College Access Program Associate

Program Associate

Reports to: Senior Manager, College Access

About Oakland Promise

The mission of Oakland Promise is to engage the Oakland community to advance equity and economic
mobility through cradle-to-career educational opportunities. Founded in 2016, Oakland Promise is a
citywide movement with over 50 implementation partners working towards our common vision.
Oakland Promise supports children and families from birth through college and career to ensure that
postsecondary success is a reality for all Oaklanders. Oakland Promise includes four programs: Brilliant
Baby, Kindergarten to College (K2C), College Access, and College Scholarships and Completion, that
provide a cradle to career continuum of college-focused support for students. Our goal is to dramatically
increase the number of college graduates from Oakland and ensure that all students hold a
college-bound identity. We seek a hard-working, highly detail-oriented individual to join our community
in undertaking this important work.

Job Purpose
The College Access team provides group advising, coordinate and align resources, and plan structured
activities to promote college and career planning for all students. Partnerships with other college and
career access organizations provide additional capacity to carry out the OP’s work in OUSD high schools
and ensure that the services and support are coordinated, minimizing duplication and maximizing
opportunities for students.
The College Access is one of four programs within the Oakland Promise working to ensure that every
child will graduate from high school with the expectation, skills, and resources to complete college
and/or be successful in the career of their choice.

Job Summary:
Being supervised by the College Access Senior Manager, the Associate, is responsible for working with
students, parents, and other relevant persons to support the work of the College Access team. The
Associate will collaborate with the College Access Manager, College Access Coordinator to ensure that
the college access, financial literacy, and workforce development address the needs of all students,
including historically marginalized students. All aspects of program planning are addressed to ensure
all students in OUSD High Schools have equitable access to programs and services needed to graduate
from high school and pursue post-secondary education and careers.

The breakdown of the role is as follows:

● College & Career Readiness Content Support (50%)
● Middle School Support (30%)
● Oakland Promise Scholarship and Financial Literacy Support (20%)
Duties & Responsibilities
College & Career Readiness Content Support (50%)
● Support the College Access team in planning and implementing workshops and other
activities to increase student knowledge about college systems, financial aid literacy,
career exploration, and scholarships.
● Assist OUSD High Schools’ college partner teams with group college advising support and
resources for OP scholars to maintain good academic standing and stay on track to
college graduation.
● Utilize strategies and resources to assist students experiencing common
challenges (including Academics, Financial Aid, Housing, and Social/Emotional
issues).
● Provide well-rounded services to scholars about college and career development
with MS programming; beginning in 6th grade throughout high school and
post-graduation

Middle School Support (30%):

● Implement the development of the Parent Engagement Guide to support parents
with understanding topics necessary for their child to be successful in high school.
● Responsible for delivering monthly workshops for parents/guardians and community
members, with a focus on preparing students for high school, post-secondary plans,
and financial literacy.
● Collaborate and lead monthly meetings within Oakland Promise to encourage
cross-collaboration amongst teams focused on community and family
engagement.
● Coordinate/facilitate career panels
● Ensure alignment of Middle School and college access programming to ensure there is a
continuum of services as students transition from 5th grade to 6th grade, 8th grade to 9th
grade, high school, and post-secondary access
● Communicate cross-organizational events, community resources, and all opportunities that
pertain to our middle schoolers and their families
● Support planning and implementation of middle school programming

Oakland Promise Scholarship and Financial Literacy Support (20%):

● Promote Oakland Promise scholarships to students, parents, and educators
through classroom presentations and tabling opportunities.
● Assist students in applying for our scholarship through workshop facilitation,
one-on-one advising, and event coordination.
● Support with scholarship and college application crunch events with counselors and
partners in the high school Future Centers and tracking students through the college
enrollment process.
● Support College Access Coordinator with Financial Capability Work at OP schools through
in-person and virtual group presentations.
● Support OUSD by guiding students (in person or remotely) to submit FAFSA, CA Dream
Act, and/or CSS Profile by institutional priority deadlines.
● Attend school events and OP meetings as required.
● Create flyers and content for schools with important scholarship deadlines and FAQ’s.
● Support the College Access team with innovative virtual multimedia content for high school
students and families.
● Support in event planning for workshops, training, and scholarship program
retreats.
● Perform other related duties and projects as assigned.
● Maintain a strong working knowledge of colleges and universities, which includes staying
current on high education changes.
● Engage actively in professional development opportunities provided, including conferences,
workshops, team meetings, observations and debrief cycles, webinars, department meetings,
and team step-backs

Required Qualifications:

● Bachelor’s degree – experience in either college access/persistence, high school counseling, or
related skills.
● Minimum 1-year experience working with under-resourced youth and managing
programs/projects with a proven track record of successful relationships and program
impact.
● Knowledge of higher education financing, student financial aid, post-secondary education
entrance processes, and financial aid processes for DACA and undocumented youth.
● Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple competing
deadlines required.
● Excellent interpersonal and writing skills.
● Experience with public speaking.
● Deep commitment to and passion for the vision of the Oakland Promise: That every child in
Oakland will graduate from high school with the expectations, skills, and resources to complete
college and be successful in a career of their choice.
● Ability to pass a background check, and TB test.
● Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
● Familiarity with Salesforce Databases is desirable.
● Some evening and weekend hours will be required.

Preferred Qualifications:

● Experience or education in 6-12 schools.
● Some direct experience working with children, families, and the community.
● Knowledge of and connections to Oakland communities.
● Fluent in Spanish.
● Social Media Content Creation and digital design experience.

Compensation:
● A full-time non-exempt position with medical, dental and vision benefits,
● The Oakland Promise offers medical, dental, and vision benefits, vacation, and sick-time.

Application Process:

We are looking for candidates with availability to start immediately, and encourage you to apply if you are interested in and qualified for the position.

To apply: Send a single PDF (NOT a Microsoft Word document) of a resume and thoughtful cover letter to [email protected] with “College Access-Program Associate [Your Name]” in the subject line. Please use your last name and first initial (ex: Doe_J) as the filename of your PDF containing your resume and cover letter.

*Your application will not be considered without a cover letter and resume

Oakland Promise is an equal opportunity employer. Oakland Promise is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespectful or other unprofessional conduct based on sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), sex stereotype, race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, gender (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military, and veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. It also prohibits discrimination, harassment, disrespectful or unprofessional conduct based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

Application Process:

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