Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Government and Community Relations. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The College Advising Corps (CAC) is a national non-profit organization that works to increase the number of low income, first-generation and underrepresented high school students who pursue higher education. As members of this national movement, Washington University CAC Advisers are recent WashU graduates who will serve as full-time college advisers in selected St. Louis area partner high schools to help students in underserved communities realize their potential for post-secondary attainment and better navigate the college-going process.
WUSTL CAC advisers will report to the program director and to an on-site liaison in each of the schools they will serve. Advisers will be encouraged to live within the service area and to involve themselves in the surrounding communities. The Washington University College Advising Corps is hiring for at least 3 College Adviser position openings to start summer 2020. Adviser will begin pre-service training in late June/early July and will enter into the schools full time in early/mid August.
As an AmeriCorps affiliate program, appointments are for up to two years. The college adviser’s second year of commitment/year of service is based upon successful completion of year one and at the discretion of the Washington University College Advising Corps (WUSTL CAC) program staff and the adviser.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide one-on-one admissions and financial aid assistance to students and their families. Encourage each student to consider a broad range of appropriate post-secondary choices. Develop for each student a comprehensive college timeline including a match college list and deadlines for admission and financial aid. Help each student complete and submit 3-8 admissions applications, or number determined by school, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and assist students in their efforts to find and secure scholarships and other external funding sources.
Plan and organize initiatives and events that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to college and universities. Visit classrooms, assemblies, student organization meetings and participate in extracurricular activities in the high school and its surrounding community for the purpose of building relationships with students and their families. Create awareness, offer CAC services and emphasize the importance of post-secondary education. Work with local community groups – churches, community-based organizations, social service providers, etc. – to offer events outside school settings and hours.
Establish productive working relationships with principals, counselors, teachers, and other staff in assigned partner school. Assess, in consultation with the CAC program director and partner school personnel, the particular needs of each school and adapt programs and activities to meet these needs. Actively seek the advice and counsel of the CAC program director and on-site liaison at partner high school.
Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the program by recording up to date service activity data and submitting monthly progress reports to the program director documenting progress and outcome data, and assisting the program director and evaluation staff to identify, collect and interpret key progress and outcome variables to evaluate the effectiveness of the College Advising Corps.
Assist in the efforts of the other College Advising Corps advisers. Regularly visit other partner high schools. Help organize, provide support for, and attend evening and weekend events organized by other advisers.
Represent the College Advising Corps, as requested by the program director, to potential supporters and to other interested parties.
Maintain expertise in admissions and financial aid advising. Participate fully in pre- and in-service training. Attend National CAC Adviser Summit. In consultation with the CAC program director, seek out and participate in other opportunities for professional development.
This program requires completion of a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis between December 2018 and May 2020.
Must have an interest in (and preferably some experience) working with underrepresented populations.
$25,000 - $31,095 (The pay rate for this position is $25,000 annually and eligibility for $6,095.00 (or maximum Pell grant equivalent) AmeriCorps education award at the completion of each year-long appointment.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Applicants are required to submit a cover letter along with a resume. This is a time-limited position.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.