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College Adviser

Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice (CERPP) Los Angeles, California

College Adviser Job Announcement

***Subject to Change***

College Adviser – Greater Los Angeles area

Southern California College Advising Corps

Greater Los Angeles area

Program Introduction

The Southern California College Advising Corps’ (SCCAC) 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 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)

The Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice (CERPP), 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.  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 the Greater Los Angeles area.

The College Adviser position will begin on approximately July 24, 2017 and run through June 30, 2018. The position may be extended to another year, depending on grant funding and performance.  Compensation will include an hourly wage of $15.00 / hour, and full USC benefits, including health insurance and tuition remission.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide individualized support with college and financial aid applications to high school seniors and their families
  • 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 in both one-to-one and group settings
  • Provide individualized support with college and financial aid applications
  • Organize workshops and programming for students and their families
  • Event planning
  • 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 but not required
  • 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, passion and reliability
  • Experience working with diverse populations is a plus

Application Instructions:

There are currently 8 open positions all applicants will be considered for all open positions. Upload the following documents in the Resume/CV section found on the second screen of the application

  • Resume
  • Customized cover letter

Answer the following supplemental questions in your cover letter.

  • If offered a position, are you able to start full time on July 24, 2017?
  • To qualify for this position you may need to pass a Live Scan fingerprint background check and TB test. Are you able to comply?

If you graduated college this year, work with your institution to ensure that your degree shows in a National Student Clearinghouse degree verification. Applicants whose degree does not show will not be considered.


Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree

Minimum Experience: 1 year

Minimum Field of Expertise: Student program or services experience


REQ20043572 Posted Date: 05/01/2017

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