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Current Opportunities

College and Career Coach

Washington, DC, Hybrid


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College and Career Coach 

FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Type: Fixed-Term / Temporary (6 Years, with a possibility of extension to 7 years)

Reports to: Program Director of GEAR UP

Department: Programs

Salary Range: $80-$85K Annually


DC-College Access Program’s Mission

The District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to increase the number of Washington, DC, public high school students who enter and graduate from college.  DC-CAP recognizes the inequities that persist in accessing, funding and completing college and obtaining a degree, especially for DC’s black, brown, and low-income students. DC-CAP helps students access and attain meaningful college education credentials with little to no debt, fueling their college and career success with both scholarships and advisory services.

Job Summary

DC-CAP is seeking a College and Career Coach to play a vital role in serving students beginning in 7th grade through their first year of college as part of our commitment to enhancing educational and career opportunities. This position requires a high level of community involvement, engagement with parents, and the willingness to work occasional weekends to ensure the success of the program. The Career and Career Coach will be guided by the GEAR UP Grant’s requirements, which will be provided for review, to fulfill the role’s objectives. This is a 7-year project that follows the 7th grade cohort through their first year of college to meet the requirements of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) program. The GEAR UP program is funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant and provides services and resources to a cohort of students with the goal of increasing college awareness and readiness.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as a mentor and advisor to students in grades 7 through their first year of college
  • Assist students in defining and pursuing their academic and career goals
  • Provide guidance on educational choices, course selection, and career pathways
  • Aid students in exploring post-secondary education options and preparing for college
  • Engage parents and guardians actively to foster a supportive environment for students
  • Plan and organize events, workshops, and programs for students and community members
  • Collect, enter, and track data related to GEAR UP activities for required U.S. Department of Education annual progress reports as well as general project operations
  • Offer detailed information on scholarships, financial aid, and grant opportunities
  • Cultivate students’ essential life skills and soft skills for future success
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication, as well as collaboration skills
  • Proactively engage with community members and District residents
  • Collaborate with team members and contribute to a positive, collaborative atmosphere
  • Take the initiative to meet the mission and goals of the DC GEAR UP Grant project

What You Bring

  • 3+ years in the college advising/access space
  • The ability to positively and productively engage with community members and District residents
  • Experience planning events for students and community members
  • Strong project management and organization skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and collaboration skills
  • A positive and collaborative attitude, responsible nature, and willingness to take initiative to achieve the mission and goals of the DC GEAR UP Grant project
  • Proven ability to work with minimal direction and flexibility to adapt to changing environments
  • Prior experience with social emotional learning or other strengths-based approaches to supporting students
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., education, psychology, sociology, politics, college/guidance counselling, college admissions, public policy, public service, nonprofit management)


This is a fixed-term position, initially for 6 years with the possibility of extension to 7 years based on the program’s needs and funding.

Work Environment

This is a hybrid position, and the office environment requires using the computer, phone, and other routine office equipment. The College and Career Coach position requires travel to school sites and reporting to the office 4-6 days per month.  Additionally, some work on weekends and participation in events and programs beyond regular office hours is required. This flexibility enables you to best meet the needs of the students and the community.

Physical Requirements

The ability to move within and between different work locations, including our main office and various community settings, is essential. This may include walking, standing, and the capacity to travel to off-site events and meetings.


The role may require travel to attend training sessions, meetings, and events within the community. Access to reliable transportation is necessary.

Hours of Work

Working hours are 9 AM to 5 PM ET Monday-Friday. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required to accommodate community engagement events and workshops.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.

EEO Statement

DC-CAP is committed to ensuring an environment free from discrimination and an equal employment opportunity. As such, employment decisions at DC_CAP are based on merit, qualifications, experience, and skillset. DC-CAP does not discriminate in employment opportunities and practices based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, and any other characteristics. DC-CAP will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.

Other Duties

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.