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College Access Coordinator

Categories: Pacific Region 9


College Access


Summer Search  

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Position Description
The College Access Coordinator will have the opportunity to advise Summer Searchers through their college application process, as well as join a team of colleagues who are deeply committed to the students we serve. Serving Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties, this hire will support students and their families 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. Playing a critical role in the overall success of our North Bay program, this is an ideal position for an experienced college advisor or counselor who is looking to join a highly collaborative and dedicated team, as well as contribute to closing the opportunity gap for thousands of low-income youth nationwide.

•Provide high-touch 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 Process
Submit your resume and cover letter, addressed to Ryan Cooney, at

Institution Information
Summer Search is a $20M college success nonprofit in seven cities 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.

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Contact Information
Dana Hagenbuch


Required Qualifications
•A highly motivated team player, with at least 4 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 California college admission process, financial aid, scholarships and grants, and college admissions testing. Knowledge of the 2-year college track is strongly desired.
•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 issues facing first-generation, low-income students, and comfort in engaging in direct communications with students about these issues.
•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 Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) or a similar student database is a plus.
•Commitment to Summer Search’s mission of closing the opportunity gap for low-income students; team player who thrives in an authentic, feedback-driven culture.
•Bachelor’s degree is required.

Preferred Qualifications
•Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus