Career Counselor (Jamaica Plain)

Job Locations US-MA-Jamaica Plain Boston
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(3/5/2018 4:59 PM)
Direct Service / Work with Students
50% -- Frequent campus travel (3 days per week) during the college semester. Commute to campus can be up to 3 hours roundtrip. Approx. 1/3 of Counselors will be assigned to college campuses that require overnight stays every 3 weeks.
Work Hours
Career Counselors work an 8.5 hour shift, including a daily ½ hour unpaid meal/rest break to comply with FLSA. This includes core hours of 10:00 am to 6:00 pm when all counselors are expected to be present. There may be times throughout the year when a counselor may be expected to work additional hours and/or flex their schedule to meet the needs of our students.
Regular Full-Time
Targeted Job Start Date
Application Deadline
Salary Range
Mid-upper 30s

Overview & Benefits

Bottom Line is dedicated to helping first-generation students from low-income backgrounds get into college, graduate from 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 college completion, Bottom Line now produces best-in-class college graduation rates that eliminate the significant gap between first generation students from low-income backgrounds 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 7,000 students. We plan to open two new sites in major urban areas and increase our footprint to over 10,000 students by 2020.


Bottom Line focuses on 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, Affordability, 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.


At Bottom Line, we also have a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  We aim to attract and retain employees who hold these same values, and help us further recognize and celebrate the diversity amongst us. 


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 field we are driven by our mission and we are extremely proud of the work we do.


Bottom Line offers a comprehensive benefits package



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The primary responsibility of the Career Counselor is to coach a caseload of approximately 85 college juniors and seniors. The Career Counselor supports students in their career exploration and career planning; provides academic, financial and personal advising; and tracks and records student progress in our database using both quantitative and qualitative data.


Direct Student Support & Data Management - 85%

  • Support a caseload of 90 – 100 college juniors and seniors in their career exploration, career planning, and career development by meeting with them on campus
  • Follow Bottom Line’s structured curriculum (DEAL), which supports students in four areas (Degree, Employability, Financial Aid and Life Skills), to help students progress towards reaching milestones
    • Schedule and lead 45-minute long appointments for 18 students per week on campus
    • Meet with up to 50 rising juniors over the summer to ensure a smooth transition to their new campus
  • Help students resolve general obstacles that come up throughout the school year
  • Track and record student progress, using both quantitative and qualitative data, within 3 business days of a student interaction or status update
    • Enter assessments, required DEAL data, and service plans bi-annually and maintain accurate records of progress against service plans throughout the year
    • Maintain accurate student contact information in the student database
    • Run regular reports to show progress against goals and benchmarks for students
  • Maintain contact with each student throughout the semester by sending messages of encouragement, congratulatory cards, care packages, etc.
  • Research relevant career information and resources to send to students and keep up to date

Program and Organizational Support - 15%

  • Support programming connected to some of the following areas:
    • Career event development and planning
    • Internship program expansion
    • Relationship-building with key stakeholders, including corporate partners, alumni, community partners, and colleges and universities
    • Maintenance of online job board and job search tools list
    • Resource development and curriculum planning
  • Represent the Bottom Line brand in a positive light, and take actions to increase brand awareness throughout the community

Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without advanced notice.



  • Bachelor’s degree and work authorization
  • At least 2 years of related work experience, 
  • Experience developing trusting relationships with college students
  • Demonstrated commitment to Bottom Line’s mission and core values
  • Demonstrated proficiency and/or growth potential in Bottom Line's seven core competencies: Relationships, Results, Communication, Inclusiveness, Talent Development, Agility, and Planning
  • 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
  • Experience with career counseling, job coaching, and/or vocational services


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