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Job Openings: Program Coach & Development/Communications Associate

September 9, 2022 - September 30, 2022

1st Open Position: Passport to College Coach

Shift: Full-Time (35 Hours)

Purpose of Position: To coach 1st generation students of color, attending non-exam BPS high schools, for success in  college and beyond.

Only 1 in 3 black males (36.1%) and Latino males (33.6%) graduating from Boston Public Schools are completing  college within six years [Boston Foundation, 2018]. The Boston Higher Education Resource Center (HERC) equips first  generation youth to achieve a higher education, break the grip of poverty, and transform our communities. The Boston  HERC’s Passport to College Program was created to address these gaps and unlock the greatness within our first generation BPS students of color. The Boston HERC seeks a thoroughly bilingual (English/Spanish) mission-driven Coach to join our team, coaching cohorts of high school students who are first-generation, low-income, and attending under-resourced non-exam high schools.  Passport Coaches equip these youth to master the 21st-Century skills they will need for success in college and in Boston’s  21st-Century workplace.

Coach Duties & Responsibilities include:

  • Coaching multiple cohorts of 9-12th grade students inside Boston Public School classrooms
  • Engage students in the college application process, essay-writing, FAFSA, career exploration
  • Plan & coordinate college tours for your student cohorts
  • Use the Passport Model to plan and facilitate engaging workshops on 21st century skill topics from financial literacy & budgeting to project planning, time management, and more
  • Mentor, motivate & encourage students in self-advocacy in the college process and beyond
  • Train students to analyze their college award letters and develop college budgets
  • Collaborate with all Passport Coaches in event planning and sharing best practices to support one another
  • Engage parents & family members in the students’ college application process
  • Collaborate with other community & school partners to enrich Passport workshop experience
  • Assist in supporting & tracking Passport alumni through college
  • Support fundraising through sharing stories, attending occasional events
  • Program data and outcomes management

Qualifications Strongly Preferred for Candidates Experienced in: 

 Student & Classroom Management:

o Being a 1st generation college graduate or experience serving 1st generation high school students of color o Coaching or teaching in urban, under-resourced and turn-around schools

o Creating hands-on & engaging college & career workshops

o Demonstrating confidence & expertise in the classroom

o Experience with curriculum development & adjusting lessons to achieve student learning outcomes o Collecting, tracking & analyzing student & program data

Higher Education Expertise: 

o Navigating the college application process & FAFSA

o Conversant in the DACA & Student Immigration Policies

Professional/Communication/Computer/Language Skills 

o Bilingual (English/Spanish); Reading, Writing & Speaking

o Managing organizational partnerships

o Excellent communication skills: Interpersonal & Intrapersonal

o Highly organized & attention to detail

o Technologically savvy & skilled in Microsoft office & Excel

o Relationship building & maintaining ability with students, community partners and other professionals o Problem-solving, Flexibility and the ability to think fast on your feet

o Commitment to Christian principles

Send your resume and cover letter to Program Director, Isabelle Min, imin@bostonherc.org


2nd Open Position: Development and Communications Associate
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Shift: Full-time (35 hours per week)
Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Boston Higher Education Resource Center (HERC) equips first generation youth to obtain a higher
education, break the cycle of poverty, and become agents of change in their communities. The Boston
HERC seeks to fill this newly created position in order to build our development and communications
staff team, and ensure we have the infrastructure in place to adequately support the expansion of
programming, in order to serve more first-generation students over longer periods of time.

Job Responsibilities:

• Manage e-news and e-fundraisers to Boston HERC supporters and partners
• Gather and craft stories through interviews with program participants, alumni, volunteers, staff
and donors, both for specific fundraising collateral as well as the organizational story bank
• Manage content of website updates
• Participate in creation of development collateral material (i.e., brochures, 4-pagers, etc.)
• Manage content and posting of social media accounts

• Assist with grant-writing and grant-reporting, and foundation research
• Organize fundraising and donor cultivation events (i.e., “thank you” appetizer hours, house
parties hosted by Boston HERC volunteers, office “lunch and learns”, Closing Celebration)
• Manage donor appreciation program and tasks
• Engage in individual donor outreach, cultivation, and fundraising asks, including through
monthly donor program
• Work to expand Boston HERC individual giving through network building
• Assist in preparation of contract invoices
Donor System Management
• Work with Data Administrator to create space in Salesforce database for donor tracking
• Maintain up to date donor records
Skills/Experiences Strongly Preferred:
• Experience in nonprofit development and/or communications
• 1st generation college grad, or experience working with 1st generation college students
• Strong writing and storytelling skills
• Strong interpersonal communication skills
• Event organizing experience
• Comfort with fundraising and making financial asks
• Strong attention to detail and organization
• Experience with wordpress
• Bilingual English/Spanish
• Experience with graphic design a plus

Send your resume and cover letter to Chief Operating Officer, Erin Diaz, ediaz@bostonherc.org




September 9, 2022
September 30, 2022
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Carolina De Jesus


BOSTON, MA 02118 United States
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