Educational Adviser, Scholarship Programs (College Advising & Transition Team)

Lansdowne, VA
Exempt Full-Time
Date Posted: 09/21/2018
Educational Adviser, Scholarship Programs (College Advising & Transition Team)


Under the direction of the Program Manager, the educational adviser is responsible for providing educational advising and robust college counseling for scholarship recipients who are exceptional students with financial need.  The incumbent will collaborate with other members of the College Advising & Transition Team and contribute to developing curriculum and resources to support the college process for students in the Young Scholars Program, most notably, the Senior Summit event for rising high school seniors.  Additionally, each CA&T EA will work closely with 2 Young Scholar EAs to deliver tailored college counseling guidance to a small group of 11th and 12th grade Young Scholars with the objective of placement into selective colleges.  The educational adviser will continue to support those scholars on her/his caseload through the first two years of college, ensuring a smooth transition and successful engagement in academic and extracurricular pursuits.


Posted Date: 7/3/2018

Job Location: Lansdowne, VA

Position Type: Employee – Regular Full-Time, Exempt


Principal Responsibilities:

1. Manages a caseload of approximately 30-40 Young Scholars in grades 11 and 12, providing in-depth individualized college counseling in collaboration with each student’s primary educational adviser, school counselor, and family.

2. Provides ongoing educational advising and support to approximately 30-40 Cooke College Scholars who are in their first two years of college. Provides guidance to scholars on utilizing campus resources, time management strategies, and connecting with other members of the Cooke network.

3. Collaborates with other members of the College Advising & Transition Team to develop and implement a robust college counseling curriculum to include webinars, virtual group chats, a college counseling timeline, and monthly email blasts to support Young Scholars through the college application process.

4. Collaborates with other members of the College Transition Team to develop and implement a curriculum to support all first-year and sophomore students in the Cooke College Scholarship program to include webinars, pertinent readings, and shared resources.

5. Monitors academic performance and progress toward an undergraduate degree for College Scholars on her/his caseload by engaging in regular reviews of transcripts, academic course plans, semester updates, and Annual Reports. Proactively works with students facing difficulties to create strategies for academic success.  Communicates concerns about students to Program Manager and makes recommendations for changes in scholars’ status when appropriate.

6. Reviews scholar requests for program changes and extensions, and makes recommendations to the Program Manager based on Foundation policies. Oversees approval process, including correspondence, data entry, and appropriate communication with scholarship administration team.

7. Conducts 3-4 trips throughout the year to visit scholars for a one-on-one visit, high-volume campus visit, regional event, and/or college tour in order to provide in-person guidance to a scholar(s) in need, promote the scholar community, build a support network on campus, and/or aid in the college search and selection process.

8. Maintains accurate files and records for Young Scholar and College Scholar advisees, keeping track of correspondence and documenting progress in appropriate databases.

9. Collaborates with the Events team to develop and deliver robust curriculum for the Young Scholars Senior Summit and Higher Education Scholars Weekend events.

10. Actively participates in Foundation meetings and activities.

11. Works collaboratively with other staff members to complete projects and goals aimed at advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.

12. Other relevant tasks as assigned.


Job Qualifications and Requirements:

1. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in counseling, higher education, or related field preferred.

2. Minimum of three years of experience in counseling, college counseling, higher education admissions, higher education student affairs, a scholarship organization, a private foundation, and/or other relevant setting.

3. Experience working with high-achieving, low-income students preferred.

4. Demonstrated knowledge of higher education academic advising process and the college admission process.

5. Excellent written and oral communication skills as well.

6. Demonstrated experience and abilities working with high school students and college students.

7. Substantial knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

8. Incumbent must have an attention to detail, ability to work independently and simultaneously on multiple projects within close, overlapping and/or conflicting deadlines, and excellent organizational skills.

9. Must be a flexible team player.


To Apply: E-mail your cover letter and resume as attachments to: E-verify employer. No phone calls please.