• College Access Advisor, New York

    Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/7/2019 1:44 PM)
    Direct Service / Work with Students
    10-20% (local travel)
    Work Hours
    College Access Advisors 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 from March through August and 11:30 am to 7:30 pm from September through February when all advisors are expected to be present; additionally, Access Advisors work approximately 8 Saturdays from October through January. There may be times throughout the year when an advisor 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
    Salary Range
    Low 40's
  • 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 one new site in a major urban area 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 21 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 qualified candidates who hold these same values and help us to further recognize and celebrate the diversity among 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 motivated by the impact we’re achieving.


    Bottom Line offers a comprehensive benefits package.


    For more information, please visit www.bottomline.org and



    The primary responsibility of the College Access Advisor is to provide one-on-one advising to a caseload of 60 to 65 high school seniors. We are posting this position in anticipation of a vacancy. The Access Advisor helps students identify college options, write application essays, submit applications, complete financial aid requirements, analyze acceptances and award packages, and make a responsible college choice. The Access Advisor tracks and records student progress in our database using both quantitative and qualitative data.


    Primary Responsibilities:


    Direct Student Support - 70%

    • Provide one-on-one advising to a caseload of 60 to 65 high school seniors
      • College Lists
        • Coach each student towards a college list that meets Access Program standards, is individualized to that student, and is in line with admissions data and affordability data
        • Adjust admissions chances based on changes to student academic profile throughout the year
      • Essays
        • Help each student brainstorm, revise, and finalize college essays – by utilizing both in person and remote support tools
      • Applications
        • Design individualized plans and tailor services to ensure each student submits complete, high-quality college applications by institutional priority deadlines
        • Support students in identifying and completing missing/additional application materials throughout the Winter and Spring
      • Financial Aid/Decision Making
        • Guide students (in person or remotely) to submit FAFSA and/or CSS Profile by institutional priority deadlines
        • Identify and support students selected for federal income and/or citizenship verification
        • Identify students eligible for a variety of scholarships and select students to support
        • Explain financial aid award data (grants, scholarships, loans, payment plans) to students and coach them to make a financially responsible college decision
        • Support students with submitting a deposit to a college by May 1st
      • Help students resolve general obstacles that come up throughout the school year by coaching them on self-advocacy and resourcefulness skills
      • Remote Support
        • Develop individualized communication plans to ensure students remain engaged with the program and meet deadlines
        • Respond to all student text/calls/emails within 48 hours (Monday – Friday) 

    Caseload & Data Management – 15%

    • Track and record student progress in our database, using both quantitative and qualitative measures
      • Enter data into the database within 3 business days of a student interaction or status change
    • Manage a caseload of approx. 60 high school students, including, but not limited to:
      • Schedule all student meetings on a weekly, or as needed, basis
      • Manage time and calendar to meet minimum number of meetings each week
      • Meet minimum average of eight meetings per student throughout the year
      • Ensure that all students meet individual and institutional deadlines

    Secondary Responsibilities:


    Program Support - 10%

    • Support programming connected to some of the following areas:
      • Relationship-building with community partners and school guidance counselors
      • Resource development and curriculum planning
      • Student Recruitment/Intake: Manage a caseload of intake candidates to ensure program eligibility and application completion 
      • Success Direct Recruitment/Success Transition
        • Provide support to the Success Team by giving presentations, and scheduling and communicating with incoming students
        • Create a comprehensive profile of each student transitioning from Access to Success
      • Access Program College Expo: Support planning and provide logistical support

    Organizational Support – 5%

    • Support the Development and External Affairs team by attending events, networking with guests / supporters, and providing event logistics as needed
    • 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
    • 1 – 2 years of related experience
    • Excellent writing and editing skills
    • Experience developing trusting relationships with urban high school students
    • Demonstrated commitment to Bottom Line’s mission, vision, 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


    All employees are expected to demonstrate continued growth within our seven core competencies.


    Competencies provide Bottom Line with a way to define, in behavioral terms, what it is that people need to do to produce the results that the organization desires in a way that is in keeping with its culture. Bottom Line defines a competency as a cluster of related knowledge, skills, and attitudes that affects a major part of one’s job that correlates with performance on the job, that can be measured against well-accepted standards, and that can be improved via training and development.

    • Relationships: Identifies opportunities and takes action to build and maintain meaningful and collaborative connections with various stakeholders
    • Results: Produces quality outcomes; compiles and analyzes data to drive future plans; uses creative solutions
    • Communication: Effectively articulates information in a clear, concise, and timely manner to a wide range of stakeholders
    • Inclusiveness: Helps to create an environment that respects and values the identities and cultures of all colleagues and students we serve
    • Talent Development: Effectively assesses one’s own, and others’, strengths and areas for improvement
    • Agility: Demonstrates adaptability and openness to shifting priorities, needs of stakeholders, and organizational changes
    • Planning: Effectively and efficiently uses resources (time, materials, technology) in order to create, meet, and assess goals


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