The Advisor deepens the college- and career-going culture in Lorain County and helps students aspire to, prepare for, enroll in, and find resources to pay for postsecondary education. This is mainly accomplished via working with Lorain County Community organizations and the high schools via community-based and classroom workshops, group sessions, individual student meetings, and parent meetings. The advisor will work with Lorain County students in grades 6- 12. The Advisor may work in schools, at libraries, at recreation centers, and at other community locations.
1. Create and deepen College Now's relationships and partnerships with the Lorain County community.
2. Work within each school's unique environment to best serve students while meeting College Now expectations. Attend community organization meetings, school faculty meetings, school Open Houses, College Information Nights and Financial Aid Nights, and other meetings as necessary in order to meet key school personnel, promote College Now services and integrate into the schools' systems and the community's organizations.
3. Provide group and individual services to students in all assigned schools and in community-based locations. These services may include:
Assisting students with discerning career and college goals by providing information about and exposure to educational options beyond high school, including institutional choice, career options, admissions and financial aid. Advising students about college entrance exams (including ACT, PSAT, SAT, SAT subject tests) and test preparation resources; assisting students with test registration forms and providing fee waivers. Providing entrance exam preparation. Supplying students with admission and financial aid applications; providing waivers, where appropriate, for application fees and tuition/housing deposits. Guiding students through the financial aid process, including assistance with the FAFSA and CSS Profile, advocating for those with special circumstances, reviewing the SAR, interpreting college financial aid award letters, assisting with verification and helping students with any other necessary paperwork. Promoting scholarship opportunities and encouraging students to research and apply for applicable scholarships and awards.
4. Recommend qualified high school seniors for College Now scholarships, collect required documentation, and enter appropriate information in a web-based student database.
5. If applicable, serve as a mentor/team leader to AmeriCorps College Guide(s) assigned to the Advisor's school(s) by facilitating integration into the school, assisting with delivery of classroom presentations, and working as a team to provide services to students and families.
6. Track all services by accurately entering demographic information, contacts and notes in student database. Adhere to strict confidentiality in student record keeping.
7. Serve as a student advocate through: 1) communication with colleges and universities; 2) communication with parents; 3) collaboration with school; and 4) communication and cooperation with outside scholarship programs.
8. Refer students to other services, eg school counselors, staff, college departments and other agencies for assistance in areas outside of College Now's responsibilities, if deemed necessary.
9. Become aware of and open to opportunities to promote College Now services through community outreach.
10. Attend all advisor trainings and other meetings.
11. Perform other duties as assigned.
The Advisor must have a bachelor's degree, experience working with adolescents, experience working with community organizations, and strong communication and interpersonal skills. Teaching certificate and/or experience a plus. Must be able to work autonomously and in a team environment with a collaborative focus. Must be comfortable working with community organization leadership, and working with school personnel, high school students and parents. Must be comfortable using a laptop computer, able to conduct searches on the Internet and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), and must be able to enter and track data in a student database. Must be willing to work occasional evening and weekend hours. Must be able to provide own transportation to multiple school and community locations throughout Greater Cleveland and Lorain County. Must be able to carry up to 10 pounds daily, consisting of a laptop computer, printer, and advising materials.
Disclaimer: "Nothing in this position description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time."
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