Who We Are:
The average graduation rate from a four-year college in
America is over 60%. It is 26% for first-generation students
and 3% for foster youth. 25% of foster youth graduates will be
homeless after graduation.
At Ready to Succeed, we are changing these
ratios everyday, one student at a time.
Ready to Succeed (RTS) empowers first-generation and foster
youth college students to graduate, launch and accelerate their
careers, and reach their full potential. We offer our RTS Scholars
a unique combination of personalized college and career coaching,
connections to industry professionals, placements in paid
internships, and access to financial and mental health
We ensure that our RTS Scholars graduate college with the
skills, experience, and support system they need to enter the
workforce as career-ready and self-directed young adults. After
completing the RTS program, Scholars become RTS Alumni—building a
strong peer-to-peer network, giving back to their communities, and
providing mentorship, access, and opportunities for younger RTS
Scholars. Our program is a proven path to career success.
Check out our
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We are looking for Career
Advisors who are passionate about working with
underserved youth, are college-, career-, and
industry-knowledgeable, and are ready to join our team and rapidly
Does this sound like you? Then read on…
What You’ll Be Doing:
Reporting to the Program Manager, you will be part of our Career
Success Team and provide career and college advising support to our
Scholars to stay in good academic standing and graduate
career-ready. Our typical ratio of advisors to students is
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Providing RTS Scholars with career
research tools, exploration assistance, and advising support.
Conducting career advisement sessions
for current scholars and alumni, and helping students to develop
and implement individual career action plans.
Coaching students on how to write
their resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, elevator pitches,
and professional emails; interview skills, professional
relationship building and networking techniques and skills,
practicing mock interviews (in person and video), etc.
Coordinating, creating, contributing
to, and delivering professional development workshops,
presentations, and materials in collaboration with our Career
Managing caseload of advisees and
maintaining current student records in Salesforce and Google
Participating in weekly all-team
meetings to discuss achievements and assess barriers to success for
students, contributing innovative ideas and solutions.
Establishing and maintaining close
relationships with university career centers, researching and
identifying opportunities and resources.
Working with the RTS Employment
Director to identify and track students who are internship and job
Identifying and tracking student
challenges and needs outside of college and career support, working
with our Student Success Coordinator.
Compensation and Company Benefits:
RTS has always maintained a healthy work, life, and wellness
balance since our inception. RTS observes a flexible work
arrangement which may be arranged upon completion of the 3-month
trial period. Both Ready to Succeed and this role will retain their
respective right to At-Will employment.
Salary range for this exempt, full-time role is commensurate
with experience, between $54,500 - $70,000 with potential
eligibility for up to 10% annual bonus (after completing 12-months
- Vacation allotment: begins at 15 days accrual potential and
goes up to 25 days with tenure after 5 years
- 3 recharge weeks: this includes the last 2 weeks of December
and one week over the July 4th holiday week (as defined by the RTS
- 11 Federal holidays + your birthday is a holiday too :) (or the
day before/after, if it falls on a weekend)
- Health benefits: We currently use a health insurance
reimbursement program to cover the cost of premiums on the open
market, up to $440 per month. We are exploring group insurance
plans for 2022.
- IRA: SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match PLan for Employees) with
dollar-for-dollar match up to 3%
- Cell phone stipend: $50 per month
- Flexible work schedule and hybrid remote structure
You Have/You Are:
A Bachelor’s degree from an
accredited 4-year institution. Degrees in Psychology, HR, Higher
Education, Education Counseling, Student Affairs, or similar
programs are desirable.
2 - 3 years of experience in career
services with college students and/or underserved populations;
career mentoring, programming, nonprofits and advocacy, or equity
and inclusion programs.
An understanding of internship and
entry-level employment opportunities in a broad cross-section of
various sector companies. Knowledge of STEM-track and pre-health
students a plus.
Ability to put together various
marketing materials and presentations; and experience with
PowerPoint, Canva and/or tools in the Google Suite.
Database management experience. Excel
will be considered but Salesforce and or Airtable are
Excellent and effective verbal and
written communication skills; able to adapt communication styles to
suit many different audiences.
The ability to work in a fast-paced
environment with frequent change and also able to slow down and
focus on the details when needed.
The courage to ask for help, find
common ground when there is disagreement or confusion and seek
alternative perspectives calmly.
The ability to work on multiple
projects and learn quickly.
Demonstrated ability to take
initiative and the capacity to work independently as part of an
Attention to detail in the materials
you produce is critical.
Creative ideas and the enthusiasm to
bring those ideas forward to the team.
A team player and leader with
committed and authentic desire to help others excel.
A knack for unlocking, nurturing, and
championing potential in others.
Open-minded, seek alternative
perspectives, collaborate effectively with people of diverse
backgrounds and cultures
Interested in, and committed to,
positive and sustainable societal impact.
A sense of humor — you work hard, but
don't take yourself too seriously!
It’d be great if you also have:
A Master’s degree (obtained or
currently in progress) in Higher Education, Education Counseling,
Student Affairs, or similar program.
Sensitivity to the unique college and
career development challenges common to former foster youth and
first-generation college students.
Experience working with Motivational
Interviewing training and or Trauma Informed training.
Zoom and Salesforce professional
usage experience, including back-end management.
Interest in the nonprofit industry
and working with underserved youth.
Duration and Hours:
We are looking to fill these positions immediately. The start
date is ASAP. This role is expected to work a schedule of
Monday-Friday, full-time hours of 40 hours per week. The specific
schedule and hours will be confirmed with the final candidate but
is typically 9 am - 5:30 pm. Note that there may be times when this
role needs to work evenings and or weekends and more than 40 hours
per week. For example, virtual student workshops are Wednesday
evenings once a month. We also plan to host quarterly, in-person
events on weekends at least once a quarter. This role is not
eligible for overtime pay given our exempt
Our office is in Santa Monica, CA. This role is mainly
remote/hybrid until further notice. The expectation is that this
role will be based in-person, in the office, in a hybrid
arrangement, once it is deemed safe to return. If not currently
based in the Los Angeles area, must be open to relocating when full
in-person services return. Onboarding may be done in person or
remotely depending on arrangement and business requirements.
Ready to Succeed LA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We recruit
open-minded people of all gender identities, sexual orientations,
ethnicities, abilities and experience. At RTS, we are committed to
diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We will consider employment for qualified applicants with
criminal histories consistent with the requirements of the Los
Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring. Additionally, reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with
disabilities to perform essential job functions as required by
Should YOU apply:
Do you have a passion to work in a non-profit, specifically one
that is positively changing the lives of college students? Do you
have a startup mindset, ready to jump in and work hard while making
a difference? Then you are the candidate we have been looking
HOW TO APPLY:
Follow instructions closely, as we will ignore incomplete
applications. Applications submitted via LinkedIn or other online
portals are considered incomplete and will be ignored.
Please send all application materials listed
below to email@example.com
with the job title and your name in the subject line.
A video of you talking to the camera
about who or what inspires you and why you are interested in this
role. (3-minute maximum length)
You may have to provide a link to the
video if your file is too large to send in an email.
Due to the number of applicants, we may only respond if you
submit all parts of the application, and are
selected for an initial phone/video screening interview. We
regret that we cannot respond to all initial applicants.
All interviews will be conducted by phone, Zoom and/or
Google Hangouts. Some writing or presentation samples may
be requested as part of the second round. Please note that
references will be required if your candidacy moves to the final