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Associate, Internships and Career Success
Company: The Opportunity Network
Location: New York, NY
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 01/14/2021
Expire Date: 03/18/2021
Job Categories: Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Associate, Internships and Career Success
Position: Associate, Internships and Career Success
Reports to: Assistant Director of Internships and Career Success
Status: Full-time Exempt
Start Date: January 2021

The Job
The Internships and Career Success department is looking for a dynamic and driven individual to join our team as an Internships and Career Success Associate. We are looking for a candidate who brings relevant skills and interest to the role, maturity, and ownership of their work, and is looking for an opportunity to seize a career-enhancing opportunity in a fast-paced, growing organization.

The Associate will report to the Assistant Director of Internships and Career Success and work collaboratively with the OppNet Fellows team to manage existing and generate new internship and enrichment opportunities for college-level Fellows, develop and deliver innovative and culturally competent career readiness programming, and provide targeted advisory support that help Fellows graduate from college and transition to career-track jobs.

Due to COVID-19, the position will operate virtually, but may require some travel to OppNet’s lower Manhattan office location as soon as it is safe to do so. The OppNet staff is currently working remotely and offering a fully virtual model for students. We plan to continue working virtually until August 2021, with periodic in-person offerings at our lower Manhattan office location. The in-person offerings are contingent upon public health conditions. The candidate will be expected to be available to work from OppNet’s office in NYC and resume work as a standard non-remote employee as soon as public health regulations and conditions allow.

The Organization
Since 2003, The Opportunity Network has ignited the drive, curiosity, and agency of students from historically and systematically underrepresented communities to connect them to college access and success, internships, career opportunities, and personal and professional networks. Our two core programs, OppNet Fellows and Career Fluency® Partnerships, are anchored in our proprietary Career Fluency® curriculum, which articulates the necessary skills and mindsets for college and career readiness. All of the work OppNet leads is in service of realizing our vision of a nation connected through vibrant communities and networks actively in pursuit of social justice and educational equity – a nation where all young people can freely create their own path to enduring success that honors their passions, ambitions, and full identities.

The Person
The ideal candidate will be a strategic and driven individual with a passion for advancing educational, racial, and social equity. A professional with two to three years of applied experience, the ideal candidate will be someone who enjoys cultivating and maintaining business relationships and partnerships to generate meaningful career opportunities for OppNet Fellows. The candidate must also balance working collaboratively and productively with colleagues across the Internships and Career Success team and broader organization with the ability to work independently with focus and a drive for quality. The ideal candidate will also personally connect to the important work we do, value diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) across the organization, and align themselves with and channel OppNet’s core values in all aspects of their work. The candidate will demonstrate DE&I values by actively participating in all organizational-wide learning sessions and self-reflection as well as working with others to enact changes that contribute to meeting the organization’s DE&I goals.

Responsibilities

● College Internships and Enrichment Opportunities (35%)
o Work with the Assistant Director of Internships and Career Success to identify and secure new college internship and enrichment partners
o Build, track, and maintain pipeline of college internship and enrichment partners
o Facilitate best fit placement of Fellows into summer opportunities, including student outreach, coaching, and liaising between partners and Fellows
o Conduct in-person and virtual check ins with employer partners over the summer to track student progress
o Engage in collaborative budgeting process with the Internships and Career Success Team to leverage summer opportunity funds and scholarships for both high school and college Fellows

● Program Management (30%)
o Deliver culturally competent college success and career readiness programming
o Become proficient in existing outcomes measurement tools, including surveys, rubrics, and OppNet’s proprietary Career Fluency® Competency Model
o Collaborate with the College Success and the Curriculum and Special Events program teams to design and deliver high quality and high impact events for Fellows and partners, e.g. Employer Trainings, Winter Conference and Summer Series
o Conduct check-ins with college students during winter break to provide guidance regarding future career plans and prospective internships
o Manage OppNet’s Internships Board, to inform and promote internship and career opportunities with Fellows
o Track student applications and outcomes in Salesforce database on a consistent basis
o Generate quarterly dashboards and reports to show progress and demonstrate outcomes

● College Success Support (25%)
o Conduct check-in calls and campus visits with a caseload of 20-25 college-level OppNet Fellows throughout the fall and spring semesters
o Partner with College Success team to identify programmatic ways to reinforce the education to career connection
o Collaborate and communicate with the College Success department to inform curricular and programmatic changes within the Career Success department

● Overall Program Assistance - (10%)
o Participate in Career Fluency facilitation training
o Assist with facilitation for annual intensives and special events as needed, e.g. summer institute, college application boot camp, and college transition boot camp, speed networking, career fluency panels,
o Lead recruitment visits/information sessions at area high schools and interview prospective Fellows

Qualifications & Requirements
Qualifications
● U.S. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university
● Two to three years of youth development and/or career development experience
● Previous experience in career development with college and high school students
● Relationship management skills - specifically with employer partners
● Strong New York networks and knowledge of emerging career/industry trends
● Demonstrated ability to connect with college-level students from historically underserved and underrepresented communities: Can help facilitate interactive workshops in rigorous but dynamic fashion; understands how to be both nurturing and demanding; appreciates boundaries, but not afraid to push or challenge
● Comfort and familiarity with data management, Salesforce, and Microsoft Excel a plus
● Demonstrated skill set in project management, including:
o ability to keep a project moving toward successful completion
o awareness of budget parameters
o ability to set and meet deadlines
o understands how metrics and competencies are connected to various projects
o effective cross-departmental communication
o detail oriented
o takes initiative
o can operate self-sufficiently and collaborative as part of a team
o outstanding organizational skills
o creative and critical problem-solving skills
● High comfort level working with education professionals, professional executives, donors and board members
● Superb written and oral communication skills
● High comfort level in meeting priorities for multiple stakeholders
● Availability and willingness to work select evenings and some weekends
● Valid driver’s license preferred, but not required
● Demonstrated alignment with OppNet’s mission, vision, and core values in diversity, equity, and inclusion

To Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter, outlining how your credentials relate specifically to the responsibilities and qualifications listed above, salary requirements and earliest available start date to jobs@opportunitynetwork.org. Please put “Career Success Associate January 2021” in the subject line.
Contact Information
Company Name: The Opportunity Network
Contact Email: jobs@opportunitynetwork.org
Company Description:
Founded in 2003, OppNet ignites the drive, curiosity, and agency of underrepresented students on their paths to and through college and into thriving careers, powered by our commitment to access and community. OppNet connects students from historically and systematically underrepresented communities to college access and success, internships, career opportunities, and personal and professional networks through our two programs: 1) OppNet Fellows, an intensive six-year long program starting in 10th grade through to college graduation and 2) Career Fluency® Partnerships, our immersive capacity-building program for schools and youth-serving organizations across the country looking to accelerate college and career readiness for their young people.
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