The College Access Associate is an integral member of the Pass With Flying Colors team, ensuring the scholars complete our robust 11th grade program prepared to apply to best-fit colleges. This person is the first line of support for PWFC’s 11th grade scholars and provides additional support to underclass scholars as they develop academically. The College Access Associate leads the planning of college exposure programming and academic supports that ensure scholars are ontrack. As a member of the program team, the College Access Associate supports the review and development of program activities, expectations and performance data.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
11th Grade Cohort: 50%
Develop annual program syllabus and update curriculum as necessary
Plan and lead weekly sessions and parent meetings for 11th grade cohort
Provide 1:1 support to all 11th grade students outside of weekly sessions
Collaborate with College Success Manager to match and support mentor relationships
Coordinate with school stakeholders around college admissions testing and development of preliminary college lists
Manage contractors or volunteers assisting with program delivery
College Exposure: 20%
Plan and attend local Fall College Tour for all students
Plan and attend out-of-town 3-day College Tour for 11th grade scholars
Coordinate enrollment in and transportation for summer immersion programs
Academic Enrichment: 20%
Provide 1:1 support to some 9th grade scholars during the Spring semester
Coordinate and support volunteer tutors
Program Development: 10%
Contribute to program review and development
Maintain timely and accurate student data
Participate in activities for other cohorts, such as recruitment or field trips
A successful candidate will demonstrate the following qualifications and skills:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
1-3 year of experience planning and leading programs or lessons as an educator or in other youth programs; experience with middle or high school aged students is an advantage
Knowledge of college admissions testing, the college application and selection process are strongly desired
Fluency in Spanish is strongly desired
Excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills with diverse populations of students, parents, volunteers and school partners
Outstanding skills in work planning, organization and attention to detail
Ability to work both independently and in a team
Ability to think strategically, adapt to dynamic priorities, and efficiently manage time and resources
Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to provide reliable transportation to locations throughout City of Chicago and suburbs
Ability to lift and carry programs supplies and materials weighing up to 25 pounds
Ability to attend occasional weekend and evening meetings and events, including multiday overnight trips with students
A commitment to Pass With Flying Colors’ mission, particularly the value of a college degree for first-generation students
Applicants must submit to all required pre-employment screening and background checks.
Additional Salary Information: Full-time employees may also receive benefits including paid time off and a stipend for health insurance coverage.
Pass With Flying Colors was founded in 2010 to support underserved Chicago Public Schools high school students to be successful in college.
We believe that a college degree provides young people with more than just increased salary prospects or job opportunities. It also opens the door to new opportunities and choices in their adult lives, and creates positive impact in Chicago’s communities.
With equal focus on college preparation and degree attainment from our inception, PWFC stands out as one of the few Chicago organizations with an 8-year approach to college access and persistence. We support first-generation scholars not just through high school or the college transition, but through college graduation and career launch.