Inner City Struggle,

Academic Advisor

2 months ago
Employment type
Los Angeles

ABOUT US: InnerCity Struggle (ICS) is a social justice, community-building and membership driven organization based in the Eastside of Los Angeles. ICS works with youth and families to promote safe, healthy and non-violent communities. We organize youth and families in Boyle Heights, unincorporated East Los Angeles, City Terrace, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights to work together to advance social and educational justice. Through the high school established campus-based clubs called United Students (US), we organize and engage high school youth and provide leadership development, cultural and political education, and academic services to empower young people to develop into agents of social change. The purpose of United Students is to build student power to organize toward educational justice and create campaigns to challenge the existing social and economic inequities in the current educational system.

InnerCity Struggle is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ people, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

JOB DESCRIPTION: InnerCity Struggle is seeking an Academic Advisor to support the work of our campus-based program, Sembrando Scholars (SSP) and United Students (US). The Academic Advisor will work with core youth members, specifically, with young men of color and their families to ensure that students are on track to graduate from high school and are eligible for college. In addition, the Advisor will also be responsible for developing relationships with college representatives, school faculty and school administration. US is based in the following Eastside high schools: Esteban Torres, Garfield, Lincoln, Mendez, Roosevelt, and Wilson. SSP is based at Mendez and Roosevelt.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the Academic Services component to achieve the following:
  • Ensure that 100% of youth members graduate from high school
  • Ensure 95% of youth members go onto college
  • Support a base of about 60 student leaders
  • Build a college-going culture among core youth members
  • Recruit and retain 20 high school students for Sembrando Scholars
  • Provide academic support and advising for core youth members, specifically young men of color
  • Develop relationships and maintain communication with students’ parents, school faculty, and administrators
  • Create a college-going culture among youth members and families through college preparatory programs, one-on-one academic advisement, group advisement, and disseminating academic resources
  • Maintain accurate tracking tools and systems for case management and grant reporting
  • Work with other US staff to effectively retain and support core youth members holistically, specifically young men of color
  • Connect youth members with resources as needed to help improve their overall wellness
  • Other duties and tasks as identified by the Academic Services Coordinator

ICS is seeking a person who meets the preferred qualifications:

  • Strong Social Justice analysis
  • Minimum 2 years experience providing youth development and academic support for diverse youth populations across identities and learning abilities
  • College Graduate who holds, at minimum, a Bachelor of Arts Degree – or related experience
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment
  • Ability to work weekends as needed or required by campaign activities
  • Track record of accomplishing goals and objectives individually and in a team atmosphere
  • Effective and concise writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with school and district leaders, and community allies
  • Ability to work in a team setting and provide/receive constructive feedback
  • CA driver’s license and access to a reliable automobile (with at minimum, liability insurance)
  • Knowledgeable of G Suite (sheets, slides, docs)

COVID Precautions

InnerCity Struggle has a COVID-19 vaccine & booster mandate for all employees and all employees are required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing, regardless of their vaccination status. If you are not yet vaccinated, new hires must have their 1st dose by their starting date and 2nd dose by the end of their introductory period.

To apply

Submit cover letter and resume to Academic Coordinator, Kristian Cardenas, at

Please include “Academic Advisor Position - First & Last Name” in the subject line of your email. The cover letter must address why you are interested in the position and what strengths you would bring to the organization.

No phone calls or site visits, please. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 16th and interviews will start the week of March 21st. This position will remain open until filled.