Manager - High School Transitions
Manager - Hrigh School Transitions
City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the largest community college system in Illinois, is made up of seven colleges and five satellite sites, providing more than 70,000 students each year access to a quality, affordable education.
City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), seeks to ensure that all high school students in Chicago are provided with in-depth information about CCC’s seven campuses, including career and technical education and liberal arts and sciences programs. Students expressing an interest in CCC receive help selecting pathways aligned to their interests and goals, and receive support from the initial application through enrollment at CCC.
To accomplish these goals, CCC and CPS launched the Chicago Roadmap - a shared, systemic strategy to generate economic mobility for Chicago’s young people by building stronger education-to-career pathways and removing barriers to student success.
Reporting to the Director - Chicago Roadmap, the Manager – High School Transitions is responsible for developing and implementing transition supports for Chicago’s high school students that align with Chicago Roadmap objectives. Supervises a team of Post-Secondary Navigators and works closely with stakeholders at both CCC and CPS. Performs related duties as required.
Positions are required to travel on a regular basis to CPS high schools and CCC campuses. Must be able to work some evenings and weekends as required.
- Supervises a staff of Post-Secondary Navigators who provide guidance and work with CPS students regarding awareness, preparation and readiness for postsecondary education and training. Ensures activities align with Chicago Roadmap initiatives and CPS’ Learn.Plan.Succeed strategy.
- Develops and executes a train the trainer approach to provide resources, training, and supports to postsecondary teams at CPS high schools that do not have an assigned Post-secondary Navigator.
- Collects and evaluates enrollment and programmatic data to identify trends in enrollment and college access behaviors, assess effectiveness of college access initiatives, and deploy resources equitably across Chicago high schools.
- Leads summer melt efforts for City Colleges by assigning Post-Secondary caseloads of applicants from all CPS high schools, including options and charter high schools
- Coordinates the provision of outreach and support services to all caseload student during summer months. Provides regular communication about CCC summer melt initiatives to CPS stakeholders including counselors, postsecondary specialists, and district leaders
- Develops innovative and effective summer bridge programming and outreach strategies to high school students and recent high school graduates to help them explore, apply, and matriculate to CCC. Evaluates and continuously adapts programming in order to align with college access and retention best practices
- Coordinates outreach with CPS to identify recent CPS grads who did not enroll in college, otherwise known as “opportunity youth”. Leads development and oversight of strategies to engage students with CCC, and assist them to apply, enroll and to remain connected with students for up to three years post high school graduation.
- Facilitates collaborative relationships between various CCC departments and CPS partners, engaging stakeholders at all levels of both organizations as well as nonprofit, philanthropic, and other college access partners.
- Works closely with Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, and other key stakeholders to create a seamless process from application through enrollment and registration for high school students
- Works closely with AVC – High School Partnerships and Director – Chicago Roadmap to coordinate and align high school transitions strategy with the objectives of the Chicago Roadmap. Participates in Roadmap working groups as needed.
Reports To Director – Chicago Roadmap
Direct Reports Post-Secondary Navigators
- A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Master’s Degree preferred.
- Four years of experience in administering educational and/or student support programs in a college or university setting, non-profit organizations, or other educational settings
- Supervisory experience over academic support or advisor programs highly desirable
- A valid State of Illinois driver’s license
- Must be able to travel frequently to CPS high schools and CCC campuses
- Must be able to work some evenings and weekends
- Strong understanding of the Chicago Public School landscape
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong administrative and organizational skills
- Knowledge of CCC academic programs and pathways, enrollment procedures, financial aid (including FAFSA/verification practices), Early College program, transitional coursework, Star Scholarship program, and related CCC initiatives highly desirable
- Knowledge of best practices in college and career exploration
- Ability to work in a culturally diverse environment
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within 6 months of hire.
We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Thank you for your interest in City Colleges of Chicago.
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