KIPP Through College and Career Persistence Pathways Coordinator/Advisor

  • Lynn, MA, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Regional Support and Leadership
  • Start Date: Next year opening

Company Description

The mission of all of KIPP Massachusetts schools is to create an environment where students develop the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits necessary to maximize their potential in high school, college, and the world beyond. Our program is based on:

  • A focus on high-quality instruction supported by rigorous professional development to ensure that our students develop the academic skills necessary to pursue the life they choose.

  • High regard for character development to ensure that our students and staff celebrate and develop their character and identity strengths.

  • An emphasis on family engagement, because we believe that our students are most likely to be able to maximize their potential when we work in partnership with our students and their families.

  • A focus on college readiness for all students so that all students can make choices about their post-secondary education and future.

What We Do

We seek to provide a world-class education for students from educationally underserved communities in Lynn and Boston. Our student demographics mirror those of neighborhood schools in terms of race, socioeconomic status, English Language Learners, and students who receive special education services.

Our promise to families is that their children will enter college and the professional world able to thrive academically due to their literacy, numeracy, and core knowledge in science and social studies. We also promise that our students will develop the zest for learning and grit necessary to persevere as they climb the mountain to and through college and career. Our graduates will be prepared to return to their community as teachers, leaders, and architects of continued growth in Lynn and Boston.

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Vision

At KIPP Massachusetts, we believe that Knowledge is Power. Every day, our team and family have the opportunity to either perpetuate systems of oppression or disrupt them. We are compelled by the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Therefore, we continuously commit to operating as an anti-racist organization.  Read more at Diversity Equity Inclusivity Vision.

Who We Are

KIPP Massachusetts began enrolling students in 2004. We currently hold two charters, operating two “districts.” Our first district, KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School, is based in Lynn, MA.  Our second district, KIPP Academy Boston Charter School, is based in Mattapan, MA. Each district is housed on one or more “campuses,” which we use to refer to different grade spans, for example, elementary grades, middle school grades, or high school grades.

In Lynn, KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary (serving grades K-4), KIPP Academy Lynn Middle (serving grades 5-8), and KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate (serving grades 9-12), are all under our Lynn charter.  Admission to any grade in the Lynn district is admission to all remaining grades in the Lynn district K-12. 66% of our students in Lynn are Hispanic, 23% are Black, and 11% are other races/ethnicities.

KIPP Academy Boston(serving grades K-8) operates under our Boston charter. Admission to any grade in the Boston district is admission to all remaining grades in the Boston district, K-8. 68% of our students in Boston are Black, 30% are Hispanic and 2% are other races/ethnicities.

Across both districts, in the school year, 2020-2021 KIPP Massachusetts will serve over 2,100 students.

KIPP National

KIPP Massachusetts is part of the nation-wide KIPP non-profit network of 255 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating more than 100,000 early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students.

KIPP Massachusetts is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all of our students, families, teachers, staff, and community members.

Job Description

KIPP Through College and Careers

The KIPP Through College and Careers (KTCC) department provides alumni and their families with the essential knowledge and preparation they will need to live out our departmental mission. Successfully climbing their mountains to varying post-secondary training opportunities that will position them to live sustainable lives of choice, we look forward to watching them thrive as educated, professional, and socially conscious citizens. Ultimately, we envision that these self-sustaining KIPPsters will transform communities and create systemic change thereby increasing equity of access, opportunities, and resources. Grounding our mission and vision are the following core values:

  • Holistic Development
  • Strength’s Based Perspective
  • Mentorship and Education
  • Advocacy & Social Justice
  • Community & Collaboration

Role 

Reporting to the KTCC Persistence Pathways Manager/Advisor, the Persistence Pathways Coordinator/Advisor is an essential member of the KTCC team who will work directly with students, alumni, families, and internal stakeholders. They are responsible for supporting the post-secondary persistence of KIPP alumni through both individual and group advising as well as programming that helps drive 2-year, 4-year, CTE, Military, and direct employment persistence factors for alumni. This position will promote KTCC’s mission of supporting students to and through all post-secondary pathways while developing students’ knowledge, skills, and character. All of their efforts will support the KIPP MA aspirational goal of reaching a 75% post-secondary program completion rate for all of our 8th-grade completers. They will use a holistic and critically conscious approach to aid alumni in identifying and developing their individual strengths, interests, and opportunities.

Responsibilities

The employee within this role is expected to meet the responsibilities as indicated below and other duties as assigned. 

To and Through Transitions  

  • Serve as an active member of the Senior Transitions Wrap-Around Team collaborating with KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate (KALC) stakeholders to onboard the senior class to Persistence Pathways services.
  • Implement effective programming to support transitions of high school senior class members. 
  • Invest in early relationship building with the senior class at KALC to promote early engagement with future alumni caseload including individual and group meetings as well as KTCC Orientation and end of year Senior class activities.
  • Support the development and execution of workshop content and facilitation for current students and alumni.
  • Collaborate with KALC stake holders to complete Pre-College benchmarks.
  • Invest in high touch engagement with rising freshman over the summer to aggressively prevent Summer Melt and reach bottoms up Summer Melt Goals. 

