High School Advisor
Description

Organizational Overview

Founded in 1989, the College Crusade supports more than 4,000 students in middle school, high school and college each year with one-on-one advising and year-round programs that focus on academic enrichment, social and emotional development, career education, and postsecondary preparation to help them become the first in their families to earn a college degree.


Purpose of the Position

The High School Advisor works with an assigned caseload of Crusaders in grades 9-12 attending public school in one of the five urban target districts. The HS Advisor provides direct services to high school Crusaders on matters dealing with academics, college/career readiness and social and emotional wellness. The HS Advisor links Crusaders to existing school- and community-based support systems and programs. The HS Advisor maintains personal contact with Crusaders, their families and school officials and acts as an advocate and liaison between the student, school, community and the College Crusade.


Requirements

Major Responsibilities

Design and deliver programming to Crusaders.

  • Promote Crusade program offerings and help students identify and select programs that relate to their needs and interests. Provide the necessary follow-up to ensure successful participation.
  • Lead and facilitate workshops on college/career awareness and readiness, life skills, financial literacy, and other topics.
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of all transitional activities (middle school to high school and high school to postsecondary.)

Build and maintain relationships with Crusaders and other parties involved in their success.

  • Form and maintain professional relationships with Crusaders, school administrators, community agencies and other service providers.
  • Communicate with families as needed to encourage student success.
  • Connect Crusaders with each other and build Crusader identity as a resource.

Provide advisory support and guidance to Crusaders.

  • Provide direct, career and academic advising to Crusaders seeking post-secondary education.
  • Assist students in clarifying education objectives, identifying financial aid resources and other appropriate support services as needed.
  • Participate in professional development and program meetings.

Monitor and update assigned caseload of Crusaders.

  • Provide Crusader contact information updates to the IT department.
  • Assist with the collection of all required forms.
  • Maintain weekly contact with students and keep a record of this in the contact log.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Position Qualification and Competencies

Essential KSOC’s (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics)

  • Knowledge of public education systems, community resources and higher education preferred.
  • High energy level, attention to detail, time management, ability to handle multiple tasks, strong interpersonal skills and comfort with public speaking a must.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Access) and able to learn and effectively use the latest software and technology systems employed by the Crusade.
  • Must be able to work independently, take initiative to meet established goals and accept supervision from Director of High School Success.
  • Must be willing and able to contribute as a productive member of an integrated Crusade program/service delivery team.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, human services or related field.
  • 2-3 years’ experience in direct services to adolescents.
  • Bilingual a plus (Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verde, Hmong, Cambodian.)

Other Requirements

  • Schedule: Must be willing to maintain a flexible schedule, including some weekend and evening hours.
  • Transportation: Must have own reliable transportation, valid driver's license and proof of insurance.

Each employee of the College Crusade is expected to demonstrate the following in the regular performance of his or her job duties:

  • Commitment to the vision, mission and values of the College Crusade.
  • A positive attitude and willingness to contribute productively to the success of your team and the organization as a whole.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the Crusade’s core competencies of accountability, collaboration, communication, institutional values and service.
  • Active participation in efforts geared toward directing and improving the overall operations of the Crusade, such as strategic planning, organizational development and performance improvement.
  • Commitment to acting as an advocate and ambassador for the College Crusade.
  • Knowledge of the barriers and obstacles that low-income families and first-generation students encounter in the journey to higher education is preferred.
  • Sense of ownership and pride in personal performance.
  • Adherence to all existing company policies and procedures.
  • Perform additional duties as needed. 

Vaccination Requirement

To prioritize and maintain the health and safety of our staff, students, and families, as well as comply with the vaccination requirements of our partners, employees of the College Crusade are required to have or obtain vaccination against COVID -19.  In accordance with Equal Employment Opportunity laws, exemptions for medical reasons will be considered.


Salary Range

$36,400 - $52,600