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College Adviser - Long Beach Unified School District

CERPP Los Angeles, California


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Southern California College Advising Corps (SCCAC) College Adviser Position – Long Beach Unified School District

Program Introduction

The Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, housed in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC) partnered with the College Advising Corps (CAC) to launch the Southern California College Advising Corps (SCCAC) in Fall 2013. SCCAC’s mission is to improve college outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students. By placing recent university graduates as college advisers in underserved high schools, SCCAC works in communities across Southern California in the greater Los Angeles area to provide the advising and encouragement students need to navigate college admissions. Advisers work full-time to help students and their families plan their college searches, complete admissions and financial aid applications, and enroll at colleges that will serve them well.

About the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice (CERPP)

 SCCAC is a program of the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice (CERPP).  CERPP analyzes enrollment issues through the critical perspectives of social science researchers, policymakers, education leaders, and college practitioners. The center is rooted in the belief that college admission, student financial aid, and degree completion processes must become better informed, more expertly practiced, and more equitable. Thus the center brings together individuals and groups with a vested interest in promoting access and student success to inform and enhance knowledge of the enrollment management profession and facilitate practices that serve to better meet the needs of students, institutions, and society as a whole

Apply Now to be a College Adviser

The College Adviser position is a full-time position (37.5 hours/week). Please note that the adviser is a USC employee, but will NOT work on the USC campus.  The adviser will work on a high school campus in Long Beach

The College Adviser will be placed at a partner high school in the Long Beach Unified School District to serve students and carry out the missions and goals of SCCAC as described above.

The College Adviser position will begin immediately. The position runs through July 31, 2017, and may be extended to another year, depending on grant funding and performance.  Compensation will include an hourly wage (annualized at $25,060), an annual education award of up to $2,887 (prorated depending on hours of service), and full USC benefits, including health insurance and tuition remission.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work collaboratively with guidance staff, principals, teachers, and others at partner schools to increase the awareness, preparation, and college-going disposition of underserved students

  • Provide on-site advising and information about college, the application process, and financial aid

  • Provide individualized support with college and financial aid applications

  • Organize workshops and programming for students and their families

  • Organize college tours and visits for students (must possess a valid driver’s license)

  • Track student progress toward college goals through provided data collection tools

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Ability to speak Spanish or an Asian language is a plus

  • Experience in providing college access services to non-traditional high school students and their families, including students who would be first generation college students

  • Experience working with youth and families from diverse backgrounds

  • Proven ability to organize and manage many tasks and projects simultaneously

  • Attention to detail and excellent quantitative and record-keeping skills

  • Flexibility, creativity, independence, accountability, and reliability

Please include a cover letter and resume

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree

Minimum Experience: 1 year

Minimum Field of Expertise: Student program or services experience

REQ20041310 Posted Date: 04/24/2017

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