Assistant Director of College Success for Bridges to a Brighter
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Assistant Director of College Success for Bridges to a Brighter
Bridges to a Brighter Future
Bridges to a Brighter Future is a nationally awarded comprehensive
college access and success program for Greenville County high
school students. Students are selected in the ninth grade and spend
the next three high school years participating in a comprehensive,
year-round program . After high school graduation, students proceed
to Crossing the Bridge for on-going support through college
The main responsibilities for the Assistant Director of College
Success for Bridges to a Brighter Future include:
- directing and administering the Crossing the Bridge program,
including planning for the summer residential program and
maintaining on-going contact with college students;
- leading outreach efforts to Bridges alumni;
- providing general program support and assistance for Bridges to
a Brighter Future as a whole.
Crossing the Bridge is a college transition and retention program
for Bridges students and includes hands-on help with college
applications and financial aid, a one-week intensive summer program
before the students' freshman year, , visits and frequent contact
for first-year students, continuous advisement and support for all
students while in college, and on-going career mentoring.
The Assistant Director also serves as the point person for alumni
communications and reunions, and provides general support for the
Director of Bridges to a Brighter Future in the areas of college
admission, enrollment, retention counseling, program design,
implementation, budget monitoring, and supervision of college
students and volunteers.
Coordinate all aspects of Crossing the Bridge including:
- Conceptualize, organize, implement, and manage the one-week
summer Crossing the Bridge program for Bridges graduates enrolling
in college. Specific duties include:
- Research needs of students to design a week-long program
providing students with the information and knowledge needed to be
successful in college.
- Identify and secure speakers and trainers to conduct
workshops/classes in the summer Crossing the Bridge program.
- Hire counselors to serve in the program.
- Coordinate meals, housing, transportation, materials, and
- Supervise and manage students, helping them individually to
develop enrollment plans and checklists.
- Develop relationships with college admissions and other staff
in order to advise and advocate for Bridges students.
- Include families in the college planning process.
- Manage Crossing the Bridge budget.
- Coach and mentor Bridges students enrolled in college:
- Special attention is paid to first-year students, with campus
visits and maintaining frequent and consistent contact through
phone and electronic media.
- Establish “check-in” process for college students to stay in
contact with Bridges and check in by semester so we can monitor
where our students are and help them with their needs.
- Identify and address challenges quickly connecting students
with applicable resources to aid in their college success, such as
support programs available on their campuses: academic assistance,
tutoring, counseling, and financial aid.
- Maintain social media to inform and engage college
- Plan events during holiday breaks for students to reconnect and
for staff to provide information.
- Coordinate the College Buddy program, which pairs a community
member with a college-bound student.
Serve as the point person for alumni communications and
Support other components of Bridges including:
- Attend each Saturday College and teach a College Planning
course for the high school senior class.
- Coordinate and attend the Spring Break College Trip and Fall
Break College Trip, along with other Bridges staff.
- Plan the summer residential Foundations program.
- Counsel high school seniors on college admission, financial
aid, enrollment, and transition as part of the Bridges College
- Correspond with donors who support scholarships for
- Identify grants, particularly those geared toward student
Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor. The intent of this
job description is to provide a representative summary of the types
of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions
in this classification and shall not be construed as a declaration
of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular
position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks
other than those specifically present in this description.
Work with Bridges students and families in high school and college;
Bridges faculty, counselors, and other staff; donors, foundations,
community organizations and leaders; Bridges alumni; co-workers and
other Furman staff. Develop appropriate relationships with
Responsibility for Final Decisions:
Tasks involve interpretation of data and/or procedures to address
problems or situations that are not clearly defined. Work involves
non-routine/diverse work not defined by procedures.
Director of Bridges to a Brighter Future
Work is performed independently except where the interpretation of
law, policy, rule, complex procedure or request for exception is
required by the supervisor. Support and advice are provided by the
supervisor and questions are referred to the supervisor.
- Bachelor's Degree and at least three years of experience in
education, counseling, or social work.
- Exceptional communication skills including written and
- Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Exceptional ethical and values-based decision-making
- Ability to make on-the-spot common sense decisions often in
- Ability to relate and connect with teenagers from challenged
- Ability to manage emotionally challenging situations.
- Ability to relate and connect with donors and other community
- Exceptional positive outlook.
- Exceptional self-directed work ethic and initiative.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Exceptional teamwork and consensus building skills.
- Master's Degree in higher education or related field
- College counseling degree, certification, or equivalent
Work is performed under usual office conditions. Required to work
one Saturday a month, August-May. Intensity of work increases in
summer (June-July) and requires evening and weekend work. Some
travel required to college campuses to meet with students.
Job Posting End Date (if date is blank, posting is open
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ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of
employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.