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Join the LINK Unlimited Scholars team today .

LINK’s goal is to mitigate the effect of systemic and structural forces impeding Black students by improving and increasing educational opportunities and access. By equipping our Scholars with the knowledge, skills, resources, and social equity that furthers college completion and career placement, LINK is increasing the economic mobility and stability of Black students and cultivating a diverse leadership pipeline for our city.

Open Positions

Director, Scholar Support: Apply Now

Vice President, Advancement: Apply Now

Scholar Support Associate: Apply Now

Contracted College Specialist: Apply Now

Request For Proposals

Summer Learning Program Math Curricula Development: Apply Now

Summer Learning Program ELA Curricula Development Request For Proposal: Apply Now

Position Descriptions:

We link high-potential Black students in Chicago to the path to, through, and beyond college. For Black students to become tomorrow’s leaders they must have access to educational resources and tools today.

LINK’s goal is to mitigate the effect of systemic and structural forces impeding Black students by improving and increasing educational opportunities and access. By equipping our Scholars with the knowledge, skills, resources, and social equity that further college completion and career placement, LINK is increasing the economic mobility and stability of Black students and cultivating a diverse leadership pipeline for our city.

Since 1966, we have successfully supported over 2,500 low- to moderate-income students. In the 2023-2024 academic year, we will serve 300+ middle and high schoolers. Our Scholars represent more than 60 Chicagoland neighborhoods, with a focus on supporting ten South and West Side communities: Auburn Gresham, Austin, Bronzeville, Englewood, Garfield Park, Greater Grand Crossing, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Shore, and Washington Park.

Looking to make a difference by linking students to opportunities so they can take a new path—one that leads to their full potential and our city’s vibrant future? Then join our team!

Position Summary

As an integral part of the Program Team, the Director, Scholar Support leads the holistic and comprehensive support programming for our Scholars to ensure they advance to, through and beyond college. The Director, Scholar Support will work closely with the Educational Programs & Mentoring Teams to provide Scholars with high quality and satisfactory programming and experiences to cultivate social emotional wellbeing and increase leadership skills, college readiness, access, and persistence. The Director, Scholar Support reports to the Managing Director, Scholar Support, leads the Scholar Support Team and manages the Manager, Scholar Support.

High School Fellowship

Program Strategy, Design, Delivery & Evaluation

  • Ensure high-quality support services are delivered to all Scholars from acceptance throughout the high school fellowship.
  • Design and implement coaching, management, and evaluation processes to successfully lead the Scholar Support team and their day-to-day professional development.
  • In alignment with organizational annual goals, establish annual team goals and strategies to achieve them.
    • Design and evaluate systems of accountability and progress monitoring/tracking for the Scholar Support Team.
    • Ensure Scholar engagement to meet annual retention and program completion goals.
  • Lead the design and facilitation of Scholar annual retreats.
  • Serve as the liaison to our High School partners to gain knowledge of school supportive services to ensure Scholars have access to such resources.
  • Collaborate with the Director, Educational Programs to design and/or facilitate Scholar college-readiness, career exposure and leadership development programming (including, but not limited to Saturday Academy, Summer Learning, internship opportunities, etc.).
  • Collaborate with the Mentor team to design and/or facilitate Mentor & Scholar programming and relationship cultivation experiences.
  • Ensure the collection of data relating to Scholar college applications, letters of recommendations, acceptances, scholarship awards, matriculation, etc.

Data Analysis & Strategic Direction

  • In collaboration with the Managing Director, Scholar Support, design feedback strategies to gather stakeholder feedback to inform Scholar programming.
    Manage the collection and organization of data to evaluate and measure program outcomes and impact (e.g. program reporting, technical assistance tracking, surveys, stakeholder feedback, etc.).
    • Identify and recommend key programmatic indicators and outcomes.
    • Track and report regularly on outcomes of engagement efforts including individuals reached, participant attendance, etc.
    • Utilize and interpret data for program and process evaluation and decision making so as to make recommendations for continuous improvements.
    • Maintain Scholar and partner information in Salesforce.
  • Translate findings from outcomes, survey data, and stakeholder feedback into actionable insights.

