College Access and Persistence Associate, LEAH

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a College Access and Persistence (CAP) Associate who will be responsible for providing overall support to the LEAH Project while managing LEAH’s college access, readiness, and persistence programming.

Position Description:

The Leaders through Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), college access, and career readiness program for Boston Public high school students who are typically underrepresented in STEM fields. (i.e. youth of color and first-generation youth). LEAH recruits and trains high school students, known as LEAH Mentors, to teach hands on STEM lessons and provide homework assistance to elementary school students in afterschool and summer programs throughout Boston. The LEAH Project aims to close the STEM achievement gap for youth underrepresented in STEM fields, increase their access to post-secondary education, and prepare them for the workforce by providing them with STEM teaching internships in after school and summer camp programs.

The LEAH Project provides its high school LEAH Mentors with valuable work experience in STEM and education and mentorship in a near-peer model.

The LEAH Project is an initiative of Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA), a nonprofit public health organization based in Boston, Massachusetts. HRiA has a mission to help people live healthier lives and build healthier communities through prevention, health promotion, policy, and research. HRiA works with a diverse group of clients across the country to address some of the most critical public health issues using innovative and evidence-based approaches to improve population health, particularly in communities of color and with young people.

Since its founding in 1957, HRiA has been at the forefront of public health, leading the way to promote healthier and more vibrant communities.  Our work recognizes the impact of social, economic, and racial factors on health outcomes.

For more information about our organization and the LEAH program, visit and

The College Access and Persistence (CAP) Associate is responsible for providing overall support to the LEAH Project while managing LEAH’s college access, readiness, and persistence programming. The CAP Associate will be responsible for developing and implementing a range of tasks and activities (described below) with a goal of achieving 100% high school graduation and college acceptance among LEAH Mentors, and an 80% college persistence rate among LEAH alumni. The CAP Associate will be responsible for implementing grade level college readiness curricula for LEAH youth, working intensively with LEAH’s seniors on college and financial aid applications, coordinating and overseeing academic and SAT tutors, and supporting alumni persistence and engagement. The CAP Associate will work with other team members to develop relationships and support LEAH’s youth, oversee and implement programming that helps the youth succeed in high school, enter college, stay in college, and pursue a professional career (ideally in a STEM-related field). The ideal candidate for this position is someone who believes in youth leadership, has some college admissions experience, and is flexible, comfortable in a fast-paced environment, resourceful, and detail oriented. The CAP Associate will be supervised by the LEAH Project’s Manager. This is an exempt, full time position.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Supporting the development and implementation of a college access curriculum based on each grade.
  • Communicating effectively, efficiently, and appropriately with the LEAH team.
  • Participating in and facilitating weekly LEAH team meetings.

Project Work

  • Supporting the development and implementation of a college readiness curriculum based on each LEAH Mentor’s grade including, but not limited to, two weekly youth meetings, field trips, college visits, academic and SAT tutoring, academic enrichment opportunities, financial aid support and one-on-one meetings with youth (both summer and school year).
  • Implementing program activities to help achieve a 100% high school graduation and college acceptance goal.
  • Supporting the development and implementation of alumni engagement and college persistence plan for recent LEAH alumni.
  • Helping to plan alumni engagement events, parent orientation, college visits, and LEAH’s annual graduation event.
  • Developing partnerships with other college readiness and persistence programs in Boston to leverage existing resources.
  • Building trusting and safe relationships with current youth and alumni.
  • Facilitating college readiness and access trainings for the youth during the school year and summer.
  • Serve as the main liaison with SAT and academic tutors.
  • Meeting with youth individually and in a group to support them to grow in leadership ability, teaching and youth work skills, professionalism, and academic success.
  • Conducting site visits and communicating with site supervisors (sites are where youth are placed to teach STEM lessons to elementary school students).
  • Collecting and reporting data for overall evaluation and reporting, including tracking of alumni.

Thought Leadership

  • Generating ideas to contribute to blogs, website content, LEAH’s newsletter, and social media as well other sources to share and promote our expertise.
  • Suggesting ideas for improvements in project and/or organizational processes and systems through participation in teams and committees.

New Business Development

  • Assisting with proposal writing and/or submission as needed; this may include working with the Program Director to prepare scopes of work and budgets, writing final reports, or preparing grant proposals for renewals or other new opportunities.
  • Contributing to HRiA/LEAH websites and social media accounts.


Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of professional experience working with high school-aged youth (ideally youth of color or first-generation college youth) OR four years of professional experience in education and/or experience working with high-school-aged youth (ideally youth of color or first- generation college youth).
  • Experience in increasing college access and persistence among first generation college youth preferred.
  • Experience in youth development, youth programming, education, and leadership development.
  • Experience facilitating engaging workshops, activities, and/or small groups, including strong group management skills.
  • Enjoy working with young people, and a deep belief in youth leadership.
  • Ability to engage multiple external stakeholders and work with them to achieve goals.
  • Respect for and ability to connect with people who come from different cultures, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
  • Excellent oral communication skills and demonstrated experience in public speaking, facilitation, and training delivery.
  • Excellent written communication skills and an ability to adjust style and messaging depending on the audience and medium.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to juggle multiple, competing priorities and timelines.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, but also to work independently and take personal initiative to complete tasks.
  • Keen attention to detail and a strong commitment to high-quality products, customer/client service, and team interactions.
  • Familiarity with Boston Public Schools and/or prior experience supporting academic achievement of K-12 students preferred.
  • Ability to support youth through the college application and financial aid process preferred.

Typical hours are Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm; Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 am – 6:30 pm. Additional evening and weekend hours are sometimes required to fulfill the duties of this position.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision.  The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

How to Apply:

HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous vacation.

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume online at

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

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