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Part-Time, Seasonal Summer Melt & FAFSA Fellow (July/August)

iMentor

iMentor

Remote
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024
Due to significant, unexpected delays in the federal financial aid process this spring, FAFSA applications have decreased by 29%, creating an urgent need to support students in overcoming barriers to college enrollment. iMentor has received emergency funding to provide additional support around FAFSA completion and address the phenomenon known as "summer melt," where high school graduates who intend to go to college fail to enroll in the fall. The iMentor Summer Melt & FAFSA Fellow will play a crucial role in supporting the FAFSA completion and enrollment outcomes of the Class of 2024. The Fellow will be responsible for consistent outreach, administration, and tracking of graduating seniors’ college selection and enrollment throughout the summer (July and August) to ensure student follow-through of matriculation steps. Additionally, the Summer Melt & FAFSA Fellow will engage with parents and students, providing 1:1 support to complete FAFSA, support FAFSA verification, and assist with college selection and enrollment.
The Fellow will become an integral part of iMentor’s national and regional teams, taking part in various trainings, team meetings, and communities of practice. They will connect with young people from different ages, experiences, races, genders, and cultures as they seek to bring these voices into the program with the goal of ensuring success for all young people. This role requires flexibility and adaptability as student needs change.
This is a remote, part-time, temporary role, lasting the duration of the program cycle (July and August).
FAFSA & General Enrollment Support (50%)
Data Tracking and Analysis (20%)
Team Collaboration (15%)
Other duties as assigned to support FAFSA completion (15%)

Responsibilities

  • Conduct proactive outreach to students experiencing barriers to enrollment
  • Provide 1:1 support for FAFSA completion and verification
  • Assist with college selection and enrollment process
  • Engage with parents when necessary to ensure understanding and completion of steps
  • Analyze data to identify students who would benefit from interventions
  • Track interventions and analyze student progress
  • Use data to drive decision-making and improve support strategies
  • Participate in trainings, team meetings, and communities of practice
  • Troubleshooting financial aid challenges with direct service staff

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Experience with FAFSA and financial aid, college counseling, positive youth development practices, and progressive project management responsibilities
  • Experience supporting low income and first gen college-going students
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and support large-scale programs
  • Experience working collaboratively and cooperatively with a diverse community of students, families, staff, and external constituents
  • Familiarity with one or more of the secondary & postsecondary landscapes in which iMentor operates (NYC, Chicago, Baltimore); experience working with CUNY/SUNY or City Colleges of Chicago is a plus!
  • Comfort in using data to drive decision making
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint & otherwise digitally literate and proficient
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including through virtual platforms
  • Demonstrated alignment with iMentor's mission, values, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Views differences between individuals (race, gender, age, cultural heritage, physical ability, education, beliefs, and lifestyle) as an asset and demonstrates an appreciation of the diversity across the iMentor community.
  • Our organization works in partnership with district public schools across the country. In doing so we must meet all compliance requirements of those districts including background checks.
  • iMentor is committed to ensuring healthy and safe environments for our staff, mentors, and the students we serve. In order to fully comply with the NYC Vaccine mandate, all iMentor employees (regardless of role or region) are required to be fully vaccinated priority to their start date.

Compensation & Logistics

  • Rate of $28.85 per hour
  • 20-28 hours per week, flexible days and hours between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST
  • This is a fully remote role (must have home internet)
  • Computer and phone equipment will be provided