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.
Please apply to the link above and include a resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please describe your experience supporting and/or belief about the importance of supporting first generation college students to insure that they persist and graduate.
All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, July 5.
If selected for an interview, candidates MUST be available for a first round group interview on Tuesday, July 11.
The Senior Associate of College Success supports a cohort of our Scholars during their transition from high school to college to ensure that they persist and complete college. The Senior Associate will also prepare Scholars for the transition from college to career to become the next generation of leaders who will transform their neighborhoods and our city.
Reports to: Director of College Success
Scholar Transitions: Prepare students for the transition from High School to College
o Support students who complete the Chicago Scholars College Access Program during the summer as they transition to campus
o Facilitate and support the All Scholars Retreat to engage Scholars, prepare them for college and create community between students
o Identify and address known challenges that first generation students face during their transition to college
Cohort Management: Manage a cohort of Chicago Scholar on college campuses to ensure that students persist and graduate
o Monitor a cohort of approximately 350 total students and provide intensive supports for a subset of approximately 20% of Scholars
- Build relationships with Scholars so that they will seek support and guidance during their college transitions and college experience
- Engage regularly with students to identify those who are struggling socially, emotionally, academically, or financially
- Ensure that Scholars are actively using available resources like peer and career mentors, financial assistance, events, etc.
- Maintain accurate and timely records of interactions with students to measure their engagement with Chicago Scholars and identify those who are at risk
- Identify and analyze metrics to ensure the success of the College Success program and track progress against goals; address risks to remain on track
o Request and provide supports, interventions and resources through Chicago Scholars, Mentors, partners or on college campuses to address student needs
- Leverage College Access Mentors to support Scholars
- Oversee the Peer Mentoring program on campus
- Oversee the available Financial Assistance Opportunities
- Facilitate on-campus events, trainings, and visits
- Escalate requests for supports and resources for Scholars
Scholar Career and Leadership Readiness: Prepare students for the transition from College to Career
o Integrate leadership, career exploration/development, and interview preparation into student interactions; facilitate and deliver workshops and training
o Advocate for supports, interventions and resources through Chicago Scholars, Mentors or with career partners to address student needs
- This position will require travel to visit Scholars on their college campuses. The Senior Associate will occasionally work on nights and weekends for Scholar events and programming and will facilitate workshops, trainings, and events.
- 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.
Qualifications and Core Competencies:
Education: College degree required
Experience: this is an entry level role, prior experience coaching young adults preferred
o Strong verbal and written communication skills
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 coordinate mentors, scholars, volunteers, and interns to expand our impact
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.