College Access Advisor

Educational Opportunity Center

 

The College Access Advisor will be responsible for recruiting eligible program participants, assisting participants with creating educational plans, guiding participants as they complete college and financial aid applications, and planning and developing educational events and materials for adults in the Target Area.

 

Salary Range: $28,000-$38,000

 

Target Area: Johnson County, TX

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, or a related field;
  • Demonstrated work experience working diverse populations;
  • Demonstrated experience working with individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds;
  • Experience with college admissions and the financial aid process;
  • Excellent public speaking, interpersonal communication, and writing skills;
  • Able to work with at-risk populations throughout the community;
  • Able to work independently in a results-oriented environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree;
  • Personal experience overcoming barriers similar to those confronting the project’s target population;
  • Experience working with TRIO Programs;
  • Experience working in higher Education;
  • Experience using social media;
  • Experience working with veterans

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designs and implements effective outreach strategies.
  • Acts as a liaison between participants, community agencies, civic organizations, local businesses and the organization.
  • Recruits participants, completes accurate records, and completes appropriate data entry.
  • Maintains responsibility for the follow-up and tracking of current & former participants.
  • Actively works to maintain up-to-date knowledge of higher education and financial aid policies and regulations.
  • Provides educational advising for higher education, including the completion of high school credentials, the wide variety of educational options available, and how to finance such education.
  • Assists program participants with accurately completing forms, such as college applications and financial aid applications.
  • Designs and implements educational workshops and seminars on topics related to higher education.
  • Collects and evaluates participant academic records.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains participants' records.
  • Provides continual program evaluation, conducts on-going assessment of program needs, and makes necessary modifications.
  • Assists in the preparation of the annual report for the U.S. Department of Education, as well as periodically requested reports.
  • Updates and maintains program publications.
  • Networks with professional staff from other Educational Opportunity Center projects.
  • Organizes program supplies for outreach, including technological equipment and publications
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Travel Demands: Must be able to use personal vehicle to commute to area schools, community agencies, and community events on a daily basis. Must be able to travel to attend conferences and other overnight stays at a distance for 5-10 nights each year.

 

Physical Demands: Must be able to lift and carry 40 lbs., to stand and walk for long periods of time, to endure strong heat and cold, to climb stairs and to fly on airplane. Must be able to project voice and speak publicly. Must be able to drive a vehicle, read road signs, judge distance, spend extensive hours in front of a computer screen. Must be able to listen carefully to others on the telephone.