Educational Adviser, Scholarship Programs

Exempt Full-Time
Date Posted: 05/25/2022

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers a hybrid work schedule, and all positions have the option of working remotely up to three days a week, with at least two days in the office required.

Under the direction of the program manager, the educational adviser provides high quality academic and career development advising to approximately 100 undergraduate scholarship recipients who are exceptional students with financial need. The educational adviser is responsible for a caseload of scholars from both the Cooke College Scholarship program and the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer program. This position focuses academic advising and guidance towards the objective of supporting all scholars to thrive at our nation’s top colleges. Advisers support scholars to obtain degrees on time with strong academic performance in preparation for fulfilling professional lives. Supplementing the advising focus, the educational adviser contributes to developing resources and program activities, including content for scholar events.



  • Provides meaningful educational advising and support to new and continuing Undergraduate Transfer Scholars and College Scholars by video, telephone, email and other tools. Through a combination of individual and group engagement strategies, provides guidance to scholars on applying our framework of critical actions to support their college and career goals achievement. In conjunction, the adviser serves as a resource on higher education opportunities (e.g., internships, study abroad, graduate school) to position the scholar for fulfilling professional careers.
  • Monitors academic performance and progress toward an undergraduate degree for scholars on her/his caseload by engaging in regular reviews of transcripts, academic course plans, semester updates, and Annual Reports. Communicates scholarship requirements and responsibilities.  Proactively works with students facing difficulties to utilize strategies for academic progress.  Communicates concerns about students to program manager and makes recommendations for changes in scholars’ status when appropriate.
  • Reviews scholar requests for program changes and extensions, and makes recommendations to the program manager aligned with scholarship policies. Oversees approval process, including correspondence, data entry, and appropriate communication with scholarship administration team.
  • Maintains accurate files and records for all scholars, keeping track of interactions and documenting progress in the Cooke Access Portal database.
  • Collaborates with the alumni program manager, program associate for graduate advisement, and other members of the educational advising team to identify, create, and use resources and activities to benefit individual advising, group video hangouts, webinars, in-person events, and print, video, or online learning experiences.
  • Advises new recipients of the Cooke Scholarship on decisions regarding financial aid offers and four-year college selection.
  • Conducts 2-3 trips throughout the year to visit scholars in order to provide in-person guidance to a scholar(s) in need, promote the scholar community, connect with on-campus resources, and/or build a support network on campus.
  • Assists to develop and deliver appropriate curriculum for scholars at foundation events and to identify scholars for media and videos.
  • Actively participates in foundation meetings and works collaboratively with others to complete projects and goals.
  • Provides help when needed by other members of the foundation staff on all program-related matters.
  • Other tasks as assigned.



  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in student advising, higher education, counseling or related field strongly preferred.
  • 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.
  • A demonstrated commitment to supporting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • High level of written and oral communication skills and abilities.
  • A strong detail orientation and ability to work independently and simultaneously on multiple projects within close, overlapping and/or conflicting deadlines; ability to be flexible and adapt to changes in programming as they may arise.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of a diverse scholar population and ability to identify students’ needs for additional campus support.
  • Strong interpersonal/human relations skills.
  • Substantial knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.


To apply, submit a resume and cover letter through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Career Center. E-Verify employer. No phone calls please.