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College Access Counselor (Location Dependent)
Intro/Program Description: Goddard Riverside Community Center (GRCC) is a well established Manhattan community based agency with an annual operating budget of approximately $30 million. GRCC is one of New York City’s leading human service organizations meeting the basic needs of children, youth and families, homeless people, and older adults through 25 plus programs at 22 sites across Manhattan.
The GRCC Options Center supports New Yorkers to enroll in and complete college by counseling teens and adults, training school and community professionals, and convening the larger community on critical issues around equity in post-secondary education. Options has supported young people to enroll in college since 1985, professionals to support others since 2005, and college students to persist in college since 2012. Options currently serves over 2,000 people a year.
Purpose of Position: Reporting to the Access Team Manager as part of a team of college access counselors, the primary responsibility of the College Access Counselor is to provide one-on-one comprehensive college advising to a caseload of approximately 75 high school young people and adults. The Access Counselor helps students identify college options, complete their college essays, submit applications, complete financial aid requirements, analyze acceptances and award packages, and make a good-fit college choice. The access counselor tracks and records student progress in our database. The College Access Counselor will also work with young people in groups and workshop settings to help motivate and connect them to each other and to Options.
Schedule: Monday through Friday - 10:00am to 6:00pm - Occasional weekend/evening hours
Roles, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties
Provide intensive one-on-one college and educational counseling with teens and adults
Develop and implement curricula and resources for workshops and events on topics of relevance to first-generation college students and their families
Work with families of college applicants
Build partnerships and effective relationships with admissions counselors and other referral partners to advocate for students and assist them in reaching their goals
Track, evaluate and report on student and program performance for on-going program improvement and growth
Stay current on the latest trends in college access and success
Demonstrate commitment to learning and professional development, community building, and advocacy as strategies for social change
Coordinate and chaperone college tours
Other duties as required
Bachelor’s Degree required
At least two years of experience in postsecondary education options or advising work with young people of diverse backgrounds; counseling in an urban, multicultural setting a plus
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of U.S. higher education system, especially New York City and State, including CUNY, SUNY, and support programs
Ability to inspire and motivate young people
Demonstrated passion for social justice and equity and the belief that all young people deserve the opportunity for a great education
Fluency in Spanish a plus
Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to listen and clearly respond to various constituents (i.e. students, parents, school counselors, admissions counselors)
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relationships with college admissions and support staff
High attention to details and meeting deadlines, especially regarding application paperwork and data tracking
Ability to work independently and on a team
Valid NYS driver’s license and a driving record that meets the agency’s auto insurance guidelines (including no suspensions within the last three years) preferred
Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have/be:
Experience in Microsoft Office and web-based applications
Ability to drive students for college visits; ability to participate in walking tours on college campuses
Office; off-site visits (including overnight visits) to college campuses
Candidate must be available to work remotely and must have full WIFI capabilities when working remotely