Collegiate Scholars and Alumni Support

  • Oversee current and expand Collegiate Scholar support programming, including tracking, engagement activities (e.g. monthly check-ins, sharing & disseminating resources and opportunities, encouraging attendance at alumni events, etc.), surveys, partnering with other organizations to provide Collegiate Scholar support as needed, etc.
    • Develop and implement Collegiate Scholar engagement strategies that meet annual engagement, college persistence, and graduation goals.
    • Collaborate with college partners to gain knowledge of school supportive services to ensure Scholars have access to such resources and are supported through graduation.
    • Develop a database of meaningful summer learning opportunities for Senior and Collegiate Scholars.
  • Develop and implement strategies to engage current Collegiate Scholars and recent
  • LINK alum with LINK high school Scholars.
  • Design and implement alumni engagement strategies that meet annual goals.
    In collaboration with the Data Manager, maintain data on college matriculation, persistence, and college graduation.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree REQUIRED.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant Programmatic work experience in College Access or Success, Social Work, or other related Educational or Social Service areas.
    • Previous case-management/comprehensive supportive services/wrap-around support experience required.
    • Program Event management and/or workshop facilitation experience required.
      Experience working with Black youth (8th-12th grade) & their families highly desired with a deep understanding of the systemic and structural forces impeding Black students.
    • Catholic, Urban Public School, and/or Charter School experience is a plus.
    • Experience with curriculum design highly desirable.
  • A minimum of five (5) years Supervisory experience that has included full or part-time direct reports is REQUIRED.
  • Strong experience using data to drive and achieve programmatic outcomes, programmatic improvement, and demonstrate impact, including survey design and analysis.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to speak in public, engage, and build relationships with diverse stakeholders (Scholars, Parents, Mentors, Volunteers, etc.).
    • Strong presentation skills, both in-person & virtual.
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking: Ability to break down tasks into manageable sections in order to make informed decisions to tackle a larger problem.
  • Excellent time management skills with proven ability to work at a rigorous pace, prioritize multiple assignments, communicate about challenges, plan, and most importantly, follow through to meet deadlines and objectives.
    • Experience using Project Management platforms to manage goal progress (preferably Basecamp).
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
  • Ability to perceive and resolve a gap between a present situation and a desired goal.
  • Demonstrated experience working with electronic databases.
    • Salesforce experience preferred.
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, or similar software with the ability to learn new or updated software.

Characteristics

  • Exemplifies the LINK Unlimited Scholars’ mission, vision, and values and acts in accordance with all policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Cheerful and welcoming demeanor.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • A self-starter, creative, and forward thinker.
  • Must have the utmost integrity and an ability to process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
  • Exercises good judgment with an ability to manage situations with tact and discretion.
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work enthusiastically with changing priorities or response to emergency situations.

Work Schedule

Full-Time, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, but requires 40-50 hours per week. Hybrid schedule: remotely twice a week (Mondays & Fridays) and in-office Tuesday through Thursday. Must also have flexibility to on occasion work Saturdays (on average 1-2 times/month) and evenings to support programming and other organizational events.

Compensation

Salary range $75k-$85k; to be determined based on experience and skills. Full-time employees are eligible for health, dental, and vision insurance, Retirement, PTO days, 11 Holidays, and a holiday shut down from Christmas Eve through New-Year’s day.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Cover letters without salary requirements will not be considered.

LINK TO APPLICATION: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/2225239/LINK-Unlimited-Scholars/Director-Scholar-Support

LINK Unlimited Scholars is an equal opportunity employer.

We link high-potential Black students in Chicago to the path to, through, and beyond college.  For Black students to become tomorrow’s leaders they must have access to educational resources and tools today.

