College Adviser

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $25,060.00
Maximum: $25,060.00




United States


College Advising Corps-Boston University (CAC-BU) places well-trained, recent college graduates as full-time advisers in 34 area high schools (Boston Public Schools & KIPP Lynn Academy) to help students navigate the complex processes of college admissions, matriculation and securing financial aid.

Position Overview: CAC-BU seeks to hire recent Boston-area college graduates for a year of full-time service as college advisers in partner high schools. College advisers will report to program staff and to an on-site supervisor in each of the schools they will serve.

Hiring and Appointment Timelines: Advisers will begin their year of service full-time starting July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. This position will have the option to extend for an additional full year (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020) if mutually agreed upon by program staff and the adviser.

Job Responsibilities: CAC-BU advisers will be expected to tailor programs and activities to meet the specific needs of their assigned schools and perform the primary functions listed below among others:

  • Provide one-on-one admissions and financial aid assistance to students and families.
  • Organize group events that encourage students and families to create post-graduate plans/apply to college.
  • Establish productive working relationships with principals, counselors and teachers in assigned partner school.
  • Assess, in consultation with CAC-BU and partner school, the needs of the school and adapt programs and activities to meet these needs.
  • Assist the program director and evaluation staff by collecting and interpreting key progress and outcome variables to evaluate the effectiveness of programming.
  • Record service activity data and submit monthly progress reports to document outcomes.
  • Assist in the efforts of the other CAC-BU advisers.
  • Represent CAC-BU to potential supporters and other interested parties.
  • Maintain expertise in admissions and financial aid advising by participating fully in pre- and in-service training and other opportunities for professional development.


  • Tact, diplomacy, and a strong commitment to service.
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively in order to solve problems and reach goals.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Bachelor degree required. Preferably earned in May 2018, December 2017, May 2017, or December 2016, and preferably from a Boston-area college/university.
  • Boston natives who earned their Bachelor's degree outside Boston, or Bachelor's degree graduates of other College Advising Corps partner institutions are also preferred.


CAC-BU Advisers are compensated through a benefits package as AmeriCorps members and Boston University employees:

  • $25,060/annually (paid in a monthly living allowance)
  • Education award- $5,920; upon completion of 1,700 hrs of service; distributed by College Advising Corps and not subject to AmeriCorps maximum terms
  • 100% tuition remission for the first four credit hours & 90% tuition remission for the next four credit hours of courses taken at Boston University each semester. Includes graduate & undergraduate courses.
  • Options for insurance, retirement, disability & paid time off administered by Boston University as a full-time staff member:
  • Loan forbearance
  • Training development & facilitation experience; program & systems development at school sites

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

All applications must be submitted via the Boston University's Human Resources website. The College Adviser position is located under the title of “College Adviser, Enrollment, Undergraduate Admissions” on (Tracking Code: 5314/L2117). Please follow the instructions in the job posting to submit a resume and cover letter via the BU HR portal. Note that the cover letter must be added separately later in the application in “Step 5: Profile Attachments” (initial upload is resume only). Cover letters should address the following: Why are you interested in committing to a year of service? What will make you an effective adviser? How will this experience benefit you both personally and professionally?

Applications will be collected throughout February. Interviews are anticipated to begin in early March. For questions or to be placed on a contact list, email us at Visit for more information on national program structure and adviser opportunities.