College Access Program Coordinator

College Access Program Coordinator

Reports to: Director of College Access

The 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 Team is one of four programs within Oakland Promise working to ensure that every child graduates from high school with the expectations, skills, and resources to complete college and/or to 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 Program Managers, Coordinators, and school site college and career readiness staff at Oakland schools to ensure that OP College Access programming addresses the needs of all students, in particular, 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

  • Promote Oakland Promise scholarships and CSAs to students, parents, and educators through classroom presentations and tabling opportunities.
  • Develop marketing and outreach strategies to ensure all eligible Oakland students apply to the Oakland Promise scholarship through workshop facilitation, one-on-one advising and event coordination.
  • Coordinate scholarship and college application crunch events with high school counselors and partners.
  • Support partner schools and students with submission of FAFSA, CA Dream Act and/or CSS Profile by institutional priority deadlines.
  • Tracking students through the college enrollment process as it relates to scholarship acceptance.
  • Manage scholarship outreach and communication with students and scholarship applicants.
  • Screen and assess scholarship applications for quality and accuracy.
  • Implement site based and/or virtual college access workshops at partner high schools. Topics include, but are not limited to, financial literacy, college, career and major exploration, career preparation, summer success, and connections to additional post-secondary resources.
  • Assists students in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid.
  • Establish productive working relationships with counselors, teachers and targeted initiative programs in assigned high schools.
  • Support in event planning for workshops, trainings, and scholarship program retreats.
  • Coordinate and implement programming with college access collaborative partners.
  • Engage actively in professional development opportunities including conferences, workshops, team meetings, observations and debrief cycles, webinars, and department meetings.
  • Attend school events and OP meetings as required.
  • 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.
  • Experience working with high priority students (low income, first generation, undocumented, foster, unhoused, marginalized, and other systematically oppressed youth), families, and communities in 6-12 schools.
  • 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 changes in education and financial aid policy.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to details, and ability to manage multiple competing deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and writing skills.
  • Experience with public speaking.
  • Deep commitment to and passion for the vision of the Oakland Promise: A thriving Oakland community without barriers to educational opportunity.
  • Proficient in Google Suite of applications.
  • Ability to pass a background check, and TB test.
  • Some evening and weekend hours will be required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in either college access/persistence, high school counseling, or related skills.
  • Experience with Salesforce, Survey Monkey, and Outcome Tracker.
  • 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 with medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Salary $67,000-$69,000
  • Oakland Promise offers medical, dental, and vision benefits, vacation, and sick time

Non-Discrimination Policy:

The Oakland Promise does not discriminate in any program, activity, or in employment on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, gender, sex, or sexual orientation.

Application Process:

We are looking for candidates with availability to start in July 2023 and encourage you to apply if you are interested in and qualified for the position. Submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter to be considered for this position.


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

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.

Oakland Promise is a place-based organization located in Oakland, California. Oakland Promise requires that employees work in person at various engagements. Currently, Oakland Promise staff are working in a hybrid model, with some work being done remotely and some work being done in the office or at specific locations in or around Oakland. It is a requirement that all staff reside within commuting distance to the main office, located at 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza , Oakland, CA 94612. Please note that at any time, a full in-person work plan may be required, and it is of utmost importance that all staff are able to meet this requirement.

Oakland Promise is proud to be 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]