UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina College Advising Corps, under the auspices of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, hires recent UNC-Chapel Hill graduates to serve as college advisers in low-income high schools across North Carolina. As members of the College Advising Corps, college advisers will help students in underserved communities realize their dream of attending college.
The position of college adviser requires tact, diplomacy, and a strong commitment to service. Successful advisers demonstrate the ability to collaborate creatively and effectively with others in order to solve problems and reach goals. Successful advisers also demonstrate excellent organizational and communication skills, including the ability to listen carefully and to write and speak persuasively. The position requires a bachelor’s degree from Carolina, preferably earned in December 2015 or May 2016. Previous degrees have been in a variety of academic disciplines.
Advising Corps advisers will report to program staff and to an on-site facilitator in each of the schools they will serve. The schools will be located in North Carolina. Advisers will be expected to live within their service areas and to involve themselves in the surrounding communities.
Advisers are required to participate in an intensive five-week training program on the UNC campus as well as one week of training at the national level. Appointments are for one year, with an option for a second year, if mutually agreed upon by the program staff and the adviser.
Carolina College Advising Corps advisers will be expected to tailor programs and activities to meet the specific needs of their assigned schools and perform the following primary functions:
Provide one-on-one admissions and financial-aid advice to any student or family seeking assistance
- Encourage each student to consider a broad range of appropriate college choices
- Develop for each student a comprehensive college timeline, including application deadlines for admission and financial aid
- Help each student complete and submit admissions and financial aid applications
- Assist each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid
Organize group events that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to colleges and universities
- Visit classrooms, assemblies, and club meetings to offer Carolina Corps services and emphasize the importance of college
- Visit feeder middle schools to encourage early planning for college
- Work with local community groups – churches, boys and girls clubs, social-service providers – to offer group events outside school setting and hours
Establish productive working relationships with principals, counselors, and teachers in each assigned high school
- Assess, in consultation with the Carolina Corps program director and school personnel, the particular needs of each school, and adapt programs and activities to meet these needs
- Actively seek the advice and counsel of the on-site facilitator at each partner high school
Assist in the efforts of other Carolina Corps adviser(s) within the service area
- Regularly visit other high schools in their assigned service area during school days
- Help organize, provide support for, and attend evening and weekend events organized by other adviser(s)
Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the program
- Assist the program director and evaluation staff to identify, collect, and interpret key progress and outcome variables to evaluate the effectiveness of the Carolina Corps program
- Submit monthly progress reports to the program director documenting progress and outcome date
- Represent the Carolina Corps, as requested by the program director, to potential supporters and to other interested parties
Maintain expertise in admissions and financial-aid advising
- Participate fully in five to six weeks of residential training each summer on the UNC Chapel Hill campus
- In consultation with the program director, seek out and participate in other opportunities for professional development
Advisers are paid a monthly living allowance and receive $5,730 per year of service in loan forgiveness or a future education credit. Housing is provided in Chapel Hill during summer training. See Become an Adviser page for benefit information.
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