that answers the question, “Why are you interested in the Post-Secondary Program Coordinator opportunity at Summer Search?”

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Required Qualifications


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. Additionally, the Post-Secondary Program Coordinator will bring:

EXPERIENCE: At least 2 years of professional experience in post-secondary education, college access/success, admissions, or a related field required, preferably with knowledge of alternative pathways and/or Philadelphia post-secondary institutions. Experience working with student populations served by Summer Search (e.g., low-income families, students of color, LGBTQIA+, English Language Learners, and diverse religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds) is strongly preferred. College counseling or advising certification a plus.

COMMUNICATIONS EFFECTIVENESS: Well-developed communications skills, with an ability to comfortably facilitate group presentations and to articulate thoughts and ideas across various audiences, cultures, and mediums.

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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes responsibility and holds self-accountable to processes, actions, and commitments to results that drive high-quality outcomes for students. Is responsive to needs of stakeholders such as program participants, external stakeholders, and staff members.

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS: Proficiency in detailed data tracking and management; experience using Salesforce, or a similar database is a plus. LANGUAGE SKILLS: Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus.

LOCATION AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS Work hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm with occasional weekend and evening events. This is not a remote opportunity. Summer Search requires all its staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees who are unable to be vaccinated due to a medical reason or held religious objection may be able to qualify for an exemption, consistent with state and federal law.

OUR BENEFITS We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our investment includes: This is a non-exempt position with starting pay ranging from $26.87- $28.14 per hour (equivalent to $52,402 - $54,295). Summer Search is committed to transparent, equitable compensation practices. Salaries are benchmarked using current market data and salary bands are created to demonstrate the growth potential within the band. Typically, offers are made at the starting place of the salary band. The Hiring Manager partners with the Talent Team to ensure offers are appropriate, competitive and maintain internal equity. Medical insurance with up to 90% employer contribution Dental, vision, FSA (Flexible Spending Account), 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 Many opportunities to connect with the students and communities we serve

Preferred Qualifications

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 to impact how we work with students and 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.