College Initiatives Fellow
Mastery Charter Schools - Philadelphia, PA

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The College Initiatives Fellow is a full-time 12-month grant-funded position to support the Network Support Team College team through a transition of successive short-term leave periods as well as time-sensitive grant-related projects. This is a 12 month contracted position, which will end of the grant period in February 2014. Work projects include administrative support for the Director of College Initiatives and program support for network and site college teams to ensure implementation of key programs. Work will span many areas including: data management and analysis, summer opportunity programming, community events, alumni support, strategic relationships, grant implementation and reporting, marketing and communication.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
  • Support and implementation of Affinity College Partnerships program
  • Coordinate implementation of Gates Foundation College Persistence Study, national study on role of non-cognitive skills in college persistence
  • Create research summaries to guide new initiatives being considered by College Team to drive improved student outcomes.
  • Coordinate Event, such as College Fair, Signing Day, Graduation, Alumni Events
  • Manage college application and scholarship data system administration and reports, including alumni transcript data import, tracking, analysis and reporting
  • Manage calendar, schedule, and travel support for College Admissions rep visits for Spring 2013, Affinity College Trips and Visits, Travel for College Initiatives team staff
  • Support students and alumni through Summer Opportunity applications and guidance and College transition and alumni orientation for the Class of 2013
  • Support the creation of marketing and video material development

Successful candidates will possess:
  • Familiarity with aspects of college counseling and college retention programs including financial aid, transfer processes, matriculation challenges and other barriers faced by low-income, first-generation college students;
  • Exceptional organization skills – a detail-oriented approach to multi-task and meet deadlines under pressure;
  • Strong proficiency with database systems – start-up and ongoing support/maintenance
  • Ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports as well as analyze data in order to make improvement recommendations
  • Excellent communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills both orally and in writing with ability to effectively connect with broad range of constituents including alumni, their families, secondary and post-secondary school staff/leaders
  • Comfort and demonstrated ability to successfully facilitate and engage various size groups;
  • Track-record of high achievement (premium placed on experience in urban communities and schools);
  • Personal drive and commitment to serve urban youth
  • Deep belief in one’s own ability to significantly increase college going, persistence and graduation rates for Mastery alums
  • Ability to effectively work alone and with a high-performing, mission-driven staff;
  • Consistently evaluates progress, using data to drive changes in alumni support program;
  • Demonstrated resilience to persevere and turn challenges into opportunities while meeting aggressive goals despite limited resources
  • Ability to be a self-starter and creative problem solver while also being a quick learner who is willing to ask questions and seek feedback.
Education and Experience:
Bachelors degree required. Work with urban youth in educational settings in related college access and college retention fields.

Physical Requirements:
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as maneuvering in office space- filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, and making phone calls; Must be able to sit for up to two (2) hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard, mouse and typing; Able to travel via car for off-site college visits and meetings.

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