College Access Advisor

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $37,000
Maximum: $39,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



131 Washignton Street, Suite 205
United States


About College Visions:

College Visions (CV) empowers low-income, first-generation students in Rhode Island to enroll in college, persist, and earn a degree. Founded in 2004, CV was piloted with 10 students and has grown to reach nearly 400 young people annually. 97% of participants enroll in college and 65% earn a degree within 6 years, far surpassing local and national norms. This spring, CV celebrates over 300 college graduates! For more information, see

Position Overview:

The Access Advisor (AA) is responsible for coaching high school seniors to enter college positioned for success; coordinating opportunities for 12th graders to explore colleges; planning and facilitating various access and success workshops; and general program support.

Why College Visions?

CV is a dynamic organization with a dedicated staff of ten and an energetic, supportive, and challenging work environment. We have a proven model that is driven by strong 1-on-1 advising relationships, honors students’ experiences and identities, and advances educational and economic equity. Over the past 13 years, CV has grown exponentially and built an outstanding record of student success. The ASA has the opportunity to guide many more low-income, first-generation youth to navigate the admissions process, make college choices that promote completion, and earn a college degree.


Student Advising

  • Advise a cohort of high school seniors through regular one-on-one meetings, including developing college lists, producing essays and resumes, completing applications, securing advantageous financial aid, and making a well-informed college choice
  • Provide admission advocacy for 12th grade students
  • Engage participants’ families in the admission process
  • Cultivate strong relationships with youth development organizations, high schools, and colleges
  • Maintain frequent communication with advisees and their families
  • Keep accurate, detailed advisee records, including contact information, demographics, and program outcomes

Events, Workshops, Partnerships, + Program Development

  • Coordinate both CAP campus trips and college admission representative info sessions at CV
  • Collaborate with program staff to plan and facilitate CAP and CSP workshops on topics including the Common App basics, college essays, affordability and aid, transition to college, first-generation student identity, and accessing campus resources
  • Support the research and development of college partnerships to facilitate broader options for CAP students
  • Assist in cultivating relationships with high schools to support CAP student recruitment and alignment of services

Professional Growth

  • Participate in ongoing internal college access and success training and seek out external professional development opportunities
  • Engage in ongoing learning to gain familiarity with best practices and emerging research in the field
  • Strive for excellence, reflect on challenges, and celebrate victories

Programming, Fundraising, Administration + Other Activities

  • Document events and activities on an ongoing basis
  • Assist with events, staff trainings, program evaluation, student recruitment, community workshops, and other activities
  • Contribute to the development of new strategic initiatives
  • Support organization fundraising activities as needed
  • Promote CV in Rhode Island and in the college access sector
  • Handle administrative tasks including maintenance of records, adherence to financial and HR policies, and upkeep of office space
  • Participate in staff educational sessions to discuss current research, trends, and issues related to college access and persistence


  •      Bachelor's degree
  •      Deep, well-articulated commitment to CV’s mission
  •      Youth development or school-based experience working with low-income, first-generation students
  •      Creative facilitator with commitment to student-centered learning
  •      Strong writing, organizational, and communication skills
  •      Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, even when working under tight deadlines
  •      Energetic, positive, and flexible
  •      Strong computer skills


Additional benefits include:

11 calendar holidays plus one week off in December and another in July, as well as 20 days of paid time off per year

100% employee medical coverage and a family coverage stipend

Dental, Vision and Life/LDD insurance

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish would be awesome!

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to Emily Gonzalez, College Access Program Director, at The priority application deadline is November 16, 2018; however, we will accept resumes until the position is appropriately filled. Start date On or around January 7th.

No phone calls, please.