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.

College Access Coordinator

We are currently seeking a College Access Coordinator to join our College Access 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;
  • 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;         
  • Actively and regularly developing a research-based knowledge base of best practices with regard to college guidance for low income, first-gen students;
  • Supporting adolescents in their social-emotional development; and
  • Assisting with planning and implementation of program activities. 

The successful candidate for this position will possess the following experience, education, skills, and attributes:

  • Experience in and a passion for working with underrepresented high school college students and understand the unique college guidance, admissions, and financial aid needs of low-income, first-generation-to-college students.
  • Substantial experience in one or more of the following areas: college guidance and/or admissions, educational programs development, and teaching and/or training.
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, outcomes-oriented, collaborative decision-making environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree or comparable professional experience is preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communications.
  • Knowledge of languages other than English (spoken and/or written) is not required but is highly valued.
  • Knowledgeable and proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word and PowerPoint); experience in ETO, and Google Classroom is highly desirable. 

This is a full-time, exempt position and offers a competitive compensation/benefits package based on experience. College Access Coordinators report to the Director of Sponsor-A-Scholar or the Director of College Connection. This is a full-time, exempt position with occasional evening and weekend hours required. 

To Apply: Please email your résumé and cover letter with salary requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , indicating the “College Access Coordinator” in the subject line.

Philadelphia Futures is deeply committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. Philadelphia Futures is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.