LINK’s goal is to mitigate the effect of systemic and structural forces impeding Black students by improving and increasing educational opportunities and access. By equipping our Scholars with the knowledge, skills, resources, and social equity that further college completion and career placement, LINK is increasing the economic mobility and stability of Black students and cultivating a diverse leadership pipeline for our city.

Since 1966, we have successfully supported over 2,500 low- to moderate-income students.  In the 2023-2024 academic year, we will serve nearly 300 middle and high schoolers. Our Scholars represent more than 60 Chicagoland neighborhoods, with a focus on supporting ten South and West Side communities: Auburn Gresham, Austin, Bronzeville, Englewood, Garfield Park, Greater Grand Crossing, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Shore, and Washington Park.

Looking to make a difference by linking students to opportunities so they can take a new path—one that leads to their full potential and our city’s vibrant future?  Then join our team!

Position Summary

The VP, Advancement is a critical role on the LINK Unlimited Scholars’ leadership team that will help to propel the us to the next level.  LINK Unlimited Scholars is on the cusp of significant growth and the VP, Advancement will play an integral part in leading our growth by developing strategies aligned with our strategic growth goals.  The VP, Advancement, will use a creative approach to convert strategy into effective execution, translating LINK Unlimited Scholars’ initiatives and goals into clear objectives for board and staff.  In solid partnership with the President & CEO, The VP, Advancement will implement a comprehensive and multi-faceted donor communication and stewardship strategy that ensures we have the resources necessary to fulfill our mission and meet our strategic priorities.

Strategy & Vision

  • Establish a state-of-the-art development program, positioning LINK Unlimited Scholars for long-term, sustainable success through strong and growing philanthropic support.
  • Develop and implement a robust development strategy that encompasses foundations, major donors — other individual donors — corporations, special events, and government where possible.
  • Articulate an inspiring vision and demonstrate an authentic commitment to organizational success.
  • Create and implement a process by which a steady source of donor prospects are identified, researched, and qualified for the appropriate level of cultivation and solicitation, with the goal of creating a multi-year pipeline to sustain the organization for the future.
  • In concert with the President & CEO, ensure LINK Unlimited is visible in the Chicago civic and philanthropic community (often by attending events to that raise awareness of LINK Unlimited Scholars and its work), promote LINK Unlimited Scholars’ presence in appropriate business and civic conversations, and attract donors and advocates to advance LINK Unlimited Scholars’ mission.

Team Cultivation, Leadership & Collaboration

  • Nurture, motivate, and lead a growing team of committed development colleagues who are passionate about the mission of LINK Unlimited Scholars through goal-setting, mentorship, evaluation, and recognition.
  • Manage the performance and professional development of the development team.
  • Work in collaboration with the Communications team to deliver strategic messages to various individuals and stakeholder groups to increase their understanding of the organization’s identity and brand, strategic imperatives, and case for support.
  • Build a productive working relationship with the President & CEO and other members of the Leadership Team, and provide them with timely advice and counsel in all development areas.
  • Develop a strong bond with the organization, thoroughly understanding its history, distinct mission, values, and culture; its youth participants; operations; base of financial support; and the opportunities for involvement.
  • Assist the President & CEO in managing relationships with current and former Board Members, identifying and recruiting new members, setting philanthropic goals for the Board, and participating in relevant committees.
  • Collaborate and leverage relationships of the President & CEO, Board Members, and senior leaders — ensuring they are effectively supported in order to achieve fundraising goals.
  • Lead the Board’s Development Committee, partnering with the Development Chair to oversee Board fundraising activities and ensure revenue goals are met.
  • Build knowledge about and relationships with thought and philanthropic leaders to become conversant and competent within the civic landscape.
  • Be a source of development knowledge and expertise for the organization.

