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WANTED: GEAR UP Advisor

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
STATUS: Non-Exempt
STANDARD HOURS: 8 hours per day; hours vary depending on school schedule and school needs
REPORTS TO: GEAR UP Site Director

Position Summary:

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.

Essential Functions:

  • Work within each school’s unique environment in order to best serve students while meeting the GEAR UP site’s expectations. Attend faculty and staff meetings (including the beginning of the year meeting when possible), school open house, College Information Night and Financial Aid Night (if applicable), and other meetings as necessary in order to meet key school personnel, promote GEAR UP services, and integrate into the school’s system.
  • Provide group and individual services to students at assigned schools. These services include:
    • 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.
  • Recommend qualified high school seniors for scholarships and collect required documentation and enter appropriate information in the student database when funding is available.
  • Track all services by accurately entering demographic information, contacts, and notes into the student database. Adhere to strict confidentiality in student record keeping.
  • Serve as a student advocate through: communication with colleges and universities; communication with parents; collaboration with school; and communication and cooperation with outside scholarship programs.
  • Refer students to other services, such as school counselors, school staff, college departments, and other agencies for assistance in areas outside of the GEAR UP site’s responsibilities if deemed necessary.
  • Become aware of and open to opportunities to promote GEAR UP services through community outreach.
  • Attend all trainings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • QUALIFICATIONS

    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 scholarshipcentral@mccf.org.

    Resumes will be reviewed beginning 9/1 until the position is filled.

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