Access Counselor

US-MA-Jamaica Plain Boston
1 week ago
Category
Direct Service / Work with Students
Work Hours
Must be able to work until 7:30pm Mondays through Thursdays, as well as Saturdays from 10am to 6pm
Type
Regular Full-Time

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: https://www.bottomline.org/content/benefits

 

 

The primary responsibility of Access Counselors is to provide one-on-one advising to a caseload of approximately 60 high school seniors.

  • Access Counselors help students identify college options, write application essays, submit applications, complete financial aid requirements, analyze acceptances and award packages, and choose a college.
  • Access Counselors track and record student progress in our database using both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Access Counselors also support programming connected to some of the following activities: scholarship applications, recruitment of 11th graders, resource development and curriculum planning.

Access Counselor roles are full-time; hours are approximately 10am to 6pm from March through August and approximately 11:30am to 7:30pm from September through February; Access Counselors will be scheduled to work approximately 8 Saturdays from October through January.

 

 

For more information, please visit https://www.bottomline.org/about-us/careers

 

Responsibilities

  • Provide one-on-one advising to a caseload of approximately 60 high school seniors.
  • Guide each student through the college and financial aid application processes.
  • Help each student identify college options, write application essays, submit applications, complete financial aid requirements, analyze acceptances and award packages, and choose a college.
  • Track and record student progress, using both quantitative and qualitative measures.
  • Recruit 11th graders for new Access class and guide a caseload of applicants through the confirmation and intake processes.
  • Support programming connected to some of the following activities.
    - Financial aid and scholarship applications
    - Relationship-building with community partners and school guidance counselors
    - Resource development and curriculum planning

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and work authorization required
  • 1-2 years of related experience preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to Bottom Line’s mission and core values
  • Experience developing trusting relationships with urban high school students
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • 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

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