College Adviser, University of Washington College Advising Corps
As the largest college access nonproﬁt in the country, College Advising Corps (CAC) is devoted to giving every student the opportunities that college offers. CAC focuses on post-secondary enrollment and completion among low-income, ﬁrst-generation college, and underrepresented high school students by delivering personalized, knowledgeable guidance on college admission, ﬁnancial aid, and enrollment. We accomplish this by placing well-trained, recent college graduates as full-time college advisers in high schools across the nation. Advisers become part of their school community, collaborate with teachers and administrators, devise creative approaches to reach and connect with students and families, and play an integral role in changing the lives of the students they serve.
College Advising Corps seeks to hire recent college graduates to serve as college advisers in high-need high schools in the counties of Skagit, Yakima, Klickitat, and Grant. As college advisers in the state, through a partnership with the University of Washington, advisers are part of a national movement that will help students in underserved communities realize their dreams of post-secondary education. Day-to-day supervision of the college advisers will be performed by a program manager of the University of Washington and overseen by the CAC Partnership Director, Far West.
Roles and Responsibilities
Washington CAC advisers will be expected to tailor programs and activities to support the achievement of school-based targets to increase post-secondary enrollment and persistence for students. Performance is monitored by advisers’ progress toward achieving KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and the additional adviser responsibilities below.
- Provide one-on-one admissions and ﬁnancial aid advisement to students.
- Help students complete and submit admissions and ﬁnancial aid applications.
- Visit classrooms, assemblies, and student organization meetings to make presentations and offer college advising services and emphasize the importance of post-secondary education.
- Work to engage families in support of their students’ college-going process.
- Organize events and activities that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to college and universities.
- Collaborate with school personnel to promote the college-going culture at the high school.
- Record service activity data using the College Advising Corps’ web-based system, called GRACE.
- Submit reports to the program manager documenting progress and outcomes.
- Represent Washington College Advising Corps, as requested by the program manager, to potential supporters and other interested parties.
- Represent the 2023-24 AmeriCorps program and adhere to all guidelines of AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
College Advising Corps has found that the characteristics of successful advisers include the following: approachability, independence, professionalism, persistence, graciousness, and proactivity. These characteristics, in addition to the following skills and competencies, are needed for success in the adviser role:
- Culture and mission-driven – extremely passionate about CAC and increasing opportunity for all students;
- A can-do attitude and willingness to go the extra mile in service of our mission;
- Enthusiasm for collaborating effectively with others to achieve goals;
- Ability to meet deadlines, plan events, and keep track of data and records;
- Superb communication skills which allow you to speak persuasively and tactfully, write professionally, and create multi-media texts such as ﬂyers, presentations, and websites;
- Problem-solving abilities that aid in surmounting challenges and solving problems creatively, ethically, and diplomatically as they help students navigate the college admissions process.