Educational Adviser, Young Scholars
Under the direction of the program manager, responsible for providing comprehensive educational advising and arranging educational opportunities for a caseload of approximately 35 scholarship recipients who are high-achieving high school students from low- to moderate-income families throughout the U.S. Leads community engagement with scholars via online hangouts, summer programming, regional activities, and a learning management system.
- Works closely with scholars on action plans to achieve academic, talent, and career goals throughout high school with the purpose of being fully prepared to thrive at our nation’s top colleges. Builds annual and multi-year plans that include high school placement and curriculum, talent enrichment activities, summer learning experiences, leadership activities, and internships/mentorships. Develops budget recommendations for each scholarship recipient’s Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) throughout the scholar’s high school career.
- Provides ongoing academic advising and support to scholarship recipients and their families throughout the year, in person and remotely (via video-conference, phone, email).
- Facilitates regularly scheduled scholar group hangouts using Blue Jeans video-conferencing and supports scholar’s learning and engagement via a learning management system (Schoology).
- Works with each new scholarship recipient and their family during the eighth-grade year to assess high school options, including public and private schools, and prepare for entry into high school.
- Partners with the College Transition Team of educational advisers to ensure that scholars receive appropriate college advising during the 11th and 12th grade years. Also helps the scholar to become a competitive applicant for selective colleges and scholarships.
- Visits scholars and their families to foster strong reciprocal relationships and learn more about scholars’ needs, accomplishments, and school setting.
- Track and record scholar progress in our database with attention to accuracy, substance, and timeliness.
- Identifies high quality vendors to provide ILP services to scholars and arranges for vendor payment.
- Assists with tracking of payments to vendors for ILP services provided to scholars and maintaining adequate accounting records. Reports unspent funds mid-year and checks in with parents and vendors about inconsistencies in lesson visits, etc.
- Researches, recommends and as appropriate, establishes relationships with private school admissions and business office personnel, college admissions officers, as well as summer program admissions staff. Assists scholars with applying for financial aid for private schools, colleges, and summer programs.
- Assists with preparation and management of residential summer Young Scholars programs on college campuses across the U.S.
- Reviews report cards, standardized testing score reports, and other periodic progress reports from recipients, their families, schools, and vendors and recommends decisions on renewal, probation, and dismissal.
- Participates in the annual Cooke Young Scholars Program selection process.
- Actively participates in Foundation meetings and works collaboratively with others to complete projects and goals.
- Other tasks as assigned.
Job Qualifications and Requirements:
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; master’s degree in school counseling, school psychology, gifted education, or other education-related field preferred.
- Minimum of three years of experience in a counseling, educational, youth development, or other relevant setting required.
- Experience working with low-income, high-achieving, first-generation students and families preferred.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as experience with conflict resolution; strong ability to work with individual young people and their families.
- Strong preference given for bilingual language fluency.
- Ability to work independently and simultaneously on multiple projects within close, overlapping, and/or conflicting deadlines.
- Must be a flexible team player, detail oriented, and have excellent organizational skills.
- Ability to make a minimum of a two-year commitment.
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