We are seeking an energetic, passionate, and highly skilled individual to serve as the Program Assistant for our College Access Program in Montgomery County. The Program Assistant will work closely with the Program Director & Program Coordinator to deliver student services and ensure daily operations of the college access program, which guides students and parents through the college search, application, standardized test preparation, financial aid, and transition to college processes. The Program Assistant will report directly to the Program Director. The College Access team works collaboratively within the local high school to guide students and families through the following ten (10) milestones: Planning a Higher Education & Career Pathway Preparing for Standardized Tests Creating a College List Submitting College Applications Applying for Financial Aid Applying for Scholarships Deciding Which College to Attend Enrolling in College Selective College options The College Application Process for Families Program Delivery Assist the Program Director and Program Coordinator with:Recruiting students into the program, with the goal of active and continuous engagement Supporting and guiding volunteers’ work with students and completing projects Coordinating logistics for standardized test preparation and registration for students (SAT and ACT, TOEFL, Accuplacer, etc.) Providing college and career advising to students and families about the college admissions and financial aid process in a fast and complex nonprofit environment with multiple competing priorities Facilitate workshops on key steps (“Milestones”) in the college application process and track individual student’s attendance and progress Utilize computer and web-based tools (Excel, Salesforce, etc) to provide efficient individualized and group advising to students in an organized and detail-oriented manner Utilize various popular social media platforms (e.g.
Snapchat, Twitter etc.) and survey and marketing software (Survey Gizmo, Constant Contact, etc) for effective student outreach and program engagement Maintain knowledge about colleges, scholarship opportunities, and local programs that best serve our student population Data Management & Analysis Assist team with accurately and effectively maintaining large amounts of data to track program activities and student outcomes by recording data in an online Salesforce database and student folders Utilize data to identify students for various opportunities and manage communication and workflow with students Internal Program Collaboration Nurture collaborative relationships with other staff and volunteers Work in concert with College Access teams to update tools, develop strategies, and create solutions to meet student needs Assist team in collaborating to successfully identify, recruit, and transition high school seniors to the Success Program Collaboration with External Partners Serve as an organizational champion with a wide range of audiences and communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with these audiences Work with Program Director and Program Coordinator to: Support relationships with high school administrators, counselors, teachers, and staff; community partners; and college admissions and financial aid staff, university administrators, and campus departments to increase opportunities and support services for student population Requirements Bachelor’s degree with coursework in social work, counseling, education or related fields Working knowledge of college admissions, higher education (certificate, 2-year, or 4- year programs), college retention, and/or public school systems Understands and values racial equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, equity, diversity and inclusion Proven interpersonal and relationship-building skills Proven problem-solving, decision-making, and program coordination skills Must be extremely organized and detail oriented Work experience in multicultural and multilingual student and family environments or with students in high school and college preferred Other Requirements: Sense of humor Passionate about equal access to higher education Willing to advocate relentlessly on behalf of our students Access to reliable transportation and smart phone required