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College Access Fellow, South Bay


The Opportunity & How You’ll Help Us Achieve Our Mission

The 10,000 Degrees Fellowship is an integral part of the 10,000 Degrees mission to support students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to positively impact their communities and the world. At 10,000 Degrees, we believe that education is the foundation of a just and equitable society. Students and their families as well as schools and local leaders each play a critical role in educating the next generation and strengthening the economic vitality and social health of our communities. The students we serve are 100% from low income communities; 89% Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, and People of Color; and 85% first generation students.

Along with our Scholarship Program, 10,000 Degrees Fellows provide the most direct support to these students and families. Fellows assist with students accessing and succeeding in college and the workforce, applying for financial aid, facilitating college readiness and success workshops for students and families, and representing the organization alongside the development team at fundraising events. Fellows tend to be recent graduates, who have similar backgrounds as the students we serve.

10,000 Degree Fellowships are a 3-year commitment. During their tenure, Fellows complete an original Capstone project of their own design on a topic that connects their interests, aspirations and work at 10,000 Degrees. Fellows also receive three years of continuing professional development to support their professional growth and career possibilities after the program.

This position will support our programming in San Jose, California

Responsibilities:

  • Provide guidance and assistance to students and their families regarding financial aid, college planning, and career planning
  • Deliver curriculum and training to students participating in 10,000 Degrees programs and their families
  • Directly manage an assigned caseload or targeted groups of students
  • Be present for student outreach and engagement on the school campus 3-4 days a week
  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with school personnel, community partners, and program participants, as well as families via meetings, workshops, and social media
  • Participate in regular professional development activities, team work meetings, supervisorial weekly supervision meetings with staff, and special events and trainings (some of which are held in the evening)
  • Maintain up-to-date, accurate files and data; generate program reports for analysis
  • Regular travel within assigned regions to school campuses, 10,000 Degrees offices, and special event locations
  • Create an original Capstone research project relating your interests with your work at 10,000 Degrees
  • Support the Development Team and represent 10,000 Degrees at fundraising events
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

First, all 10,000 Degrees employees must embrace our vision of a world where all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background will have the full range of educational opportunities, support, and resources to realize their full potential.

For this position, we believe that you will be the most successful if you have the following:

Professional Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in a client- or student-serving position

Skills & Characteristics

  • Geographic proximity to the region being served
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Vietnamese and English preferred
  • First-generation college graduates from low-income backgrounds preferred
  • Alumni of 10,000 Degrees scholarships preferred
  • High level of professionalism: promptness, preparedness, professional appearance
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, Google applications, and Instagram
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and initiative and the ability to work independently
  • Willing to learn and be self-reflective
  • History of working effectively as part of a team

Location:

This position is currently a hybrid role and you will be expected to have a significant in-person presence at school locations and attend events in the office regularly.

Compensation Package:

  • This is a full-time position: $23.66 p/hour, 40 hours /week, 52 weeks /year
  • The Fellowship is a 3-year position commitment
  • Excellent benefits: Health, dental, vision, life, disability insurance
  • 15 days paid vacation plus holidays, paid sick leave
  • 401(k) plus employer contribution
  • Professional development conferences, seminars, webinars, and training included

TO APPLY

For immediate consideration please complete this Fellowship Application, which requires you to submit a cover letter and resume. Applications are not considered complete or reviewed until this application is completed.

Note: all applicants are required to submit a clear TB test and fingerprints as part of the background check, and Employment with 10,000 Degrees requires full vaccination and proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 before starting work. Exemptions to the mandatory vaccination policy may be available for a medical condition, disability, or sincerely held religious belief and must be approved before starting work.