Position: Bilingual 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 a high level of professional initiative and creativity, 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. Fluency in Spanish required and experience working with immigrant populations is preferred. Please note that part of the interview will be conducted in Spanish.
Please read about our mission and values on our website at www.conexionamericas.org. Please submit cover letter, resume and references 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 Escalera program 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.
Conexión Américas has been implementing the Escalera program since 2014 for 11thand 12thgraders in the form of weekly grade-level 2hr after-school meetings at each high school site. Our goals are to maintain a cohort of 25 students that persists from their junior to senior year and enroll/are prepared to enroll in a post-secondary institution. The program serves primarily Latino students, but targets any first-generation college student. In addition to after-school programming, coordinators also provide one-on-one case management and organize other enrichment opportunities (college trips, volunteering, ACT prep, summer learning experiences, etc.) Currently, the program is running virtually through Zoom cohort and individual meetings. This role would work remotely but must have availability for limitted in-office meetings or events.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manages the implementation of Escalera afterschool programming, which serves students in grades 11 and 12.
- Plans and conducts recruitment and retention outreach for students in the program.
- Builds and maintains a positive relationship with key staff and administrators at designated school site
- Reports program success to school staff and other stakeholders through a semesterly newsletter, staff presentations, and check-ins with key school partners.
- Leads in-school or afterschool meetings with students.
- Manages, adapts, and updates the program curricula as needed to fit the needs of the cohort.
- Coordinates wraparound services for students including class selection planning, test prep, career discovery, and leadership and professional development.
- Provides one-on-one individual case management for students regarding their career exploration, college application process, etc.
- Collaborate with other members of the College Access & Success team to coordinate 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.
- Conducts accurate and timely outcome & data tracking to measure and report success of the program, including contributing data and programming information for required grant reports
- Ensures each student meets requirements to successfully complete the program.
- Stays up to date and informed on college access topics (admission requirements, college access for DACA/undocumented students, scholarships and financial aid, best practices for case management, etc.)
General Organization Support Duties:
- Supports or substitutes for youth development programming as needed
- 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 collaborative environment.
Qualifications (Education and Experience):
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required
- Excellent written and oral communication in English required
- Native/Advanced level bilingualism in Spanish and biculturalism required (part of the interview will be conducted in Spanish)
- 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 working with DACA/undocumented students preferred
- Experience and knowledge of nonprofit organizations’ operations preferred
- Experience with Zoom and/or other online video communication platforms 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).
Please note that due to COVID-19 safety measures, staff are working remotely until further notice. All applicants must live in the Greater Nashville Area; however.
For more information about Conexión Américas, visit us at www.conexionamericas.org and check our organization’s profile at www.GivingMatters.com