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College Advising Corps Advisor

Categories: Mid South Region 3


College Advising Corps


Duke University

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Position Description

The Duke College Advising Corps requires at minimum, a commitment to complete one full program year/term of service at an assigned high school(s) in rural North Carolina. Advisers may and are strongly encouraged to consider completing two years of service. The program year will begin with pre-service training the first week of July 2017. The program year runs through June 2018. Duke College Advising Corps advisers will be expected to work collaboratively with guidance staff, principals, teachers, and other stakeholders at partner schools to increase the awareness, preparation and college-going disposition of underserved students at an assigned high school(s) in rural North Carolina.


Provide general and one-on-one admissions and financial-aid advice to any student or family seeking assistance at an assigned high school(s) - 50% of effort 

  • Encourage each student to consider a broad range of appropriate college choices
  • Develop for each student a comprehensive college timeline, including application deadlines for admission and financial aid
  • Help each student complete and submit admissions and financial-aid applications
  • Assist each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid
  • Network with admissions and financial aid officers at local, state and regional universities
Organize group events at an assigned high school(s) that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for and apply to colleges and universities - 30% of effort
  • Visit classrooms, assemblies and club meetings to offer College Advising Corps services and emphasize the importance of college
  • Organize visits for college admissions and scholarship officers to high schools (whenever possible)
  • Organize college tours and visits for students
Establish productive working relationships with principals, counselors, and teachers in each assigned high school - 10% of effort 
  • Assess, in consultation with the Duke College Advising Corps program director and 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 on-site supervisor at each partner high school
  • Assist in the efforts of other Duke College Advising Corps adviser(s) within the service area
  • Regularly visit other high schools in their assigned service area during school days
Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the Duke College Advising Corps program - 10% of effort 
  • Assist the program director and evaluation staff to identify, collect, and interpret key progress and outcome variables to evaluate the effectiveness of the Duke College Advising Corps program
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings and in-service training sessions
  • Submit monthly progress reports to the program director documenting progress and outcome data
  • Help organize, provide support for, and attend evening and weekend events organized by other adviser(s)
  • Represent the Duke College Advising Corps, as requested by the program director, to potential supporters and to other interested parties
  • In consultation with the program director, seek out and participate in other opportunities for professional development

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The College Advising Corps (CAC) at Duke University works to increase the number of low-income, First Generation College and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education. To deliver on this mission, CAC partners with universities to recruit and place well-trained, recent college graduates, as full-time, near peer college advisers in the nation's underserved schools and communities; to provide the support that high school students need to navigate the complex processes of college admissions, securing financial aid and enrolling in schools that serve them well. The College Advising Corps at Duke University is housed within the university's Community Service Center and the Office of the Assistant Vice Provost for Civic Engagement.

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Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree earned by date of hire
  • Strong interest in serving as a near-peer adviser providing college access services to underrepresented high school students and their families within urban and or rural populations across North Carolina
  • Willingness to commit to one or two full program years/terms of service
  • Valid driver's license
  • Ability to pass successful criminal background check
  • Eligibility or authorization to work in the United States
  • Eligibility for hire as an exempt employee of Duke University
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently of direct supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to plan work efforts to achieve and document project goals
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a diverse educational environment
  • Excellent communications, organizational and problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail and excellent quantitative and record-keeping skills
  • Flexibility, creativity, independence, accountability, and reliability Preferred work or volunteer service experience:
  • Educational outreach to youth and families from diverse backgrounds
  • Near peer advising and counseling to adolescents
  • Event planning

Preferred Qualifications