Advancement Planning & Implementation

  • Prepare the annual operational plan for development and fundraising, including the delineation of timetables, budgets, and strategies for accomplishing goals and objectives.
  • Develop a master calendar of development activities and events — including 1-2 major fundraising events each fiscal year — and ensure proper planning, preparation, and follow-up.
  • Prepare and ensure accurate fundraising reports that include all lines of revenue — monitoring monthly progress towards goals.
  • Review and create clear policy guidelines for development, including processing and accounting, donor recognition, and stewardship.
  • Stay on top of research industry trends and best practices in philanthropy and apply findings to inform and adapt fundraising strategies.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s or higher preferred.
  • 10+ years of nonprofit work experience, preferably in college access or success or other related educational areas.
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of development/fundraising experience.
  • An ability to assess and implement successful identification strategies for new sources of support from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
    • Experience having cultivated partnerships with corporations and/or foundations to generate resources and/or revenue.
    • Experience with donor-centric approaches to resource development.
  • An ability to build, manage, nurture, and evaluate strong teams with a track record of effectively leading a performance and outcome-based team.
    • A minimum of five (5) years:
      • Supervisory experience that has included full or part-time direct reports.
      • Budget development and monitoring experience.
  • An ability to serve as a visible and effective leader — to recognize and nurture talent while building and retaining a successful team.
  • An ability to foster an environment marked by creativity, commitment to professional growth, connectivity, collegiality, mutual respect, and cultural competency across the development function and beyond with an emphasis on equity.
  • A proven record of converting strategy into effective execution.
  • An ability to execute a development plan and evaluation of outcomes using a metrics-based approach;
  • Experience establishing and meeting strategic goals.
  • Knowledge of the latest innovations in fundraising techniques and philanthropy and an ability to translate those innovations and techniques into action.
  • An ability to communicate on the power of philanthropy to diverse audiences, internally and externally;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with varied constituencies.
  • Demonstrated experience working with electronic databases:
    • Salesforce Experience preferred.
    • Experience using Project Management platforms to manage goal progress (preferably Basecamp).
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to speak in public and engage all stakeholders (Scholars, Parents, Mentors, Volunteers, etc.).
  • Excellent time management skills with proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Ability to work independently as well as on a team.
  • Strong relationship and partnership cultivation skills to build rapport with existing and potential stakeholders.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, or similar software with the ability to learn new or updated software.

Characteristics

  • Mission Driven:  Exemplifies the LINK Unlimited Scholars’ mission, vision, and values and acts in accordance with all policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Cheerful and welcoming demeanor.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • A self-starter, creative, and forward thinker.
  • Must have the utmost integrity and an ability to process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
  • Exercises good judgment with an ability to manage situations with tact and discretion.

Work Schedule

Full-Time, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, but requires 40-50 hours per week.  Hybrid schedule:  remotely twice a week (Mondays & Fridays) and in-office Tuesday through Thursday.  Must also have flexibility to on occasion work a slightly later schedule and/or on a weekend to support special events.

Compensation

Salary range $115k-135k; to be determined based on experience and skills.  Full-time employees are eligible for health, dental, and vision insurance, Retirement, PTO days, 11 Holidays, and a holiday shut down from Christmas Eve through New-Year’s day.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Dr. Toinette Gunn, President & CEO via link. Cover letters without salary requirements will not be considered.

LINK TO APPLICATION: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/All/9f42f360-fe7d-4557-a988-51234a605b20/LINK-Unlimited-Scholars

LINK Unlimited Scholars is an equal opportunity employer.

We link high-potential Black students in Chicago to the path to, through, and beyond college. For Black students to become tomorrow’s leaders they must have access to educational resources and tools today.

LINK’s goal is to mitigate the effect of systemic and structural forces impeding Black students by improving and increasing educational opportunities and access. By equipping our Scholars with the knowledge, skills, resources, and social equity that further college completion and career placement, LINK is increasing the economic mobility and stability of Black students and cultivating a diverse leadership pipeline for our city.

