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Job Summary:

The High School College Advisor assists Texas high school students in underserved communities realize their dream of attending college by advising students with college admissions, financial aid, and scholarship applications; and coordinating information with high school staff at the student’s school.

Duties & Essential Job Functions:

1. Provides one-on-one admissions and financial-aid to any student or family seeking assistance.
2. Encourages each student to consider a broad range of appropriate college choices.
3. Develops for each student a comprehensive college timeline, including application deadlines for admission and financial aid.
4. Helps each student complete and submit admissions and financial-aid applications.
5. Assists each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid.
6. Encourages students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to colleges and universities.
7. Organizes events
8. Visits classrooms, assemblies, and club meetings to offer advising services and emphasize the importance of college.
9. Visits feeder middle schools to encourage early planning for college.
10. Works with local community groups –churches, boys and girls clubs, social-services providers—to offer group events outside school settings and hours.
11. Establishes productive working relationships with principals, counselors, and teaches in the assigned high school.
12. Assess in consultations with the program director and school personnel, the particular needs of each school, and adapt programs and activities to meet these needs.
13. Actively seeking the advice and counsel of the on-site supervisor at each partner high school.
14. Assists in the efforts of other adviser(s) within the service area.
15. Visits other high schools in their assigned service area during school days.
16. Helps organize; provide support for, and attending evening and weekend events organized by other adviser(s).
17. Assists in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the program.
18. Assists the program director and evaluation staff to identify, collect, and interpret key progress and outcome variables to evaluate the effectiveness of the Advising Corps program.
19. Submits monthly progress reports to the program director documenting progress and outcome data.
20. Meets as appropriate, with the evaluators from the National Office or TCU Representing the Advising Corps, as requested by the program director, to potential supporters and to other interested parties.
21. Maintains expertise in admissions and financial-aid advising.
22. Participates fully in six weeks of residential training each summer on the TCU campus.
23. Consults with the program director to seek out and participate in other opportunities for professional development.
24. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Education & Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree.

Preferred Education & Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University.

Required Licensure/Certification/Specialized Training:

• None

Preferred Licensure, Certification, and/or Specialized Training:

• None

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

• Knowledge of interpersonal communication techniques.
• Knowledge of computer software used to perform the job.
• Knowledge of recordkeeping techniques.
• Knowledge of customer services techniques.
• Skill in the use of Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel and Outlook.
• Skill in effective written and verbal communication
• Ability to develop processes and standards for the specific needs of the assigned school with diplomacy and a strong commitment to service.
• Ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously.
• Ability to make independent decisions regarding daily activities.
• Ability to collaborate creatively and effectively with others in order to solve problems and reach goals.
• Ability to clearly present and communicate programs to high school students.

TCU Core Competencies:

University Core Competencies definitions may be found on the Human Resources website and in the staff performance management system.

Physical Requirements (With or Without Accommodations):

• Visual acuity to read information from computer screens, forms and other printed materials and information.
• Able to speak (enunciate) clearly in conversation and general communication.
• Hearing ability for verbal communication/conversation/responses via telephone, telephone systems, and face-to-face interactions.
• Manual dexterity for typing, writing, standing and reaching, flexibility, body movement for bending, crouching, walking, kneeling and prolonged sitting.
• Lifting and moving objects and equipment up to 10 lbs.

Work Environment:

• Work is indoors and sedentary and is subject to schedule changes and/or variable work hours.
• This position requires the ability to commute between multiple job locations.
• There are no harmful environmental conditions present for this job.
• The noise level in this work environment is usually moderate.

AA/EEO Statement:

As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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