Employment at Futures

Philadelphia Futures' mission is to provide low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. Our direct service programs, Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) and College Connection, provide academic enrichment, college guidance, and a range of other services for promising high school students attending Philadelphia’s public, charter, and parochial high schools.

In 2011 White-Williams Scholars - with a 200 year history of serving students living in poverty - and Philadelphia Futures - with a 23 year track record of helping Philadelphia students enter and succeed in college - merged. Following the merger, the organization undertook a strategic planning process. The Plan that emerged reaffirmed the strength of our work and identified areas for smart growth.

Director of College Access

We are currently seeking a Director of College Access to join our team. This role is a unique opportunity for an experienced leader and educator to develop, expand, and lead all College Access programming for Philadelphia Futures. Our classroom-to-college-to-career programs help low-income, first-generation-to-college students gain admission to and graduate, career-ready, from college.
Key Responsibilities: 
  • Lead the College Access staff in the delivery of Philadelphia Futures' direct service programs, College Connection, and Sponsor-A-Scholar, as well as the College Admissions and Academic offices. 
    • Oversee the development and implementation of strategies to meet overall programming needs for college guidance and academic support and enrichment. 
    • Evaluate program success, including the development and analysis of key metrics and data, and identify opportunities for continuous improvement in the programs' effectiveness. 
    • Support staff in the cultivation and maintenance of relationships with students, families, mentors, volunteers, and high school and college admissions personnel to ensure that students remain on track to college. 
  • Collaborate with the Director of Outreach and Engagement on the PF Admissions process. 
  • Coordinate with Director of College Success to ensure the continuity of support throughout the student lifecycle. 
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with school personnel, community partners, and academic institutions to develop and grow partnership relationships, and to help remove barriers to success. 
  • Identify and analyze trends in college access, admissions, and college readiness for use in College Access, Admissions, and Academics planning. 
  • Provide content for Philadelphia Futures publications, website, grant proposals, sponsor reports, and others. 
  • Serve as a member of the Management Team for Philadelphia Futures. 

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College Access Coordinator

We are currently seeking a College Access Coordinator to join our SAS team.  This role is a unique opportunity for a proactive, detailed-oriented individual to serve in a critical role in supporting low-income, first-generation-to-college students through high school and into college, with the goal that they graduate college career-ready and with manageable debt.

Significant responsibilities of this position include:

  • Providing comprehensive support for students as they navigate the entirety of the college admission, financial aid, and matriculation processes
  • Actively and regularly developing a research-based knowledge base of best practices with regard to college guidance for low income, first-gen students
  • Maintaining weekly contact with students to assure and support student participation in required coursework and optional extracurricular activities; monitoring and providing resources for improved academic performance in students’ high schools; and providing individualized support/interventions as needed
  • Meeting periodically with students, parents/guardians, mentors, and high school staff (as applicable) to support progress, and develop and implement individualized plans for college admission
  • Maintaining records of student progress, activities, and other vital information
  • Supporting adolescents in their social-emotional development
  • Assisting with planning and implementation of program activities, including facilitating outreach presentations about college guidance, access, and success 

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