Reports to: Vice President of Programs
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 Director of College Access will direct all aspects of the Scholar college application process with training, counseling, and support to ensure that Scholars matriculate to the best match-fit school.
- Scholar Engagement: Ensure that Scholars are engaged with our program to complete the program and matriculate to college.
- Create student cohorts based on best practice to maximize Scholar and Mentor community and engagement
- Leverage Mentors, Counselors, Volunteers, and Staff to connect with Scholars and ensure that they are on track to complete our program
- Host the New Scholar Orientation to set expectations for all stakeholders, including Scholars, Mentors, and Parents
- Scholar Training: Prepare Scholars and parents for college application, selection, and enrollment with workshops and counseling
- Ensure CS workshops are mission driven, program relevant, and effective.
- Manage counselors to assist students with the college match/fit process
- Ensure that counselors and staff are using CS Connect to monitor student progress and identify risks
- Collect and distribute all student application materials to colleges efficiently
- Manage all scholar facing aspects of the Onsite Admissions Forum
- Engage parents in the college selection and decision process
- Scholar Matriculation: Ensure that Scholars matriculate to the best match-fit university
- In addition to managing a team, this position will also require work on nights and weekends for Scholar events and programming and travel within Chicago to support recruitment of students and CBO’s
- 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.