Position: College Access Program Coordinator
Conexión Américas seeks qualified candidates for the position of College Access Program Coordinator. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong mentoring skills and significant experience in the public education system and working with immigrant and refugee populations. Experience with high school students and leadership development preferred. The successful candidate must be highly organized, possess initiative, believe in the potential of every student, and be adaptable to working with people of diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Only candidates who can demonstrate total commitment to the mission and values of Conexión Américas should apply.
Please read about our mission and values on our website at www.conexionamericas.org. Please submit cover letter, resume and salary history to Sara Del Castillo, Director of People & Culture, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls or in-person inquiries, please.
This is a permanent, full-time staff position that reports to the Associate Director of Education Programs. The College Access Program Coordinator will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the Early Escalera and Escalera programs at a high school site in Nashville. In 2001 the “Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success” was created by UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino advocacy and civil rights organization, to promote economic mobility for Latino youth by increasing educational attainment, career planning, and access to information about professional careers.
UnidosUS has also developed a curriculum called Early Escalera specifically for freshmen and sophomores that aligns with the Escalera Program pillars. At the foundation of the lessons are six overarching themes: self-awareness, leadership development, individual goal setting, self-advocacy, college readiness, and career readiness. Each theme is organized as a module containing 2-3 lessons and scaffolds students’ knowledge based on grade level. Lessons are 50-80 minutes in length, and take place at the designated high school.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manages the implementation of the Early Escalera & Escalera programs, which serves students in grades 9 through 12.
- Plans and conducts recruitment and retention outreach for students in the program.
- Leads in-school or afterschool meetings with students.
- Manages, adapts, and updates the Early Escalera & Escalera program curricula as needed to fit the needs of the cohort.
- Coordinates wraparound case management services for students including class selection planning, ACT test prep, career discovery, and leadership and professional development.
- Provides one-on-one individual counseling for students regarding their career exploration, college application process, etc.
- Along with the other youth development staff members, coordinates college tours, visits to college fairs, parent workshops, and other supporting events and activities for students and their families.
- Provides college access support for events at the high school site.
- Manages a programmatic budget for their high school site.
- Ensures each student meets requirements to successfully complete the program.
- Conducts outcome & data tracking to measure and report success of the program.
General Organization Support Duties:
- Speaks or makes presentations on behalf of Conexión Américas at events and conferences
- Communicates in a positive and effective manner Conexión Américas’ mission and programs
- Assists with fairs and outreach events on behalf of Conexión Américas to talk about all of Conexión Américas’ programs
- Attends and provides support as needed to organizational events and fundraisers
Job responsibilities include but are not limited to those listed above. As with every other job at Conexión Américas, every person in the organization will assist in any way necessary to respond to new demands and to assure a cooperative environment.
Qualifications (Education and Experience):
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required
- Excellent written and oral communication in English required, bilingualism in Spanish or Arabic and biculturalism required
- Flexibility, creativity, initiative and ability to work as a team member
- Ability to interact with diverse groups of stakeholders
- Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks and work in a fast-paced environment with deadlines and strict timelines
- Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends
- Excellent computer skills, including MS Office and database management
- Demonstrated appreciation for Latino culture and families, as well as other immigrant and refugee groups
- Experience working with young people and in public schools preferred
- Experience and knowledge of nonprofit organizations’ operations preferred
About Conexión Américas
Conexión Américas is a Latino nonprofit organization based in Nashville, TN. Our mission is to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed. Our organization was founded in 2002 to address some of the most pressing challenges created by recent demographic changes in Middle Tennessee as an increasing number of Latino families come to this region searching for a better quality of life.
We focus on four areas of community impact:
Social Integration (family engagement, youth development and English as a Second Language), Economic Integration (homeownership, micro-entrepreneurship and taxpayer education/assistance), Civic Integration (community education through workshops and grassroots leadership development) and Community Development (arts and placemaking).
For more information about Conexión Américas, visit us at www.conexionamericas.org and check our organization’s profile at www.GivingMatters.com