College Advising Corps – Boston University
Position Description: College Adviser
The College Advising Corps (CAC) is a national 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. College Advising Corps-Boston University (CAC-BU) places well-trained, recent college graduates as full-time advisers in 33 area high schools (Boston Public Schools, Somerville High School, Malden High School & KIPP Lynn Academy) to help students navigate the complex processes of college admissions, matriculation and securing financial aid.
CAC-BU seeks to select recent Boston-area college graduates for a year of full-time AmeriCorps service as college advisers in partner high schools. AmeriCorps Member college advisers will report to program staff and to an on-site supervisor in each of the schools they will serve.
· 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 CAC-BU 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.
· Maintain expertise in admissions and financial aid advising by participating fully in pre- and in-service training and other opportunities for professional development.
- Assist in the efforts of the other CAC-BU advisers.
- Represent CAC-BU to potential supporters and other interested parties.
- Assist with school-based events, such as clubs, field trips or enrichment activities
- 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 2021, December 2020, May 2020, or December 2019, 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.
- Living allowance: $27,377/annually (paid in a monthly living allowance)
- Education award: $6,345; upon completion of 1,700 hrs. of service; distributed by AmeriCorps and subject to AmeriCorps regulations
- Boston University tuition remission
- Health insurance
- Paid time off
- Loan forbearance: subject to AmeriCorps regulations
- Leadership opportunities: Training development & facilitation experience; program & systems development at school sites
Terms of Service:
- Position Start Date: July 2021
- Position End Date: June 2022
- Full-Time: 40 hours / week, times vary per school placement schedule (average 7:30 AM-4 PM).
- Length of Service: This position will have the option to extend for an additional full year if mutually agreed upon by program staff and the adviser.
- Location: Each adviser will be placed at a Boston-area high school. The majority of service hours take place at said high school, with additional service hours completed at Boston University.
- Supervision: Each adviser will report to a CAC-BU supervisor and an On-Site Supervisor designated by the high school.
Applications must be submitted via the Boston University website: http://www.bu.edu/hr/careers/. Tracking code: 8157. Please follow the instructions in the 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?
As an organization that seeks to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students pursuing post-secondary goals, CAC-BU is committed to the ongoing personal and professional development of advisers. CAC-BU will recruit a diverse team that is reflective of the students we serve and demonstrate a commitment to anti-racism. Through training and dialogue, professionally mediated conversations, and feedback models centered around anti-racist practices, the CAC-BU team will be provided with the necessary skills to address issues of inequity, empower students, and further CAC-BU’s mission within the organization and school communities.
Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodations will be made for interviews upon request. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.