The College Advising Corps (CAC) is a national non-profit organization that works to increase the rates of college enrollment and completion among low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students. College Advising Corps-Boston University (CAC-BU) places well-trained, recent college graduates as full-time advisers in 33 area high schools (Boston Public Schools, Somerville High School, Malden High School & KIPP Lynn Academy) to help students navigate the complex processes of college admissions, matriculation and securing financial aid. Position Overview: CAC-BU seeks to select recent Boston-area college graduates for a year of full-time AmeriCorps service as college advisers in partner high schools. AmeriCorps member college advisers will report to program staff and to an on-site supervisor in each of the schools they will serve. They serve for 1-2 years in a paid AmeriCorps service position and receive a living allowance as well as a benefits package including health and dental, educational award and tuition remission.
- Provide one-on-one admissions and financial aid assistance to students and families.
- Organize group events that encourage students and families to create post-graduate plans/apply to college.
- Establish productive working relationships with principals, counselors and teachers in assigned partner school.
- Assess, in consultation with CAC-BU and partner school, the needs of the school and adapt programs and activities to meet these needs.
- Assist the CAC-BU and evaluation staff by collecting and interpreting key progress and outcome variables to evaluate the effectiveness of programming.
- Record service activity data and submit monthly progress reports to document outcomes.
- Maintain expertise in admissions and financial aid advising by participating fully in pre- and in-service training and other opportunities for professional development.
- Assist in the efforts of the other CAC-BU advisers.
- Represent CAC-BU to potential supporters and other interested parties.
- Assist with school-based events, such as clubs, field trips or enrichment activities
- Tact, diplomacy, and a strong commitment to service.
- Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively in order to solve problems and reach goals.
- Excellent organizational and communication skills.
- Bachelor's degree required. Preferably earned in May 2022, December 2021, May 2021, or December 2020, and preferably from a Boston-area college/university.
- Boston natives who earned their Bachelor's degree outside Boston, or Bachelor's degree graduates of other College Advising Corps partner institutions are also preferred.
Terms of Service:
- Position Start Date: ASAP
- Position End Date: June 2023
- Full-Time: 40 hours / week, times vary per school placement schedule (average 7:30 AM-4 PM).
- Length of Service: This position will have the option to extend for an additional full year if mutually agreed upon by program staff and the adviser.
- Location: Each adviser will be placed at a Boston-area high school. The majority of service hours take place at said high school, with additional service hours completed at Boston University.
- Supervision: Each adviser will report to a CAC-BU supervisor and an On-Site Supervisor designated by the high school.
- Benefits: Monthly living allowance, health and dental, educational award and tuition remission.
As an organization that seeks to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students pursuing post- secondary goals, CAC-BU is committed to the ongoing personal and professional development of advisers. CAC-BU will recruit a diverse team that is reflective of the students we serve and demonstrate a commitment to anti-racism. Through training and dialogue centered around anti-racist practices, the CAC-BU team will be provided with the necessary skills to address issues of inequity, empower students, and further CAC-BUs mission within the organization and school communities.
Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Boston University's COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions). For further information on the University's response to COVID-19, please visit the Back2BU site.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.