University Settlement Society

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OVERVIEW: The Door's mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. University Settlement serves over 30,000 low-income individuals and families each year with innovative and comprehensive programming. The college advisor will act as part of an inter-disciplinary team that will seek to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school or equivalent and enroll in post-secondary education institutions of their choice. This is accomplished through one-to-one advisement, small and large group workshops, and as part of on-campus college exploration opportunities. As part of the University Settlement Society Talent Search program at The Door, the applicant will provide services to in- and out-of-school youth of The Door community and local high schools. We are looking for a dynamic individual who has experience with admissions and financial aid processes, facilitation and curriculum design, and a commitment to positive youth development practices. Applicants should be independent, creative, energetic and flexible.



·        Work one-on-one with the young people to develop and set individualized personal educational and career goals as related to secondary school or alternative success and post-secondary opportunity.

·        Act as a member of an interdisciplinary team working with each young person to support the achievement of his/her goals includes facilitating relationships between volunteers, interns, and participants.

·        Provide advisement in selection and admissions process for post-secondary opportunities including but not limited two- and four-year public and private universities as well as vocational program and service initiatives.

·        Provide advisement in all aspects of financial aid process including scholarships and opportunity programs.

·        Assist out-of-school youth with gaining entry into secondary school or equivalent.

·        Support in-school youth in obtaining a high school diploma or equivalent.

·        Provide special events, workshops, and presentations on college access, affordability, and the value of higher education to in- and out of-school youth, parents, and specialized populations (non-native English speakers, foster care youth, etc).

·        Collect and maintain case records pursuant to data-management procedures and contractual obligations.

·        Prepare students for a successful transition to post-secondary opportunity (includes the development of Freshman 101 activities, and trips to local and out of state colleges and universities).

·        Demonstrate an understanding of and practice the principles of positive Youth Development.

·        Provide intensive coordination and integration of necessary services, including monitoring of Talent Search space, and documenting participants progress toward goals.

·        Participate in case conferencing.

·        Provide crisis intervention as needed.

·        Collaborate with interdisciplinary staff in the development and facilitation of agency-wide programming and events.

·        Handle any appropriate responsibilities and functions as assigned by supervisor and/or director.



·        Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Education or related field required

·        Two years of  experience in youth development, preferably employment and career-oriented programs

·        Knowledgebale of and ability to apply positive youth development principles to working with young people

·        Previous work as college or financial aid counselor preferred

·        Willingness to travel between the offices of The Door/University Settlement and our local high school partners

·        Demonstrated skill in curriculum development

·        Ability to facilitate groups and other learning activities and to foster team cohesion

·        Proficiency in Spanish, French, or Mandarin


 Contact: Please send cover letter and resume to:

Salary Information

Hours: 35 hours per week, some evening and occasional weekend hours as needed
Salary: Low 40s, plus generous benefits package

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to:

(No phone calls please)

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