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The Senior Associate of Community Engagement will support the elevation of Chicago Scholars’ presence within targeted neighborhoods to build a pipeline of future Chicago Scholar applicants through early outreach and engagement strategies.
The Community Engagement Team will be composed of the Director of Community Engagement, a Sr. Associate of Scholar Recruitment (SASR) and a Sr. Associate of Community Engagement (SACE). Applicants are discouraged from applying for BOTH positions, please select the role that you are most interested in pursuing.
The primary difference between the two roles is that the SASR will focus on school-based recruitment and outreach efforts in Chicago, whereas the SACE will focus on community-based outreach and support program recruitment efforts. The ideal candidate for either role will possess strong presentation ability and have some professional experience working with our target audiences.
Community Engagement & Relationship Building: Create a strategy to identify and cultivate relationships with community based organizations, aldermanic offices, high schools, other constituents, etc. in effort to build a pipeline of future Chicago Scholar applicants.
• Manage relationships with community based organizations, aldermanic offices, high schools, other constituents, etc.
• Present the Chicago Scholars program and share best practices from the Chicago Scholars College Access scholar training and counseling curriculums with community based organizations, aldermanic offices, high schools, other constituents, etc.
• Present the Chicago Scholars program to students to highlight the impact on their future and steps they can take to become a future Chicago Scholar.
• Organize, host and support events to increase Chicago Scholars’ exposure to potential Scholars, parents and CBOs across Chicago.
Student Recruitment: during peak student recruitment season, provide support and assistance throughout the entire scholar recruitment and selection process
• Host and attend recruitment events to increase exposure to potential Scholars across Chicago.
• Present the Chicago Scholars program to students to highlight the impact on their future, our success and expectations, and the application process.
• Assist in the facilitation of Open Houses for students and parents to reinforce the expectations and value of the program.
• Assist in monitoring the application status of potential Scholars and leverage relationships and direct communication to guide Scholars to complete their applications
• Support application completion initiatives, like phone-a-thons, ambassador days, workshops, etc. to continually improve completion rates
• Act as a resource and a professional role model to students who have questions and concerns throughout this initial engagement with Chicago Scholars
• Provide support in organizing Scholar applications to ensure that they are complete.
• Assist in the coordination and implementation of interview nights.
• Participate in the recommendation process of the next incoming class of Scholars.
• Assist in the management of the new student orientation process.
• This role will require travel within Chicago, and therefore a personal vehicle is needed. Additionally, the Senior Associate will staff and facilitate evening and weekend events, including Scholar workshops, other programming events, and support scholar college counseling and engagement.
• Attend and support mandatory all staff events: the UnTied Gala, College Choice Celebration, New Scholar Orientation, All Scholar Retreat, First Look, the Onsite Admissions Forum, Interview Nights and Quarterly Staff Retreats
• Attend and Support mandatory all Program events: Chicago Scholars Day and Scholar Holiday Party
Education: College degree required
Experience: this is an entry level role, 3 years of experience, max
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to speak in public and engage all stakeholders (students, parents, mentors, volunteers, college representatives)
• Demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with diverse audiences (educational level, socio-economic circumstance).
• Ability to plan and organize tasks and work responsibilities to achieve objectives; allocate and use resources well.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
• Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
• Proficiencies with technology and standard office applications; willingness to adapt to new technologies.
• Ability to collect, enter and track accurate data to inform decision making.
• Ability to propose new approaches, methods or technologies to improve practices, processes and outcomes
• 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.