Founded in 1966, LINK Unlimited Scholars is Chicago’s only College & Career Success organization that focuses solely on economically disadvantaged African American youth. Since its inception, LINK has supported over 2,300 scholars in realizing their collegiate dreams. LINK strengthens the academic achievement and leadership experience of high potential youth through one-on-one mentoring, scholarships, academic enrichment and college and career success training. LINK has a proven system of helping scholars develop the personal discipline, academic focus and high ideals necessary for admission to and graduation from top tier colleges and universities and professional success. LINK was recently awarded the 2016 National Award of Excellence in Educational Access and is also recognized as a Gold Star mentoring organization by Mentor Illinois.
The College Success Program Associate will join a team of direct-service professionals who are passionate about the personal success of African American youth. Successful candidates will bring an awareness of the roadblocks that contribute to college stop outs/drop outs and possess the creativity to create systems of support to help the organization achieve goals for college graduation. The Associate will report directly to the Director of Educational Programs. This position is a great opportunity to learn and grow within the field of college success.
Assist the College Access Program Manager with senior spring semester college matriculation tasks.
Coordinate a robust college transition workshop/retreat for graduating high school seniors and their parents focused on college adjustment and success.
Develop and implement strategies to engage current Collegiate Scholars and recent LINK alum with LINK high school scholars.
Work with Executive Leadership Team to develop strategies to position LINK as a thought leader in the areas of Mentoring; College Success; and Workforce Development.
Assist the Director in developing and implementing strategies and programming to engage Collegiate Scholars through to college graduation.
Assist the Director in developing a peer mentoring program among the Collegiate Scholars.
Develop a database of meaningful summer learning opportunities for Collegiate Scholars.
Provide active relationship management for key administrators and staff on college campuses leveraging campus resources.
Implement active and intentional strategies to keep the LINK brand in front of Collegiate Scholars including first semester ‘care packages’.
Assess scholars’ academic, social, and financial well-being to provide individualized and group counseling and support.
Identify metrics to continuously monitor scholar engagement and outcomes to improve program structure and effectiveness.
Assist in the development, coordination, and marketing of multiple career exploration events for high school and collegiate scholars (including but not limited to Career Speakers Series; Sophomore Career Fair, and other immersion experiences).
Co-coordinate logistics for collegiate scholar attendance at local annual job fairs.
Coordinate the logistics, marketing and co-facilitate collegiate scholar/alumni career events to provide professional development and networking opportunities.
Some travel required Fall and Spring (10%)
Must possess a valid driver’s license
Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends, particularly during peak periods of the program year
Bachelor’s Degree required
Minimum of 1-3 years of college admissions/success counseling experience preferably with African American students
Proven ability to develop programs and partnerships to support department sustainability to improve impact
Ability to collect, analyze and report data relating to program outcomes
Experience with a variety of social media platforms
Strong interpersonal, organizational and presentation skills with attention to detail and accuracy
Excellent analytical, verbal and written communication skills along with a high level of diplomacy, discretion and problem solving ability
Strong project management skills and ability to manage multiple priorities in a complex environment
Experience developing new programmatic partnerships with community-based organizations, corporations, civic leaders and institutions of higher education
Ability to work independently and within a collaborative team environment
Demonstrated ability to propose new approaches, methods or technologies to improve practices, processes and outcomes
Proficiency using computer programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook
LINK Unlimited Scholars (LINK) was founded in 1966 by John and Carolyn Parmer who were inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to action to address issues of inequality and justice. LINK has built a legacy that embodies the true essence of Dr. King’s Dream, “to rise against the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to serve the broader concerns of humanity.” Throughout the past 50 year...s, LINK has become Chicago’s highest performing and most experienced African American high school mentoring and scholarship program, bringing together the comprehensive resources and rigorous approach required to shape high potential youth from under-served neighborhoods into academic achievers and life-long learners.
LINK’s’ mission is to connect economically disadvantaged African American students with mentors, resources, and foundational skills required for success as they advance into, through, and beyond college.
Our vision is to transform our scholars into committed leaders who, by exceeding national college acceptance, persistence and graduation rates and acquiring sustainable careers, will serve LINK and the larger community by modeling lifelong social responsibility and civic engagement for future generations of young people.
LINK integrates mentoring relationships, service initiatives, and internship opportunities on behalf of economically disadvantaged high potential youth in order to foster academic achievement, personal development, and professional success. LINK provides a rigorous support system, developing skills and supporting achievement that positions scholars for admission to top colleges and universities, graduation and lifelong success.