College Access Program Coordinator

College Access Program Coordinator

Reports to: Director of College Access

*In-Person Position*

About Oakland Promise

The College Access team provides group advising, coordinates and aligns resources, and plans structured activities to promote college and career access 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 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:

Under the supervision of the Director of College Access, the Coordinator is responsible for working with students, parents, and other relevant persons to support the work of the Oakland Promise College Access team. The Coordinator will collaborate with the College Access Manager, College Access Coordinator, and College and Career Readiness Specialist (CCRS) at Oakland schools serving grades 6-12th grade 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 have equitable access to programs and services needed to graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education and careers.

Job Responsibilities:

  • College & Career Readiness Content and Program Support
  • Design and facilitate monthly workshops and other activities to increase student knowledge about college systems, financial aid literacy, career exploration, and scholarships.
  • Support Oakland Promise & OUSD Future Center CCRS Partnership.
  • Assist CCRS and Future Center & Oakland high schools college Access resource hubs with group college advising support and resources for OP scholars to maintain good academic standing and stay on track to college graduation.
  • Support with the planning of quarterly partnership meetings across grade levels to identify key learning gaps and strategize efforts to close those gaps.
  • Utilize strategies and resources to assist students experiencing common challenges (including Academics, Financial Aid, Housing, and Social/Emotional issues).
  • Assist CCRS team with college advising, curriculum planning and the college match process.
  • Assist and employ intervention strategies for Scholars to aid in the maintenance or improvement of satisfactory academic standing
  • Connect Scholars to peer resources within the program to build relationships and increase opportunities for differentiated support.
  • Assists students in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid.
  • Establish productive working relationships with counselors, and teachers in the assigned high school.
  • Support College Access Manager with Career Technical Education (CTE) outreach.
  • Implement the development of the Parent Engagement Guide to support parents with understanding topics necessary for their child to be successful in high school.
  • Support student completion and submission of admissions and financial-aid applications.
  • Engage families throughout the college admission process.
  • Develop innovative virtual multimedia content for high school students and families.
  • Other related duties and projects as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of professional experience in either college access/persistence, college 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, and postsecondary education entrance processes and financial aid processes for DACA and undocumented youth.
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge of colleges and universities, which includes staying current on high education changes.
  • Social Media content creation and digital design experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to details, 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 desirable.
  • Some evening and weekend hours will be required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with high priority students, families, and communities in 6-12 schools.
  • Experience in either college access/persistence, high school counseling, or related skills.
  • Experience with Salesforce, Survey Monkey, and Outcome Tracker is desirable.
  • Knowledge of, and connections to, Oakland’s educational climate and communities.
  • Fluent in a second language other than English.


  • A full-time non-exempt position
  • 401k, medical, dental, and vision benefits, vacation, and sick time.

Pre-employment Process:

Employment eligibility will include background check, fingerprints, tuberculosis and/or other employment clearance.

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 Coordinator [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 must include a cover letter and resume*

Failure to follow these instructions may delay the review of your application. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and candidates with the best fit will be contacted for interviews. Unfortunately, the volume of applications will prevent us from responding to all applications received.

Non-Discrimination Policy:

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:

Make a huge difference in the Oakland community! Join our team! Send applications to [email protected]