Southwest Creations Collaborative Overview

Southwest Creations Collaborative (SCC) is a 22-year-old women-driven contract manufacturing social enterprise with a mission to alleviate poverty and build economic and educational opportunity across generations. Using a holistic and family-centered approach, SCC provides dignified employment, while also improving access to education for youth and adults.

Hacia, To the University Overview
Hacia, To the University is Southwest Creations’ proven K-12 college readiness strategy which engages and inspires whole families in navigating the educational pipeline to college. With a longterm commitment to working families, we focus on equipping all types of students with the tools for success. SCC’s holistic, family engagement model has achieved a 98% high school graduation rate and 88% college attendance rate and we are growing to serve New Mexico families’ urgent educational needs.

Position Summary
The Hacia Coordinator is a full-time position reporting directly to the Hacia Project Director. The Hacia coordinator will work directly with students and families in the field. The candidate will be responsible for implementing Hacia’s strategic plan for navigating the path to college including; outreach and recruitment, facilitating workshops, coordinating tutoring, one-on-one family meetings, and 360 degree support.


  • Facilitate, prepare and follow up for college readiness and family engagement workshops
  • Recruit, engage and reengage families in college-bound success planning
  • Link families to existing academic, social, and health-related resources
  • Manage family data for the purposes of student progress and program evaluation
  • Document and institutionalize the “SCC Way” of Hacia– creating training processes and materials with team
  • Build upon and formalize Southwest Creations’ referral network of schools, community organizations and service providers
  • Commit to SCC’s professional values and personal accountability by consistently following a work plan

Candidates for the Hacia, To the University coordinator position must possess:

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and commitment to and passion for the SCC mission
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Ability to problem solve and think critically and strategically
  • Eagerness to work in a fast paced, challenging environment
  • Ability to manage confidential family information
  • Strong facilitation and community outreach skills with knowledge and/or interest in popular education techniques
  • Competency working in low income, Mexicano/ Hispano/Chicano, and/or immigrant communities
  • Ease when working in a high performance, collaborative and constructive peer group management model
  • Strong organizational skills and detail oriented
  • Ability to work towards project goals individually with team support and accountability
  • Demonstrated interest in field of social enterprise and community development
  • Excellent communication skills in technical writing, reporting and public speaking
  • Fluency in English and Spanish (both written and spoken) 
  • A Bachelor’s degree and experience in the UNM or CNM systems
  • 2-3 years work experience in college readiness or related projects with students and families
  • Personal or professional experience in the Albuquerque Public School system preferred 
  • Tutoring experience
  • Ability to work in flexible high energy environment
  • Schedule flexibility and the ability to work on Saturdays and evenings The ability to make a 3 year commitment to the organization
  • The ability to pass an APS background check
  • The ability to lift 25 pounds
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and Excel
  • A valid NM driver’s license, reliable transportation, and drivers insurance

Salary and Benefits
SCC is a proud equal opportunity, family-friendly employer that promotes accountability to our community and mission. The salary for the Hacia Coordinator is competitive and based upon experience. Benefits include:

  • 10 days of paid personal leave
  • 5 days of paid sick leave
  • 5 paid holidays
  • Monthly Health insurance stipend
  • On-site childcare for $.25 per hour (based on availability)

Application Process
Applications accepted through July 17th, 2016. No phone inquiries, please.

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A one page cover letter
  • A resume
  • A mock letter addressed to Hacia families in which the candidate introduces herself/himself. The letter should be in English and Spanish and no more than 1 page.

All materials should be submitted to Hacia Project Director, Prospective candidates will be contacted for a phone interview in mid-July. The position is estimated to begin summer 2016.

Salary range: $35,000- $42,000