The College Access Associate is an integral member of the PWFC team, ensuring the scholars complete PWFC’s robust high school junior year program prepared to apply to best-fit schools. This person is the first line of support for PWFC’s high school junior scholars and provides additional support to scholars in other cohorts as they develop academically. The College Access Associate leads the planning of college exposure programming and academic supports that ensure scholars are on-track. 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:
Junior Cohort: 50%
Develop and implement annual program syllabus and weekly lesson plans
Plan and lead weekly sessions and parent meetings for high school Junior cohort
Collaborate with College Success Manager to match and support mentors
Coordinate with school stakeholders around college admissions testing and development of preliminary college lists
Manage contractors or volunteers assisting with program delivery
Provide 1:1 support to 11th grade students outside of weekly sessions
College Exposure: 30%
Plan and attend local Fall College Tour for all high school students
Plan and attend out-of-town 3-day College Tour for Juniors
Coordinate enrollment in and transportation for summer immersion programs for eligible scholars
Assist College Success Manager with college application review and submission by senior scholars in the fall
Collaborate with College Success Manager on transition to college programming
Program Development: 20%
Develop new and innovative program activities, curricula and materials to achieve program objectives
Contribute to program review and development
Participate in student recruitment, parent education, and partnership development
Maintain timely and accurate student data
If qualified, provide Spanish translation for presentations and written materials
An ideal candidate will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
1-3 years of experience planning and leading programming or lessons as an educator or in other youth programs
Excellent 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 multi-day overnight trips with students
A commitment to Pass With Flying Colors’ mission, particularly the value of a college degree for first-generation students
Strongly preferred qualifications include:
Fluency in Spanish
Knowledge of college admissions testing, the college application and selection process
Experience in tutoring or test preparation, especially for SAT
Applicants must submit to all required pre-employment screening and background checks.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. Full-time employees also receive benefits including paid time off and a health care stipend
About Pass with Flying Colors
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.