College Access & Alumni Support Coordinator

STRIVE Prep Schools - Denver, CO

Full-time
STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them to discover and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond.

Our inclusive and transformative community seeks a College Access & Alumni Support Coordinator for an immediate start.

Objective: The College Access & Alumni Support Coordinator supports STRIVE Prep scholars and alumni on their journey to-and-through post-secondary education.

Description:
The College Access/ Alumni Support Coordinator serves as a hybrid team member and liaison between STRIVE Prep schools, alumni, and college institutions in order to track and support STRIVE Prep alumni as they transition to college.

In this role, the individual will split their time between two positions: 50% as the high school College Access Coordinator and 50% supporting alumni at the network level. The College Access & Alumni Support Coordinator works together with the Director of College Access (DCA) at STRIVE Prep - Excel and the network Alumni Support Manager (ASM) to build relationships with students at the high school level and on our eight targeted college campuses. The individual spearheads the development of STRIVE Prep’s peer-to-peer mentoring program as well as supporting college advising on the high school campus. The College Access & Alumni Support Coordinator supports each student’s successful journey towards college graduation.

We seek dedicated educators that live STRIVE Prep’s core values every day:

Con Ganas: The work we do is challenging, but every challenge is seen as an opportunity and we rarely give up.
The High Road: We do the right thing and we treat one another with respect and dignity.
Joy Factor: We work to create a joyful and optimistic work environment that values levity and laughter.
Accountable Action: We hold clear, high expectations for our work, and we are appropriately held accountable to those expectations by ourselves and others.
Growth Mindset: We continue to develop professionally and operate with a growth mindset in order to create the best school possible for our students and families.
Lean In: We communicate with one another professionally, appropriately, honestly, and transparently, both in person and in writing.
We Serve: Every day is an opportunity to partner with and learn from our students and families, whom we serve with grace and humility.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Data Collection:
Update and maintain STRIVE Prep’s College Databases by inputting and tracking academics, matriculation and persistence information of all STRIVE Prep alumni in their first or second year in college (via Salesforce and Dashboard)
Work closely with the ASM to track, and support a designated cohort of alumni as they transition from STRIVE Prep into the alumni program through their chosen post-secondary path
Work closely with the DCA at STRIVE Prep- Excel to track and advise students through the college application process
Compile and analyze alumni outcomes to identify and report progress, obstacles, and trends to key stakeholders
Partner with key external stakeholders to identify, build and implement pre-college opportunities that will support students’ development of skills and passions through internships, work/job shadow experiences
Research and stay current on higher education programs, trends and issues with student impact and make recommendations based on best practices and research
Event planning
Develop and manage the Alumni Peer Mentoring program at targeted universities to increase alumni support and engagement
Plan, coordinate and provide logistical support for Alumni events
Support STRIVE Prep Excel’s college access events (i.e. Financial aid workshops, Junior and Senior family event)
Alumni support services
Cultivate relationships with key individuals at colleges (ex. admissions office, financial aid office, student supportive services) to promote alumni success by supporting college transition, persistence, and retention
Develop and maintain strong relationships with students, parents, community organizations, university personnel, local businesses, and key stakeholders to increase resources and support
Research, compile and maintain summer opportunities database (programs, internships, etc.) and scholarship database.
College Access support services
Conduct one on one meetings with juniors and seniors focused on college and career advising
Support with college research and application process, personal statements, letters of recommendation, flyout programs, FAFSA support, and scholarship applications, and track student completion
Support Junior and Senior seminar courses
Support and attend STRIVE Prep Excel’s Junior College Trip
Alumni communication
Maintain monthly communication with a cohort of STRIVE Prep graduates via email, social media websites, phone, and in-person meetings to track their progress through higher education and beyond

HS Students support services:
Attend STRIVE Prep Excel’s senior seminar classes to develop relationships with soon-to-be transitioning alumni
Communicate regularly and often with families (by phone and/or home visits) to both solicit their input and share student social and academic progress.

Development:
Attend and participate in weekly 1:1 coaching sessions and quarterly all team staff meetings
Participate in regular personal development training to better support scholars
Participate in STRIVE Prep’s Summer Training Institute as well as professional development throughout the school year.

Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Two years of college access/ higher education advising experience

We’re looking for someone who has:
Experience working with youth, especially those who are traditionally underserved, and demonstrated a passion for helping students succeed
Proactive problem solver who demonstrates initiative and ability to work individually and on a team
Experience coordinating programming in areas of post-secondary education
Demonstrated experience establishing and maintaining effective relationships with students, parents, community professionals, and college personnel
Strong interpersonal communication skills and ease in relating to members from varying
educational, cultural and social backgrounds.
Excellent planning and organizational skills.
Experience working collaboratively with diverse communities.
Commitment to the belief that all students can learn and to the mission of educational equity
Strong organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines
Passionate about improving public education to help all children reach their dreams
Ability to manage an online data information system; comfort with data analysis
A sense of humor, tolerance for change, and a demonstrated ability to create a positive culture and sense of empowerment for students/families
Ability to effectively communicate with multiple stakeholders, ranging from high school students to board members and college representatives

What We Offer Our Network Staff:
Competitive compensation package.
Annual performance-based raises.
Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k contribution option.
Funding of 100 percent of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans.
Approximately three weeks of summer vacation, approximately four weeks of school holidays and vacations, and eight days of paid time off annually.

Join This Movement:
STRIVE Prep educators inspire and encourage our students to think critically, communicate clearly, and collaborate openly, both in and outside of the classroom. By bringing together challenging academics with celebration and joy, we feel a sense of curiosity, creativity and lifelong possibility in our students and our teachers. No matter where you join us in your career, we welcome our teachers to help make STRIVE Prep a place where everyone in our community can STRIVE and THRIVE.

Equity and Inclusion

STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. We must challenge ourselves as educators on what it means to serve all students, families and each other through a lens of Dignity for All, all the time. To us, Dignity for All means honoring and respecting the rich diversity of who we are and the unique gifts and talents that each of us brings. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias and seek to provide each candidate with a unique and equitable opportunity for employment.

Questions?

Contact Desiree’ Beckett at dbeckett@striveprep.org