Since 1966, we have successfully supported over 2,500 low- to moderate-income students. In the 2023-2024 academic year, we will serve 300+ middle and high schoolers. Our Scholars represent more than 60 Chicagoland neighborhoods, with a focus on supporting ten South and West Side communities: Auburn Gresham, Austin, Bronzeville, Englewood, Garfield Park, Greater Grand Crossing, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Shore, and Washington Park.

Looking to make a difference by linking students to opportunities so they can take a new path—one that leads to their full potential and our city’s vibrant future? Then join our team!

Position Summary

As an integral part of the Program Team, the Scholar Support Associate works closely with the Manager, Scholar Support to support scholars throughout their time in the LINK Unlimited Scholars program. Scholar Support Associates are experts at building relationships, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. They are also knowledgeable in child development and adolescent mental health. The Scholar Support Associate understands how to leverage partnerships with families, mentors, schools, and community partners to provide comprehensive support to scholars.

Role & Responsibilities

Scholar Support & Case Management

  • Manage and provide wrap-around/comprehensive case management support for a caseload of approximately 60-70 Scholars for their four years in the
  • LINK Unlimited Scholars high school fellowship.
  • Build and maintain relationships with Scholars, families, and mentors.
  • Develop targeted monthly communication objectives to ensure Scholars are engaged and have a positive experience so as to support student retention and successful completion of our high school fellowship.

Collaborative Leadership & Team Support

  • Assist with the development and execution of the LINK Unlimited Scholars program components including college/career awareness, leadership, civic engagement, monthly Saturday programming for all scholars, retreats, Summer Learning, and other events for Scholars and Mentors.
  • Attend cohort orientations and all programmatic events.
  • Collaborate with the Director, Scholar Support to create and provide Scholars with resources for college, scholarships, financial aid, and college immersion opportunities.
  • Participate in collective staff responsibilities and conduct interviews for incoming LINK scholars.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Data Management

  • Collect and analyze program-related data to inform programmatic strategies and goal progress.
  • Collect necessary data to report on scholar engagement and academic performance to evaluate scholar performance in the program.
  • Ensure School Partner Agreements are completed and honored.
  • Ensure Scholar data is collected and regularly input into Salesforce and other data collection platforms.
  • Ensure communications with Scholars and partner schools are entered into Salesforce.
  • Report on Jr. LINK Scholar engagement and academic performance to evaluate Scholar performance in the fellowship.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 1-2 years of relevant work experience in College Access or Success, Social
  • Work, or other related Educational or Social Service areas.
  • Experience working with urban youth, specifically Black youth preferred.
  • Knowledgeable in child development and adolescent mental health.
    Project management experience and ability to manage multiple project deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiation, problem solving, collaboration, and customer service skills.
    • Ability to propose new approaches, methods, or technologies to improve processes and outcomes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Ability to interface effectively with scholars, partners, donors, faculty, and volunteer leaders.
    • Ability to draft correspondence and other materials with minimal supervision.
      Must be able to prioritize and independently manage projects from implementation through completion; able to multi-task and meet deadlines in a complex environment.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on a team.
    Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, Adobe Suite.
    • Experience with Salesforce and mass email platforms such as MailChimp is preferred.
    • Must have the ability to learn new or updated software.
  • Must have flexibility to on occasion work a slightly later or varied schedule to support programming activities and special events. Requires some evening/weekend work.

Characteristics

  • Exemplifies the LINK Unlimited Scholars’ mission, vision, and values and acts in accordance with all policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Cheerful and welcoming demeanor.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • A self-starter, creative, and forward thinker.
  • Must have the utmost integrity and an ability to process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
  • Exercises good judgment with an ability to manage situations with tact and discretion.

Work Schedule

Full-Time, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, but requires 40-50 hours per week. Hybrid schedule: remotely twice a week (Mondays & Fridays) and in-office Tuesday through Thursday. Must be able to occasionally work varied shifts dependent on events and staffing needs. Requires some evening/weekend work.

