- In your cover letter, please describe your understanding of this role and how your professional experience has prepared you for success in the role.
- All applications must be submitted by Friday, October 6.
- If selected for an interview, candidates MUST be available for a first round group interview on Tuesday, October 17.
The Senior Associate of Scholar Recruitment will manage all aspects of the Scholar Recruitment process, specifically cultivating relationships to identify applicants, shepherding these students through the application process and overseeing the selection and enrollment process for the new class of Chicago Scholars.
Relationship Building: create a strategy to identify and build relationships with key stakeholders to recruit a diverse class of academically ambitious applicants
o Create a target list of schools that will generate applicants across all Chicago communities and result in a diverse incoming class of Scholars
o Manage relationships with key contacts at each school, including school administrators, counselors, community organizations, and teachers
o Create the printed and digital materials and approach to maximize the marketing of Chicago Scholars as the premier Chicago College Access program
o Present the Chicago Scholars program to stakeholders, be available for questions, and ask for access to academically ambitious students
o Communicate regularly about the progress of students through each stage of the application process and beyond to demonstrate our shared commitment
Applicant Engagement: shepherd highly ambitious students from under-resourced communities through the application process
o Present the Chicago Scholars program to students to highlight the impact on their future, our success and expectations, and the application process
o Host and attend recruitment events to increase exposure to potential Scholars across Chicago
o Host, coordinate, and facilitate Open Houses for students and parents to re-inforce the expectations and value of the program
o Monitor the application status of potential Scholars and leverage relationships and direct communication to guide Scholars to complete their applications
o Design and lead application completion initiatives, like phone-a-thons, ambassador days, workshops, to continually improve completion rates
o Act as a resource and a professional role model to students who have questions and concerns throughout this initial engagement with Chicago Scholars
o Identify metrics to ensure the success of the Recruitment program and track progress against goals; address risks to remain on track
Scholar Selection: oversee the Chicago Scholars unique Scholar selection process to identify students who demonstrate leadership and a growth mindset
o Organize all Scholar applications to ensure that they are complete; collect feedback from all stakeholders to continually improve the application process
o Identify students who will be invited to interview and coordinate their interview night details and preparation
o Recommend students to be selected into the next incoming class of Scholars and collect all of their required enrollment documents
o Manage all Scholar communications and materials for the New Scholars Orientation process to induct the incoming class into Chicago Scholars
This role will require travel within Chicago, and therefore a personal vehicle is needed. Additionally, the Senior Associate will staff and facilitate monthly evening and weekend Scholar workshops, other programming events, and support student college counseling and engagement.
Attend and support mandatory all staff events: the UnTied Gala, College Choice Celebration, New Student Orientation, All Scholar Retreat, First Look, the Onsite Admissions Forum, New Student Interview nights, and our Quarterly Staff Retreats.
Attend and support mandatory all Program team events: Chicago Scholars Day and Scholar Holiday Party.
The starting salary for this role is $45,000.
Education: College degree required
Experience: this is an entry level role, up to 3 years of professional experience, max
o Strong verbal and written communication skills
o Knowledge of or experience working in Chicago schools preferred
o Ability to speak in public and engage all stakeholders (students, parents, mentors, volunteers, college representatives)
o Demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with diverse audiences (educational level, socio-economic circumstance).
o Ability to plan and organize tasks and work responsibilities to achieve objectives; allocate and use resources well.
o Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment. Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
o Proficiencies with technology and standard office applications; willingness to adapt to new technologies.
o Ability to collect, enter and track accurate data to inform decision making.
o Ability to propose new approaches, methods or technologies to improve practices, processes and outcomes
o Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
The Chicago Landscape
There is a deep reservoir of talent in this great city! In order to remain a world-class city, we must invest in talent from an education and leadership perspective. Locally and nationally, we are not fully equipping our youth with the skills and tools to be successful. Just 8% of Chicago Public School students will graduate with a college degree by the age of 25. There ...also remains a lack of diversity in the workforce at all levels and in every industry. We must continue to invest in building a diverse pipeline of talent if we are to remain a thriving and competitive city.
About Chicago Scholars
The mission of the Chicago Scholars Foundation (Chicago Scholars) is to provide talented, academically ambitious, and underserved high school students access and success through college and beyond.
We provide Chicago’s young future leaders with the support they need to achieve their dreams through mentorship, college admission support, and access to leadership and career programming. Our program targets high need, first-generation students from every single neighborhood and every high school. We nurture their talent through an innovative five-year college success program plus a two-year leadership development program. We work to ensure that our academically ambitious Scholars are not only investing in their own career growth and success but also enhancing Chicago’s competitive position in the global economy for years to come. We are extremely proud that the support provided by our program is allowing our Scholars to persist and graduate at a rate of almost 90% (compared to just 8% of CPS peers).
Our Future – Growth
Chicago Scholars is at a particularly exciting and critical juncture. Due to the success of our program, we have recently received support to expand our impact from serving 300 new students each year to 1000 new students, over the next five years.