College Access and Success Associate

28 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

The mission of the C5 Youth Foundation of Southern California, is to change the odds for high-potential teens from under-resourced communities by inspiring them to pursue personal success, while preparing them for leadership roles in school, college, work and their communities.

About this job

College Access and Success Associate serves as a member of the CAPS (College Access, Persistence, and Success) team supporting the organization’s overall vision. The associate will work with various external partners, directly with students as a case manager, and with the entire program team to plan and execute various events throughout the year. As part of the CAPS team, the ideal candidate will have experience in college access, persistence, and success programming. The successful candidate will be able to think strategically and logically, be able to thrive in a fast paced environment, and handle competing priorities and deadlines. Additionally, the right candidate will be extremely organized and can develop and maintain systems and structures that will ensure effective daily operations of the organization.

Roles & responsibilities

Plan and facilitate year round programming, including weekend events and after-school workshops

Train and lead workshops for college attainment advocates at partner schools

Manage and support external partners that facilitate college access programming

Support students through the undergraduate/graduate school application process

Expose, engage and support students through the financial aid process including FAFSA, CA Dream Act and CSS Profile

Manage all aspects of student engagement including maintaining communication, tracking attendance, and verifying the completion of paperwork

Maintain database to track student participation, contact information, demographics, and outcome measures

Build and maintain relationships with youth that offer high support and mutual accountability

Provide coaching and advising sessions to each participant, ensuring they have an actionable plan in place for enrolling into higher education

Work in partnership with the program team to support the overall vision and mission of the program

Collaborate with C5 leadership and staff, and maintain relationships with partner organizations

Transition students to postsecondary success programs to support continued persistence in college and career, as needed

Represent C5LA at events, workshops, seminars and conferences

Support staff in assigned project based work

Other duties as needed


Our ideal candidate is someone who is an excellent facilitator, can build strong relationships with students, excels at data keeping, and has exceptional organizational skills. This position requires flexibility, the ability to manage competing priorities, and the ability to work with multiple stakeholders in various settings. Experience in college, access, persistence and success is a key requirement.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

Previous experience in the work of college access, preferably with first-generation students of color

Exposure to the graduate school application process is a plus

Experience developing trusting relationships with students from diverse backgrounds

Requires working some evenings and weekends, as well as occasional Tuesday – Saturday weekly schedule

Experience in group facilitation and experiential learning

Experience planning, promoting, and executing events and facilitating group experiences

Passion for the mission and purpose of C5LA and an ability to communicate this passion to others with the ability to represent the organization externally across a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies

Experience in managing several projects simultaneously with flexibility to move back and forth between projects when necessary

Excellent time management skills, with an ability to prioritize, work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines

High level of proficiency with the use of software including the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Zoom, and Salesforce

Superior communication both verbally and written and able to listen and write clearly and analytically

Self-starter, flexible, able to adapt and adjust quickly to changing situations and needs

Understanding of racial inequity, including how it plays out within organizations; an ability to spot the potential for racial disparities and propose solutions that advance racial equity; a commitment to continually developing in this area

​​Willingness to be ‘on duty’ when needed with assigned students up to 24 hours per day

Ability to travel to communities around Los Angeles – a valid driver’s license is required

To apply

Interested applicants should email info@c5la.org with a resume and cover letter.

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