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Career Navigator and Internship Coordinator

Website Summer Search

Youth Development Nonprofit

While young people from low-income communities – who are disproportionately young people of color – face systemic inequities in school, in the workforce, and in life, they
possess unique strengths, resilience and tremendous potential. When provided with support and resources, these young people fulfill their potential and achieve success in school, work, and life.

Through a combination of mentoring and transformative experiences, Summer Search supports young people to successfully transition from adolescence into adulthood. We aim to unleash the potential of our young people while also building a toolkit for navigating and challenging systemic barriers to higher education and career opportunities.


Summer Search Seattle is seeking a Career and Internship Coordinator to support our participants and alumni in navigating their career and educational pathways post high school or college. This is an exciting opportunity to interface directly with staff, students, and external partners and to play a key role in implementing innovative and high-quality career exploration and internship experiences for Summer Search high school, post-secondary students, and alumni. Reporting to the Associate Director of Development, this hire will join a team of knowledgeable youth development professionals with a passion for innovation, equity, professional growth, and wellbeing.


Job Summary:
The Career Navigator will coordinate activity related to career exploration and financial wellbeing across a broad set of relationships inclusive of external corporate partners, internal program and development staff, participants and alumni. Ultimately, the key results of this position will advance development and programmatic outcomes.

  • For Career Readiness, the Career Navigator will orient program activity around five building blocks: exploration of career options, creating a personalized career map, developing fundamental career skills, building a network of connections, and gaining career-relevant experience.
  • For Financial Literacy, the Career Navigator will orient program activity around four pillars: financial goal setting and planning, money management, knowledge about financial institutions and products, and financial decision-making.
  • For Alumni + Participant Support, the Career Navigator will work with corporate partners, alumni and national talent scout to leverage CONNECT and other resources to identify professional opportunities that align with alumni career and financial wellbeing goals as measured by recommending 2+ candidates for each open position with CONNECT partners.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

Career Readiness and Financial Wellbeing Events and Coaching

  • Provide career counseling and coaching to alumni and post-secondary participants on an as needed basis, bridging resources and utilizing volunteers where applicable.
  • Create and co-facilitate workshops for post-secondary participants related to career exploration and readiness as well as financial wellbeing.
  • Provide career counseling and coaching to post-secondary participants and alumni.
  • Implement virtual and in person career events, including annual conference for Summer Search participants and development of new career events for participants including Seattle’s Like a Boss Event and industry spotlight events.
  • In partnership with local development and post-secondary teams, formalize and coordinate volunteer career coaching program.

Career Readiness and Financial Wellbeing Curriculum and Communication

  • Create and manage process that provides consistent communication with post-secondary participants and alumni about internship and career exploration opportunities.
  • Maintain resource bank of career-readiness and financial wellbeing programs and opportunities and serve as resource to staff seeking options for participants.
  • Design & implement internal process for recruiting and selecting participants for internship opportunities.
  • Serve as curriculum partner for High School/Group Mentoring career readiness/financial wellbeing modules
  • Create Career Pathway Guides to support common majors.
  • Design & implement internal process for student recruitment and selection for internship and apprenticeship programs.

Partnership Engagement and Coordination

  • Support overarching development goals to secure the financial and people power resources necessary for Summer Search’s future and growth.
  • Work with the development team, specifically the Institutional Partnership and Communications Coordinator, to provide clear and consistent volunteer opportunities for board members, donors, and community members through events and coaching programs.
  • In partnership with the Institutional Partnership and Communications Coordinator, maintain regular communication with partners to build high-quality internship experiences for participants and partners.
  • In partnership with Seattle and National teams, design and implement processes to promote, recruit and select Summer Search participants for opportunities through corporate partnerships via CONNECT etc.
  • Build new partner relationships with internship programs (Teens in Public Service, Work Source, etc.) and financial wellbeing programs (Goal Setter) to increase the ease and quantity of internships as junior year summer experiences.

Learning and Data

  • Ensure complete data collection and reporting for Salesforce.
    Create and compile pre and post evaluations on internships for both participants and partners.
  • Research and disseminate current trends and best practices in career readiness and financial wellbeing across the Summer Search staff network.
  • Collaborate with other Summer Search sites to maintain consistency and standardization across all internship programs.
  • Communicate with participants and corporate partners to identify internship issues as they develop and employ strategies for efficient resolution.


We are seeking a collaborative and dedicated youth development professional with excellent communication skills. Specifically, strong candidates will bring:

  • EXPERIENCE: At least 2 years of experience working directly with students in a high school, college, education, or youth development environment. Knowledgeable about key areas of internships, workforce development, career exploration, and corporate partnership management. Knowledge of Washington Post-Secondary academic and financial institutions and/or post-secondary access is a plus. Development or relationship management experience a plus.
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Works in an organized manner to achieve goals and objectives. Balances competing priorities when managing projects.
  • RELATIONSHIP BUILDING: Possess communications and interpersonal skills, with an ability to utilize active listening and reflect others’ viewpoints to build trusting relationships with both students and colleagues.
  • CRITICAL CONCIOUSNESS: Recognizes sociopolitical barriers and understands the systems of oppression that operate in day-to-day lives of Summer Search participants, especially as it relates to workforce entry and career development. Ability to engage with young people and stakeholders on these topics.
  • TECHNOLOGY SKILLS: Proficient in using CRM (Salesforce preferred) and Excel for data entry and management.


This position is primarily remote with occasional in-person activities and events required. Work hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm with occasional weekend and evening special events. Must have a current driver’s license and a clean driving record or access to reliable public transportation.

Summer Search requires all its staff be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Employees who are unable to be vaccinated due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious objection may be able to qualify for an exemption, consistent with state and federal law.


Competitive and transparent salaries This is a non-exempt position with a salary range of $55,484 to $59,872. 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. The offer made for this position will be at the starting place of the salary band.
We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our investment includes:

  • Medical insurance with up to 90% employer contribution
  • Dental, vision, FSA, life and disability insurance plans
  • 401 (K) and Employer Match up to $2,000 annually
  • Generous time off including 15 vacation days, 10 sick days, and 18 holidays (2 floating holidays of your choice, a birthday day-off, 10 company-wide holidays, and a 1-week December closure).
  • 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.


Submit a resume and targeted cover letter, addressed to Allie Denny, Associate Director of Development that answers the question, “Why are you interested in the Career Navigator and Internship Coordinator opportunity at Summer Search?”


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