Compensation

Salary range $47k-$52k; to be determined based on experience and skills. Full-time employees are eligible for health, dental, and vision insurance, Retirement, PTO days, 11 Holidays, and a holiday shut down from Christmas Eve through New-Year’s day.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Cover letters without salary requirements will not be considered.

LINK TO APPLICATION:
https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/2225152/LINK-Unlimited-Scholars/Scholar-Support-Associate

LINK Unlimited Scholars is an equal opportunity employer.

We link high-potential Black students in Chicago to the path to, through, and beyond college.  For Black students to become tomorrow’s leaders they must have access to educational resources and tools today.

LINK’s goal is to mitigate the effect of systemic and structural forces impeding Black students by improving and increasing educational opportunities and access. By equipping our Scholars with the knowledge, skills, resources, and social equity that further college completion and career placement, LINK is increasing the economic mobility and stability of Black students and cultivating a diverse leadership pipeline for our city.

Since 1966, we have successfully supported over 2,500 low- to moderate-income students.  In the 2023-2024 academic year, we will serve 300+ middle and high schoolers. Our Scholars represent more than 60 Chicagoland neighborhoods, with a focus on supporting ten South and West Side communities: Auburn Gresham, Austin, Bronzeville, Englewood, Garfield Park, Greater Grand Crossing, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Shore, and Washington Park.

Looking to make a difference by linking students to opportunities so they can take a new path—one that leads to their full potential and our city’s vibrant future?  Then join our team!

Position Summary

As a contracted position within the Programs team, the Contracted College Specialist is a college access expert who will lead a caseload of 10-15 seniors through the latter portion of their college selection process.  This position will execute the supports provided through our Project College model and approach, meeting with each Scholar in their caseload monthly to discuss college and scholarship application status, advise on college selection based on provided criteria and offer college counseling services based on Scholar academic profile, interests, family preferences and other fit factors. Contracted College Specialists will work closely with the Managing Director, Scholar Support

Caseload Management

  • Meet with each Scholar in caseload once monthly to discuss monthly topics and provide college counseling services such as insight on next steps, sharing resources as necessary, FAFSA support, following up on communicated next steps and assessing progress.
  • Document conversations, next steps and relevant insight for tracking and counseling purposes
  • Create decision reports/suggestions for each Scholar on caseload
  • Lead parent/scholar/mentor decision meetings
  • Support Scholars with matriculation next steps (paying housing deposits, securing additional scholarship, orientation sign up, etc).

Training/Development

  • Attend mandatory counselor orientation
  • Attend monthly training/development sessions to align in approach and deliver equitable services
  • Attend mandatory in-person meet and greet with senior scholars on March 2, 2024
  • Attend check in with Managing Director, Scholar Support to discuss decision suggestions prior to decision meetings

Anticipated Important Dates

Date Activity/Task Modality
Week of Feb 19 or 26, 2024 Counselor Orientation Virtual
March 2, 2024, 10a-11a Meet and Greet with Seniors In-Person | Location: South Loop
Week of March 18, 2024 Mandatory Training Session for Final Decisions Virtual
Week of April 1, 2024 Decision Check In Meetings Virtual (Hybrid if desired)
Week of May 6, 2024 Mandatory Training Session for Matriculation Next Steps Virtual
May 10, 2024 Final Decisions Due N/A
Week of May 20, 2024 Individual Matriculation Check In Meetings Virtual (Hybrid if desired)
June 15, 2024 Matriculation Information  Due N/A

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree REQUIRED.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience in college counseling,  access or success or other related educational areas.
  • Strong experience in college counseling, with a particular focus on guiding students through the decision process at competitive institutions
  • Knowledge and awareness of financial aid supports including navigating FAFSA, competitive scholarships, national and local scholarships
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
  • Availability on the dates listed above.

