Success Counselor

US-MA-Jamaica Plain Boston
2 weeks ago(1/8/2018 10:54 AM)
Direct Service / Work with Students
Work Hours
10 - 6, additional hours for travel and occasional evening/weekend events required
Regular Full-Time
Targeted Job Start Date

Overview & Benefits

Bottom Line is dedicated to helping low-income, first generation students get into college, graduate college, and go far in life.  Our vision is to dramatically transform urban communities by producing thousands of new career-ready college graduates.


As one of the first college support organizations to focus on completion, Bottom Line now produces best-in-class graduation rates that eliminate the significant gap between low-income students and their wealthier peers. We operate regional programs in Massachusetts, where we were founded in 1997, New York City and Chicago that collectively serve over 6000 students.  We plan to open two new sites in major urban areas and double our footprint to 11,000 students by 2020.


Bottom Line identifies students who have the desire and potential to earn a degree, but lack the support structures necessary to navigate the college application process, make a responsible school choice, succeed in college, and prepare for a meaningful career.  


Over the last 20 years, Bottom Line has developed a proven and proactive long-term, high-touch, high-impact model.  Full-time, trained and specialized advisors leverage our DEAL model which addresses the four key areas that are most likely to lead to college success:  Degree, Employability, Financial Aid, and Life.  Our relationship and results focused approach helps our students change their lives by gaining economic mobility through college selection, graduation, and career-readiness.


When you join Bottom Line, you will find a rewarding, fast-paced, results-oriented environment. We build strong relationships with our students and with each other. We take our work seriously, and we know that a focus on data and metrics is integral to our continued success. Experts in our fields, we are driven by our mission and we are extremely proud of the work we do.


Bottom Line offers a comprehensive benefits package:



The primary responsibility of Success Counselors is to support a caseload of approximately 85 college students at 1-2 college campuses. This particular counselor position is focused on supporting students attending local community colleges.

  • Success Counselors provide one-on-one academic, financial, personal, and career advising.
  • Success Counselors track and record student progress in our database using both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Success Counselors also support programming connected to some of the following activities: transition events for graduating high school seniors, relationship-building with college and university partners, on-campus event planning for students, resource development and curriculum planning.

Success Counselor roles are full-time; frequent travel to college campuses is required, and overnight visits are possible; occasional evening and weekend work is required.


Salary is mid to upper-mid 30s.



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  • Support a caseload of 80 – 85 college students.
  • Follow Bottom Line’s structured curriculum (DEAL), which supports students in four areas: Degree, Employability, Financial Aid and Life Skills.
  • Help students resolve general obstacles that come up throughout the school year.
  • Track and record student progress, using both quantitative and qualitative measures.
  • Support programming connected to some of the following activities.
    • Transition workshops and events for graduating high school seniors
    • Relationship-building with college and university partners
    • On-campus event planning for students
    • Resource development and curriculum planning


  • Bachelor’s degree and work authorization required
  • 1 – 2 years of related work experience
  • Experience developing trusting relationships with college students
  • Demonstrated commitment to Bottom Line’s mission and core values
  • Experience working in a data-driven and process-driven organization
  • Flexibility to work outside of regular hours in order to meet students’ needs
  • Experience working with diverse teams
  • The ability to make a minimum of a two-year commitment
  • Fluency in language other than English a plus
  • Valid driver's license required and access to a car strongly preferred 


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