Position Goal: Provide leadership and guidance in college preparation for 9th-12th grade students, with the goal of helping the seniors gain admission and all necessary financial aid to attend their "best fit" college.
Overview: The Academic Success Program (ASP) is a non-profit, college access program that creates access to higher education in underserved communities by fostering a college-going culture in the high schools it serves. ASP works to raise our students' higher education expectations and to help them attend colleges and universities they might not attend without our help – whether that be a community college or a tier-one institution.
The Opportunity: The ASP Class of 2018 received over $113,000,000 in scholarships and institutional grants, and was accepted to a wide range of colleges, including Harvard, Stanford, University of Southern California, Notre Dame, Babson College, Spelman College, UT Austin, Texas A&M, UT Dallas, and the local community colleges. ASP aims to continue its strong results in Dallas ISD and in its charter school network and to continue to expand to other school districts in the future. The College Advisor is integral to achieving these results. The position offers the rare opportunity to direct an entire program at the assigned high school campus and to witness firsthand the fruits of one's labor each year.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Directly advising and counseling ALL students with college, financial aid, and scholarship applications
- Work with campus personnel, ASP colleagues, and school district administration to successfully achieve campus, organizational, and district wide goals
Implement ASP curriculum:
1.Provide individual academic guidance and college counseling
2.Coordinate and lead small-group meetings regarding the college, financial aid, and scholarship processes
3.Inform and help students register for the appropriate college entrance exams including: PSAT, SAT, ACT, TSI and ACCUPLACER exams
4.Plan, organize, and lead SAT prep sessions
5.Through workshops and individual assistance, guide students (and parents) to systematically complete and submit all components of the college and financial aid applications, including: application forms, resumes, essays, fee waivers, recommendations, transcripts, test scores, supplements, FAFSA forms, CSS profiles, scholarships, preparing for college interviews, etc.
6.Build and maintain relationships with college admissions personnel to visit high school campus, follow up with students' college and financial aid applications, and attend annual Symposium for Multicultural Recruitment
7.Coordinate, lead and/or supervise ASP annual activities/events (i.e. Camps, Academic Signing Day, Induction Ceremony & Senior Showcase, Symposium for Multicultural Recruitment, College Survival Workshop, College Fair, etc.)
Modification of Duties & Essential Functions
ASP retains the right to change and/or modify the duties and essential functions of this position at any time. This job description is not intended to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee, but should give you an idea what to expect.
Required Education, Experience and Skills:
- Received Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university
- A "Whatever it takes" attitude is essential
- Passion and commitment to working with students in order to improve their educational opportunities
- Ability to inspire, motivate, and advocate for ALL students
- Maintain high expectations for self and students
- Willing to go above and beyond in order help students achieve
- Ability to work well with diverse groups of people
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Must be deadline driven, able to prioritize, and execute goals and plans of the organization
- Must be self-motivated but able to work within a group to achieve common goals
- Ability to follow instructions and accept constructive criticism well
- Ability to remain flexible, open-minded, patient and positive
- Ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize work to maximize results
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher
- Willing to work some Saturdays and evenings as required
- Must be able to pass a Criminal Background Check
403(b) plan, health, dental and vision insurance
Level of Language Proficiency
Strong written and oral communication skills required; Spanish helpful but not required.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please submit cover letter and resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please.