Characteristics

  • Exemplifies the LINK Unlimited Scholars’ mission, vision, and values and acts in accordance with all policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Growth mindset and servant leader approach to educating in Chicago
  • Cheerful and welcoming demeanor
  • Must have outgoing and engaging personality
  • Strong work ethic
  • A self-starter, creative, and forward thinker
  • Must have the utmost integrity and an ability to process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials
  • Exercises good judgment with an ability to manage situations with tact and discretion

Work Schedule

Part-time during the evenings and weekends – Counselors will utilize a scheduling platform to set up appointments with their caseloads monthly.

Compensation

Counselors will be compensated at a rate of $100 per Scholar, with the anticipated range of $1000-$2000 based on caseload size and counselor capacity.

To Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter and please outline any college counseling experience you may have.

APPLY: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/All/9f42f360-fe7d-4557-a988-51234a605b20/LINK-Unlimited-Scholars

LINK Unlimited Scholars is an equal opportunity employer.

Summer Learning Program Math Curricula Development Request For Proposals

PROPOSALS DUE BY: 3/15/2024

Company Background 

For over 50 years, LINK Unlimited Scholars has been a Chicago-based institution working to change the trajectory of high-potential Black youth by providing unique programming in the classroom and beyond. Our Scholars complete a four-year fellowship that includes academic enrichment, leadership development, career exposure, and college access to move them to, through, and beyond college. LINK offers the necessary backing to help close the opportunity gap and further ensure economic stability for our Scholars.

Project Overview 

Our scholars are required to participate in a 6-week summer learning program. Our goals are to prevent summer learning loss and prepare scholars for the math courses they will take in their next academic year. We are looking for a vendor to design and develop an engaging, culturally-responsive integrated mathematics curriculum for an algebra course and a geometry course.

Project Goals

  • 80% of scholars demonstrate academic growth based on pre and post-assessment data as a result of the curricula.
  • The curricula are organized around a central problem or theme that is culturally responsive, relevant, and aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Scope of Work 

Each curriculum should include the following:

  •  Pre-Assessment & Post Assessment
  • Common Core State Standards (link | link) & other relevant professional standards for rising 7th, 8th or 9th grade students (please indicate for which grades(s) your proposal aligns)
  • Objectives
  • Daily Learning Sequence
    • Bell Ringers & Exit Tickets
    • Culturally Relevant Activities
    • Competency-Based Formative Assessments
    • Differentiation Recommendations
  • Materials
    • Powerpoint slides
    • Handouts (digital & print)

Vendors or contractors will be required to meet bi-monthly to review curricula and provide updates with the Managing Director, Scholar Support and Director, Educational Programs.

Grade Level Curriculum Expectations

7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade

12 complete lessons

60 minute duration for each

12 complete lessons

60 minute duration for each

18 complete lessons

60 minute duration for each

Grade Level Themes to Consider

Grade Level Theme
7th Young, Gifted, Black and Emerging
8th Young, Gifted, Black and Driven
9th Young, Gifted, Black and Dreaming
11th Young, Gifted, Black and Preparing

Target Deliverable Schedule: 

  • March 15th, 2024 – Proposal due
  • March 27th, 2024 – Decision shared with vendors who submitted proposals.

Nuances to consider:

  • Our scholars attend many different schools with many different learning experiences, making it challenging to design a curriculum that meets the needs of all of our scholars.
  • Scholars will not have access to computers or tablets during summer learning.

Evaluation Metrics and Criteria for Curricula 

  • Each curriculum is standards-aligned, culturally responsive, and driven by an essential problem/question.
  • Each curriculum has valid and reliable pre- and post-assessments that are aligned with curriculum standards and objectives.

Questions Bidders Must Answer To Be Considered 

  • How do you plan to create culturally responsive summer math curricula that are engaging for Black scholars?
  • How do you determine if a pre and post-assessment is valid and reliable?
  • How do you know if students have learned?
  • How do students and the teacher monitor progress?

