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Program Associate

Company name
Summer Search

New York City, NY, United States

Employment Type

Counseling, Healthcare

Posted on
Nov 20,2019

Valid Through
Mar 04,2020

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While young people from low-income communities – who are disproportionately young people of color – face systemic inequities in school, in the workforce, and in life, they possess unique strengths, resilience and tremendous potential. When provided with support and resources, these young people fulfill their potential and achieve success in school, work and life.

Through a combination of mentoring and transformative experiences, Summer Search supports young people to successfully transition from adolescence into adulthood. We aim to unleash the potential of our young people while also building a toolkit for navigating and challenging systemic barriers to higher education and career opportunities.


Summer Search New York is seeking a Program Associate to manage a caseload of approximately 35 high school students, building long-term relationships and providing regular mentoring through a combination of groups and individual conversations from sophomore year through junior year of high school. Joining a supportive program team that currently serves over 300 high school students, this hire will have the opportunity to practice Summer Search’s unique approach to mentoring, prepare students for two challenging summer experiences, support college readiness and matriculation, and join a team that is committed to learning, social and racial equity, and the students we serve.

Specifically, the Program Associate will advance Summer Search’s mission through the following job responsibilities:

Student Mentoring and Program Facilitation (60%)

1:1 Mentoring

Mentor a caseload of approximately 35 high school students, building multi-year relationships and conducting regular mentoring at school, in the office or by phone.

Utilize a unique mentoring methodology based upon adolescent social-emotional development, cultural relevance, and critical consciousness. Enable conversations that allow students to reflect upon the impact of identities and social/cultural context on their lives.

Hold students accountable to year-round program participation, as well as demonstrating a personal commitment to students that result in a high level of engagement throughout their Summer Search experience.

Monitor and promote students’ academic and extracurricular participation and performance, as well as post-secondary readiness requirements.

Participate in student recruitment, interviewing and enrollment, as well as planning and attending key milestone events for students and their families throughout the school year, including travel to schools within the region and some evening and weekend events, especially in the spring.

Participate in regular and ongoing trainings to build job-related skills, knowledge, and capacity e.g. student safety, critical mentoring, social responsibility.

Communicate with students’ families, especially regarding details about summer experiences.

Group Mentoring

Before each session, prepare by reviewing curriculum, gathering materials and sending student reminders.

During each session, guide group formation by helping students establish and honor co-created working agreements.

Acquaint yourself with the curriculum before each session and deliver curriculum as designed with as few deviations as possible.

Create a safe space where students can be honest with each other by consistently noticing when students are or are not operating in accordance with their own group norms, ensuring each student has the space to be heard and challenged respectfully and setting-up physical space that is conducive to achieving the objectives of each session.

Recognize a student safety situation and know and follow school safety protocols to care for both the individual student and the group.

Prioritize relationship building by connecting with each student individually at least twice during the session and interrupting behaviors the deviate the group through re-focusing and positive discipline.

Observe and respond to group needs and adapt facilitation style accordingly. Occasionally, this may involve modifying the curriculum or session structure to be responsive to the needs of the group.

School Engagement and Relationship Building (20%)

With Director of School and Community Engagement, support student recruitment, logistics and coordination at partner high schools.

With Director of School and Community Engagement, establish and nurture relationships with staff partners at your partner high school(s).

Coordinate resource needs for groups at your partner high school(s), including scheduling time to promote Summer Search during the school day in 9th and 10th grades, securing physical space for 1:1 and group sessions and confirming session schedules and technology needs.

Fulfill requirements of partner school, which may include fingerprinting, TB testing and participation in school partner meetings.

Know the resources and people available at your partner high school(s) and how these resources intersect with Summer Search, so you can connect your students with them as needed.

With Director of School and Community Engagement, engage school partners proactively in supporting students and coordinating logistics.

Respond promptly and thoughtfully to requests from school partners, expressing gratitude where relevant.

Administration and Project Management (20%)

Enter and track program data accurately and daily in Salesforce database to assess student progress and drive organizational learning, to ensure high levels of program quality and professional development.

Perform duties that support student engagement in program elements, including summer experience and post-secondary workshops and preparation.

Provide curriculum feedback to inform iterative curriculum development.

Participate in regular meetings with director supervisor and fellow mentors to share experiences, problem solve collaboratively, support and learn and build self-awareness of own mentoring.

Participate in elements of an evaluation plan designed to assess program quality, fidelity and outcomes and to inform individual staff development and continuous improvement of program model (e.g. Complete feedback surveys after mentoring sessions)


All Summer Search staff bring a commitment to our mission of unleashing students’ potential through mentoring and transformative experiences, as well as the ability to thrive in an environment that values excellence, gratitude, well-being, diversity, authenticity, and collaboration.

Specifically, strong candidates will bring:


At least 2 years of professional experience working with student populations served by Summer Search (e.g. low-income families, students of color, LGBTQA, English Language Learners, and diverse religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.)


Experience facilitating groups of adolescents with a track record of creating and maintaining positive and safe environment. Clear understanding of how to address student safety situations, both individually and within a group setting. Ability to manage emotional labor and boundary settings.


Active listening skills and ability to reflect others’ viewpoints in order to build trusting relationships with students, staff, and school and community partners.


Resourcefulness and creative problem-solving skills, with the agility to respond to unexpected changes in a thoughtful and calm fashion. Skill in identifying, navigating, and communicating potential risks and challenges.


Understanding of systemic and institutionalized racism facing communities of color, and the historical context of privilege and power in America. Ability to apply critical analysis and sensitivity in engaging youth, staff, and school and community partners around these topics.


Ability to apply critical thinking in order to address systems and structures that create and sustain oppression and inequality. Personal commitment to and ongoing personal work related to social justice.


Personal responsibility for work product and results; excellent organizational skills to juggle multiple projects and ad hoc requests.


The ability to recognize and reflect upon one’s emotions, thoughts, values, experience, and identities, and demonstrate an understanding of how they influence and impact others.


Flexibility and an eager team player who is excited to collaborate with colleagues and participate in an authentic, feedback-driven office culture.


Proficiency in meticulous data tracking and management; experience using Salesforce or a similar database is a plus.


Academic or applied knowledge of adolescent development is a plus.

Experience developing curriculum for group mentoring is a plus.

Experience in Salesforce or a similar database is a plus.

Experience and/or training in restorative/transformative justice work is a plus.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Master’s degree in education, social work, counseling or related field is a plus

Spanish language skills are a plus.


Work hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm with occasional weekend and evening special events. Work location is Summer Search’s Bronx and Manhattan offices (75% - 90% of time) and onsite at partner schools (10% - 25%)

The salary range for this position is $47,00 - $50,000.


We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our investment includes:

Medical insurance with up to 90% employer contribution

Dental, vision, FSA, life and disability insurance plans

401 (K) and Employer Match up to $2,000 annually

Generous time off including 15 vacation days, 10 sick days, and 18 holidays (3 floating holidays of your choice, a birthday day-off, 10 company-wide holidays, and a 1-week December closure).

Individual, local, regional and national training

A commitment to developing leaders from within the organization

An organizational culture that supports staff well-being and holistic self-care/community care

Ample opportunities to connect with the students and communities we serve


With a staff that cares deeply about social justice and racial justice, we believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we work with students, as well as how we work together as a team. We hope you will join us as we continue to build a justice-centered organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued.


Select Apply for this Position below to submit a resume and targeted cover letter, addressed to Sharielle Applewhite, Program Manager, that answers the question, “Why are you interested in the Program Associate opportunity at Summer Search?”


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