Program Associate - Advising Fellow Experience and Impact

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New York, NY
Published 18 days ago

About Matriculate

Matriculate’s mission is to empower high-achieving high school students from low- income backgrounds to make the leap to our nation’s top colleges and universities. Our vision is that one day all the best students in America will have access to and be supported at top colleges—regardless of their income or background—which will give them a unique opportunity to change the trajectory of their lives and the lives of their families.

Matriculate empowers teams of undergraduates to provide free virtual college advising to high-achieving high school juniors and seniors from low-income backgrounds. Equipped with more than 50 hours of training, undergraduate Advising Fellows provide the information, guidance, and support that these high school students need to apply to, gain admission at, and excel in the best institutions. Matriculate is working to build an America in which all talented students have a fair shot at top colleges and universities long reserved primarily for the elite.

Matriculate is a founding partner of Bloomberg Philanthropies' college access and success initiative called CollegePoint, which aims to help as many as 65,000 students to apply to, enroll in, and graduate from the best colleges and universities. Matriculate is committed to partnering with communities of staff, high school students, and undergraduate Advising Fellows to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. We seek to build a team that is active in contributing to advancing and sustaining a culture in which all lived experiences are welcome.

Position Overview

Matriculate seeks a strong candidate to serve as a Program Associate, Advising Fellowships. The associate will oversee the delivery and implementation of the Advising Fellowship program model across a selection of Advising Fellowships. The role requires a significant focus on operational and strategic management of Advising Fellows (AFs) and Head Advising Fellows (HAFs) at assigned fellowships to ensure they provide outstanding support to High School Fellows (HSFs) whose goal is to enroll in a best-fit college of their choice.

This position requires drive and passion for our mission, ability to work in highly collaborative environment, data-driven decision-making, excellent time and project management skills, attention to detail, a focus on quality, highly adaptable, and commitment to continuous improvement.

Program Associates report to a Program Manager on the Advising Fellowship Experience and Impact team, though the associate will also have many opportunities to collaborate closely with other team members throughout the organization.

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits package.

Position Responsibilities

This role will ensure sound delivery and implementation of the Advising Fellowships model through close collaboration with other team members and frequent interactions with all levels of the Advising Fellowship, High School Fellowship, and internal staff.

  • Ensure college Advising Fellows (AFs) are consistently equipped with the content knowledge and advising skills necessary to drive impact, or yield the best outcomes for the high-achieving, low-income high school students with which they are paired.
  • Assume responsibility for ensuring Matriculate’s High School Fellows regularly connect with Advising Fellows and achieve college application and enrollment outcomes.
  • Ensure retention of Advising Fellows through effective engagement and community building approaches within their fellowship, and where possible across fellowships.

The following section is a list of typical responsibilities that will lead to success in this role. Note that this is not an exhaustive list and some activities may develop in response to the needs of our Advising Fellows, High School Fellows, or organizational goals.


  • Monitor consistency and quality of advising sessions between Advising Fellows and their High School Fellows in order to achieve program milestones
  • Monitor the progress of High School Fellows toward program milestones using qualitative and quantitative data from student and advisor surveys, advisor deliverables, and in-person check-ins with advisors
  • Track engagement of Advising Fellows in all areas of fellowship programming including training, meetings, and deliverables to ensure high retention and a positive experience

Recruitment and Training

  • Support the recruitment of a high-quality team of student leaders and Advising Fellows at assigned fellowships in collaboration with Matriculate Recruitment and Training team
  • Support the onboarding and training of Advising Fellows by facilitating assigned training modules, advising certification, and consulting on the development of training content as needed
  • Assist with the development of a leadership pipeline within each Fellowship

Program Delivery & Implementation

  • Coach, support and manage Fellowship Leadership Teams by providing weekly supervision and feedback about their implementation of leadership training; approach to engaging fellows; and providing support to AFs
  • Consult on the development of internal strategies and measurement tools that help direct and monitor progress toward goals
  • Ensure data collection processes are completed and actively monitored in operating systems and databases as necessary to track HSF outcomes and advisor engagement and impact
  • Monitor quality of High School Fellow and Advising Fellow experiences; devise and implement strategies to ensure retention and outcomes in collaboration with team leads.

Commitment to Excellence

  • Collaborate across the Matriculate program to ensure maximum consistencies and efficiencies
  • Develop expertise in the college access landscape
  • Contribute to Matriculate’s culture of continuous improvement

Candidate qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

• A deep commitment to Matriculate’s mission and organizational values

• A bachelor’s degree from a 4-year institution

• At least 1 year of experience with demonstrated success ideally in:

• Youth development

• Education-focused programming

• Project management

• Some program implementation background, including use of mixed data

• Effective written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking (for training and meeting facilitation)

• Strong attention to detail to support effective project execution

• Ability to build, strengthen, and leverage relationships to ensure a strong sense of community and collective impact

• The ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people and in an often virtual, remote setting initiative in problem solving, commitment to continuous learning and reflecting on their work

• Interest in working and contributing to continuous improvement and innovation in a fast-paced, startup environment

• Familiarity using various remote communication applications including Zoom, Google Hangout, and Skype

• Strong command of Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; experience with Google Suite and Salesforce a plus

• Willingness to travel domestically potentially up to 25%

• Ability to work on pre-scheduled work evenings and weekends as necessary

Mission & Values

Matriculate has five core values that lie at the center of the work we do, which should align with the values and mindset of the ideal candidate

  • Student-centered mindset: We serve as allies with our students to help them access opportunities they have earned to build a more just and equitable country. All our work advances our mission, and in all our work we hold a student-centered mindset.
  • Valuing and Supporting the Team: We value and support our team and their well-being both in and out of work. We work hard and make time for levity and celebration. We actively make choices that promote flexibility and to give team members the space to structure their time and maintain long-term sustainability.
  • Commitment to be a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Organization: We are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. Staff, Advising Fellows, and High School Fellows shape and inform a culture that invites differing perspectives and ongoing dialogue to inform the way we interact together, our practices, and policies.
  • Continuous Learning: We embrace a mindset of continuous learning and recognize failure as a part of learning. We regularly give and receive feedback and are accountable for both its intent and impact.
  • Ownership: We are all owners, accountable for our collective success and impact. We proactively identify problems, ask for what we need to be successful, and propose solutions. We communicate directly, respectfully, and with humility.


This position is based in New York, NY. Matriculate’s staff are currently remote until we are able to safely re-open a physical office in 2022.


Salary is commensurate with experience. In addition, Matriculate offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Salary range: $58,500 - $62,000

To apply:

Submit an email with the following details and attachments to

• Update the subject line to: “Program Associate, Advising Fellowships – [your name]”

• Attach PDF versions of

• tailored cover letter

• resume

• a non-fiction writing sample

Applications that are submitted in any way not following these instructions or missing documents will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.

Matriculate is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. We will review applications on a rolling basis until the role is filled.

About Matriculate

Matriculate’s mission is to empower high-achieving high school students from low- income backgrounds to make the leap to our nation’s top colleges and universities. Our vision is that one day all the best students in…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
New York, NY, USA

How to Apply

To apply:

Submit an email with the following details and attachments to

• Update the subject line to: “Program Associate, Advising Fellowships – [your name]”

• Attach PDF versions of

• tailored cover letter

• resume

• a non-fiction writing sample

To apply:

Submit an email with the following details and attachments to

• Update the subject line to: “Program Associate, Advising Fellowships – [your name…

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