55K Student Success Coordinator Position



55K Student Success Coordinator

Position Description


Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to info@55000degrees.org. Initial screenings will begin January 29 and interested applicants are encouraged to submit their resume by that date.


Job Summary

55,000 Degrees seeks a Student Success Coordinator who will play a pivotal role in ensuring more Jefferson County Public School graduates pursue their dream of a college education. 55K is a partner of the Louisville Promise, a commitment that every child in Louisville is prepared for college, career, and a successful, productive life. This position will coordinate with the “Rise Together” initiative focused on students from Louisville’s “Zones of Hope,” with support from Lumina Foundation and its designation of Louisville as a “Talent Hub”.

The Student Success Coordinator will help build institutional capacity at Jefferson Community and Technical College and at Simmons College to assist students in addressing non-academic and emergency barriers to student persistence and success. This coordinator will build a knowledge base of and connections to existing resources at the college(s) and in the community that address basic needs (food, shelter, clothing, health and mental health), and will establish processes for referral and tracking of support utilization while serving as a resource to both students and faculty/staff.


Duties and Responsibilities will include but are not be limited to:

  • Establish a presence on the JCTC downtown and technical campuses
  • Establish a presence at Simmons College
  • Develop a knowledge base of college resources
  • Build a network of community resources that address basic needs (food, shelter, clothing)
  • Build a network of community partners that support academic success
  • Develop referral processes for college students to better access community resources
  • Follow up on referrals to ensure connections are made and quality service is provided
  • Provide feedback to JCTC and Simmons
  • Track student utilization of success coordinator and of support services
  • Track success of students utilizing services

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The Student Success Coordinator will have at minimum a BA or BS degree, and at least two years of work experience, in social work, counseling or other education fields. A master’s degree is preferred. In addition, candidates must have:

  • Experience related to the provision of holistic student support services at the 2- or 4- year postsecondary level, or as a service provider in social or health services or a closely related field.
  • Commitment to inclusive excellence and the demonstrated ability to develop mentoring relationships with a diverse student population
  • Demonstrated knowledge of postsecondary and/or community-based systems of support
  • Adaptability, flexibility, and a willingness to adapt quickly in order to serve the needs of students
  • Strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills and attending to detail
  • Ability to build relationship and connections between individuals and systems that can help support students in need
  • Microsoft Office Suite skills

Compensation: The Community Foundation of Louisville serves as the fiscal sponsor of 55,000 Degrees. The position is a professional, full-time, exempt staff assignment and will be eligible to participate in the Community Foundation of Louisville’s Employee Health and Benefits Plan as set forth in the Foundation’s personnel policies. Compensation will be commensurate with skill level and experience.

This is a grant-funded position, with an anticipated end date of December 31, 2020. Although the grant is expected to end on that date, we will seek to identify sustainable funding so that this position’s tenure might be extended.


About 55,000 Degrees:
55K, a cross-sector partnership committed to increasing education attainment in Greater Louisville, is a partner of the Louisville Promise. Louisville Promise is a community effort to remove persistent barriers to student success and college attainment. This work will take two forms.

  • A scholarship available to every JCPS graduate that makes at least a two-year college degree affordable and achievable.
  • An unprecedented coalition of community, government and education organizations who will work together in new and innovative ways to ensure every student gets the supports and opportunities they need to succeed, cradle to career.

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