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Job Title: College Success Initiative Advisor
Steps to Success, Inc. is a community based non-profit organization that works to bridge the opportunity-gap for students and families living in Brookline public housing. We provide year-round supports for students starting in 4th grade all the way through college graduation. We were founded in 2001 as a partnership between the Public Schools of Brookline, Brookline Housing Authority, and Brookline Community Foundation in response to discrepancies in high school graduation rates between students living in public housing and their higher-income peers. Because of the continuous, long-term investment we put into our students- both in and out of school- we are proud to say that 76% of our students are on track to graduate from college within 6 years, versus 11% of low-income students nationwide.
The goal of the Steps to Success College Success Initiative (CSI) is to provide information, coaching and support to STS students in their post-secondary years so that they succeed in college and persist towards the completion of a certificate or degree. CSI Advisors work with STS participants, who have graduated from Brookline High School, to implement a post-secondary plan that includes further training and career plans for success. The CSI Program Advisor will be assigned to a caseload of 40-45 students.
Specific Position Responsibilities:
Provide support for STS students during their post-secondary years:
Maintain active contact and a high level of participation in CSI among an assigned caseload of STS students, through regular campus visits, phone, text & email
Advise college students in the areas of academic standing, course selection, financial aid concerns and requirements, adjustment to the college environment, balance of school and work, planning for post-college careers and continued development of independence.
Assist in planning and conducting a series of post-high school graduation workshops focusing on ensuring graduated seniors successfully start their college/post-secondary program.
Assist in the planning of CSI programming such as CSI Day, financial literacy workshops, webinars, care packages, campus meetups, and career panels.
Run (recruit, organize, supervise) mentoring program consisting of STS high school seniors, CSI students, and outside professional volunteers.
Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of STS College Students:
Maintain accurate data on assigned caseload, including academic status, major, degree progress, grade point average, and financial aid standing.
Provide timely submission of required data for STS grant reports.
Conduct end-of-semester student satisfaction surveys and compile results into a report.
Work collaboratively with STS staff members:
Collaborate with CSI Senior Advisor and Public Schools of Brookline Advisors
Attend and assist in planning annual STS events, including Recognition Ceremony, Gala, Pride Day/Back to School Day, and CSI Day.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in education, sociology, liberal arts, humanities, or related field
At least 1 year of relevant experience
Willingness to travel (no car necessary)
Excellent organization, verbal and written communication skills
Skills and Qualifications:
Understanding of challenges faced by low-income, first generation undergraduate students in pursuit of degree completion
Knowledge of financial aid and admissions policies for a wide range of public and private undergraduate institutions in Massachusetts and beyond
Experience working with a diverse student population preferred
Ability to work cooperatively with both high school and undergraduate institution personnel
Enthusiasm to find new and innovative ways to work with students in-person and remotely
Commensurate with experience
Steps to Success does not discriminate with regard to race, color, origin, gender, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, or religion.
Please apply by sending a thoughtfully worded cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Specify “Application for College Success Initiative Advisor” in the subject line.
Approximate start date for position is Monday, July 9th.