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College Access Counselor

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Goddard Riverside Community Center | New York, NY
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Goddard Riverside Community Center

Published 10 days ago

Intro/Program Description: Goddard Riverside Community Center (GRCC) is a well established Manhattan community based agency with an annual operating budget of approximately $30 million. GRCC is one of New York City’s leading human service organizations meeting the basic needs of children, youth and families, homeless people, and older adults through 25 plus programs at 22 sites across Manhattan.

The GRCC Options Center supports New Yorkers to enroll in and complete college by counseling teens and adults, training school and community professionals, and convening the larger community on critical issues around equity in post-secondary education. Options has supported young people to enroll in college since 1985, professionals to support others since 2005, and college students to persist in college since 2012. Options currently serves over 2,000 people a year.

 Schedule: Monday through Friday - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Purpose of Position: Reporting to the Access Team Manager as part of a team of college access counselors, the primary responsibility of the College Access Counselor is to provide one-on-one comprehensive college advising to a caseload of approximately 75 high school young people and adults. The Access Counselor helps students identify college options, complete their college essays, submit applications, complete financial aid requirements, analyze acceptances and award packages, and make a good-fit college choice. The access counselor tracks and records student progress in our database. The College Access Counselor will also work with young people in groups and workshop settings to help motivate and connect them to each other and to Options.

Roles, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties

  • Provide intensive one-on-one college and educational counseling with teens and adults
  • Develop and implement curricula and resources for workshops and events on topics of relevance to first-generation college students and their families
  • Work with families of college applicants
  • Build partnerships and effective relationships with admissions counselors and other referral partners to advocate for students and assist them in reaching their goals
  • Track, evaluate and report on student and program performance for on-going program improvement and growth
  • Stay current on the latest trends in college access and success
  • Demonstrate commitment to learning and professional development, community building, and advocacy as strategies for social change
  • Coordinate and chaperone college tours
  • Other duties as required


Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • At least two years of experience in post secondary education options or advising work with young people of diverse backgrounds; counseling in an urban, multicultural setting a plus

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Knowledge of U.S. higher education system, especially New York City and State, including CUNY, SUNY, and support programs
  • Ability to inspire and motivate young people
  • Demonstrated passion for social justice and equity and the belief that all young people deserve the opportunity for a great education
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to listen and clearly respond to various constituents (i.e. students, parents, school counselors, admissions counselors)
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relationships with college admissions and support staff
  • High attention to details and meeting deadlines, especially regarding application paperwork and data tracking
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Valid NYS driver’s license and a driving record that meets the agency’s auto insurance guidelines (including no suspensions within the last three years) preferred


Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have/be:

  • Experience in Microsoft Office and web-based applications


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to drive students for college visits; ability to participate in walking tours on college campuses


Work Environment

  • Office; off-site visits (including overnight visits) to college campuses

Intro/Program Description: Goddard Riverside Community Center (GRCC) is a well established Manhattan community based agency with an annual operating budget of approximately $30 million. GRCC is one of New York City’s leading human service…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required


Excellent benefits package.

Excellent benefits package.


West 110th Street, New York, NY 10025

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