Reports to: Director of College Partnerships and Resources
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 14% of Chicago Public Schools freshman will graduate with a college degree by the age of 25 per the University of Chicago Consortium of Chicago School Research. 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 vibrant, thriving and competitive city.
About Chicago Scholars
Chicago Scholars is transforming the leadership landscape of our city by resolving the fundamental barriers to success for academically driven, first generation college students from under-resourced communities. Through college counseling, mentoring, and by providing a supportive community to our Scholars through each phase of our program: College Access (Launch), College Persistence (Lift) and College to Careers (Lead), we ensure that they realize their full potential as students and leaders.
88% of Chicago Scholars graduate college within 6 years. Per the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, only 49% of their peers earn a degree within 6 years. Upon graduation, our Scholars move into leadership positions across Chicago, helping to drive the economic future of their communities and our thriving city.
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 to serve 675 incoming students and a total student body of 4,500 by FY19.
We seek new members to the Dream Team who can help realize our vision for the future and who exemplify our core values, which do lead our work.
- Mission Driven: We must be relentlessly focused on our Scholars and their potential for success.
- Belief: We demonstrate a strong belief in our Scholars, our city and the potential that exists
- Excellence: We are intentionally in pursuit of quality inputs and outputs programmatically and operationally. Feedback collection is a critical part of a continuous improvement process in pursuit of that excellence. This also includes the demonstration of leadership, honesty, integrity, respect and equity.
- Data Driven / Results Oriented: We will use data to inform our program. We will have clear outcomes and response. We will use our data to demonstrate credibility and effectiveness as a high quality organization.
- Collaboration: We will collaborate internally among teams as well as externally within Chicago. Programmatically, we also recognize that we are just one part of a support system for our Scholars and we must collaborate with those organizations to support our Scholars.
- Innovation: We will always think about how to do things differently and more effectively. We will be thoughtful about how to use resources and technology to achieve growth and efficiency. We will focus on learning, questioning and forward thinking.
The primary responsibilities of the Senior Associate of College Partnerships and Resources include research, collaboration, and connection. The Senior Associate collects and shares information—both quantitative and qualitative—to deepen the organization’s understanding of College Partner schools and to promote Scholar matriculation, persistence, and graduation by ensuring that students are connected to the appropriate resources on campuses and empowered to utilize them. Additionally, communication and event planning are central to this role, as the Senior Associate coordinates outreach to College Partners regarding their participation in Chicago Scholars programming and also assists in the shaping and facilitation of college-based and resource-focused events for Scholars.
The Senior Associate of College Partnerships and Resources must be passionate about understanding the landscape of college admissions and the systemic barriers to college matriculation, persistence, and graduation that impact students from under-resourced and underrepresented populations. The person in this role should be excited by the prospect of serving as a thought partner and be energized (not intimidated) by the opportunity to participate in innovative work that sometimes does not follow an established guidebook. Above all, it is necessary that the Senior Associate believe deeply in the Chicago Scholars mission and the ability of our Scholars to succeed.
- Research, Collaboration, and Connection
- Identify and document resources specific to college partner campuses; collaborate with both Launch and Lift Teams to ensure Scholars have access to this information
- Lead the collection and documentation of college information materials that will be used to support the Chicago Scholars College Counselors in their curriculum
- In support of and coordination with the Director of College Partnerships and Resources, visit colleges as needed to develop, maintain, or expand schools’ relationships with Chicago Scholars and promote our brand awareness on campuses
- Manage registration processes for all-college partner events such as the annual Scholars College Fair and Onsite College Admissions Forum: Steward colleges through the necessary steps of preparing for these events; Ensure schools have a thorough understanding of both our expectations for their participation and Chicago Scholars’ specific responsibilities
- Work with the Director of College Partnerships and Resources to identify and invite schools and/or organizations to participate in more focused events, such as the Admissions Case Study and the Scholarship and Resource Fair
- Market and promote Chicago Scholars group visits to college campuses
- When relevant, advertise College Partner receptions, presentations, and information sessions taking place in the Chicago Scholars Community Leadership and Resource Center to the appropriate high school Scholars
- At key moments in the admission cycle, collect data directly from colleges
- Assist in gathering feedback from colleges and implementing continuous improvements to ensure that Chicago Scholars remains a preferred partner for our Onsite and Platinum Partner schools
- Event Planning and Execution
- Assist in the development, coordination, and execution of multiple college and resource exploration events for Scholars
- Provide logistical support for annual events such as the Scholars College Fair, Onsite College Admissions Forum, all-Platinum Partner Reception, Admissions Case Study, and Scholarship and Resource Fair
- Coordinate and facilitate College Partner schools’ visits to the Chicago Scholars Community Leadership and Resource Center; examples of these visits include individual Platinum Partner receptions, group presentations, and college information sessions
- Oversee high school Scholars group visits to college campuses
- This position requires travel (estimate 7 college visits per year); occasional work on nights and weekends for Scholar events and programming; and the facilitation of Scholar workshops.
- Attend and support mandatory all staff events: the UnTied Gala, College Choice Celebration, New Student Orientation, All-Scholar Retreat, First Look, the Onsite College Admissions Forum, New Student Interview nights, and our Quarterly Staff Retreats
- Attend and support mandatory all Program team events: Chicago Scholars Day and the Scholar Holiday Party
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