GEAR UP Advisor

Muskingum County Community Foundation
Job Description
Position Summary:
The GEAR UP Advisor helps students aspire to, prepare for and enroll in postsecondary education. Based on specific school assignments, this is mainly accomplished via individual student meetings, classroom workshops, group sessions, presentations, and parent meetings. The GEAR UP Advisor will work with students and families to help students prepare for life beyond high school. The GEAR UP Advisor will work with students in grades 7 – 12 and help oversee programs as needed.

Essential Functions:
? Work within each school’s unique environment in order to best serve students while meeting the GEAR UP site’s expectations. Attend faculty and staff meetings (including the beginning of the year meeting when possible), school open house, College Information Night and Financial Aid Night (if applicable), and other meetings as necessary in order to meet key school personnel, promote GEAR UP services, and integrate into the school’s system.
? Provide group and individual services to students at assigned schools. These services include:
? Assisting students with discerning career and college goals by providing information regarding educational options beyond high school, including: institutional choice, career options, admissions, and financial aid.
? Advising students about college entrance exams (including ACT, SAT, and SAT II subject tests) and test preparation resources, as well as assisting students with test registration forms and providing fee waivers.
? Supplying students with admission and financial aid applications, including providing waivers for application fees and tuition/housing deposits where appropriate.
? Guiding students through the financial aid process, including: assistance with the FAFSA and CSS Profile, advocating for those with special circumstances, reviewing the SAR, interpreting college financial aid award letters, assisting with verification, and helping students with any other necessary paperwork.
? Promoting scholarship opportunities and encouraging students to research and apply for applicable scholarships and awards.
? Deliver a wide range of direct academic and instructional assistance, enrichment, intervention, remediation, and support activities and services including - but not limited to – the following: in-class and out-of-class instruction and tutoring, in school and out-of-school instruction and tutoring, individual and small-group instruction and tutoring, resource room instruction and tutoring, and team-teaching.
? Deliver supplemental academic/instructional support services outside the instructional period/day/year.
? Provide ACT/SAT tutoring and/or preparation assistance as necessary and appropriate.
? Recommend qualified high school seniors for scholarships and collect required documentation and enter appropriate information in the student database when funding is available.
? Track all services by accurately entering demographic information, contacts, and notes into the student database. Adhere to strict confidentiality in student record keeping.
? Serve as a student advocate through: communication with colleges and universities; communication with parents; collaboration with school; and communication and cooperation with outside scholarship programs.
? Coordinate parent and community activities in partnership with the GEAR UP Community and Family Coordinator, the school district, and other grant programs partnering with the district.
? Plan and coordinate GEAR UP summer programs in partnerships with other grant programs with the district and GEAR UP.
? Participate in after school activities that benefit the GEAR UP goals and objectives.
? Refer students to other services, such as school counselors, school staff, college departments, and other agencies for assistance in areas outside of the GEAR UP site’s responsibilities if deemed necessary.
? Become aware of and open to opportunities to promote GEAR UP services through community outreach.
? Attend all trainings.
? Perform other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS
The Advisor must have a bachelor’s degree, experience working with adolescents, and strong communication and interpersonal skills. Preference is given to applicants with a masters degree. Teaching certificate and/or experience a plus. Must be able to work autonomously and in a team environment with a collaborative focus. Must be comfortable using a laptop computer, familiar with use of the Internet as well as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), Google products, and must be able to enter data in a student database. Must be willing to work occasional evening and weekend hours. Must be able to provide own transportation to multiple locations. Must be able to carry up to 10 pounds, consisting of a laptop computer, printer, and other advising materials.
Disclaimer: “Nothing in this position description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.”


To Apply:
Qualified interested candidates may apply in confidence by submitting application, cover letter, resume and salary range to: Heather Sands - gearup@mccf.org


Resumes will be reviewed on 8/25/18 until the position is filled. MCCF is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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