Position: College Access Coordinator (GEAR UP Program)


Department: Center for College Access and Success (CCAS)

Full-Time, Two Grant Positions

As part of the Center for College Access and Success (CCAS), the College Access Coordinator (CAC) will lead the implementation of GEAR UP activities in designated project schools. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded college preparation and readiness grant serving over 10,000 Chicago Public School 11th and 12th grade students in over 25 high schools across Chicago. This position will coordinate all parent, student, and professional development services in project schools enhancing the ability of cohort students to graduate from high school and enroll in college by bringing together resources and services to increase student and family knowledge of postsecondary opportunities.

About Northeastern Illinois University

Founded in 1867, NEIU has a rich tradition of educational innovation and prides itself on preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference in Chicago. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. NEIU is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the United States Department of Education as an Hispanic Serving Institution. Diversity is an important factor in the character of this urban institution and in the social fabric of the student body. NEIU has an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students, and ALANA students represent nearly 60% of the student body. Located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the northwest side of Chicago, the University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business. The University has additional campuses in the metropolitan area: The Carruthers Center for Inner city Studies, El Centro, and the Center for College Access and Success (formerly the Chicago Teachers’ Center). The University is also a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Newsweek magazine named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth “Best Investment” in the United States and number one in Illinois. Northeastern shares the top-ten spot with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT.

About the Center for College Access and Success

The Center for College Access and Success (CCAS) at Northeastern Illinois University develops collaborative partnerships that engage entire communities to help students succeed both academically and socially. Founded in 1978, the Center for College Access and Success (CCAS) are innovators in creating model programs that translate visions for school improvement into concrete action. As an academic educational unit of Northeastern Illinois University, we are in a unique position to respond to the needs of these communities.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position reports to the Senior Program Manager, who reports to the Assistant Director and Executive Director of the Center for College Access and Success, GEAR UP program.

The College Access Coordinator (CAC) oversees the implementation of all related student, family, and professional development activities in the assigned schools; will meet regularly with the management team and the school team regarding progress toward goals and objectives, and participate in CCAS meetings; will work collaboratively and communicate regularly with school personnel-including principals, department chairs, counselors, College Coaches, and other school and district personnel to align and deliver program to meet the goals and objectives of the grant; will coordinate recruitment of students and parents, recommend school staff, and organize logistics for all school programs; and will supervise the planning and implementation to support the academic needs for students’ success, and guide them through the financial aid and college application processes.

The College Access Coordinator (CAC) will also organize and chaperone college visits--both local and overnight; will manage after school and Saturday school programs and summer programs for students and their families; will supervise the work of tutors and parent/student advocates implementing student service activities in the high school. Duties include: a. Provide day-to-day supervision of academic tutors, and parent/student mentors. b. Guide tutors and parent/student mentors’ work assignments and schedules. c. Insure that tutors and parent/student mentors attend trainings; and will develop and facilitate family services plan for participating schools including: a.) design curricular materials; b.) recruit parents; c.) facilitate parent workshops and institutes: and d.) mentor and develop parent staff. The College Access Coordinator (CAC) will coordinate with the professional development team to align services to school/network needs including recruitment of teachers and staff for professional development opportunities; will maintain documentation, monthly calendars, event submission and progress reports for all activities; will ensure and document the distribution of 21st Century Scholarship Certificates to all GEAR UP cohort families; and will manage the collection of documentation, data and paperwork for budget and match as required by the grant.


Required qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree preferred with a minimum of five-years of work experience in education, social work, or related field providing academic, social, and personal support to adolescents and/or adults required.

Qualifications required include: knowledge, experience and commitment to the needs of parents, students and teachers in schools serving low-income and immigrant and diverse populations required; Knowledge and sensitivity to a family approach to increase student academic achievement in an urban community required; ability to work with collaborative processes and structures required; Bilingual and bi-literate in English and Spanish if working with Spanish speaking communities preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision benefits, sick and vacation days and participation in the State Universities Retirement System. Applicants are expected to respond based on the entire job description.

(This position requires a background check.)

To Apply:

In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) you must submit the following and send all documents within one PDF/Word document to k-boyd1@neiu.edu.

In addition to the links provided above for the Employment Application (fillable), Affirmative Action Form and Statement of Annuitant Status, you can also obtain these forms at the NEIU Office of Human Resources, Bernard Office Building (B0B), 5555 N. Bernard Street, Chicago, IL 60625, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the two positions are filled.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.