Earn to Learn seeks to help more Arizona students pursue postsecondary education. Currently enrolled college students and recent associate and bachelor’s degree recipients will serve as Near Peer College Access Advisors in selected high schools across Arizona, particularly high schools that are in communities with low college-going rates and low educational attainment rates. Serving alongside high school counselors and other school professionals, advisors will support students as they make the transition from high school to a postsecondary educational institution. Advisors serve part-time and focus on advising students, especially those from low-income backgrounds, through the complex steps toward college enrollment. Advisors will provide students and their families with relevant information regarding the benefits of a postsecondary education, preparing for college attendance, and the admission and financial aid processes.
Advisors will commit to service from November 2021 – June 2022 . Candidates who are not willing to make a commitment to a full year of service with the program should not apply. This position includes a mandatory, virtual training session in November 2021. Successful advisors are fully enmeshed in the fabric of the local communities and, as such, advisors are encouraged to live in the community in which they are placed.
· Support students interested in and applying to ABOR institutions
o Engage weekly with admissions pipeline and execute projects provided by supervisor including activities
such as phone calls, 1:1 meetings, presentations, mailers, etc.
o Encourage attendance, engagement, and connections with ABOR offerings and opportunities
· Interact 2-3 times a week with high school students and families in the assigned high school to provide relevant
information about postsecondary education and the college choice, application, and financial aid processes:
o Encourage each student to consider a broad range of appropriate college choices
o Develop a comprehensive college timeline, including application deadlines for admission and financial aid for each student
o Help each student complete and submit admissions and financial aid applications, including Earn to Learn scholarship
o Assist each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid
o Have advanced knowledge and understanding of ABOR offerings, deadlines, and admissions/enrollment process
o Support needs of school, district and community including events such as: College Fairs, FAFSA programming, community initiatives, application workshops, etc.
· Organize group events that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to colleges and universities:
o Visit classrooms, assemblies, and club meetings to offer services and emphasize the necessity of postsecondary participation along with information about ABOR institutions
o Partner with local community groups—particularly local College Access Programs—to provide college access services outside of the school setting and hours
o Host regular workshops for the families of students to discuss topics relevant to college preparation
o Organize college campus visits and on-site college representative visits
o Represent ABOR at school/community engagements around college-going needs
· Establish productive collegial relationships with principals, school counselors, and teachers in assigned high school, as well as community-based college access professionals:
o Assess, in consultation with Earn to Learn, ABOR and the high school and/or community program, the assets and needs of the assigned school, and adapt/adopt programs and activities to reinforce existing efforts to expand the services provided to students and avoid duplication
o Actively seek the advice and counsel of the on-site supervisor at the assigned high school and/or community program
o Actively seek the advice and approval of supervisor regarding ABOR specific requests, ideas, or needs.
o Engage in school conversations and opportunities to make informed assessments.
· Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the program:
o Assist Earn to Learn and the University of Arizona to identify, collect, and interpret key progress and outcome data to evaluate the effectiveness of the project, including the mandatory end of year exit survey
o Submit monthly progress reports documenting progress and output data to the program staff
o Represent ETL, as requested by the program staff, to potential supporters and other interested parties
o Represent Near Peer model, as requested by staff for potential information sessions and presentation needs.
· Build and maintain expertise in admission and financial aid advising, with specific expertise to ABOR:
· Participate fully in a mandatory training session
o Training will held be in November 2022
o Self-paced and collaborative virtual training components throughout the month of November and December
Click “Apply Externally” button to apply and to sign up for your initial interview.