Launched in 2007, the Partnership is a nonprofit organization that serves 14,200 students across 19 campuses in Watts, Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles, California. The Partnership is one of the largest, in-district public school transformation organizations in the U.S., and is not a charter organization. Our priorities are supporting great school leadership, developing highly effective teaching, and engaging families and community partners. Over the past decade, our high schools have seen their graduation rate more than double from 36% to 80% and college acceptances have risen by 17 percentage points in the last four years from 32% in 2015 to 49% in 2019. Suspension rates across the network are at less than 1%, compared with 21% when we started our work. Learn more about us at


The Partnership is committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in classrooms and in our home office. The College Access Associate will be someone who is excited to keep these values in mind when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. 

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is also committed to providing all of our students with the preparation that they need to matriculate to the 4-year college of their choice and be successful upon arrival.  In order to meet that vision, we are seeking a College Access Associate to lead the expansion of the Watkins Fellowship, a college retention scholarship program, and collaborate to address “summer melt” to increase college enrollment and completion. Currently, this position will require being in schools occasionally, but working remotely otherwise, while the Partnership home office remains closed. As such, this position requires living in the Los Angeles area. 


The College Access Associate’s key duties and responsibilities include the following areas: 

(~60%) Watkins Fellowship 

  • Coordinate and manage implementation of the Watkins Fellowship program, including recruitment of applicants, managing the application and selection process, orientation, and case management.

  • Coordinate the disbursement and allocation of scholarship funds and support fellows with applying for financial aid.

  • Create tracking systems, and report on progress.

  • Provide regular individual and group advisement to fellows remotely, with occasional visits to their college campuses.

  • Develop a familiarity with student resources, make connections, and referrals.

  • In partnership with the development team, act as a liaison with the funder.

(~30%) College Transition Support: Develop strategies to address “summer melt” and the first-year college experience for recent grads attending 2- and 4-year colleges.

  • Develop curriculum and deliver workshops targeted at seniors and recent graduates to address skills that will make them successful in college.

  • Foster relationships and collaborate with key community partners to meet outcomes.

  • Build relationships with Best Fit colleges to support application & retention efforts.

  • Help create systems to connect 2-year college-bound students to retention and transfer programs

  • Support efforts to track high school alumni across 5 Partnership high schools.

(~10%) Support the College Success Team’s efforts with creating college-going pipelines.

  • Includes fostering relationships and collaborating with schools and other Partnership staff, attending events, and providing thought partnership.

  • Includes other duties as assigned.



The ideal candidate will have:

Shared Beliefs:

  • Deep belief in the power of our communities, and respect and love for our families in Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts.

  • Deep belief that all Partnership students can succeed in the 4-year college of their choice and in the power of a 4-year college degree to improve individual lives and whole communities.

  • Belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values and a commitment to improving academic achievement for Partnership students

  • Belief that education transforms lives and that every student deserves the opportunity to go to college

  • A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for all team members

  • Humility and respect for the hard work of school leaders, teachers, parents, and students

  • Reflective and a life-long learner

  • Highest level of integrity


Education and Experience:

  • 1-3 years of experience working in any type of educational setting with first generation students of color (required)

  • General understanding of college-going processes including applying, enrolling, and the transition (required)

  • General understanding of both the FAFSA and CA Dream Act applications (required)

  • Experience working with Partnership schools or communities (preferred)



  • Personable

  • Resourceful

  • Problem-solver

  • Highly organized

  • Ability to manage multiple projects

  • Ability to analyze data to inform decisions

  • Ability to create lesson plans, slide decks, and other curricular resources

  • Ability to effectively present to small and large groups, including students, families, staff, and community partners

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate authentically with the communities and stakeholders we serve 

  • An understanding of the challenges first-generation and low-income students face as they navigate different systems of higher education



The Partnership has recently completed a thorough study of market-competitive salaries, and has applied the learning from that study to salary offers for all home office positions. Our goal is to ensure that pay is fair for all staff members, both considering the market and considering pay equity among staff in similar roles in the organization. The Partnership offers a robust benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement program. This is a full time, year-round position.



Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will submit your documents using our online application system here:

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Department: Academic
This is a full time position

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