Wanted: GEAR UP Advisor
Posted on 07/13/2015
The GEAR UP Ohio project was conceived and designed as a partnership between the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) and College Now Greater Cleveland (College Now) as a logical approach to increase college and career attainment in Ohio by uniting statewide initiatives with College Now’s extensive college access experience. Scholarship Central Access Program, the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR), College Now Greater Cleveland (College Now) and the Muskingum County Community Foundation are partnering for the GEAR UP Ohio project (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) starting in the 2014-15 school year.
The GEAR UP Ohio project is an effort to increase college and career attainment in Ohio by uniting statewide initiatives with College Now’s extensive college access experience. Scholarship Central and The Muskingum County Community Foundation will be working with Crooksville Intermediate School and Crooksville High School to 1) increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education for GEAR UP OHIO students, 2) increase the rates of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education for GEAR UP OHIO students, 3) increase GEAR UP OHIO students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation and financing and 4) ensure that GEAR UP OHIO consortia will become self-sustaining; develop civic participation in their programs and spread awareness and replication in other schools and communities.
POSITION TITLE: Advisor, Full Time, 12 months
STANDARD HOURS: 8 hours per day; hours vary depending on school schedule and school needs
REPORTS TO: GEAR UP Site Director
The Advisor helps students aspire to, prepare for, enroll in, and find resources to pay for postsecondary education. Based on specific school assignments, this is mainly accomplished via individual student meetings, classroom workshops, group sessions, presentations, and parent meetings. The Advisor will work with students in grades 7 – 12.
- Assisting students with discerning career and college goals by providing information regarding educational options beyond high school, including; institutional choice, career options, admissions, and financial aid.
- Advising students about college entrance exams (including ACT, SAT, and SAT II subject tests) and test preparation resources, as well as assisting students with test registration forms and providing fee waivers.
- Supplying students with admission and financial aid applications, including providing waivers for application fees and tuition/housing deposits where appropriate.
- Guiding students through the financial aid process, including: assistance with the FAFSA and CSS Profile, advocating for those with special circumstances, reviewing the SAR, interpreting college financial aid award letters, assisting with verification, and helping students with any other necessary paperwork.
- Promoting scholarship opportunities and encouraging students to research and apply for applicable scholarships and awards.
The Advisor must have a bachelor’s degree, experience working with adolescents, and strong communication and interpersonal skills. Teaching certificate and/or experience a plus. Must be able to work autonomously and in a team environment with a collaborative focus. Must be comfortable using a laptop computer, familiar with use of the Internet as well as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), and must be able to enter data in a student database. Must be willing to work occasional evening and weekend hours. Must be able to provide own transportation to multiple locations.
Must be able to carry up to 10 pounds daily, consisting of a laptop computer, printer, and other advising materials.
Please send cover letter, resume and recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resumes will be reviewed beginning 7/14 until all positions are filled.