The Urban Assembly is made up of a team of committed and passionate educators and professionals. We are dedicated to providing our students with a first-class public education and carry out this mission by hiring superior leaders, school staff, school support team staff, and administrative staff. We look for individuals whose skills and beliefs align with our commitment to our schools and students. All Urban Assembly schools were created based on the premise that small schools with compelling themes, strong partners, flexible hiring and innovative teaching practices can provide a top notch education to students who would otherwise attend large high schools. We strive for excellence in our schools and our organization, and are committed to leading by example to strengthen broad scale public education in this country.

College Persistence Coach, Bridge+ Program, Alumni Success Team

The Urban Assembly

The UA’s Bridge+ Program supports students through their transition from the first to the second year in college. The program uses a highly structured, peer-driven model to improve college persistence rates. At the heart of the program are our College Persistence Coaches, current college students who dedicate five hours a week to recent UA graduates to help them complete a comprehensive checklist of tasks to ensure they make progress toward completion of their first year and matriculate into the second year of college.

Key Responsibilities

● During the academic year, coaches are expected to communicate with students regularly, meet with them in person at least monthly, and provide updated case notes to the Alumni Success team as needed on progress

● Update the Bridge+ log weekly based on all interactions between coach and students (i.e phone calls, emails, texts, social media, or one-on-one meetings), including detailed case notes.

● Meet with students at their colleges as appropriate

● Meet weekly, in person and online, with the Alumni Success team and fellow coaches to share best practices and student scenarios

● Participate regularly and enthusiastically in the UA alumni community

● Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications

● New York City-based college sophomores, juniors, and seniors

● Experience as a peer-advisor, coach, camp counselor, or related

● Familiarity with the CUNY system, including CUNYFirst

● Familiarity with CUNY opportunity programs such as SEEK, ASAP, and resources for undocumented students

● Familiarity with the Google for Business suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms)

● Strong written and oral communication skills

● Leadership experience in student organizations, clubs, and student government a plus

● CUNY students strongly encouraged to apply

● Former Bridge to College coaches strongly encouraged to apply

Compensation & Benefits

● Flexible schedule. Coaches can make their own schedule as long as they commit to five hours a week

● $25 / month for transit expenses

● $3,000 for a 9-month commitment, paid out biweekly


To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to

The UA Alumni Success (AS) Team Purpose: The Alumni Success team is dedicated to supporting and mobilizing the UA alumni community to maximize our graduates’ postsecondary success as measured by program persistence and credential attainment. We engage and then, teach our 10,000+ alumni to build and leverage professional and social networks that can support themselves and others. This creates a robust feedback loop between UA schools and our alumni, thereby improving public education for all students.

The UA Alumni Success (AS) Team Work: Research has revealed that many students face daunting challenges in the summer after high school graduation, leading to a “summer melt” of post-secondary plans. AS attempts to curb this melt through its high-touch Bridge to College program and extend similar low-touch support through its texting campaigns which follow. Alumni receive texts at least twice per month for at least two years following high school, tailored to their postsecondary path (college or otherwise) and aimed at improving self-confidence, self-advocacy, and the ability to ask for help when they need it. The AS team will continue to manage both programs in addition to Bridge+.

Why you want to work here: At the UA, you have the opportunity to improve and create every day. We work hard because we care about our colleagues, our schools, and the students. The UA team is remarkably engaged and hungry for impact as we all iterate and innovate alongside our schools and our partners.

The UA is committed to building a diverse team. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Our target start date for the Bridge+ Coach is late September 2020.

What the UA team does every day: The UA staff develops and provides high-quality ongoing coaching and resources to UA school staff in the areas of leadership, academics, college access, career readiness, and social-emotional learning, so that they can, in-turn, support UA students to succeed after high school. The UA has also begun to work directly with recent alums of UA schools to support.

In 2019-20, the UA is actively serving over 9,000 students across 26 NYC schools, as well as 9,000+ recent alumni spread across the country as they pursue their postsecondary goals. The UA alumni community will benefit enormously from more intentional support to become networked in support of one another and current UA students; the newly formed Alumni Success Team is charged with tapping the power of this growing alumni community.

Director of Institutional Advancement

The Urban Assembly

The UA seeks an experienced and mission-driven advancement professional to join our executive team. This position will lead development and communications initiatives at an exciting time in the organization’s history that includes:

● Growth in New York thanks to strong strategic partnerships with the NYC mayoral administration and Department of Education

● National replication of the Urban Assembly model

● New Board members and a new Board leadership team

● A strategic initiative to elevate the voices of students to advance equity in public education

The UA’s Commitment to Equity

The UA values the uniqueness that each student brings into our schools, and our work honors the various social and cultural contexts from which they come. We acknowledge the barriers created by education systems - of which we are a part - to perpetuate the social inequities that keep Black and Latinx students from accessing postsecondary and career opportunities. Starting with our own practice, we commit to dismantling these barriers.

Job Summary

The Director of Institutional Advancement will provide leadership, strategic direction and management for all Urban Assembly fundraising, communication, and branding efforts. The Director will create and build upon fundraising strategies that increase the organization's support from individuals and corporations while maintaining its strong support from private foundations and government sources. As the Urban Assembly is beginning to serve students beyond NYC, the Director will also be charged to expand support from national foundations. This position reports to the CEO and oversees two advancement managers.


● Develop an annual fundraising plan and lead a process to support growth in donations from local and national foundations, corporations, individuals, and government entities

● Work with the CEO and the board to cultivate and manage relationships with renewing and new donors, with focus on expanding and diversifying the donor roster and ensuring donors’ alignment with the UA’s commitment to racial equity

● Work with the whole UA team to build the board, with particular focus on rising talent with experience advancing racial equity and education reform

● Develop and maintain systems to cultivate all of the UA’s external constituents through personal outreach, invitations, school visits, special events, publications and correspondence

● Secure and steward government funding, including a multi-year NYC Department of Education contract as well as other city, state and federal opportunities

● Supervise a team of two advancement managers

● Establish and maintain relationships with program officers and representatives of current foundation and corporate supporters; support and participate in writing major grant proposals

● Identify, cultivate and solicit individuals in support of Urban Assembly’s mission and maintain relationships with a roster of major donors

● Oversee production of semi-annual benefit, as well as other fundraising and cultivation events

● With the Urban Assembly’s leadership team and board, contribute to decision-making regarding organizational strategy and organization sustainability

● Work closely with Urban Assembly’s executive team, board development committee, development department and school support teams to implement strategic marketing and communication initiatives

● Nurture and facilitate board relationships in order to support board effectiveness in their fundraising responsibilities.

● Oversee efforts to build and amplify the UA brand among the UA’s various constituencies


● Demonstrated track record of securing resources for investment in Black and Latinx communities

● Experience presenting asset-based narratives about Black and Latinx students

● Major individual donor, foundation and events experience of five years or more

● Success at meeting ambitious revenue goals

● Proven track record in the solicitation of gifts $25,000 and above

● Exceptional oral and written communication skills

● Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

● Demonstrated relationship management skills

● Proven experience managing staff

● Commitment to internal collaboration

● Experience navigating the grant-making process of local and national foundations

● Marketing & Communications experience preferred

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to with “Director of Institutional Advancement” in the subject line. The UA team will review applications on a rolling basis. Candidates moving forward in the interview process will be contacted by email regarding a phone screening, followed by an in-person interview with the selection committee and a performance task. Finalist candidates will be invited to meet with a committee of board members. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

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