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College Affordability Advisor (Bay Area)

College Affordability Advisor (Bay Area)

THE POSITION

uAspire College Affordability Advisors work directly with youth to help them navigate the process of finding and financing an affordable path to college.  Advisors receive in-depth training on college affordability to successfully support students.  Our College Affordability Advisors are either assigned to multiple schools to work with high school seniors in person and/or virtually or serve a cohort of postsecondary students using our innovative text-messaging platform. Whether the advisor is serving high school or postsecondary students they support key college affordability related tasks such as financial aid form completion, scholarship research, and analysis of financial aid award letters. 

This position requires a highly motivated individual with a passion for supporting youth, a commitment to continuous learning about navigating the college access and success process, someone who is comfortable working independently, and who enjoys leveraging data and technology to support student success will be a strong fit in this role. The successful applicant will be someone who is excited about making a real impact on the lives of young people, strives to put learning into action, and thrives on new challenges.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

College Affordability Advising

  • Provide text-message and/or in person advising based on uAspire’s college affordability curriculum to young people in our partner high schools or postsecondary institutions. After onboarding and training, our team will determine the mode of advising (primarily text/virtual or primarily in-person) as well as the student group you will work with (high school vs. postsecondary, as well as geography).  All uAspire advising will take place remotely during at least the Fall of 2020.
  • Assist students in on-time completion of state, federal, and institutional financial aid forms.
  • Maximize texting platform capabilities to foster strong advising relationships and rapport with students 
  • Work collaboratively with staff from partner schools and community-based organizations to share pertinent information and strategize about student progress
  • Advocate for and coach students to engage with relevant individuals, offices, and resources to support their individual needs
  • Develop and implement creative approaches to drive student engagement with program text messages
  • Identify and maximize opportunities to engage students via other tech and communication means
  • Organize in-school financial aid events with students and families in collaboration with school and community partners

Administrative responsibilities

  • Maintain detailed records in uAspire’s Salesforce database and texting platform to track student data and progress to program goals 
  • Regularly review advisor performance data to monitor own progress to goals. Pull and utilize pertinent Salesforce student data reports to inform outreach to students 
  • Complete survey collection & other administrative responsibilities 
  • Pull and utilize pertinent Salesforce student data reports to inform outreach to students   

Program Support

  • Contribute to regionally specific research and resource gathering to improve training and knowledge for staff and promote efficiencies in our direct service to students
  • Facilitate occasional college affordability presentations and student events in collaboration with regional and program partners
  • Maintain positive and collaborative working relationships
  • Support Program leadership by assisting with special projects as assigned


QUALIFICATIONS & MINDSET

We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.

  • Effective Communicator - Able to quickly process dense amounts of information and turn it into clear action steps for students. Takes the initiative to translate student experience to best influence program design
  • Relationship Builder - Positively engages with students, teammates, and partners both internal and external to uAspire
  • Comfort with Technology - Comfortable learning and/or using platforms such as Salesforce, in addition to daily platforms such as google sheets,  in order to efficiently and accurately complete work
  • Learning Orientation - Excited to become an expert on college affordability and contribute to a learning environment in both formal and informal ways with proactive enthusiasm
  • Mission-Driven - Knowledge of barriers faced by low-income, first generation college bound students, particularly students of color. Successful track record of diverse high school and/or college populations from underrepresented communities
  • Committed to Equity - Demonstrated experience building or supporting systems, policies, and practices that prioritize a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment
  • Postsecondary Degree or Equivalent Professional Experience- Some college-going experience is required; degree attainment is optional.  

Other qualifications:

  • Knowledge of local community desired (San Francisco Bay Area)
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Organizational skills and ability to plan in a fast-paced environment
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, and interested in learning within a growing, entrepreneurial organization
  • Ability to work flexible hours that will include some evenings and occasional weekends due to school-based events
  • Proficiency with fundamental professional software: Google Mail/Docs, and Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint – required
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as a part of a team


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

Salary commensurate with experience and education. All full-time employees receive a competitive benefits package. Salary ranges account for living costs by geographical location.

  • Salary range in the San Francisco Bay Area: $44,000 to $49,000

APPLICATION DETAILS

Anticipated start date:  October 1, 2020 (estimate and may vary by region)

We are currently seeking applicants for several College Affordability Advisor positions with interest in both in-person and virtual advising.  Geographical preferences include the Fall River region of MA, Greater Boston MA, San Francisco Bay Area in CA and New York City.

To see all of our openings please visit our career page. 


ABOUT US

Organization Vision:  uAspire imagines a day when all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential by graduating from college, regardless of their families’ financial resources or college experiences. 

Organization Summary:  uAspire ensures that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to and through college. Our singular focus is on college affordability and removing financial barriers so that every student has an equitable opportunity to graduate from college and succeed in life

We have an innovative three-pronged approach toward solving the college affordability problem, having large scaled impact to ensure that every student has an equitable opportunity to succeed. 

  • Student Advising: In person and over text, we support students one-on-one to maximize financial aid, minimize loan debt, and make informed financial decisions about the best post-secondary option for them. Students are empowered with the knowledge and skills to face future obstacles and access the financial aid that enables them to complete their degree with limited debt.
  • Training: School counselors and college access providers play a pivotal role in helping students achieve a higher education, but they often lack the knowledge and skills to guide students through the complex financial aid systems. Through online and in-person professional development, we share our expertise so they can effectively support their students every step of the way.
  • Policy & Systems Change: To level the playing field for young people from all economic backgrounds, our policy team works to improve financial aid systems so everyone has a chance to graduate with a degree they can afford. We ensure that the student perspective is at the center of conversations on college affordability and the systems that greatly impact their lives


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

uAspire is an equal opportunity employer, fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace that embraces and encourages applicants of every background. The company’s policy regarding equal employment opportunity means that all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, benefits, wage and salary administration, scheduling, disciplinary action and termination will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship status, pregnancy or maternity, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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our philosophy

We believe in the power of positivity, and that people deserve to be happy both at home and at work.  That's why we focus on three key components to find the right match for each of our current openings: aligning your individual strengths with the requirements of the role, finding work you feel passionate about, and ensuring your values match those of the organization.

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