Proposal Submission Should Include 

  •  Curriculum description for each course which includes
    • Biographical and professional information about vendor
    • Proposal Description
    • Scope of work
      • Anticipated standards & objectives
      • Culturally responsive elements
      • Essential problem or question
      • Sample handouts

Proposal Due: March 15th, 2024, 11:59p

Budget: $1190 for 7th or 8th grade | $1785 for 9th or 11th grade

 

APPLY: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/All/9f42f360-fe7d-4557-a988-51234a605b20/LINK-Unlimited-Scholars

Summer Learning Program ELA Curricula Development Request For Proposals

PROPOSALS DUE BY: 3/15/2024

 

Company Background 

For over 50 years, LINK Unlimited Scholars has been a Chicago-based institution working to change the trajectory of high-potential Black youth by providing unique programming in the classroom and beyond. Our Scholars complete a four-year fellowship that includes academic enrichment, leadership development, career exposure, and college access to move them to, through, and beyond college. LINK offers the necessary backing to help close the opportunity gap and further ensure economic stability for our Scholars.

Project Overview 

Our scholars are required to participate in a 4 to 6-week summer learning program. Our goals are to prevent summer learning loss and prepare scholars for the ELA courses they will take in their next academic year. We are looking for a vendor to design and develop an engaging, culturally-responsive integrated ELA curriculum for a middle school and English 1 high school course.

Project Goals

  • 80% of scholars demonstrate academic growth based on pre and post-assessment data as a result of the curricula.
  • The curricula are organized around a central problem or theme that is culturally responsive, relevant, and aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Scope of Work 

Each curriculum should include the following:

  •  Pre-Assessment & Post Assessment
  • Common Core State Standards (link | link) & other relevant professional standards for rising 7th, 8th or 9th grade students (please indicate for which grades(s) your proposal aligns)

 

  • Objectives
  • Daily Learning Sequence
    • Bell Ringers & Exit Tickets
    • Culturally Relevant Activities
    • Competency-Based Formative Assessments
    • Differentiation Recommendations
  • Materials
    • Powerpoint slides
    • Handouts (digital & print)

Vendors or contractors will be required to meet bi-monthly to review curricula and provide updates with the Managing Director, Scholar Support and Director, Educational Programs.

Grade Level Curriculum Expectations

7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade

12 complete lessons

60 minute duration for each

12 complete lessons

60 minute duration for each

18 complete lessons

60 minute duration for each

Grade Level Themes to Consider

Grade Level Theme
7th Young, Gifted, Black and Emerging
8th Young, Gifted, Black and Driven
9th Young, Gifted, Black and Dreaming
11th Young, Gifted, Black and Preparing

Target Deliverable Schedule: 

  • March 15th, 2024 – Proposal due
  • March 27th, 2024 – Decision shared with vendors who submitted proposals.

Nuances to consider:

  • Our scholars attend many different schools with many different learning experiences, making it challenging to design a curriculum that meets the needs of all of our scholars.
  • Scholars will not have access to computers or tablets during summer learning.

Evaluation Metrics and Criteria for Curricula 

  • Each curriculum is standards-aligned, culturally responsive, and driven by an essential problem/question.
  • Each curriculum has valid and reliable pre- and post-assessments that are aligned with curriculum standards and objectives.

Questions Bidders Must Answer To Be Considered 

  • How do you plan to create culturally responsive summer ELA curricula that are engaging for Black scholars?
  • How do you determine if a pre and post-assessment is valid and reliable?
  • How do you know if students have learned?
  • How do students and the teacher monitor progress?

 

Proposal Submission Should Include 

  •  Curriculum description for each course which includes
    • Biographical and professional information about vendor
    • Proposal Description
    • Scope of work
      • Anticipated standards & objectives
      • Culturally responsive elements
      • Essential problem or question
      • Sample handouts

Proposal Due: March 15th, 2024, 11:59p

Budget: $1190 for 7th or 8th grade | $1785 for 9th or 11th grade

 

APPLY: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/All/9f42f360-fe7d-4557-a988-51234a605b20/LINK-Unlimited-Scholars

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