VISTA College Success Advisor

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Launched in 2007, the Partnership is a nonprofit organization that serves 14,200 students across 19 campuses in Watts, Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles, California. The Partnership is one of the largest, in-district public school transformation organizations in the U.S., and is not a charter organization. Our priorities are supporting great school leadership, developing highly effective teaching, and engaging families and community partners, all while advocating for broader system-level change. Over the past decade, our high schools have seen their graduation rate more than double from 36% to 80% and college acceptances have risen by 17 percentage points in the last four years from 32% in 2015 to 49% in 2019. Suspension rates across the network are at less than 1%, compared with 21% when we started our work. Learn more about us at .


The Partnership is committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity,

equity, inclusion, and belonging in classrooms and in our home office and at our school sites. College Success Advisors will be individuals who are excited to keep these values in mind when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.

The AmeriCorps VISTA program provides the opportunity for corps members to make a tangible difference in the biggest challenges facing our nation, including lack of access to education. The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is committed to providing all of our students with the preparation that they need to matriculate to the 4-year college of their choice and be successful upon arrival. In order to meet that vision, we understand that there must be a K-12 commitment to building a strong college-going culture. In order to support that vision, we are seeking 4 corps members to serve as VISTA College Success Advisors at Partnership Middle Schools and High Schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Each advisor will support their assigned school(s) with college and career event planning, college readiness presentations, field trips, family engagement, and other related activities. Advisors will also help students navigate the transition from elementary to middle school and middle to high school to support them in transitioning to schools that also support this mission.

VISTA College Success Advisors will spend approximately 80% of their time working at school sites in collaboration with site counselors, teachers, administrators, students, and families. They will spend the remaining 20% of their time collaborating with their colleagues across the network as part of the Partnership College Success Team.


The VISTA College Success Advisor’s key duties and responsibilities include the following areas:

Building Capacity Around School College-Going Culture Systems (50%)

  • Helping to coordinate and manage the implementation of the college compass, a student and family goal setting and progress monitoring initiative, and other school-wide initiatives
  • Creating college knowledge advisory curriculum and supporting teachers with delivery
  • Creating resources to better advise students during the college application and financial aid application and transition process
  • Creating and implementing stronger college-going culture experiences for students including college fairs, college awareness weeks, and field trips.
  • Collaborating with college counselors, administrators, and college access partners to plan all of these systems

Working Directly with Students and Families to Support their Transition to College (30%)

  • Developing and delivering presentations to families on college awareness, indicators of college success, college affordability, and other related topics
  • Creating and facilitating workshops for students during the college application and matriculation process
  • Advising students individually and in small groups
  • Helping to manage a summer transition program to support senior matriculation

Learning, Teaming, and Professional Development (20%)

  • As an active member of the college success team, academics team, high school team, and middle school team, attend meetings, collaborate with colleagues, and support our common goals
  • Review and analyze data and research related to work
  • Collaborate with members of the student recruitment, school culture, family engagement, and community partnerships teams to integrate work


  1. AmeriCorps VISTA Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
  • Pass a national service criminal history check
  • Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

2) Shared Beliefs

  • Deep belief that all Partnership students can succeed in the 4-year college of their choice and in the power of a 4-year college degree to improve individual lives and whole communities.
  • Belief in the power of our communities, and respect and love for our families in Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts.
  • Belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values and a commitment to improving academic achievement for Partnership students
  • A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for all team members
  • Humility and respect for the hard work of school leaders, teachers, parents, and students
  • Reflective and a life-long learner
  • Strong work ethic
  • Highest level of integrity
  • Unwavering commitment to the advancement of opportunities for Black and Brown youth; belief that growing current and future teachers’ knowledge, skills, and social-emotional learning is one pathway to support young people in our schools to thrive
  • Belief that education transforms lives and that every student deserves the opportunity to go to college
  • A positive outlook, flexibility, and a sense of possibility in stressful situations
  • An excitement about collaborating with colleagues, students, teachers, counselors, administrators, and families in service of our college success mission and vision.

3) Minimum educational level:

  • Bachelors degree required.

4) Experience:

  • Minimum of 1 year successful experience in college access or success field preferred
  • Experience working in a public school setting and/or with first generation students helping them to navigate the college application and transition process preferred
  • Spanish fluency preferred


This is a full time position beginning in July, 2021 and continuing for 12 months. This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position and compensation will be a living allowance of $829.36 bi-weekly. AmeriCorps VISTAs are also entitled to an End of Service Award (education award or cash stipend), a healthcare allowance, a childcare benefit, relocation travel assistance, and/or a reduction in student loan debt. The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools will also provide a travel reimbursement for those needing to travel between sites.


Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will submit your documents using our online application system here.

For technical assistance or questions, please email Melanie Liu ( .


Launched in 2007, the Partnership is a nonprofit organization that serves 14,200 students across 19 campuses in Watts, Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles, California. The Partnership is one of the largest…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Los Angeles, CA
Associated Location
1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1850, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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