Postsecondary Success Advisor, San Jose

Regional Support Office San Jose, CA


Position Overview
The Postsecondary Success Advisor role is a full-time position (1.0 FTE) on the KIPP Forward (formerly KIPP Through College) team. The KIPP Forward department supports alumni of KIPP Public Schools Northern California to and through postsecondary pathways, including college, vocational programs, and/or career. The Postsecondary Success Advisor provides support and counseling to KIPPsters graduating from high school (focusing on the transition to postsecondary pathways) and continuing this support through their postsecondary pathway (focusing on persistence, completion, and career readiness). This role will be based out of the Regional Support Office in Oakland and will require travel, based on cohort needs, to a KIPP local high school or a local college campus 2-3 days per week. This position can work remotely 1 day per week. A two-year commitment is strongly preferred  to work with the same cohort of students for two years in a row. The Postsecondary Success Advisor will report to the Postsecondary Success Manager. This role requires excellent communication, follow through, attention to detail and deadlines, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Preferred Qualifications
Experience & Education:

  • 2-3 years experience preferred working in college access or persistence counseling
  • Ability to use assets-based counseling and support for students in identifying their strengths, talents and interests as they prepare for young adulthood 
  • Familiarity in using data to drive decision-making 
  • Experience managing projects and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders
  • Bachelor’s Degree in education, counseling, youth development or have equivalent experience

Knowledge/skills required:

  • Positivity, optimism, and a solutions-oriented mindset
  • Commitment to college access/persistence support 
  • Commitment and experience working with underserved students and families
  • Commitment to continuously learn how to lead for equity to ensure students and teammates thrive
  • Flexibility, strong work ethic, and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate joining a growing and constantly improving team 
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals and to initiate process improvements
  • Flexibility and willingness to contribute when necessary on projects outside of own department
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and build relationships across teams and schools
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with keen attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Strong achievement orientation with exceptional time management skills and demonstrated ability to multitask
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Northern California Public Schools’ mission and values

Primary Responsibilities Include (but not limited to)
Alumni Support

  • Manage a caseload of approximately 120 college/postsecondary students, starting second semester of senior year in high school to support the transition from high school to postsecondary pathway
  • Provide advising and coaching services focused on college persistence, the transfer process, college completion, and career readiness
  • Track and analyze student data (contact information, transcripts, financial aid, internships, etc.) using the Alumni Services database
  • Analyze student benchmark data to determine student outreach and support 
  • Support alumni in understanding/maintaining/improving college financial aid packages
  • Develop and maintain contacts at local colleges and universities in order to provide outstanding alumni support and potential alumni clustering 
  • Provide alumni with consistent information on college scholarships, internships, and organizations focused on college persistence and completion
  • Plan and facilitate a series of College and Career Connections workshops and/or facilitate group/individual conversations  to 12th grade students at one of our KIPP High Schools in preparation for their transition to college.
  • Support KIPP Forward data collection and entry
  • Provide KIPP Forward with feedback regarding academic rigor, school culture, and counseling services of the various colleges alumni attend       

KIPP Forward Team Participation

    • Attend and participate in all KIPP Forward team meetings, including Postsecondary Success Team Meetings and Persistence Professional Development and Regional Support Office team meetings
    • Plan and participate in weekly one-on-one meetings with manager
    • Maintain current student information in the Alumni Database
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands 

Ability to navigate office and school campuses, and hold meetings in different spaces. Traditionally, much of the day involves sitting. Ability to access and utilize technology. Occasional lifting/carrying of equipment 1-20 lbs.

Ability to manage stress of normal work standards, decision making, and deadlines. Critical thinking and mental focus necessary to analyze problems and work with interruptions.

Office/school environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions. Access to reliable transportation for frequent travel .In emergency context (e.g., pandemic) work may be conducted virtually fully or partially for extended periods of time or longer, and the expectation is that the individual will establish a productive, remote work environment (e.g., ability to stay connected through different technology means). It may require remote work as current public health guidelines warrant.

Full-time, non-exempt position based on the regional support office calendar and time-off policy.

About KIPP Public Schools Northern California
We are a thriving nonprofit network of 16 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.  

Our student community consists of over 6,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City. 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are multilingual language  learners, and 10% have special needs.  We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.

We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits. 

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume by clicking apply on this page.

Questions? Email [email protected]