Career Pathways Student Coordinator

  • 1234 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact. 

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What We Offer:

  Impact - The work you do here matters to millions. 

  Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it? 

  Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.

  Opportunities in Tech - Don’t wait for the future, shape it.

  Benefits - We care about your well being.

Agency Description

The Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) provides leadership on issues of economic justice by advancing racial equity and inclusive growth to ensure that all Philadelphians share in the city’s prosperous future and by alleviating the immediate impact of poverty on individuals, families and communities.  CEO is Philadelphia’s Community Action Agency (CAA); CAAs are private or public agencies created by the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act and federally designated to receive Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding.

CEO’s Guiding Principles

  • We believe city government has the responsibility to provide opportunities to and promote the well-being of all citizens while representing their best interests.
  • We believe the people of Philadelphia deserve the opportunity to live happy, healthy, and full lives.
  • We believe people can offer meaningful insights into both their personal experiences and how the systems around them function.
  • We believe poverty is a systemic issue and city government can lead in dismantling the barriers that often prevent opportunities.

CEO’s Values

  • Dignity: How we treat the community we serve is reflective of how we treat each other.
  • Inclusivity: We all benefit when the talents and contributions of all members are available to our communities.
  • Persistence: When we get discouraged, we find ways to lift each other up and push forward.
  • Accountability: We are transparent and honest about our plans, our actions, and our results.
  • Honesty: We create a safe space without judgment to have healthy and honest dialogue about systems, people and misconceptions.

Job Description

This position is responsible for organizing the implementation of a job readiness/career exploration program and college going program for students. The Student Coordinator will provide day-to-day leadership to students as they apply, enroll and spend time at local job sites as interns and students that commit to college enrollment. Duties include direct management of 30+ students, administrative support, program planning, program support, data management and maintaining evaluation records. This position is also responsible for the recruitment, retention and skill building of student participants.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate job readiness and career exploration program and activities in collaboration with the Career Pathways Manager
  • Recruit students to apply and enroll in the program
  • Provide supervision, leadership, motivation, team building, conflict resolution and support to student participants
  • Establish positive relationships and effective communication with students and ensure high rates of satisfaction with their placement and skill building
  • Establish relationships with external partners as needed to resource students during and before/after program implementation schools
  • Gather and maintain evaluation records pertaining to program performance, particularly regarding impact on high school students
  • Ensure the submission of all required information from the site to appropriate program staff
  • Create and lead the professional development component of the program for students
  • Plan and host job readiness and post-secondary planning events at school sites and any other identified location in partnership with Promise Corps 
  • Often directly responsible for students and at times Promise Corps AmeriCorps members
  • Tasks to support Promise Corps annual programming may also be required


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Equivalencies with work experience in employee and youth engagement work will be considered
  • At least one (1) year of experience in an education setting or experience working directly with youth in urban communities
  • Must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work and clearance of FBI, child abuse and PA state criminal background checks
  • A valid PA driver’s license is required
  • Must be comfortable and confident commuting in and around Philadelphia via public transit and in a vehicle

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Successful characteristics include:

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability and commitment to work beyond traditional working hours and schedule is required
  • Managing and/or supervising people, preferably youth
  • Knowledge of career exploration and job readiness program goals and effectiveness locally and nationally
  • Understanding and experience with college readiness
  • Experience working with service-learning, AmeriCorps programming, or national service is preferred
  • Familiarity with and proven successful use of social media platforms.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills are also essential

Additional Information

Please submit a resume and reference list with your application

Did you know?

  • We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
  • Employees are eligible for a 25% tuition discount program (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
  • We offer comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
  • Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Generous retirement savings options are available 

Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

CEO is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from all candidates.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to [email protected] For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: