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Project EXCITE Advisor- 20415

Position Deleted on 2/10/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Evanston, IL
  • Admin - Academic Advising
  • Admin - Extension and Outreach
Full Time

Northwestern Opportunity:

Northwestern University seeks to employ a varied and diverse range of dynamic people who understand the importance of our mission and vision. When you consider a career at Northwestern University, you know that you are joining an institution with a deep history of academic, professional and personal excellence.

Currently, we have a career opportunity as a Project EXCITE Advisor. Project EXCITE serves talented minority students in grades three through twelve in Evanston schools, offering them supplemental educational experiences with the goal of preparing them to place into honors and AP courses in mathematics and science in high school, and then into selective colleges and universities. Supplementing the services already in place in the high school guidance office, the college counselor will provide advising and support to Project EXCITE students and their families to help the students successfully matriculate at highly-regarded post-secondary schools.

Requires working from two locations: ETHS and the Center for Talent Development. Will also require some evening and weekend hours.

This critical role:

  • Provides personalized and customized counseling focused on developing an individualized plan for each student beginning in grade 9, designed to build each student's academic credentials and college resume; identify a list of potential colleges and universities; and assist with all components of the college application process over the four-year high school period;
  • Designs and offers college planning and preparation workshops for EXCITE families to increase knowledge about the college application and matriculation process and thereby create family support for college attendance, which will focus on topics such as important characteristics of colleges and universities to consider in selecting institutions, building a strong college application through extra-curricular activities, accessing college search and application resources, scholarship opportunities, and the financial aid process;
  • Plans and executes summer student workshops focused on essay writing, interviewing skills, and application cycles, networking with college representatives, organization skills, time management, and strategies for having a successful freshman year;
  • Organizes ACT and SAT preparation sessions and helps students with test taking strategies, addressing special topics on a case-by-case basis, such as test anxiety, strengths and weaknesses in particular areas, sitting for the exam on more than one occasion, etc.;
  • Coordinates with CTD to assure students' participation in leadership and academic programs (including the Civic Education Program or Equinox Summer Program) to assist students with gaining a broader perspective beyond their local community, build self-reliance and self-efficacy, and enhance students' college profiles;
  • Facilitates college visits for individual students starting in the junior year of high school including college visit planning, post-visit analysis and follow-up, and group visits to nearby schools;
  • Coordinates/cultivates relationships with the high school guidance staff/guidance counselors in place at the high school, to assure the provision of consistent, complementary, non-redundant support for these students, and to assure Project EXCITE students take advantage of programming/offerings broadly available and provided by the high school;
  • Conducts research and develops expertise on college options to help students evaluate interests and talents as it relates to respective colleges and universities;
  • Works with Project Excite coordinator to provide early college counseling to younger Excite students and informational workshops to their families focused on college planning and preparation;
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree in education, child and adolescent development, counseling, school psychology, higher education, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired;
  • 5 or more years of experience working with adolescents and their families, in a setting where relevant skills will have been developed, such as a college admissions office, for a private or non-profit agency providing college counseling or leadership development to youths as a component of its services, or as a guidance counselor in a college prep high school;
  • Experience working with culturally diverse populations;
  • Experience cultivating relationships within and across organizations, including K-12 schools, universities, community organizations for youth, and parent organizations.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A master's degree in counseling, higher education, school psychology, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
Working at Northwestern University:
Beyond being a place to learn and grow professionally, Northwestern is an exciting and fulfilling place to work! Northwestern offers many benefit options to full and part-time employees including: competitive compensation; excellent retirement plans; comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage; dependent care match; vacation, sick and holiday pay; professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement.

Northwestern greatly values work/life balance amongst its employees. Take advantage of recreational, cultural, and enrichment opportunities on campus. Employees also receive access to childcare solutions, retail discounts, and other work/life balance resources.

Northwestern University is an equal opportunity employer and strongly believes in creating an environment that welcomes students, faculty and staff of all races, nationalities and religions. In doing so, we offer our students the opportunity to learn and grow in diverse communities preparing them for successful careers in an increasingly global and diverse work force.

For consideration, please click on the link below. You will be directed to Northwestern University's electronic recruiting system, eRecruit, where you will search and apply for current openings. To apply for this position in eRecruit, enter the Job Opening ID number in the appropriate search field. Once you apply, you will receive an email confirming submission of your resume. For all resumes received, if there is interest in your candidacy, the human resources recruiter or the department hiring manager will contact you. Job Opening ID number for this position is 20415.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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