Job Positions

Post-Secondary Program Coordinator

Categories: Northeast Region 1




Summer Search

Date Posted:

Aug 3 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:

October 3 2020

Position Description

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 a pilot program launching this upcoming academic year, which aims to better support Summer Search NYC participants in transitioning into their post-secondary path. This is a unique opportunity to help shape future Post-Secondary programming by providing feedback and input during the pilot stage.


Specifically, the Post-Secondary Program Coordinator will: Build relationships and provide 1:1 support and advising to a caseload of 50-70 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:
o Advising participants on academics, financial aid and money management, engagement on campus and in the community, and career exploration.
o 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 college students.
o Engaging regularly with all participants, adapting to meet their needs in challenging situations and/or seeking greater support.
o 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.
• Support Post-Secondary Manager to prepare and deliver college application and financial aid workshops for students, families, and staff, focused on supporting first-generation, low-income college students.
• Support Post-Secondary Manager to prepare and deliver college application and financial aid workshops for students, families, and staff, focused on supporting first-generation, low-income college students.
• Participate in events with students and post-secondary participants.
• Participate in trainings related to practical supports, including college access and persistence, career exploration, and financial well-being

Application Process

Navigate to this link: ( ). 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?” SUMMER SEARCH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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

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. To see the job posting on our site follow this link:

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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:
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Proficiency in using databases and Excel for data entry and management; experience using Salesforce or a similar student database is 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

Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus