Note: you must be a graduate of Davidson College in order to apply to and be considered for these positions. Applicable graduation years are noted below.
Organization Mission: The College Advising Corps is a non-profit organization that works to increase the rates of college enrollment and completion among low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students. The College Advising Corps places well-trained, recent college graduates from 24 partner institutions of higher education and programs as full-time college advisers in the nation’s persistently lowest-performing schools. The Advising Corps provides the support that high-need students require to navigate the complex processes of college admissions and matriculation and securing financial aid. Advisers also work to foster a college-going culture within the schools they serve.
Position Overview: The College Advising Corps seeks to hire multiple College Advisers to serve partner high schools for the 2018-2019 school year. Advisers will be placed in high schools where current College Adviser terms have been completed. Recent Davidson College graduates are hired to serve as college advisers in high need high schools in rural North Carolina. As members of a national movement, College Advising Corps college advisers will help students in underserved communities realize their dreams of attending college.
College Advising Corps advisers will report to the Program Director and to an on-site facilitator in each of the schools they serve. Advisers will be expected to live within the service area and to involve themselves in the surrounding communities.
Adviser training will begin in late June/early July 2018 with advisers entering the schools fulltime in mid- to late-August of 2018. Appointments are for one year, with an option for a second year, if mutually agreed upon by the program staff and the adviser and assuming funding is available for the positions.
College Advising Corps advisers will be expected to tailor programs and activities to meet the specific needs of their assigned schools and perform the primary functions below:
- Provide one-on-one admissions and financial aid to any student or family seeking assistance.
- Encourage each student to consider a broad range of appropriate post-secondary choices.
- Develop for each student a comprehensive college timeline including a match college list and deadlines for admission and financial aid.
- Help each student complete and submit 3-5 admissions applications and necessary financial aid applications.
Organize group events that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to college and universities
- Visit classrooms, assemblies and student organization meetings to offer College Advising Corps services and emphasize the importance of post-secondary education.
- Work with local community groups – churches, community-based organizations, social service providers, etc. – to offer group events outside school settings and hours.
Establish productive working relationships with principals, counselors and teachers in assigned partner schools
- Assess, in the consultation with College Advising Corps Program Director and partner school personnel, the particular needs of each school and adapt programs and activities to meet these needs.
- Actively seek the advice and counsel of the on-site facilitator at partner high school.
Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the program
- Assist the Program Director and evaluation staff to identify, collect, and interpret key progress and outcome variables to evaluate the effectiveness of the College Advising Corps.
- Record up to date service activity data and submit monthly progress reports to the Program Director documenting progress and outcome data.
- Represent the College Advising Corps, as requested by the Program Director, to potential supporters and to other interested parties.
Maintain expertise in admissions and financial aid advising
- Participate fully in pre-and in-service training.
- In consultation with the Program Director, seek out and participate in additional opportunities for professional development in the College Access field.
The position of college adviser requires tact, diplomacy, and a strong commitment to service. Successful advisers demonstrate the ability to collaborate creatively and effectively with others in order to solve problems and reach goals. Successful advisers also demonstrate excellent organizational and communication skills, including the ability to listen carefully and to write and speak persuasively. The position requires a bachelor degree from Davidson College, preferably earned in December 2017 or May 2018. Candidates with Davidson College degrees earned in 2015 and 2016 will also be considered.
Please attach a cover letter and resume to your application. Applications must be completed by February 21, 2018. Interviews will be conducted in late February and hiring decisions will be communicated in March.
An information session will be held November 15 at 7:30 PM in the 900 Room of the Union. If you have questions about this program contact Mary Alice Katon, Director at 704-280-7580 or at firstname.lastname@example.org