Philadelphia Futures is a nonprofit organization that provides Philadelphia’s low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college and career success. We transform lives by breaking down the barriers that have historically excluded low-income, first-generation-to-college students from achieving college and career success. The students Philadelphia Futures serves are provided with a comprehensive, time-tested array of programs designed to reduce the institutional, academic, social and financial barriers to college success.

We are currently seeking to hire the new Director for the PACE Scholars program at Philadelphia Futures, a college access and success program for high achieving low-income, first-generation-to-college students.  This position will be partially school-based (Northeast High School) with the remaining time served at Philadelphia Futures’ offices in Center City.

The ideal candidate will be a proven leader who is committed to Philadelphia Futures mission and the community Philadelphia Futures serves, as well as the specific lens of the PACE Scholars program towards highly selective colleges.  The candidate should have experience working with high school students, engaging families, and building college partnerships.

To join our team, the candidate will have highly effective communication and listening skills and be able to set clear and realistic expectations for students.  The successful candidate will be inspired by the young people who are dedicated to transform their lives and their communities by attending and graduating from a highly selective college.  Knowledge of the highly selective/competitive college application process, financial aid application process and the ability to advocate on behalf of students is required.

Key Responsibilities Include: 

  • Develop and implement comprehensive, individualized college access and admissions coaching to high-achieving, low-income, first-generation to college students in grades 11 and 12, with a specific focus on highly selective colleges. Monitor student progress and design intervention strategies as needed, and communicate with families, high school staff and volunteers to ensure students reach graduation.
  • Specific college counseling duties include writing letters of recommendation for each student, coaching around college testing (SAT, ACT, test-optional), and assisting students with financial aid forms (CSS profile, FAFSA).
  • Manage caseload of students maintaining weekly individual contact to assure program responsibilities are met, documenting individual student compliance with program responsibilities, developing remediation plans and communicating with students, families and volunteers as needed.
  • Coordinate with Associate Director of College Admissions to ensure students meet key deliverables along the annual college admissions process calendar.
  • Teach courses within a comprehensive college guidance curriculum as needed.
  • Collect program data, maintain student records and prepare reports on students’ performance and program effectiveness in order to shape programming to best serve our students and achieve our mission.
  • Lead and coordinate one-day and overnight college trips (including at least one week-long overnight trip per year to highly selective colleges).
  • Provide input to the marketing strategy and program materials used in student recruitment.
  • Conduct information sessions with identified high school partners, staff, parents and students and conduct personal interviews with students and family members.
  • Participate in Admissions Committee activities to develop acceptance criteria for and evaluate student applications.
  • Coordinate with PF Staff to include PACE Scholars in PF College Admissions Marathon and Annual Conference.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Master’s degree in a related field such as higher education, counseling, or social work is required.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in program leadership, cultivating professional relationships and in developing educational programs, teaching and/or training.
  • Knowledge and experience in college admissions or college guidance/counseling.
  • Familiarity with national trends in the college access field.
  • Experience with delivery of services to first generation to college students.

 Specialized Skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communications.
  • Proven ability to collaborate with different stakeholders.
  • Strong background in program evaluation and measurement.
  • Program management and project management skills.
  • Knowledgeable and proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
  • Local travel is required as position is partially school-based. Driver’s license preferred.

 Core Competencies:

  • Commitment to Philadelphia Futures’ Core Values (High Expectations, Focus, Respect, Adaptability, Accountability & Collaboration).
  • Passion for working with first-generation-to-college, low-income students.

This is a full-time, exempt position and offers a competitive compensation/benefits package based on experience.  This position reports to the Director of College Access. Occasional evening and weekend hours required.

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