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Conexion Americas

College Access Program Coordinator

Nashville, TN

Position Description / Responsibilities

  • Manages the implementation of Escalera afterschool programming, which serves students in grades 11 and 12.
  • Plans, monitors and conducts recruitment and retention outreach for students in the program.
  • Builds and maintains a positive relationship with key staff and administrators at designated school site
  • Reports program success to school staff and other stakeholders through a semesterly newsletter, staff presentations, and check-ins with key school partners.
  • Leads in-school or afterschool meetings with students.
  • Manages, adapts, and updates the program curricula as needed to fit the needs of the cohort.
  • Coordinates wraparound services for students including class selection planning, test prep, career discovery, and leadership and professional development.
  • Provides one-on-one individual case management for students regarding their career exploration, college application process, etc.
  • Collaborate with other members of the College Access & Success team to coordinate college tours, visits to college fairs, parent workshops, and other supporting events and activities for students and their families.
  • Provides college access support for events at the high school site.
  • Manages and maintains a programmatic budget for their high school site.
  • Conducts accurate and timely outcome & data tracking to measure and report success of the program, including contributing data and programming information for required grant reports
  • Ensures each student meets requirements to successfully complete the program.
  • Stays up to date and informed on college access topics (admission requirements, college access for DACA/undocumented students, scholarships and financial aid, best practices for case management, etc.)


General Organization Support Duties:

  • Supports or substitutes for youth development programming as needed
  • Speaks or makes presentations on behalf of Conexión Américas at events and conferences
  • Communicates in a positive and effective manner Conexión Américas’ mission and programs
  • Assists with fairs and outreach events on behalf of Conexión Américas to talk about all of Conexión Américas’ programs
  • Attends and provides support as needed to organizational events and fundraisers

Position Requirements

Qualifications (Education and Experience):

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English required
  • Native/Advanced level bilingualism in Spanish and biculturalism required (part of the interview will be conducted in Spanish)
  • Flexibility, creativity, initiative and ability to work as a team member
  • Ability to interact with diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks and work in a fast-paced environment with deadlines and strict timelines
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Office and database management
  • Demonstrated appreciation for Latino culture and families, as well as other immigrant and refugee groups
  • Experience working with young people and in public schools preferred
  • Experience working with DACA/undocumented students preferred
  • Experience and knowledge of nonprofit organizations’ operations preferred
  • Experience with Zoom and/or other online video communication platforms preferred
  • Reliable transportation

Application Instructions

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Maria Paula Zapata, Director of Programs, via email to No phone calls or in-person inquiries, please.