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College Access Advisor and Site Coordinator
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Higher Education | Cleveland, OH
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College Access Advisor and Site Coordinator, 21 st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC), Full Time, 12 months

Position Summary:

The College Access Advisor and Site Coordinator for 21 st CCLC will be responsible for providing advising services in a high school as well as the daily administration of the 21 st CCLC, and after school program focused on intensive standardized test prep and college & career research. The Site Coordinator helps students aspire to, prepare for, enroll in, and find resources to pay for postsecondary education. Based on specific school assignments, this is mainly accomplished via classroom workshops, group sessions, individual student meetings, and parent meetings.

Essential Functions:

  1. Instruct College Now's ACT/SAT/PSAT Preparation program at the 21 st CCLC location. Train volunteers to assist with delivering the ACT/SAT/PSAT Preparation program.
  2. Maintain 21 st CCLC paper and electronic records, including attendance, food service, test scores, and equipment inventories.
  3. Help plan and execute family sessions, cultural activities, and college visits for 21 st CCLC students.
  4. Recruit students to the 21 st CCLC program through in-school and community-based meetings.
  5. Supervise student interns and volunteers at 21 st CCLC program.
  6. Work within each school's, library's, community center's unique environment in order to best serve students while meeting College Now and 21 st CCLC expectations. For CMSD, attend minimum of two school faculty meetings (including the beginning of year meeting when possible), school open house, CMSD College Information Night and Financial Aid Night (if applicable), and other meetings as necessary in order to meet key school personnel, promote College Now services and integrate into the school's system.
  7. Update, revise, and develop ACT/SAT/PSAT lessons for all content areas as needed.
  8. Attend 21 st Century meetings and trainings.
  9. Provide group and individual services to students all assigned schools. These services may 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, preferably through the use of Naviance Succeed
  • Advising students about college entrance exams (including ACT, SAT I, SAT subject tests) and test preparation resources; assisting students with test registration forms and providing fee waivers.
  • Supplying students with admission and financial aid applications; providing waivers, where appropriate, for application fees and tuition/housing deposits.
  • 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.
  • Recommend qualified high school seniors for College Now scholarships and collect required documentation and enter appropriate information in CollegePATH.
  • If applicable, serve as a mentor/team leader to AmeriCorps College Guide(s) assigned to the Advisor's school(s) by facilitating integration into the school, assisting with delivery of classroom presentations, and working as a team to provide services to students and families.
  • Serve as a student advocate through: 1) communication with colleges and universities; 2) communication with parents; 3) collaboration with school; and 4) communication and cooperation with outside scholarship programs.
  • Refer students to other services, eg school counselors, staff, college departments and other agencies for assistance in areas outside of College Now's responsibilities, if deemed necessary
  1. Track all services by accurately entering demographic information, contacts and notes in CollegePATH student database. Adhere to strict confidentiality in student record keeping.
  2. Become aware of and open to opportunities to promote College Now services through community outreach.
  3. Attend all advisor trainings.
  4. Perform other duties as assigned.


The Site Coordinator must have a bachelor's degree, and a minimum of either one year of college access/financial aid experience or one year of experience teaching adolescents. Teaching certificate preferred. Must be able to work autonomously and in a team environment with a collaborative focus. Must be comfortable using a laptop computer, able to conduct searches on the Internet and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), and must be able to enter data in a student database. Must be willing to work evening and occasional weekend hours. Must be able to provide own transportation to multiple school locations throughout Greater Cleveland. Must be able to carry up to 10 pounds daily, consisting of a laptop computer, printer, and 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."

College Now Greater Cleveland, founded in 1966, is the nation's oldest college access program and Ohio's largest. College Now has evolved from providing college access guidance to Cleveland's public schools into a multi-program, strategically collaborative service agency reaching more than 23,000 students from more than 200 Northeast Ohio schools, community and business venues and from our downtown Cleveland Resource Center. College Now's mission is to increase college attainment through college access and college success advising;

financial aid counseling; and scholarship and retention services. We envision a future in which all members of our community will have the support they need to successfully complete their postsecondary education, lead more satisfying and productive lives and contribute to the region's economic vitality.


Applicants must be eligible to work in the specified location

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