Give Merit, Inc Postsecondary Persistence Coordinator Detroit, MI · Full time

The Postsecondary Persistence Coordinator will be primarily responsible for supporting programmatic college persistence and completion as FATE alumni navigate their postsecondary pathways. This position will work collaboratively with the Alumni Program team when identifying the needs of alumni and providing the necessary support, as needed.


Are you ready to be a part of growing non-profit organization located in the city of Detroit? At Give Merit, we are preparing for an exciting period of growth as a direct result of our successful mission and vision dedicated to serving youth. To ensure our continued success, we are seeking a Postsecondary Persistence Coordinator.

Success in this role includes building positive, sustained relationships with current alumni and current high school participants, while providing the appropriate support and system administration for alumni transitions and persistence toward graduation. This position will perform essential functions under minimum supervision.

Give Merit was Founded in 2011 and is the nonprofit arm of a cause-based fashion brand, Merit. The organization has worked intensively with Detroit high school students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) through its program called FATE. This eight-year cohort-based program provides innovative programming blending project-based learning, character development, career introduction, and mentorship into a co-curricular experience that emphasizes the value of education and the role it plays in providing access to achieving long-term career and personal goals. Students begin the program in the 9th grade and participate through their college graduation.

One hundred percent of FATE students have graduated from high school and received acceptances to colleges/universities! Currently, approximately 150 youth are served by Give Merit's FATE HS and Alumni programs and Give Merit has awarded over $200,000 in scholarship funds.

If this sounds like a great fit, learn more about the essential job functions of the role below:

  • Develop a deep knowledge of Merit’s/Give Merit’s history, purpose, and goals to create platforms for young people to create the future
  • Execute aspects of the Alumni Program calendar, to include but not limited to coordinating and sending out care packages, creating and sending monthly newsletters, providing reminders to alumni about college completion milestones, and creating and executing a standardized schedule for communications
  • Build positive relationships with current alumni and current high school participants
  • Troubleshoot barriers to college enrollment, academic success(es), financial aid, retention, and completion, while creating template resources for intervention
  • Complete other duties as assigned that support alumni transitions, persistence toward graduation, alumni satisfaction and sense of belonging, intervention needs, and sustainable employment
  • Effectively utilize CRM (GradSnapp) to track and maintain alumni data including enrollment, persistence, credit attainment, alumni interactions, contact information, and interventions
  • Review submitted alumni success coach note(s) with Resource Coordinator to identify the needs of alumni and provide the appropriate support, as needed
  • Support semester reflection by inputting information from each event
  • Participate in mandatory program training, professional development, and team meetings for Alumni Program
  • Work with the Alumni Program team to maintain and revise the alumni support model and wraparound resources to best serve student needs while being open to changing policies and practices as needed
  • Plan, execute and/or support alumni events to include but not limited to workshops on a variety of topics that supplement and support the college processes
  • Attend and support all 12th grade workshops
  • May be required to work some evenings and/or weekends in accordance with programmatic needs and/or event

To qualify for this role, you must meet the following:

  • At least two years of college from an accredited institution
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, a plus
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Passion for serving the Detroit community, especially youth
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess an understanding of college processes (enrolling in college, registering for classes, course balance and management, financial aid, etc.)
  • Personal understanding and knowledge of demographics, challenges, and ever-changing landscape of Detroit
  • Possess an ability to work well without close supervision
  • Highly organized with a strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability with managing multiple tasks with time sensitive deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Must have a high sense of integrity and handle confidential information in a professional manner
  • Commitment to ongoing self-improvement and professional development
  • Emotionally mature and able to handle difficult and complex student situations
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with frequently changing variables
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in collaboration, conflict resolution, problem solving and decision-making
  • Ability to network, work with others, and enjoy meeting new people
  • Comfortable and confident in public speaking
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite and G-Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, G-Drive, Slides, Docs, etc)
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends as necessary.

Give Merit is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We provide health benefits, earned time off benefits, as well as the promotion of a flexible work environment that values work/life balance to include summer half-day Fridays.

If you want to join this team of dynamic, talented professionals, please submit a copy of your cover letter and professional resume. Minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply!

Job Type: Full-time


  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Detroit, MI 48204: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required).


$45,000 - $50,000 per year