Early High School Advisor

Job Type

Full Time




Breakthrough Greater Boston
P.O. Box 381486
United States


The Opportunity

Breakthrough Greater Boston is currently seeking an Early High School Advisor (EHSA) to guide Breakthrough’s students and families during years three and four of their six-year Breakthrough journey. The EHSA will be the primary staff member responsible for advising and supporting 9th and 10th grade students as they make the critical transition from middle to high school and work towards their academic and college-related goals. The right candidate will bring a passion for advising young people as they navigate their path to college. They will blend data-informed case management and effective relationship building with schools and other partners in order to identify, track and follow up on the unique supports needed by individual students to help them achieve their goals. The EHSA works closely with other members of a dynamic nine-person Program Team and reports directly to the Senior Director of High School Programs.

Position Outcomes

A successful Early High School Advisor will:

  • Develop and maintain meaningful relationships with BTGB’s 9th and 10th grade students, supporting their academic and personal growth as well as their social emotional well-being
  • Maintain positive, regular communication with students’ families, nurturing healthy, trusting relationships and collaboratively ensuring students’ success
  • Collaborate with other Program Team members to create a seamless layer of support for students and families during Breakthrough’s six-year program 

Your Contribution

In this exciting role, you will be responsible for the direct services and supports for Breakthrough’s 9th and 10th grade students and families. Specifically, you will:

Student and Family Support

  • Serve as primary advisor for caseload of approximately 160 students at BTGB’s Cambridge and Boston campuses; provide consistent, tailored support during one-on-one interactions and throughout BTGB’s programming
  • Champion students by nurturing individual student strengths and providing timely, appropriate interventions and resources as needed to ensure students are safe and successful
  • Build strong relationships with families through individual conferences, presence at BTGB events, and regular phone and email contact throughout the year
  • Collaborate with team members to execute key 9th and 10th grade programming, including Leadership Academy, Study Hall, and the Summer Exploration and Opportunities Program
  • Actively research and maintain knowledge of summer and school year opportunities for early high school students; connect students with opportunities that match their unique interests and needs as part of Breakthrough’s Summer Exploration and Opportunities Program
  • Oversee students’ transition from Breakthrough’s 8th to 9th grade programming and 10th to 11th grade programming

Partnership and Data Management

  • Maintain positive, frequent communication with partner school staff members as well as representatives from other local youth serving organizations to collaboratively ensure our students’ success
  • Conduct guidance counselor check-ins each semester to further inform individual supports for students and identify additional enrichment opportunities
  • Oversee collection and analysis of 9th and 10th grade student academic records including report cards, progress reports and Individualized Education Plans
  • Ensure accurate and effective data collection and analysis through the daily use of our Salesforce student database to inform programmatic decision making and advance students’ success 

Your Background and Qualifications

As the incoming Early High School Advisor, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:

  • Passion for the mission of BTGB, closing opportunity gaps, and training the next generation of urban teachers; prior experience with Breakthrough a plus
  • Experience with and excitement for working one-on-one with traditionally underserved students, preferably in grades 8-10
  • Desire to become part of Breakthrough’s three-city community and to immerse oneself in the Cambridge and Boston campuses
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with students, families, and educators, including a great sense of humor
  • Team player who demonstrates a positive attitude, energy, and dedication to collaboration
  • Commitment to the use of data to inform practice with young people; strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Flexible schedule that allows for the ability to meet students and families, including Saturdays and evenings
  • Candidates of color and those from low-income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply as are those with fluency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Amharic, Somali, Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu
  • Familiarity with Cambridge Public Schools and Boston Public Schools a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

If you are interested in learning more about how your passion and experience can help Breakthrough meet its mission and grow its impact, please email a resume with a thoughtful and targeted cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity and addressed to Amee Naik, Senior Director of High School Programs, at jobs@btgbmail.org.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Learn more about Breakthrough Greater Boston at www.breakthroughgreaterboston.org