College Affordability Advisor

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Salary commensurate with experience and education. All full-time employees receive a competitive benefits package.

Published

09/28/2018

Start Date

11/01/2018

Address

31 Milk Street, Suite 900
Boston
MA
02109
United States

Description

Organization Vision: uAspire imagines a day when all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential by graduating from college, regardless of their families’ financial resources or college experiences.


Organization Summary: uAspire is committed to ensuring that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to achieve their dreams of higher education. uAspire provides college affordability advice and advocacy to students and families, trains practitioners throughout the country in college affordability so that they in turn can better support their students, and works to change policy and systems at the local, state, and federal levels in an effort to change the college affordability landscape; all of which is focused on ensuring students can overcome the financial barriers to a postsecondary education.


Position Summary: The challenges of college affordability have never been more pronounced, and uAspire’s expertise – built over 30 years of practice – has never been more needed across our sites and communities nationwide. uAspire College Affordability Advisors are full-time employees who work directly with Greater Boston youth to help them navigate the process of finding and financing an affordable path to college. Advisors receive in-depth training on college affordability to successfully support students. Each Advisor is embedded in multiple high schools to work with high school seniors during the school day on key college affordability related tasks such as financial aid form completion, scholarship research, creation of college lists with affordable options, and analysis of financial aid award letters. Some Advisors also serve students through community organizations and after-school programming.


Key Responsibilities:


Direct Service

  • Provide college affordability advising to high school students during senior year & during the summer after graduation through classroom presentations, small group sessions, individual meetings, college fairs or assemblies, and via text
  • Assist students in completing state, federal, and institutional financial aid forms
  • Serve as an advocate for students as they connect with college financial aid representatives to appeal financial aid awards or explain special circumstances


Program Implementation

  • Proactively reach out to students to ensure adequate completion of the college affordability process
  • Work collaboratively with staff from partner schools and community-based organizations to share pertinent information and strategize about student progress
  • Comply with all partner school or community-based organization expectations for staff behavior and site culture
  • Serve students via our texting program


Community & School Event Coordination

  • Conduct college affordability presentations for families in school and community settings
  • Organize in-school financial aid events with students and families in collaboration with school and community partners
  • Collaborate in the staffing of community partner events and walk-in hours


Administrative Responsibilities

  • Maintain detailed records in uAspire’s Salesforce database to track contact with students/families and their progress toward completing key affordability tasks
  • Complete survey collection & other administrative responsibilities
  • Pull and utilize pertinent Salesforce student data reports to inform outreach to students
  • Use Salesforce advisor performance reports and dashboards to monitor own progress to goals


Qualifications: This position requires a highly organized individual who is able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, maintain a positive attitude in stressful situations, and who possesses the ability to handle confidential matters with the utmost discretion. The successful applicant will be someone who is excited about making a real impact in people’s lives, strives to put their learning into action, thrives on new challenges, and most of all, is eager to help broaden the impact of uAspire’s work.

  • Postsecondary degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Embodiment of uAspire’s core values – Student-Centered, Collaborative, Excellent, Dedicated, Systems-Focused
  • uAspire promotes and celebrates a workplace of diversity and inclusion. Successful candidates must be committed to working and participating in this environment.
  • Experience working with and motivating diverse high school and/or college-aged populations in underrepresented communities
  • Knowledge of local community desired
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills
  • Organizational skills and ability to plan in a fast-paced environment
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, and interested in learning within a growing, entrepreneurial organization
  • Ability to work flexible hours that will include some evenings and occasional weekends due to school-based events
  • Possess strong group facilitation skills when presenting to youth and adults
  • Proficiency with fundamental professional software: Google Mail/Docs, and Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint – required
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as a part of a team


Work Hours/ Schedule: uAspire College Affordability Advisors work- year round. During the school year advisors work a 7 hour day between the hours of 8am-4pm. During school vacations and the summer work hours are from 9am-5pm.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree


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