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College Access Coordinator, Bay Area

Categories: Pacific Region 9




Summer Search

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Position Description
Summer Search Bay Area is seeking a College Access Coordinator to guide and advise Summer Searchers through the college application process. Serving a set of Bay Area communities, this hire will support students through the college going process, including assessing academic progress and college readiness, advising on best-fit college choices, guiding students through the financial aid process, and supporting a successful transition to college life. This is a great next step for a college advisor or counselor to join a collaborative and dedicated team, as well as to contribute to closing the opportunity gap for thousands of low-income youth nationwide.

•Provide high-touch, 1-1 individualized college advising to a caseload of approximately 50-60 high school students on an annual basis, developing and implementing plans that are specific to each student’s needs and strengths.
•Prepare and deliver college and financial aid workshops to ensure students, families and staff are educated and current about college application and financial aid processes, and college deadlines for tests, scholarships, and matriculation.
•Collaborate with colleagues on the High School and College Success staff to identify and address risk factors for college matriculation
•Consistently utilize Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) database to track key data and monitor progress towards multiple college goals including points of service entries.
•Actively contribute to the ongoing development and refinement of the College Access program through collaborating with regional and National office staff, as well as participate in trainings in the field of college access/success, particularly for first-generation, low-income students.
•Operate with an awareness of challenges commonly faced by first-generation and/or low-income students, bringing sensitivity and understanding to all interactions with students and their families.

Application Information
Apply online at or Submit a resume and targeted cover letter that answers the question, “Why are you interested in the College Access Coordinator role at Summer Search?” Please address cover letters to Ryan Cooney.

Institution Information
We are Summer Search, a $20M college success nonprofit operating in six regions around the country. Since 1990, we’ve worked to close the opportunity gap for low-income students through professional mentoring, transformative summer experiences, and start-to-finish college support. By making a long-term commitment to students – from sophomore year of high school through college graduation – we help them strengthen the critical skills they need to become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities. Our approach isn’t quick or easy, but it works. 77% of Summer Search students are on track to get a college degree, in contrast with fewer than 10% of their peers.Our energetic team draws inspiration from our students every day, and we derive great personal and professional gratification from being part of their journeys. With a values-driven culture that strives for excellence and celebrates our people, we are proud to have been recognized by the Nonprofit Times’ 50 Best Places to Work For in 2013, 2014, and 2015. For more inspiration, please visit

Additional Information
This position can be located in Oakland, CA or Petaluma, CA.

Contact Information
Dana Hagenbuch, National Senior Director of Talent Acquisition



Required Qualifications 
•You are a highly motivated team player, with at least 2-3 years of professional experience in college access, admissions, success, or a related field, ideally serving first-generation and/or low-income college student populations.
•You possess demonstrated knowledge of California college admission process, financial aid, scholarships and grants, and college admissions testing. Knowledge of liberal arts colleges, the common application and the 2-year college track and is strongly desired.
•You have excellent 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.
•You possess awareness and understanding of issues facing first-generation, low-income students, and comfort in engaging in direct communications with students about these issues.
•You operate with a 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.
•You are proficient in using databases and Excel for data entry and management; experience using Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) or a similar student database is a plus.
•You are committed to Summer Search’s mission of closing the opportunity gap for low-income students; team player who thrives in an authentic, feedback-driven culture.

Preferred Qualifications
•Bachelor’s degree is required.
•Bilingual Spanish/English is a plus