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.

Director of College Access

We are currently seeking a Director of College Access to join our team. This role is a unique opportunity for an experienced leader and educator to develop, expand, and lead all College Access programming for Philadelphia Futures. Our classroom-to-college-to-career programs help low-income, first-generation-to-college students gain admission to and graduate, career-ready, from college.
Key Responsibilities: 
  • Lead the College Access staff in the delivery of Philadelphia Futures' direct service programs, College Connection, and Sponsor-A-Scholar, as well as the College Admissions and Academic offices. 
    • Oversee the development and implementation of strategies to meet overall programming needs for college guidance and academic support and enrichment. 
    • Evaluate program success, including the development and analysis of key metrics and data, and identify opportunities for continuous improvement in the programs' effectiveness. 
    • Support staff in the cultivation and maintenance of relationships with students, families, mentors, volunteers, and high school and college admissions personnel to ensure that students remain on track to college. 
  • Collaborate with the Director of Outreach and Engagement on the PF Admissions process. 
  • Coordinate with Director of College Success to ensure the continuity of support throughout the student lifecycle. 
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with school personnel, community partners, and academic institutions to develop and grow partnership relationships, and to help remove barriers to success. 
  • Identify and analyze trends in college access, admissions, and college readiness for use in College Access, Admissions, and Academics planning. 
  • Provide content for Philadelphia Futures publications, website, grant proposals, sponsor reports, and others. 
  • Serve as a member of the Management Team for Philadelphia Futures. 

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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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