A Place Called Home,

College Readiness Assistant Manager

1 month ago
Employment type
Full Time
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth and community center in South Central Los Angeles. APCH provides educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance and art classes, fitness, and health and wellness opportunities. As youth participate in our programs, they discover interests and talents and develop a better sense of themselves and their place in the world around them. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that youth will stay in school, pursue higher education, attain viable jobs, and become active community members capable of making positive change in the world in which they live.

About this job

Under the direction of the Higher Education Manager, the College Readiness Assistant Manager implements program and agency goals, REACH objectives, agency best practices, and program efficiencies. This role coordinates post-secondary plans for all members, with a special focus on high school seniors. They manage a caseload of high school seniors, high school juniors, and provide support to members attending RISE Da Vinci High School. This role serves as a liaison for all departments that work with HS seniors, most notably Ed Services, Higher Education, and PREP, to ensure member plans are confirmed, and that members are connected to the relevant departments/resources needed to complete their plans. This staff also coordinates the APCH Shaheen Scholarship Program application process, oversees college preparation and exposure classes, and plans college tour field trips.

Roles & responsibilities

Case Manage College Bound Members

Oversee a caseload of high school seniors and juniors and 1st and 2nd year students attending 4 year colleges/universities to support their academic and personal development as they prepare to attend college, Manage members files that document post-secondary plans and goals

Assist students with completion of their Financial Aid applications (e.g. FAFSA, Dream Act, and GPA verification form)

Assist students with applying to Community College, CSU, UC, and Private Colleges

Collaborate with other programs, notably Ed Services, to ensure every graduating member of APCH has a post-secondary track identified

Refer members to the appropriate program/department (e.g. Counseling, Ed Services, IMPACT, PREP, etc.) to ensure they receive the needed resources and support

Responsible for collecting relevant data and reporting to AD TYAS for monthly/quarterly/annual reports when needed

Serve as the primary lead for key milestones and events such as Interview Day, New Year Kick Off, Announcement Day, etc.

Collaborate with Education Partner

Develop rapport with members attending Education Partner in order to create post-secondary plans and goals

Coordinate college access workshops and college application support during the day for these members

Collaborate with IMPACT team to support members that have a desire to attend college

College Access Education

Plan and implement the college preparation program, including teaching classes/workshops, recruiting and collaborating with independent contractors and strategic partner, and planning special events

Research, develop and implement curriculum for college access and achievement for teen members, and families

Responsible for maintaining accurate records of class attendance and member participation

Implement College Exploration Opportunities

Develop partnerships with colleges and universities to bring in guest speakers

Create opportunities for younger members (Littles and Middles) to explore collegiate possibilities

Manage APCH Shaheen Application Cycles

Collaborate with Higher Education Manager on any disbursement related need

Maintain accurate rosters for Scholarship applicants and audit all applications for completion and eligibility

Collaborate with Professional Readiness & Employment Program to provide interview preparation and resume support for Interview Day

Review all application scores and document submissions to identify members that are conditionally accepted into the APCH Shaheen Scholarship Program. Responsible for drafting and sending acceptance notices to members. For those not accepted, responsible for meeting with members to explain the reason for the decision.

Works closely with the College Success Assistant Manager to ensure a smooth transition into the APCH Shaheen Scholarship Program or other post-secondary program.


Assist with all administrative duties that are assigned and execute in a timely manner

Assist with the supervision of members during program hours, special events and field trips

Serve as a mentor and role model for members

Attend all required program meetings

Assist with all agency events as required

Adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards and values at all times

Perform other tasks as assigned


The ideal candidate for the College Readiness Assistant Manager position will be an individual who carries high personal and professional standards, is high energy by nature, and enjoys partnering with others to achieve successful outcomes. To be successful in this role the College Readiness Assistant Manager will focus on achieving excellence of service and performance in the five core competencies identified by the agency: integrity & trust, adaptability, accountability, learning and development and compassion. The candidate will embrace the APCH culture of a learning organization and strive to constantly improve upon systems and services for the benefit of our employees and our constituents; and will be demonstrably committed to their own ongoing personal and professional development. Our culture encourages individuals to speak up, we respect diversity of thought, and we look to our staff to be candid with concerns and constructive suggestions. Together, we can continue to take APCH to even higher levels of excellence and service to the community.

Technical and Performance Skills

Excellent Oral and Written



Customer Service

Time Management

Ability to multi-task



Dedicated to excellence



Innovative and Creative

Microsoft Office Skills


Bachelors Degree

Two years experience working with teen and young adult population

Two years working in an office environment

Classroom/workshop facilitation experience, both virtual and in-person.

Proficient in Microsoft Excel

Proficient in basic information design skills (flyers, presentations, web editing)

Physical and Mental Demands

Able to work in a dynamic and high noise level environment typical of a youth center

Walking, standing required on daily basis

Sitting and use of hands/vision for computer work for extended periods of time

Lift up to 25 pounds occasionally

Additional Information

Must work well with diverse populations of employees and clients

Must be available to work weekends and/or evening hours

Must be a solution-oriented team player who both promotes and practices a growth mindset

Must provide exemplary customer service and welcoming hospitality to members and families

APCH COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

All new hires must provide proof of their first dose of the vaccine on the first day of employment, if not fully vaccinated, and will have 30 days from their date of hire to complete their COVID-19 vaccination and submit proof of completion to the organizations HR department. All fully vaccinated staff must also provide proof of their booster vaccine once eligible.

A Place Called Home provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including but not limited to pregnancy), gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation, military and veteran status, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, citizenship national origin, age, physical and/or mental disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, A Place Called Home complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

To apply

Create an account on our website. Submit resume, cover letter, and sign the application so that it may be considered completed.

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