Employment at Futures

Philadelphia Futures' mission is to provide low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. Our direct service programs, Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) and College Connection, provide academic enrichment, college guidance, and a range of other services for promising high school students attending Philadelphia’s public, charter, and parochial high schools.

In 2011 White-Williams Scholars - with a 200 year history of serving students living in poverty - and Philadelphia Futures - with a 23 year track record of helping Philadelphia students enter and succeed in college - merged. Following the merger, the organization undertook a strategic planning process. The Plan that emerged reaffirmed the strength of our work and identified areas for smart growth.

College Access Coordinator

We are currently seeking a College Access Coordinator to join our SAS team.  This role is a unique opportunity for a proactive, detailed-oriented individual to serve in a critical role in supporting low-income, first-generation-to-college students through high school and into college, with the goal that they graduate college career ready and with manageable debt.

Significant responsibilities of this position include:

  • Maintaining weekly contact with students to assure and support student participation in required coursework and optional extracurricular activities; monitoring and providing resources for improved academic performance in students’ high schools; and providing individualized support/interventions as needed
  • Meeting periodically with students, parents/guardians, mentors and high school staff (as applicable) to support progress, and develop and implement individualized plans for college admission
  • Maintaining records of student progress, activities, and other vital information
  • Supporting adolescents in their social-emotional development
  • Providing comprehensive support for students as they navigate the entirety of the college admission, financial aid and matriculation processes
  • Actively and regularly developing a research-based knowledge base of best practices with regard to college guidance for low income, first-gen students
  • Assisting with planning and implementation of program activities, including facilitating outreach presentations about college guidance, access and success 

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Fall Instructors

We currently have two instructor openings for the Fall.

Instructor – Literary Analysis Course for High School Sophomores

The Literary Analysis Instructor will teach two sections of approximately 22 students each in an intensive course designed to develop the reading, writing, communication, and time management skills that are crucial to college success. Students explore the concept of accountability in relation to literary characters and authors, including themselves, through various reading and writing assignments. The courses will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively, from 4:00pm-5:15pm in Center City Philadelphia throughout the fall term (exact location and dates TBD). Responsibilities include: (1) collaborating with Philadelphia Futures curriculum and academic specialists to develop, plan, and implement instruction designed to support preparation for college-level reading and writing; (2) reporting daily on student attendance, assignment completion, and progress; (3) grading and evaluating student work, including but not limited to submitting mid-semester and final term reports.

Instructor – Nonfiction Reading and Writing Course for High School Juniors

The Nonfiction Reading Instructor will teach two sections of approximately 22 students each in an intensive course designed to build writing, reading, and critical thinking skills as students prepare for the academic rigor of college work. Readings for the course will consist primarily of nonfiction texts concerning the theme of intelligence. The courses will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively, from 4:00pm-5:15pm in Center City Philadelphia throughout the fall term (exact locations and dates TBD). Responsibilities include: (1) collaborating with Philadelphia Futures curriculum and academic specialists to develop, plan, and implement instruction designed to support preparation for college-level writing; (2) reporting daily on student attendance, assignment completion, and progress; (3) grading and evaluating student work, including but not limited to submitting mid-semester and final term reports.

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Freshman Seminar Instructor

We are currently seeking a Freshman Seminar Instructor. The Freshman Seminar Instructor will teach two sections of approximately 20 students each in a course designed to develop the reading, writing, communication, and time management skills that are crucial to college success. Through various assignments, students improve their writing mechanics and structure while they learn how to use evidence to effectively support a thesis statement. Students will also learn the importance of soft skills such as organization and time-management, and how effective implementation of these skills will set them up for success in high school and college. 

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Summer Institute Instructors - Math and English

Instructors are needed for an intensive summer academic enrichment program for recent high school graduates transitioning to college. The goals of the program are to keep students academically engaged through college-level coursework and to develop skills and strategies for college success. Math, reading and writing courses are offered.

Courses are held 5 days a week for 3-6 hours from approximately July 9th-July 27th, on the campus of Drexel University.

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