Upward Scholars – Program Coordinator

Upward Scholars is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic Program Coordinator who is committed to our mission of empowering low-income adults by providing them the support they need to continue their education. Upward Scholars is a mission-driven organization that helps students overcome the financial and academic barriers that may limit their success. The Program Coordinator will support the Executive Director to reach Upward Scholars’ goals and accomplish our mission. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for developing and administering key Upward Scholars programs including the Tutor/Mentor program, the Conversation Club, the Gig Economy Training program, and the Nanny Training program.

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About Upward Scholars

Upward Scholars empowers low-income adults, mostly immigrants, by providing financial, academic, and community support. As a result, students continue their education, get higher paying jobs, and serve as role models and advocates for their children. Our services include scholarships for books and transportation to college, laptops, an extensive tutoring program and a Conversation Club. Learn more about our impact here.

Upward Scholars is the only nonprofit in the Bay Area providing financial and academic support to low-income adults transitioning from adult schools to community colleges and attending college part-time.  

Responsibilities & Duties


Support the execution of new and existing programs. Responsible for making sure students and volunteers (such as tutors) are communicating and the programs are being implemented properly.

Database, Reports and Applications

Ensure scholarship applications and reports are completed on time and with quality data. Follow up with students and tutors as needed. Create and collect all progress reports from students. Responsible for keeping the database up to date.


With the Executive Director, plan and coordinate the ongoing events for students, donors and the community, including fundraising events.

Student and Volunteer Relationships

Serve as liaison between our students and volunteers. Build and develop positive relationships with our students and volunteers, clarify questions or concerns. Operations Support the Executive Director as needed with operational tasks such as printing and preparing materials, mailing and oversight of inventory, purchasing and supplies.

Skills & Qualifications


  • Passion for education and Upward Scholars’ mission

  • Expert project management skills

  • Experience teaching or tutoring ESL (or experience as an ESL student)

  • Experience planning and executing educational programs (preferably for ESL students)

  • Excellent presentation and communication abilities

  • AA degree and a minimum of three years of related experience.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google applications

  • Excellent time management and organization skills

  • Bilingual in Spanish/English


  • Experience advising students

  • Experience writing curriculum

  • Experience summarizing data and determining trends

  • Bachelor’s degree

Compensation and Benefits.

Compensation & Benefits Salary commensurate with experience. The position offers a flexible schedule, is planned for a 50% time (20 hours a week) and includes prorated time off. Pay dependent on experience and qualifications. Though candidates from beyond the San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to apply, funds are not available for relocation or housing assistance.

To Apply

Please send your resume along with a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to careers@upwardscholars.org.

Upward Scholars is an Equal Opportunity employer. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation and identity, genetic information, veteran status, citizenship, or any other factors prohibited by local, state, or federal law.