Friday, June 29, 2007


Non-profit job: College Connect Coordinator


College Connect Coordinator (Americorps*VISTA position)

A Program of St. John's Educational Thresholds Center

St. John's is a community based, non-religious affiliated organization with 35 years experience developing the gifts and talents of young people in the Mission District. St. John's works with youth (5-18), families and schools to increase educational commitment and achievement through year-round academic support, leadership development, and cultural enrichment activities.

While we believe that education is the most effective way to improve lives and impact community, our youth development approach extends beyond academics to include:

1. Interpersonal skill development, personal health, and relationship building;

2. Parent involvement, support and education;

3. Community engagement, service learning and neighborhood wellness.

College Connect refers to St. John's new vision and identity as an important college access advocate in our community. Beginning in fall 2007, each St. John's program will begin implementing the best practices in college-readiness at their program sites. This will include high school "cohorts" to provide individualized support to qualified college-bound students and public awareness media campaigns. St. John's main office will become an educational resource center where youth and parents can attend workshops and receive one-on-one counseling about college. College Connect will provide support for families related to college choice, academic preparation, the admissions process, and financing a college education. College Connect intends to increase the college-going rates of first-generation, low-income youth from San Francisco's Mission District.

Position: College Connect Coordinator

40 hours per week, Americorps*VISTA

August 15, 2007- August 15, 2008

Compensation: Americorps*VISTA Stipend and post-service Education Award/Stipend

Job Summary:

The College Connect Coordinator Americorps*VISTA will play a critical role in the roll-out and implementation of St. John's newest initiative—College Connect. The goal of the College Connect Coordinator position is to help institutionalize college access as the ultimate goal of all of St. John's youth development programming.

Primary Responsibilities:

* Support Program Directors to "roll out" College Connect at their programs in ways that align with the broad goals of the College Connect initiative.
* Identify creative ways to create a "college-going culture" at all St. John's after-school programs.
* Work with Program Directors and the Executive Director to create measurement tools to gauge our success and report back accurately to funders.
* Develop workshop topics, book volunteer guest speakers in collaboration with Americorps*VISTA Community Resource Coordinator, and manage annual workshop calendar.
* Publicize and recruit youth and their families to attend College Connect workshops.
* Maintain a college resource library at St. John's main office, featuring a variety of up-to-date materials including college brochures, financial aid information, and scholarships.
* Create a process of continuous evaluation; survey community members about the effectiveness of College Connect's services and report findings to Executive Director.
* Link with other community based organizations to create new partnerships that improve College Connect's effectiveness, scope, and services.
* Represent St. John's and College Connect in various public settings.
* Establish linkages with local colleges and student groups that can support College Connect participants through mentoring and individualized support.
* In collaboration with Executive Director, explore establishing college savings accounts with local banks and financial institutions.
* Explore scholarship opportunities for undocumented youth.
* Create linkages with national and local college access programs to learn best practices.
* Ongoing research of college access issues to keep St. John's informed of current trends and projections for the future.
* Support development of a youth leadership program geared towards the creation of public service campaigns about college access.
* Pursue in-kind support and resources from community foundations, small businesses, and other community-based organizations as needed.


* Strong understanding of issues effecting low-income, urban youth, specifically regarding access to post-secondary education.
* Experience managing projects that involve many people and various groups.
* Strong communication skills including verbal, written, and presentation-based.
* Knowledge about college, financial aid, and scholarship applications, processes, and resources.
* Experience with or interest in Youth Development principles and practices.
* Proven ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.
* Bilingual Spanish/English skills preferred.
* Proof of a negative TB test and fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice required before beginning work.

Mission District residents, bilingual Spanish-English speakers, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send your resume and a cover letter articulating your interest and qualifications to

(no phone calls please):

or send us a fax at 415-864-0916

ATTN: College Connect *VISTA

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