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Company: The Opportunity Network
Job Title: College Guidance Assistant
Job Category: Education/Library
Job description:  
The Job

The Opportunity Network is looking for a driven and experienced individual to join our collaborative program team. The College Guidance Assistant will be working as a part of an ever-expanding College Guidance Team to support our high school students through the college application process. The Assistant will work with outstanding students, enjoy lots of freedom to create and collaborate, and seize a real opportunity to create social change. The position is located in downtown Manhattan.

The Organization

Founded in 2003, The Opportunity Network seeks to equal the playing field for historically underrepresented high school and college students by creating access for them to career opportunities, professional networks and college. We believe that networks and social capital are an essential ingredient for success, so we take an innovative approach by underscoring the power of connections and professional relationships as vital complements to skills and work experience. Through unique interaction with executives, extensive networking training, coursework in careers, summer internships and college counseling, our students dramatically change the course of their futures.

The Person

The ideal candidate will personally connect to the important work OppNet does and value diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) across the organization. The candidate will demonstrate DE&I values by actively participating in all organizational-wide learning sessions and self-reflection as well as working with others to enact changes that contribute to meeting the organization’s DE&I goals. The candidate should possess outstanding professionalism and discretion, organization and attention to detail, energy and initiative, the ability to prioritize and complete a variety of tasks on time, and a willingness to work on a wide range of assignments.


College Guidance
Advise and support a caseload of seniors (30-40) – and their families – throughout the college application process through one-on-one meetings and group sessions in which students will: create college lists, complete applications, and identify and apply for scholarships;
Work with students and volunteers to develop and edit personal statements and supplemental essays;
Assist in the completion of financial aid forms (FAFSA, TAP, CSS, etc.) and conduct financial aid counseling for students and families;
In collaboration with the College Guidance Team, liaise with college admissions officers to advocate for students and ensure that all college contacts are up to date.
Data & Record-Keeping
Maintain detailed records on students and their admissions decisions, financial aid packages, GPAs, test scores, and more;
Track data and statistics for reporting and evaluation purpose
Event Planning
Chaperone and help plan college visits for 11th and 12th grade students;
Help students identify and apply for fall fly-in programs;
Assist with coordination of SAT/ACT prep classes;
Collaborate with the team on all aspects of programming and special events.
Student Services
Provide administrative assistance and facilitate sessions on college access, transition, and success for all OppNet students;
Provide individualized support to in-college students through one-on-one check-in meetings and evaluate students’ progress based on a predetermined rubric.

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college/university;
Two to four years of work experience, preferably in the college counseling field;
Demonstrated ability to connect with high-achieving high school and college students from underserved communities: can help lead meetings and class sessions in rigorous but dynamic fashion; understands how to be both nurturing and demanding; appreciates boundaries, but not afraid to push or challenge; enjoys working with and counseling teenagers;
Superb oral and written communication skills, including experience working with students to craft personal statements and
college supplements;
Familiarity with the realm of financial aid; understanding of nontraditional situations (knowledge of undocumented students,
under legal guardianship, seeking dependency override, etc.), scholarship opportunities, and HEOP/EOP/SEEK programs a
Comfort and familiarity with data management and Microsoft Excel a plus;
Strong organizational talents and the ability to meet deadlines;
Availability and willingness to work some weeknights and weekends;
Self-starter with strong entrepreneurial drive: takes initiative; comfortable operating in growth mode and wearing many hats;
can operate self-sufficiently, but also collaboratively as part of a team;
Demonstrated belief in The Opportunity Network’s mission;
High degree of effectiveness - gets things done!
Employment type:
  • Full Time
Salary Range: Unspecified
Other Information
Degree: Unspecified
Experience (year): 0
Job Location: new york - New York - USA
Zipcode: 10004
Post Date: 06/08/2017
Contact Information
Company: The Opportunity Network
Contact Name: The Opportunity Network
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