Persistence Advising

  • Work with KTCC team, primarily the Persistence Pathways Manager, to execute the local and national KTCC Persistence framework and methodology for post-secondary persistence support of Bachelors and Associates degree seeking students. 
  • Advise a subset of alumni to support key persistence factors including but not limited to: financial aid, socio-emotional support, navigating a college campus, as well as short and long-term academic & career goals. 
  • Travel to meet with alumni on their respective campuses for an estimated 20% of time each month.
  • Execute benchmark assessments with students to determine persistence threats and create support plans.
  • Support development and implementation of KTCC @ KIPP MA and KTC @ KIPP Foundation initiatives and/or programming to ensure progress on college persistence factors including but not limited to FAFSA and CSS renewal, FERPA Waiver Collection, Degree Audits, etc.
  • Connect students to necessary tools and resources to push post-secondary persistence.
  • Advise students through transfer process when applicable.
  • Advise families when necessary to aid in persistence of alumni.

Partnerships and Collaboration

  • Build and maintain relationships with student support staff at varied post-secondary programs and institutions to support the access and persistence of our students.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the KTCC team to execute programming and initiatives to support persistence pathways, career development, and social/emotional learning.
  • Collaborate with and provide supplemental support for the KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Post-secondary Match Team in the following areas as needed: student transition planning, college essay advising, scholarship applications, financial aid, family meetings, supplemental workshops, etc. 
  • Connect with KTCC National colleagues via virtual learning communities, retreats and webinars as opportunities present themselves. 
  • Support the development and execution of workshop content and facilitation for current students and alumni.

Data Management

  • Work with the KTCC Persistence Pathways Manager and KIPP MA Data team to liaise KIPP Foundation, KIPP MA, and KTCC department data needs.
  • Assist the Persistence Pathways Manager through supporting data analysis processes for To & Through Matters: Persistence meetings.
  • Regularly progress monitor student caseload to maintain clarity on which students are at greatest risk and leverage insights to intervene. 
  • Maintain data as needed for KTCC @ KIPP MA, the KIPP Foundation, the Development team and any other entities requiring KTCC relevant persistence data.
  • Enter data weekly and generate reports as needed from the KTCC alumni database housed through Salesforce
  • Share reports on matriculation/summer melt, college enrollments, persistence, and academic progress following KTCC data calendar expectations. 
  • Create, maintain, and monitor mass messaging platforms to scale nudges for student outreach and engagement. 
  • Synthesize data metrics from mass messaging platforms to account for insights gathered through the nudges. 

Qualifications

At KIPP MA, we believe that an excellent staff member does the following:

  • Believes that all of us can and will learn
  • Upholds high expectations for their students, self, and team 
  • Has a strong work ethic and commits to doing whatever it takes for students to excel
  • Thrives as part of a team-oriented, mission-driven culture that centered justice, equity, trauma-sensitive, and healing-centered practice.
  • Constantly assesses progress, communicates results clearly, and uses data to inform decisions and set ambitious goals
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset and a desire to continually improve through actively seeking feedback, coaching, and professional development
  • Demonstrates patience, resilience, optimism, and flexibility when facing familiar and unfamiliar challenges
  • Focuses efforts on achieving both short-term and long-term results
  • Prioritizes attention to detail/effective execution and follows through on commitments 
  • Takes a holistic, student development approach/lens to their work
  • Demonstrates an embodiment of KIPP MA’s values –including grit, community, zest/enthusiasm, and love of learning
  • Demonstrates unquestioned integrity and commitment to the KIPP Through College and Career mission, vision, and values (see above)

Desired Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree of Arts or Sciences (minimally)
  • 2-4 years of professional experience with at least 2 years working with youth from diverse populations, underserved urban communities, and/or first-generation college students in educational and/or non-profit youth development programs
  • Has outstanding project management skills, with an ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
  • A driven self-starter with a demonstrated track record of strong analytical skills as well as interpersonal, verbal,  and written communication skills with attention to detail, accountability, and reliability
  • A sense of humor and a humble/growth mindset
  • Is familiar with the landscape of higher education, college access and success for low income, first-generation and/or minority students
  • Ability to connect with people from diverse ethnic, socio-economic, and professional backgrounds
  • Flexibility to multi-task within a fast-moving, entrepreneurial environment while driving toward clarity and strength’s based solutions
  • A proven ability to collaborate and build relationships with stakeholders across functional and organizational lines
  • Adept at tracking and managing data in order to drive critical decisions that aide in effectively managing their time and caseload.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite. Note: Salesforce a plus.
  • Bilingual speakers highly encouraged to apply

Essential Duties:

  • Ability to travel by car or public transportation is required. 
  • For safety during the COVID pandemic, employment will remain remote and the employee will be asked to work from home until further notice. 
  • Experience providing counseling and/or some form of youth support services required. 
  • There may be commitments that require early mornings, late evenings, and some Saturdays (roughly 10% of the time)
  • This position will function primarily from the Lynn, MA campus (20 Wheeler St, Lynn, MA 01902) however over time there will be growing responsibility with our students/alumni from our Boston campus.

Additional Information

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Application process

Internal candidates: If you are currently a member of the KIPP MA team, please apply by emailing your resume to the Recruitment Team at [email protected]  Be sure to indicate to which position you wish to apply.

External candidates:

  1. Submit your resume and application through our online job board  at https://careers.smartrecruiters.com/KIPP/massachusetts
  2. The KIPP MA Recruitment Team will select candidates to move forward to the phone interview stage.
  3. Following the phone interview, the KIPP MA team will invite qualified candidates to interview with KIPP MA School or Regional Office Teams. 

KIPP Massachusetts, KIPP Academy Lynn, and KIPP Academy Boston are equal opportunity employers. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, special need, proficiency in the English language, or a foreign language. We are committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

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