College Access and Transition Coordinator

College Access and Transition Coordinator
Location: New York, NY (Harlem)
Type: Full Time, Exempt 

About StreetSquash 

StreetSquash was founded in Harlem in September 1999 as the second squash and education program in the United States. A comprehensive youth enrichment program, StreetSquash combines academic tutoring, squash instruction, community service, college preparation, leadership development, and mentoring for young people ages 11-24. What began as an after-school program with 24 middle school students and two staff members has expanded to serve 400 participants from 6th grade through college graduation, and entry into the workforce. Learn more about us at www.streetsquash.org

About the Position 

StreetSquash is seeking a demonstrated leader to fill the College Access and Transition Coordinator position. An ideal candidate will possess a passion for working with young people and driving an organization that supports participants on the path to high school graduation, post-secondary education and completion, and securing meaningful, self-sustaining employment. The College Access and Transition Coordinator reports to the Senior Director of College Access and Success and Alumni Support (CASAS). 

Position Responsibilities 

College Access Programming 

  • Support in planning and implementation of College Access curriculum for 9th – 11th grade students. 
  • Organize and chaperone college visits [when travel is safe to do so again].
  • Collaborate with the Career Development Coordinator to support high school students navigating their post-secondary pathways and internship and summer opportunity applications.
  • Organize workshops and presentations on college access, financial aid, and the college application process to students and families. This includes coordinating an annual college fair. 

College Application Counseling 

  • Provide individualized support for high school seniors and their families throughout the college application and financial aid process including helping them to build balanced college lists, complete college and financial aid applications, develop personal and well-written essays, and submit all necessary paperwork to colleges and universities they choose to apply for. 
  • Coordinate with guidance counselors in partner high schools, parents, mentors, and others in each student’s support system to ensure all students are getting the support needed.
  • Manage test prep and application mentor trainings and support throughout the year.
  • Communicate regularly with college admissions officers to advocate for seniors throughout the admissions process. 

College Transition Alumni Support 

  • Coordinate and facilitate College Transition Senior Seminar and Beginning College Program for rising college students.
  • Maintain regular student communication (care packages, calls, texts), track academic progress, support with financial aid applications and challenges, disburse StreetSquash scholarships. 
  • Identify possible barriers for completion and work with students and college counselors to create and follow up with action plans. 
  • Plan, schedule, and visit all StreetSquash residential and commuter students entering their first semester on-site at their college campuses [when travel is safe to do so again].
  • Collaborate with the Career Development Coordinator to discuss fields of interest and pair students up with employers or training programs for internships.
  • Collaborate with the other alumni support staff, caregivers or outside post-secondary support staff as needed. 

Other CASAS and Administrative 

  • Collaborate with a team to support College Access, Success & Alumni Support (CASAS) programs and events. 
  • Maintain records of all students’ students’ college applications, academic progress, student interactions, and event attendance on Salesforce. 
  • Support with any CASAS department evaluations and fundraising reports.
  • Participate in college access/trends, post-secondary success, and youth development trainings or conferences as needed. 
  • Assist with collaborations with outside career access partners (i.e. CACNY, Squash and Education Alliance, CUNY Network for College Success).

Other Administrative 

  • Support other StreetSquash departments and StreetSquash-wide events as needed 

Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s degree required in related field 
  • 2-3 years of professional work experience in college counseling, post-secondary success counseling, or related fields
  • Experience with developing and maintaining relationships with high school and college students and providing individualized support and coaching
  • Knowledge of the college application and financial aid process including CUNY, SUNY and New York State opportunity programs 
  • Experience with lesson planning, curriculum development, and facilitation a plus
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Sensitivity to different cultures and communities; demonstrated ability to work well with diverse or marginalized populations; can bring in allies across diverse communities
  • Clear and compelling in both verbal and written communications 
  • Valid driver’s license for travel 

Qualifications & Experience 

  • Commitment to a mission geared towards career readiness, post-secondary success, and the acquisition of academic, professional, social-emotional, and self-efficacy skills and competencies for young adults 
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based, youth and family development perspective
  • Passion for young people and enjoyment of spending time with them, coaching or tutoring them, and pushing them to set and achieve goals in all aspects of their lives
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to multitask, problem-solve, meet deadlines, maintain all and pay close attention to detail 
  • Spanish proficiency a plus 
  • Google Suite, Zoom, and Salesforce experience a plus or demonstrated experience to learn new systems 

Commitment: StreetSquash values long-term, deep, impactful work with students. It takes years to cultivate relationships and staff retention is a critical component of organizational success. This is not a transitional role or a temporary steppingstone. Candidates should be prepared to commit for the long haul, just as we are committed to supporting our staff to develop and grow. 

Vaccination: StreetSquash has implemented a policy requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated and submit proof as to their vaccination status in order to work on-site. Therefore, all new hires, prior to their start date, will be required to: (1) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e., receive both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine) and provide the Organization with a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card, or (2) or receive an accommodation exempting them from the vaccination requirement. StreetSquash will keep any information about an employee or applicant’s vaccination status confidential in accordance with, and to the extent required by, applicable law. 

Compensation & Benefits: StreetSquash offers competitive compensation, commensurate with experience. Full benefits include employer-supported health coverage, monthly MetroCard, monthly cell phone stipend, 20 days of paid vacation, 40 hours of accrued sick time, 3 personal days (after the first 90 days), and 401k contributions (after 1 year of employment). 

Application Process: Interested candidates should send a resume and a detailed cover letter that directly addresses the specified requirements as outlined above and why you are interested in this position to jobs@streetsquash.org with College Access and Transition Coordinator in the subject line. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. There will be three rounds of interviews, via phone and Zoom. After each round, the hiring team will notify candidates if they will be invited back. Final applicants will be requested to consent to a pre-employment background check. A background check is required to extend a job offer.

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