Youth Policy Institute

  • College & Career Manager

    Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
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    # of Openings
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    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The College and Career Manager will work as a part of an Academic Support team that manages and supports the day to day implementation of various high-quality programs including College and Career services, Promise Scholars, Educational Opportunity Centers and AmeriCorps College and Career Programs. This individual will be flexible and personable, able to balance multiple projects at once, and handle all issues and concerns with programming and staffing in a professional manner. The College and Career Manager will work together with College and Career Advisors, K-8 Coordinator, College Connectors, Alumni Coordinator and other staff to ensure that programming and services are moving towards outcomes.  This individual will be comfortable having difficult conversations, working in a close-knit team, and willing to take on additional projects as necessary to support the overall impact of College and Career programming on the community.

    The College & Career Manager will work as a part of the Support Team to address the critical community need of low post-secondary readiness of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in Hollywood, and Pacoima. The College & Career Manager will also support the day-to-day implementation of various high-quality programs including college and career workshops, presentations and individualized advising as well as assist in curriculum building and training.


    • Plan, coordinate, establish and manage program and staff at service sites.
    • Supervise and coach College and Career Advisors, K-8 Coordinator, Alumni Coordinator and College Connectors who provide college and career counseling directly to students and their families.
    • Work closely with College and Career AmeriCorps Manager and Coordinator to support AmeriCorps College and Career Ambassador program at school sites.
    • Monitor all aspects of program, including student and parent participation and training of College & Career staff.
    • Establish strong working relationships with college counselors, school administrations, students and parents.
    • Conduct A-G workshops and other college awareness workshops that will help promote a college preparatory pathway, ensure high school graduation and access to colleges/universities for students, parents and community members.
    • Complete all required paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
    • Develop pre-college counseling/activities in the form of individual counseling sessions, classroom presentations, and small group presentations.
    • Support with increasing and developing a college-going culture at service sites.
    • Work in conjunction with existing college and career awareness programs and any existing college preparatory program (Gear UP, AVID, Project GRAD, EAOP, etc.).
    • Organize and coordinate large scale events including college fieldtrips, career fairs, and summer residential programs.
    • Conduct quarterly program evaluations and progress reports towards program goals, provide monthly reports to Assistant Director for annual progress report and end of the year report.
    • Maintain open and effective communication with all stakeholders.
    • Represent YPI’s mission in the community.
    • Provide college awareness trainings and support to entire agency.
    • Coordinate partnerships and assist with Cash for College events and other college awareness activities and services.
    • Support with leveraging select partners to expand their reach within the pathway’s work, including but not limited to, participating in a monthly speaker series about topics relevant to health and medicine.
    • Provide students with school-based opportunities to build their knowledge and skills related to health and medicine.
    • Assess student interest in various career options within the fields of health and medicine and us this information to develop a career exploration curriculum.
    • Facilitate career exploration sessions with pathway students through daily advisory classes.
    • Support the Assistant Director of College and Career in creating and following efficient systems to overall program implementation.
    • Support the College and Career AmeriCorps Manager and Coordinator with program planning at sites as well as train AmeriCorps members on college and career related information and curriculum.
    • Work closely with larger Support Team to recruit, interview and hire College and Career positions and filing of necessary paperwork.
    • Support any AmeriCorps programming as needed (MLK Day of Service, Service Days, Whole School events).
    • Contribute to larger Support Team as necessary. This includes conference calls, e-mails, working groups, etc.
    • Travel to other office, work and service sites throughout Los Angeles / Hollywood / Pacoima as necessary.


    • Bachelor degree in education, counseling or related area required; Masters and/or PPS Credential preferred.
    • 4+ years of related experience required.
    • Direct supervisory experience in school-based programs, mentoring programs or similar programs strongly preferred.
    • Background/work experience as a college/career support staff preferred.
    • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with school personnel, after-school personnel, program officers, evaluators, parents, students and community professionals.
    • Knowledge of resources and understanding of low-income communities.
    • Excellent oral, written communication skills; outstanding organizational skills.
    • Flexible to changing priorities, needs of staff and management.
    • Must have working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point and database management.
    • Ability to exercise independent judgment and work independently.
    • Ability to lead, work with and develop a team.
    • Ability to manage various grants and compile reports.
    • Must be able to conduct college academic advising sessions, demographic and academic data collection, conduct in classroom and large assembly presentations to students and parents, and have knowledge of the A-G admission requirements, financial aid resources, and college entrance exams.
    • A strong understanding of AB-540 and college entrance requirements.
    • Must have access to reliable transportation for frequent travel between sites
    • Bilingual: English/Spanish.
    • Will be required to present current California driver license, proof of acceptable driving record (DMV H-6 printout), and liability auto insurance.
    • Must pass a criminal background check (Live Scan fingerprinting) prior to beginning employment with children.
    • Must present proof of negative Tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux) prior to beginning employment dated within 60 days.


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