Sr. Coordinator of College Access Programs

Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Posted: 10/29/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Education/Training

Primary domain: Education

City: San Jose

Postal code: 95126

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:


  • Breakthrough Silicon Valley prepares motivated students with limited educational opportunities for success in rigorous college-preparatory high school programs and entry into four-year colleges.
  • Breakthrough Silicon Valley also prepares outstanding high school and college students to enter careers in education.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Sr. Coordinator of College Access Programs

Organization Overview

Breakthrough Silicon Valley launches talented but underserved middle school students on the path to college, while at the same time inspiring high school and college students to become educators. While ambitious in our goals, BTSV works: a stunning 99% of BTSV graduates are accepted into four-year colleges and 89% of BTSV 2017-2018 Teaching Fellows are inspired to pursue a career in education as a result of their summer experience.

Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s tuition-free program provides year-round out of school time academic support, advising, and advocacy for a diverse group of talented students, most of whom come from under-resourced communities and are first in their family to go to college. Through our students-teaching-students model, Breakthrough also provides a consummate professional development experience in education by providing talented high school and college students the opportunity to design and teach classes under the direction of seasoned education professionals.

Located in San Jose, California, Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an affiliate of The Breakthrough Collaborative, a leading national service organization that acts as the national voice for 24 Breakthrough sites across the country.

Position Overview

The Sr. Coordinator of College Access Programs (SCCAP) takes charge of planning and implementing Breakthrough SV programs for its 9th and 10th grade students to ensure they are prepared for academic success in college. The SCCAP works closely with students as they navigate the high school years, and holds students to high academic, social, and emotional learning standards. The SCCAP consistently advises students and families throughout the school year, introducing the ins and outs to college majors and potential careers, and ensures students are on track for college through the high school transition years through workshops, field trips, and engagement activities.

The SCCAP also executes drop-in office hours and 1:1 advising for our 9th and 10th grade students, maintaining an engaging, dynamic learning community; delivers workshops focusing on college; and executes community building events. The SCCAP co-leads our immersive 4-week 9th Grade Summer Program, serving as a primary resource for approx. 70-75 9th grade students and families. The SCCAP co-leads a small summer site team to build community, support academic readiness, and support the transition into high school. The SCCAP serves as the cultural leader, and partners with a Dean of Faculty to ensure that 16 Teaching Fellows are supported to execute our Students-Teaching-Students model throughout the summer. The SCCAP also co-leads our 2-week Computer Science Academy, introducing 20-25 high school students to another career opportunity in STEAM.


The SCCAP will work primarily at one of our two Breakthrough offices. Travel between BTSV’s offices, and to and from partner school sites, are needed regularly.

  • Hoover Middle School, 1635 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126
  • Franklin-McKinley School District, 645 Wool Creek Dr, San Jose, CA 95112

Breakthrough engages with individuals of all backgrounds and we are committed to embracing diversity within our organization, including developing a team who represents the communities we serve.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer Breakthrough is committed to providing employment opportunities to all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Ideal candidates will bring to the position a variety of attributes, knowledge and skills.

  • Fluency in Spanish or Vietnamese is strongly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year university.
  • Knowledge of and experience in developing social emotional learning skills in high school students.
  • Experience with college advising and supporting high school students on the path to college is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with curriculum development, student assessment, data-collection, and program evaluation is preferred.
  • Three or more years of experience working in youth development, family engagement, teaching, and/or counseling/advising.
  • Ability to work in environments and communities with people from diverse backgrounds (ethnic, socio-economic, educational, etc.)
  • Dynamic, entrepreneurial leader able to focus on program mission and details of program administration and operations.
  • Excellent communicator, able to write and speak persuasively.
  • Open minded with integrity and a sense of humor. Knowledge of and experience in working with public school districts and/or charter schools is preferred.
  • As Breakthrough is an “out of school time program,” candidates should anticipate working hours of 11 AM - 7 PM Monday-Friday, plus occasional weekend or evening hours during the school year. Typical summer program hours are 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM in June, July and August.


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