College Success Advisor

Job Type

Full Time




1012 Torney Avenue
San Francisco
United States


About Meritus

Meritus believes that higher education is the first step in addressing income disparity for motivated and talented low-income youth. Socio-economic circumstance should not limit them from fully engaging in the transformative opportunity that college provides, nor hinder their ability to succeed. To this end, Meritus helps low-income high school graduates with grit and ambition complete a college degree and prepare for post-college success through a combination of scholarships, coaching, and career mentorship.

Founded in 1996, Meritus is a community-based, not-for-profit organization serving students regionally. Meritus has 400 alumni and supports approximately 250 Scholars annually. Our end-to-end support of Scholars has resulted in a college success rate of 88% - far exceeding national averages. To support our mission, we are looking for a dynamic, self-directed, creative individual to help us provide key services to our Scholars as a member of our Programs Team.

The Programs Team provides advising, mentorship, and professional skills development to ensure its Scholars are successful in and beyond college. Students are admitted into the program during the spring term of their senior year of high school. Meritus plays an integral role in supporting its students as they make final matriculation decisions and readies them for the transition to higher education through a combination of personalized support and group programming. Once in college, the team offers one-on-one coaching through to graduation to help address, among others, academic, financial, and/or socio-emotional challenges that students experience on campus, to identify opportunities that enrich the college experience, and to position them for professional success upon graduation.

Position Overview

Meritus seeks a full-time College Success Advisor who will work in conjunction with and report directly to the Manager of College Success. The College Success Advisor offers direct support to a caseload of Scholars, while advancing larger programmatic and organizational initiatives. The role presents a unique opportunity to join a small but highly-effective staff committed to the success of its Scholars.


The College Success Advisor will be responsible for:

Scholar Support

  • Advise students throughout their college journey by employing a developmentally and culturally appropriate framework and methodology, focused on student self-advocacy
  • Problem solve with students facing academic, financial, or personal challenges that could derail them from their college pursuits
  • Identify opportunities that enhance the college experience
  • Preemptively identify and work with students at higher risk for dropout
  • Assist and advocate for students not in good standing at their university, including students at risk of dismissal or losing financial aid, on academic probation, on a leave of absence, or transitioning back to their college as a result of deferment
  • Review and revise student’s professional development materials, including resumes and cover letters, and facilitate focused discussions on career pathways with students
  • Work in conjunction with the Manager of Career Development to identify students from caseload that would benefit from internships and/or mentoring opportunities offered through Meritus.
  • Monitor and track student progress toward major declaration and graduation
  • Refer to and collaborate with external resources as needed to ensure students receive the highest quality support

Student Onboarding

  • Assist in the annual selection of new Scholars including recruiting applicants, processing applications, and advising on acceptance decisions
  • Introduce new Scholars to the Meritus program during the onboarding process and support and advise them through the college selection process
  • Build relationships with each Scholar through personalized support
  • Assist in planning, implementing, and evaluating summer transition-to-college events (Welcome Orientation, Awards Reception, and Transition to College Workshop, pre-departure check-ins) to ensure students are college ready

Program Implementation

  • Maintain accurate records related to student progress in our Salesforce database through routine note-taking and data entry
  • Evaluate efficacy of program by soliciting student feedback and measuring program impact in conjunction with program staff
  • Collaborate with program staff to ensure complementary student support
  • Support program staff in developing additional curriculum for onboarding Scholars and supporting Scholars academically, socio-emotionally and professionally.
  • Support program staff as needed

Organizational Support

  • Support organizational objectives as needed
  • Identify student success stories to assist the development team
  • Collaborate with development team to assist in fundraising efforts

Ideal candidate has:

  • A minimum of two years in either student coaching or counseling, preferably with a college-going population
  • Firm belief that all students, no matter their background, deserve to receive a quality college education
  • Experience working with populations traditionally under-represented on college campuses, such as DREAMers, independent youth, English language learners, young parents, students with learning disabilities, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of university policies related to financial aid, college admissions (especially transfers), academics (probation, dismissal), the appeals process, and general college resources
  • Experience working with college bound youth in the Bay Area, with a knowledge of resources accessible in the community
  • Experience in volunteer management
  • Strong database management skills; Salesforce a plus
  • Fluency in a second language – particularly Spanish or Cantonese – is a plus
  • Ability to work on a small team
  • Willingness and flexibility to support colleagues as needed
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and “can do” attitude
  • A valid Driver’s License is preferred, but not required


Our staff is small, highly energetic, collegial, fun, and committed to the mission of the organization. Our team members are supportive of one other. In addition to working hard, staff finds time to build community.

The Meritus office is housed in the Thoreau Center, a shared non-profit facility that supports the community with educational events, communication tools, social gatherings, and informational and art gallery exhibits. The Center is located in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco. A free tenants-only shuttle is available for transit to the Financial District. 

Meritus is an equal opportunity employer in hiring and employment.

Salary Range: DOE


Meritus offers a competitive salary and benefits package including health and dental coverage, a generous vacation plan, 11-day holiday schedule, flex-scheduling, paid sick leave, and pre-tax transit plan. Meritus actively supports the growth of all employees and encourages professional development, networking, and collaboration. Full-time employees in the Presidio are also eligible to apply for preferred Presidio housing:

For immediate consideration, please send resume and cover letter to, Subject: College Success Advisor

Learn more about Meritus at:

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

For immediate consideration, please send resume and cover letter to Subject: College Success Advisor