College Access Advisor

Posted by
Bottom Line
New York, NY
Published 25 days ago

Students are at the core of Bottom Line. Every day, we are energized by their drive, potential, and passion. We know that the success of our students will create a ripple effect in our communities.


Bottom Line is bridging the divide of educational inequity by providing a trusted advisor and the social capital necessary for our students to earn their bachelor’s degree, build financial stability, and successfully launch thriving careers. We primarily focus on students of color who will be in the first generation of their family to earn a college degree, are from low-income backgrounds, and are academically prepared for college.


For more than two decades, Bottom Line has been fighting for educational equity by ensuring that the right to a quality college education is accessible to those whose potential and drive exceed their opportunity. For first-generation degree-aspiring students from low-income backgrounds who face systemic barriers, Bottom Line’s advisors are a relentless ally who partner with them to find the right college, persist to a degree, and successfully launch a career.


As one of the first college support organizations to focus on college completion, Bottom Line now produces best-in-class college graduation rates that reduce the significant gap between first-generation students from low-income backgrounds and their wealthier peers. We operate regional programs in Massachusetts, New York City, and Chicago that collectively serve over 7,000 students.


When you join Bottom Line, you will find an organization that lives into its core values. We are committed to building strong, impactful relationships with our students, co-workers, schools, community partners, donors, and other supporters. We are engaging, responsive, caring, direct, honest, solutions-oriented, and we always follow through on our promises. We act with empathy and extend grace to ourselves and each other. We pursue ambitious goals, hold ourselves to high standards, make data-informed decisions, and orient to long-term success for our students and our organization. We operate with curiosity, evolve thoughtfully, take informed risks, and learn from successes, setbacks, and each other. Experts in our field, we are driven by our mission and motivated by the impact we’re achieving.


At Bottom Line, we have a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We aim to attract diverse candidate pools who hold these same values, and are ready to help us along our journey toward greater equity and inclusion. 

For more information about who we are, please review our Core Values and Careers Page

The primary focus of the College Access Advisor is on effectively serving 60 – 65 students using the Bottom Line LEAD (Lists, Essays, Applications, Decisions) Model. The College Access Advisor helps students identify college options, write application essays, submit applications, complete financial aid requirements, analyze acceptances and award packages, and make a responsible college choice. The College Access Advisor tracks and records student progress in our database using both quantitative and qualitative data. Advisors are expected to build advising skills and learn the Bottom Line program model and expectations for supporting a caseload of students, with the goal of being ready for promotion to Senior Advisor after their first or second full year as an Advisor. Training and professional development in the Advisor role is focused on the Bottom Line curriculum and student services, as well as Bottom Line Foundations.


Primary Responsibilities:

Direct Student Support - 70%

  • Provide one-on-one guidance to a caseload of 60 - 65 high school seniors: services will be delivered in-person in the Bottom Line Brooklyn office, virtually via web conferencing, and/or on-site at a partner high school.
  • College Lists
  • Coach each student towards a college list that meets Access Program standards, is individualized to that student, and is in line with admissions and affordability data
  • Adjust admissions chances based on changes to student academic profile throughout the year
  •  Essays
  • Help each student brainstorm, revise, and finalize college essays – by utilizing both in person and remote support tools
  •  Applications
  • Design individualized service plans to ensure each student submits complete, high-quality college applications by institutional priority deadlines
  • Support students in identifying and completing missing/additional application materials throughout the Winter and Spring
  • Financial Aid/Decision Making
  • Guide students (in person or remotely) to submit FAFSA and/or CSS Profile by institutional priority deadlines
  • Identify and support students selected for federal income and/or citizenship verification
  • Identify students eligible for a variety of scholarships
  • Explain financial aid award data to each student, and coach them to make a financially responsible college decision
  • Support students with submitting a deposit to a college by May 1st
  • Maintain ongoing communication with all students on caseload
  • Lead 60-minute meetings for 15 - 20 students per week
  • Respond to all student text/calls/emails within 2 business days
  • Develop individualized communication plans to ensure students remain engaged with the program and meet deadlines
  • Help students resolve general obstacles that come up throughout the school year by coaching them on self-advocacy and resourcefulness skills

Caseload & Data Management – 20%

  • Liaise with staff at partner high schools
  • Conduct regular meetings around student progress
  • Track and record student progress in our database, using both quantitative and qualitative measures
  • Enter data into the database within 3 business days of a student interaction or status change
  • Maintain accurate student contact information in the student database
  • Enter and update data for students applying to Bottom Line and/or transitioning into the Success Program
  • Manage a caseload of 60 - 65 high school students, including, but not limited to:
  • Schedule all student meetings on a weekly, or as needed, basis
  • Manage time and calendar to meet minimum number of meetings per week and minimum number of meetings per student per year
  • Ensure that all students meet individual and institutional deadlines

Secondary Responsibilities:

Program Support - 5%

  • Attend Access Program events, including but not limited to, College Expo, College Signing Day Party and student workshops
  • Support student recruitment, intake, and transition from Access to Success, which may include presenting at partner schools and organizations
  • Additional program support as assigned by Team Manager

Organizational Support – 5%

  • Support the Development team by attending events, networking with guests / supporters, and providing event logistics as needed
  • Represent the Bottom Line brand in a positive light, and take actions to increase brand awareness throughout the community

Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without advanced notice.


Education, Experience & Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree and work authorization
  • 1 – 2 years of related work experience
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Experience developing trusting relationships with students
  • Demonstrated commitment to Bottom Line’s mission, vision, and core values
  • Demonstrated proficiency and/or growth potential in Bottom Line's seven core competencies: Relationships, Results, Communication, Inclusiveness, Talent Development, Agility, and Planning
  • The ability to make a minimum of a two-year commitment


  • Fluency in language other than English a plus


All employees are expected to demonstrate continued growth within our seven core competencies.

Competencies provide Bottom Line with a way to define, in behavioral terms, what it is that people need to do to produce the results that the organization desires, in a way that is in keeping with its culture. Bottom Line defines a competency as a cluster of related knowledge, skills and attitudes that affects a major part of one’s job that correlates with performance on the job, that can be measured against well-accepted standards, and that can be improved via training and development.

  • Relationships: Identifies opportunities and takes action to build and maintain meaningful and collaborative connections with various stakeholders
  • Results: Produces quality outcomes; compiles and analyzes data to drive future plans; uses creative solutions
  • Communication: Effectively articulates information in a clear, concise and timely manner to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Inclusiveness: Creates and maintains an environment that respects and values the identities and cultures of all colleagues and students we serve
  • Talent Development: Effectively assesses one’s own, and others’, strengths and areas for improvement
  • Agility: Demonstrates adaptability and openness to shifting priorities, needs of stakeholders, and organizational changes
  • Planning: Effectively and efficiently uses resources in order to create, meet, and assess both strategic and task-oriented goals

Students are at the core of Bottom Line. Every day, we are energized by their drive, potential, and passion. We know that the success of our students will create a ripple effect in our communities.


Bottom Line is bridging the divide of educational…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 12, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    July 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required


$44,000 - $44,000$1,000 completion bonus available June 2022

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in languages other than English a plus

Fluency in languages other than English a plus


New York, NY, USA

How to Apply

Please apply through our website here

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