The Education Coordinator reports to the Education Manager and works with other members of the Education Department team to accomplish the educational directives of DMSF. The Education Department is responsible for:
Tracking the academic progress of Scholars and providing the Scholars with the support they need, such as tutoring, college counseling and other programming, to ensure their success
The relationship between DMSF and its partnership high schools
Recruiting, interviewing and selecting DMSF Scholars
The qualified candidate must be highly organized, energetic and committed to the Scholars DMSF serves. Highly developed interpersonal skills are essential.
Specifics of the Job
Support of current Scholars and their families
The Education Department is responsible for maintaining close contact with DMSF’s Scholars and their families. The Education Coordinator will be the main contact for approximately one third of the Scholars.
Ensure the success of all Scholars through timely communication with all students in assigned portfolio, including personal meetings, emails and visits to schools
Develop a working knowledge of the Scholars’ interests, extra-curricular involvement and family circumstances
Track Scholars’ academic progress, making sure that all partnership schools provide grade information to DMSF on a timely basis
Generate grade reports each semester
Meet with Scholars who need academic or behavioral support, are in need of guidance or are being considered for scholarship revocation
Ensure that Scholars who are in need of additional help receive tutoring assistance and/or other resources that could positively impact the Scholars’ academic performances
Provide accurate and timely updates to the Manager of Education, Director of Education, Executive Director and the Education Committee on Scholars’ statuses
Document all conversations with Scholars and their parents/guardians; maintain all emails to and from them
Maintain relationships with DMSF’s partnership schools
Sustain DMSF relationships with partnership schools in the assigned portfolio through regular communication with school counselors, faculty, registrars, and admissions directors
Schedule at least one visit to all local school partners annually to meet Scholars and to provide and receive updates from school counselors, faculty, registrars and admissions directors on activities, programs and events that may impact Scholars
Scholar recruitment, the application process, and the placement of Scholars
Along with the other members of the Education Department staff and volunteers, the Education Coordinator shares responsibility for:
Under the direction of the Director of Education and Manager of Education, assisting with recruiting qualified seventh and eighth grade students
Assisting the Education Team with reading applications, interviewing candidates and providing advice to them on which high schools might be appropriate for them
In addition to his or her other obligations, the Education Coordinator also shares responsibility for:
Assisting the Manager of Education in managing DMSF’s in-house tutoring center
Planning and facilitating scholar events throughout the year
Assisting with the development of programming specific to DMSF boarding school Scholars
Managing Education Department related sections of the website, including maintaining a scholar calendar of events
Helping prepare reports to be presented at Education Committee meetings
Maintaining DMSF databases on Scholars
Assisting with The Murphy Scholar Report, a bi-weekly newsletter sent out to scholars and families
Managing the Parent Committee
Ideal Candidate Qualifications
DMSF seeks candidates who bring strong leadership and passion, balanced by detail orientation and the willingness to work as part a team. Candidates must be self-motivated, innovative and flexible, and able to effortlessly switch from driving planning and execution efforts to face-to-face meetings with Scholars and parents. Candidates must possess a working knowledge of high school options in the Chicago area. Excellent writing, presentation, interpersonal and organizational skills are essential.
Professional experiences and the skill set of top candidates will include:
Bachelor’s degree required
At least two years of work experience in the field of elementary and/or secondary education, social/emotional counseling and/or an advanced degree in education or a field which is relevant to DMSF’s work (such as an MEd or MSW) is required
A passion for the mission of DMSF and for the population of students that DMSF serves
A high degree of initiative, confidence and energy to achieve and exceed goals
Excellent writing, organizational and communication skills, as well as strong technology skills
Fluent in Spanish language preferred, but not required
Must be available to work some nights and weekends in support of organizational events, programs and activities
Ability to travel locally to area high schools on a regular basis.
Ability to move and access school buildings with stairs only.
Ability to travel nationally up to five times per year.
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Jose Rodriguez, Executive Director Materials can be emailed to Jose@dmsf.org.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
About Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund
The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund (DMSF) gives high school scholarship and educational support to bright Chicago students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. DMSF makes a life-altering difference in the lives of its Scholars by providing them with a four-year scholarship to a private college preparatory high school and, along with it, access to the best opportunities to succeed in high school, college and beyond.
DMSF has been serving Chicago’s most academically talented students and their families for nearly years. The first four DMSF Scholars began high school in 1990; in the fall of 2018 the 2,200th DMSF Scholar entered high school. DMSF now awards 125 new scholarships each year with great results. Nearly all of the Scholars complete the program and virtually 100% of these high school graduates go on to college. Four hundred and fifty DMSF Scholars are currently enrolled in independent and parochial college preparatory day schools in the Chicago-area, as well as in boarding schools around the country. DMSF plans to increase its number of Scholars to 500 by the year 2020.