Sector:
Education
Function:
Program Management
Location:
NY - New York metropolitan area
About the Organization

SEO's mission is creating a more equitable society by closing the academic and career opportunity gap for motivated young people from underserved and/or underrepresented communities. For over 50 years, SEO has been an innovator in education, mentorship, and creating educational programs and opportunities that maximize the full potential of its students. Above all, the SEO team is on a mission to create an ecosystem of excellence for the young people they serve.

SEO's founding program, SEO Scholars, is a free, eight-year academic and youth development program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college. During high school, SEO Scholars provides over 700 hours of rigorous instruction in English and math after school, on Saturdays, and over the summer. SEO continues to work with its Scholars through college with comprehensive academic, personal, and career support. The program's results are unparalleled in the education nonprofit sector: 100% of SEO Scholars are accepted to four-year colleges, with 90% graduation rates, compared to 21% of similar students nationally.

In the 2017-18 academic year, the Class of 2018 received 2,122 college acceptances; 100% of students were admitted to four-year colleges - 62% of students were admitted to colleges in the top tier (as determined by Barron's), 76% were admitted to colleges in the top 2 tiers, and 91% were admitted to colleges in the top 3 tiers. The class was offered $6,497,901 in institutional and private scholarships. Learn more about SEO Scholars at https://scholars.seo-usa.org/

About the Position

The Program Manager, College Advising manages all elements of the college admissions process for a cohort of 70-80 12th grade students to ensure 100% admission into a four-year college. This includes college list development, application essay review, standardized test preparation, and financial aid support, as well as preparation for the college transition. In coordination with 11th grade, 12th grade, and College Scholars staff, the Program Manager will lead and implement SEO Scholars programming on Saturdays, after school, and during the summer.

The Program Manager works collaboratively with the College Admissions team (two other Program Managers, the Manager of College Access, and the Assistant Director, College Admissions). This individual will be an integral member of the team developing and providing consistent advising strategy while collectively leading a cohort of 250 Scholars through SEO programming during their 12th grade. The Program Manager also closely collaborates with part-time advisors, instructors, and writing coaches and will report to the Assistant Director, College Admissions.

Key Responsibilities:

Program Management:

  • Create and foster an environment for all 12th grade Scholars in assigned cohort that encourages intellectual curiosity, an inclusive, close-knit and supportive community, and a college-going culture.
  • Set and maintain high expectations for Scholars, encouraging positive student outcomes and ensuring all adhere to program policies and behavioral standards.
  • Coach students through the application, admissions, and financial aid processes.
  • Provide data-driven advising to all Scholars in the cohort, including conducting meetings for students and parents, and working with Scholars in small groups and one-on-one.
  • Design and deliver college advisory, admissions, and transition seminars to 11th and 12th grade students to prepare them for the college process.
  • Provide substitution in college admissions seminars during Saturday and summer seminars, as needed.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Partner closely with fellow Program Managers to ensure consistency and rigor across all cohort experiences.
  • Advise and partner with families of cohort participants, communicating clearly and openly about the college admissions process for each student.
  • Nurture relationships and coordinate efforts with high school partners and college admissions counselors.
  • Create a fun, rigorous, and supportive environment for students, tailoring coaching and feedback as needed.

Data Tracking and Analysis

  • Set goals for and maintain notes from all student meetings to support student success and accountability.
  • Track and maintain data from all student meetings to ensure 100% application completion.
  • Analyze and report cohort outcomes and impact in support of capturing SEO's success through meaningful data.
Candidate Requirements:

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • At least two years of experience teaching, coaching, or advising high school students, with a focus on college-bound pathways
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and educational equity and passion for closing the opportunity gap for underserved and underrepresented students
  • Highly organized with exceptional attention to detail
  • Highly effective communicator, both written and oral
  • Experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Ability to manage complex projects with multiple deadlines
  • Highly adaptable and solutions-oriented with an ability to solve complex problems
  • Bilingual Spanish/English is highly desirable
  • Intermediate to advanced Excel skills and experience working with databases
  • Bachelor's degree required

HOURS: Tuesday through Saturday schedule (2-3 Saturdays/month during the school year with some flexibility) and some nights as dictated by programming needs

Compensation and benefits:

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.