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Temporary Program Associate

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Program Associate (Temporary & Part Time)

Summer Search, Bay Area

At Summer Search, we believe in ‘No Ceilings’ and envision a world in which young people, regardless of circumstances, can chart their own destiny. In the United States, students from underserved communities – disproportionately BIPOC and first-generation – face systemic inequities in school, in the workforce, and in life. Nevertheless, these young people possess unique strengths, resilience, and limitless potential.

Since 1990, Summer Search has partnered with young people during their transition from adolescence into adulthood by connecting them to expansive opportunities, professional mentoring, and a community of support. Summer Searchers recognize their potential and build a toolkit to navigate and challenge systemic barriers, break new ground for their families and communities, and achieve economic equity and a life of purpose.



Summer Search Bay Area is seeking a Temporary Program Associate to mentor a caseload of approximately 24-26 high school seniors, supporting them through the end of senior year and during their transition into post-secondary. This position is a temporary position (January- June 2024) serving students based in Napa, Sonoma, and Alameda counties. Taking a student-centered and critically informed approach, this person will utilize Summer Search’s unique mentoring methodology, to support post-secondary readiness and matriculation.



Student Mentoring and Program Facilitation (70%)

  • Serve as a mentor to a caseload of approximately 24-26 high school seniors, building relationships and conducting regular mentoring by phone.
  • Utilize a unique mentoring methodology based upon adolescent social-emotional development, cultural relevance, and critical consciousness. Enable conversations that allow students to reflect upon the impact of identities and social/cultural context on their lives.
  • Support students in year-round program participation, as well as demonstrating a personal commitment to students that result in a high level of engagement throughout their Summer Search experience.
  • Monitor and promote students’ academic and extracurricular participation and performance, as well as post-secondary readiness requirements.
  • Participate in regular and ongoing trainings to build job-related skills, knowledge, and capacity e.g., student safety, critical mentoring, social responsibility.
  • Enter and track program data accurately weekly in Salesforce database to assess student progress and drive organizational learning, to ensure high levels of program quality and professional development.

Administration and Project Management (30%)

  • Enter and track program data accurately on a weekly basis in our Salesforce database to assess student progress and drive organizational learning, to ensure high levels of program quality and professional development.
  • Actively participate in student support through regular outreach to disengaged students and meeting regularly with students’ post-secondary transition support mentor.


Program Associates exemplify curiosity, empathy, teamwork, flexibility, critical consciousness, and a commitment to learning. Specifically, strong candidates will bring:

  • EXPERIENCE: Professional experience working with student populations served by Summer Search (e.g., low-income families, students of color, LGBTQIA+, English Language Learners, and diverse religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds). Academic or applied knowledge of adolescent development is a plus.
  • DEPTH MENTORING: You understand and create an environment where all people feel safe enough to explore, discuss, question and reflect on past, current or future experiences in one-on-one discussions.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: You hold yourself and others responsible for processes, decisions, actions, and commitments to results to drive high quality outcomes. You’re responsive to the needs of stakeholders and follow through on commitments.
  • TEAMWORK: You value many voices, are comfortable creating space for dialogue and handle interpersonal issues constructively. You inspire and foster commitment, connection, enthusiasm and trust and motivate others to achieve common goals.
  • CRITICAL CONCIOUSNESS: You have an understanding of the root causes of societal discrimination and injustices and are self-reflective about your own privilege and positional power. You apply critical thinking and take action toward liberatory and inclusive practices.
  • TECHNOLOGY SKILLS: Proficiency in meticulous data tracking and management; experience using Salesforce, or a similar database is a plus.
  • LANGUAGE SKILLS: Spanish language skills are a plus.

In addition, all Summer Search staff bring a commitment to our mission of unleashing students’ potential through mentoring and transformative experiences, as well as the ability to thrive in an environment that values excellence, gratitude, well-being, diversity, authenticity, and collaboration.


This is a part-time position, and this person will work 30 hours per week. Typically, mentors work 10am-6pm or 11am-7pm, this mentor must be present for meetings and trainings. Summer Search Bay Area currently supports a hybrid workforce, and this role will be primarily remote with no in-person requirements.


Competitive and transparent salaries. This is a non-exempt, 30 hour-per-week, part-time position with starting pay ranging from $28.95-$31.27 per hour. This is a temporary position with an expected start date in January 2024 extending through July 2024. Summer Search is committed to transparent, equitable compensation practices. Salaries are benchmarked using current market data and salary bands are created to demonstrate the growth potential within the band. Typically, offers are made at the starting place of the salary band. The Hiring Manager partners with the Talent Team to ensure offers are appropriate, competitive and maintain internal equity.

Well-being, flexibility, and ongoing learning and development are pillars of our culture. We value our staff and are committed to creating an environment where every individual feels seen, heard and valued. Benefits for this temporary role include:

  • Medical insurance with up to 90% employer contribution
  • Dental, vision, FSA, life and disability insurance plans
  • Generous time off equivalent to 15 vacation days and 10 sick days annually plus holidays.
  • A comprehensive Employee Recognition Program (years of service awards, spot awards, and professional development funding).
  • Individual, local, regional and national training
  • A commitment to developing leaders from within the organization.
  • An organizational culture that supports staff well-being and holistic self-care/community care
  • Ample opportunities to connect with the students and communities we serve.


With a staff that cares deeply about social justice and racial justice, we believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we work with students, as well as how we work together as a team. We hope you will join us as we continue to build a justice-centered organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued.


Click HERE to submit a resume and targeted cover letter, addressed to Anceline Eustache, Director of High School Program, that answers the question, “Why are you interested in the Temporary Program Associate opportunity at Summer Search?”


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