College Access Counselor

Job Type

Full Time


Maximum: $46,000.00



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



283 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
New York
United States


About Us

Founded in 2004 and located in downtown Brooklyn, the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice (SLJ) is an unscreened, law-themed, Title I public high school. We serve approximately 460 students from across New York City though many reside in Brooklyn, 70% of whom live near or below the poverty line. Moreover, 75% of our students will be the first in their family to attend college. In 2017, 91% of the senior class graduated of which 96% went on to enroll in college. Key contributing factors in our success are strategic partnership with non-profits, government organizations, and businesses such as with our founding partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

The Adams Street Foundation (ASF) was founded in 2008 by the administrative leadership of SLJ and the support of the Robin Hood Foundation. ASF is the in-house, non-profit partner to SLJ, responsible for integrating pre-college enrichment and preparation for college and career into the school’s curriculum. ASF and SLJ staff work together to provide individualized programming to each student. Core components of this work include SAT prep, college tours, financial aid counseling, essay feedback, mentoring, study abroad opportunities, internships, networking with seasoned professionals, after-school learning academies, career site visits, and coaching students through the early admissions process.

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Role Overview

You will serve as a member of the four-person College & Career team, which works to provide seniors and juniors with:

● Comprehensive college application advising through individual 1 on 1 meetings and weekly advisory group presentations.

● Writing support for personal statements and supplemental application requirements.

● Financial aid counseling.

● Guidance through the college enrollment and matriculation process and related support programs.


● A passion for social justice and equity and the belief that all students deserve the opportunity for a great education.

● At least 2 years of experience in college counseling or academic work with students.

● Exceptional writing skills; background in writing instruction or tutoring preferred.

● Strong oral communication skills; ability to critically listen and clearly respond to various constituents (i.e. students, parents, teachers, and college officials).

● High attention to details and meeting deadlines, especially regarding application paperwork, files, records, systems, and data tracking.

● Anticipate potential factors that could impact the meeting of deadlines. Flexibility and creativity in making adjustments to meet deadlines is essential.

● The ability to inspire and motivate young people.

● Knowledge of the Metro New York college landscape, including CUNY (City University of New York) and SUNY (State University of New York) system, and HEOP (Higher Educational Opportunity Programs).

● Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) and related Google products. Familiarity with Naviance.

● Bachelor’s degree required.

Key Responsibilities

● In addition to fellow teammates, support 110 seniors in the college application process.

● In addition to fellow teammates, ensure 115 juniors gain early awareness of the college process.

● In addition to fellow teammates, ensure families of college applicants thoroughly understand college process.

● Participate in weekly team meetings to plan for effective and efficient support of students and families.

● Assist in coordinating and overseeing on-time FAFSA/TAP, CSS Profile, and (H)EOP eligibility filing.

● Maintain and expand strong relationships with ‘best fit’ colleges, HEOP program, and schools that meet 100% of a family’s financial need.

o Coordinate with college admissions personnel regarding campus visit opportunities for students, including diversity overnights, fly-ins, and accepted students trips.

o Schedule and organize admissions representative visits to SLJ.

o Ensure that students take advantage of opportunities to interview with college admissions and alumni representatives.

o Advocate for applicants via calls and emails to admissions officers.

o Attend conferences and professional development events with the goal of networking and building SLJ’s relationship with colleges and partner organizations.

● Teach a College & Career 12th grade advisory curriculum twice a week with SLJ 12th grade teachers.

● Teach 2 classes, Wednesday Intensive and ACED (Apply to College Early Decision), once a week after school

geared towards students applying to selective colleges.

● Write Secondary School Reports and letters of recommendation.

● Conduct individual College & Career advising meetings with a caseload of 11th graders in preparation for their 12th grade application process.

● Organize and maintain college office files, application data, financial aid records, and proof of financial eligibility for H/EOP and other need-based aid programs.

o Use and maintain online tools and data sources such as Naviance, Skedula, and SUNY Counselor Connect.

● Support accepted students, recent graduates, and alumni in completing all aspects of college enrollment, matriculation, and financial aid applications including filing documents, taking placement tests, and accepting loans.

● Chaperon college trips, group visits to college, and career fairs including overnights.

● Publicize private scholarship opportunities.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Submit the following to Diana Moldovan, Director of Programs, with a subject line “College Access Counselor” by Sunday, April 22nd, 5:00 pm:

● Resume

● Cover Letter

● List of 3 References (we will not contact them until you have advanced to the final round interview)