College Access Counselor- FULL TIME - BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


As Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) celebrates its 35th Anniversary, we are looking for a strong College Access Counselor who can provide support to OBT participants in pursuing post-secondary education through implementing comprehensive college readiness services.


Reporting directly to the College Access Director, the Counselor should be a motivated and passionate professional who has demonstrated case-management experience with non-traditional students, and prior experience in youth development, college access, or college success programming. The College Access Counselor will be responsible for individual advising for participants with a diverse range of needs and pathways to and through post-secondary education; facilitating educational workshops throughout the organization; and collaborating internally and externally to support student outcomes. 


Who We Are and Where We Are Going:

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, a premier Workforce Development Organization in NYC, is in the process of developing its next phase of growth. We have a proven track record as a strong community based organization since 1983. We have assisted thousands of NYC opportunity youth and adults gain critical skills and obtain employment. As a leading workforce training not-for-profit, OBT provides a training program that balances high accountability and high support, with the goal of developing self- sufficiency and providing access to quality career pathways. We are excited to continue to develop on our strong foundation and demonstrated success while meeting the challenges and opportunities of the modern workplace.

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is a not-for-profit organization operating out of multiple locations that provides education, employment and training services to disadvantaged youth and adults. OBT is funded through a mixture of government contracts, corporate and foundation grants and private contributions. The College Access Counselor will be a key member of the College Access Program team, which leads OBT’s work of supporting participants to and through post-secondary education on their path to careers.

Specific Duties:

-Utilize a holistic and youth-development approach to plan, implement and track all aspects of the college admissions and matriculation process for OBT’s participants across program sites, including:

  • Developing service plans including short and long term educational and career goals to help students envision their future pathways
  • Supporting students with college major and career research
  • Preparing and familiarizing students with the various colleges and advanced training institutions
  • Supporting with the completion of college applications and financial aid applications
  • Supporting students in writing personal statements and securing letters of recommendation, when necessary
  • Connecting students with Educational Opportunity Programs at colleges
  • Maintaining a resource bank for different ways to finance education (scholarships, assistantships, work-study options, etc.), including searching for funding opportunities appropriate to the disconnected youth and various other populations OBT serves, and assisting students with completion and submission of applications for such
  • Collaborating with counselors and employment staff regarding student information and service delivery; referring students to appropriate external and internal resources as necessary
  • Engaging families to support positive outcomes for youth during the college selection, application, and financial aid processes
  • Helping participants plan for challenges they may face in transitioning to postsecondary education
  • Collaborating with the College Access Director to develop a tracking system of the participants’ application process and college enrollment

-Implement and refine a comprehensive college preparation curriculum aimed at enrollment and retention in college, including differentiating for a range of student needs across and within OBT’s youth programs

-In close collaboration with the retention services unit, support student persistence in post-secondary education through:

  • Supporting participants pursuing a college degree on an as-needed basis
  • Co-leading monthly Stay at Work/Stay In College Program
  • Creating CAP community among those enrolled in college and advanced training programs
  • Securing documentation required to support contractual outcomes

-Assist in planning and implementing College Access Program (CAP) activities and special events, including the OBT’s annual college fair, aimed at improving the program outcomes

-With the support of the College Access Director, develop and maintain connections and partnerships to support program outcomes, including:

  • With support networks and resources at postsecondary programs, e.g., CUNY START, ASAP, and other relevant organizations in the field.
  • Maintaining accurate knowledge of best practices, new developments and professional development opportunities in the college access field
  • Participating in citywide advocacy efforts to increase college enrollment and retention

-Maintain accurate and up to date case records and notes

-Collaborate with and assist the College Access Director in implementing the vision and strategic goals of the College Access Program and OBT

-Perform all other appropriate duties assigned by supervisor


We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are dynamic facilitators, and work flexibly, resourcefully, and collaboratively to achieve results. 

You should have:

  • A track record in youth development, preferably in college, employment, or career-oriented programs, including demonstrated skill-sets in both individual counseling and workshop facilitation 
  • The ability and desire to work with a diverse and underserved young adult population and an understanding of their strengths and the barriers they face in earning post-secondary credentials.
  • Experience with case management and/or demonstrated skill-set in managing multiple projects; excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • A Bachelor’s Degree


Why You Should Join Us:

  • Competitive Salary and Full Benefits
  • Opportunity to network across NYC higher education institutions
  • Company events and outings (Annual Gala, Off-Sites, etc.)
  • Passionate and motivated staff excited to propel NYC’s youth and adult communities
  • Equal Opportunity Employer


Level of Language Proficiency

Previous college advising experience, a Master’s Degree, and Bi-lingual English/Spanish are all pluses but not requirements.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply go to Enter Position code AE4MS when prompted.