Project Excite in the School of Education and Social Policy is a multi-year college preparation and enrichment program for academically talented and motivated students in Evanston schools. The goal is to increase access and successful matriculation of underrepresented and talented Evanston high school students to top-tier colleges and universities by providing college preparatory programming, academic support and enrichment, and by nurturing aspirations. The coordinator/advisor will design and provide programming, guide Project Excite students throughout high school, provide one-on-one and small group advising, assist students with goal setting and developing short- and long-term academic plans, monitor academic progress, and work with students and their families to navigate educational resources and opportunities.
Plans and implements day-to-day operations of Project EXCITE, including recruiting and supervising volunteers and temporary staff, securing resources and space, and promoting the program through outreach and marketing efforts. Collects and maintains student academic data, demographic data, history, and anecdotal documentation. Prepares reports and analyses as needed.
Works with the School of Education and Social Policy leadership to develop a strategic program model with milestones/benchmarks and implementation tactics. Reviews and evaluates programs to assess efficacy and design and implement improvements as needed.
Student Development & Family Support
Assists students in developing objectives and methods to meet short and long-term academic and personal goals for high school and post-secondary plans. Works with students to identify and implement enrichment experiences demonstrating academic rigor, and cultural and civic engagement. Collaborates with students and families to navigate educational resources and opportunities. Facilitates annual individual and parent/guardian meetings. Monitors students’ academic progress through personal contact with students, parents, and high school personnel.
Supports students’ target college search, application, and selection process. Writes letters of recommendation for selective pre-college programs and college admission applications. Is knowledgeable of the college advising process (researching, applying, selecting, and transitioning) and admissions requirements for nationally known colleges and universities, financial aid options, and possible barriers for underrepresented and first-generation college bound students as related to admission and retention. Assists with college application forms and essay writing, and direct students in the appropriate technology in the college admissions processes. Plans and chaperones college campus visits.
Provides one-on-one and small group academic advising on course selection, admissions preparation, standardized testing, financial aid, the identification of appropriate match highly selective college and universities, and on enrichment opportunities. Develops and facilitates small group programming in college prep and self-regulation learning workshops. Develops and facilitates parent/guardian college prep and transition workshops. Designs and oversees volunteer mentoring and tutoring networks.
School and Community Liaison
Builds and maintains partnerships and institutional relationships, serving as liaison to ETHS, families, partner organizations and non-profits, members of the Northwestern University community, and college admissions professionals.
Engages in professional development to maintain and/or develop skills assuring knowledge of research and best practices around college access issues is up-to-date.
Other related duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in education, child and adolescent development, counseling, school psychology, developmental psychology, social work, teaching, or a related field.
5+ years of experience working with adolescents and their families, in a setting where relevant skills will have been developed, such as a school, college admissions office, for a private or non-profit agency providing advising, academic or leadership development to youths as a component of its services.
Experience working with culturally diverse populations.
Experience cultivating relationships within and across organizations, including K-12 schools, universities, community organizations for youth, and parent organizations
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Ability to work effectively in an environment in which the parameters may change daily and to adjust behavior to meet the needs of different people and situations.
Demonstrated ability to consistently display accuracy and attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to train people for current assignment and develop them for promotion, using feedback and personal example to encourage higher performance.
Willingness to facilitate open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one's own team.
"Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts;
Ability to write precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using appropriate vocabulary and grammar.
Regularly monitors customer satisfaction and provides suggestions to improve quality and value to the customer.
Effectively performs duties and responsibilities with attention to detail and support for organizational policies.
Willingness to stay current on technical/professional information and identify methods for improving work procedures or systems.
Ability to create an environment of understanding and acceptance and challenge organizational policies and practices that may be exclusionary
Demonstrated or expressed interest in learning about the field of Gifted-Education, by reading, attending conferences, making presentations, etc.
Ability and willingness to explore alternatives to existing products and services and identify opportunities to improve procedures and practices.
Demonstrated energy and desire to achieve and ability to take action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems.
Demonstrated logic, rationality and objectivity and ability to use all available information to make educated decisions.
Demonstrated ability to inspire people to follow the lead, obtain input from others, facilitate change, inspire confidence and optimism through a clear vision and by personal example.
Displayed consistency and success in adhering to deadlines.
Able to train people for current assignment and develop them for promotion using feedback and personal example to encourage higher performance.
Ability to plan, organize and schedule in an efficient, productive manner and target projects or initiatives that require special attention and focus on key tasks when faced with limited time and/or resources.
Ability to devise and implement clearly defined strategies to achieve business objectives.
Ability to build collaboration by encouraging trust, mutual respect and shared purpose among various participants in an engagement.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Prior experience as a school guidance counselor, a college advisor, or college admissions officer.
Experience designing programs.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highl...y collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.