University Settlement Society

Job Title

COLLEGE ADVISOR

Job Description

OVERVIEW: The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 11,000 New York City youth each year. Our mission is to empower young adults to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof. By providing participants with our suite of integrated services, we seek to provide any motivated young person with the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to successfully transition to adulthood.

Broome Street Academy (BSA) is our on-site tuition-free public charter high school devoted to providing students the necessary skills and support to graduate prepared for a successful future beyond high school. BSA’s admissions policy gives preference to siblings and students who are homeless, in foster care, or from low performing schools.

The College Advisor is a Door employee 100% dedicated to BSA students serving as part of an inter-disciplinary team of staff from both organizations working in partnership with University Settlement’s Talent Search program, College Paths, based at The Door. The position provides individual college counseling and group post-secondary planning workshops and helps coordinate college access activities across the school.

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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.
  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Education or related field required
  • Two years of experience in youth development, preferably employment and career-oriented programs
  • 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
  • Bilingual English/Chinese or English/ Spanish preferred

Contact: Submit cover letter and resume to APPLY

Salary Information

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

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