Job opportunity: College Match Advisor

From Rebecca Coven ’13:

NOTE: They are still hiring as of August 1, 2013

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  College Match Advisor

EMPLOYER: New York University, in partnership with MDRC

New York University, in partnership with MDRC, seeks to hire a College Match advisor to help eligible low-income, higher-performing high school students realize their college ambitions.

The advisor will lead approximately 50-100 high school seniors in one comprehensive New York City Department of Education high school through the entire college search, application, financial aid, and decision-making process with the goal of helping students enroll in “match” four-year colleges and universities where they are likely to thrive and graduate. The advisor’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Information sharing and awareness building: Building knowledge among students and their families around general application strategies, financial aid, and the concept of a “match” college. Providing exposure to more selective colleges through a combination of tours and events.
  • Individualized advising: Helping students identify best fit colleges among an appropriately matched set of colleges and universities based on their individual interests and abilities and developing a competitive academic record.
  • Supporting the application process: Helping students navigate the administrative aspects of the college application process, including: developing competitive applications and essays, procuring fee waivers, and supporting timely completion of the FAFSA.
  • Decision-making and planning ahead: Helping students choose between multiple acceptances and financial aid awards. Preparing for college life and planning for a smooth transition.

The position requires tact, diplomacy, attention to detail, and a strong commitment to service.  The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to collaborate creatively and effectively with others in order to solve problems and reach goals.  Successful candidates will also demonstrate excellent organizational and communication skills, including the ability to listen carefully and to write and speak persuasively.  Candidates who are fluent in Spanish and/or who have experience advising high school students about the college admissions process are encouraged to apply. The position requires a Bachelor’s degree, preferably earned between May 2010 and January 2011.

The College Match advisor will report to the MDRC program liaison and to an on-site supervisor in the high school they will serve. The advisor will join a team of one other College Match advisor and will collaborate with sixteen members of the New York College Advising Corp (NYCAC).

The College Match advisor will be expected to tailor programs and activities to meet the specific needs of their assigned schools and perform the following primary functions:

1. Provide individualized admission and financial aid guidance to students and families participating in the College Match Program

  • Encourage each student to consider appropriate “match” colleges and universities
  • Develop with each student a comprehensive college search and application timeline, including application deadlines for admission and financial aid
  • Help each student and their family complete and submit admission applications and federal, state, and institutional aid applications
  • Assist each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid
  • Help each student identify scholarships for which they are eligible and prepare competitive applications

2. Establish productive working relationships with principals and school staff in each partner high school

  • Assess, in consultation with the College Match Program liaison 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

3. Collaborate with College Match and NYCAC advisors

  • Help organize, provide support  for, and attend evening and weekend events organized by other advisors
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and additional meetings to share best practices, troubleshoot and share experiences

4. Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the College Match Program

  • Assist the program director and evaluation staff to identify and collect key progress and outcome data to evaluate the effectiveness of the College Match Program
  • Submit monthly progress reports to the program director  documenting progress and outcome data
  • Meet, as appropriate, with members of the MDRC research team
  • Represent the College Match Program, as requested by the program director, in meetings with potential supporters and other interested parties

5. Maintain expertise in admissions and financial-aid advising

  • Participate in all scheduled trainings
  • In consultation with the program director, seek out and participate in additional opportunities for professional development

The appointment will begin on August 1, 2013, and will end on July 31, 2014. The position is full-time and is based in New York City.  Annual compensation is commensurate with experience. Health insurance provided through New York University.

A complete application includes a cover letter (describing your interest in the position, what will make you an effective advisor, and how you believe this experience will benefit you both personally and professionally), résumé, contact information for two references, and a 5-10 page writing sample. Please send completed applications ASAP. Applications and questions about the program should be submitted to:

Christine Johnston

Operations Liaison


16 East 34th Street

New York, NY 10016



About the College Match Program and MDRC

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