College Career Advisor

The College Career Advisor (“CCA”) is a dynamic and multi-tasking professional who is passionate about elevating student success and can enthusiastically support the mission of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County which is to enhance the potential of students, promote excellence in teaching, and inspire innovation in education guided by strategic philanthropy.

Working closely with the Education Foundation of Sarasota County (EFSC) President & CEO, Director of Life Readiness, and peer Advisors, the Advisor will provide postsecondary advising support at an EFSC satellite location in support of a shared vision to see all students graduate with a college, career and life plan that leads to success. The CCA will work collaboratively with the other school-based College Career Advisors as a team to create consistent services and resources amongst all Student Success Centers while also providing individualized support and guidance to students who visit the satellite location.

The CCA will uphold the mission, creed and values of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and will represent the Foundation professionally at all times.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Advisor will assist students with their college and career exploration and postsecondary pathways at an EFSC satellite location in support of a shared vision to see all students graduate with a college, career and life plan that leads to success. The CCA will work collaboratively with the other school-based College Career Advisors as a team to create consistent services and resources amongst all Student Success Centers while also providing individualized support and guidance to students who visit the satellite location.

Students will be able to find a wide variety of resources on colleges, careers, scholarships, financial aid, and more in the center and through various EFSC resources. The goal of the Student Success Center is to help students make informed college and career decisions, identify postsecondary pathways which may include four-year colleges, two-year colleges, technical schools, apprenticeships, military, full-time employment, or gap year opportunities.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide career and college application and entrance information and assistance to students
  • Assist students with:
    • Planning action timelines
    • Career exploration and assessments
    • Self-interest inventories
    • College application process
    • College essay assistance
    • Local College and Career Programs
    • Financial aid information and workshops/FAFSA
    • Scholarship Opportunities for Juniors and Seniors
    • Community Service/volunteer opportunities
    • Resume writing assistance
    • Interview tips/practice
    • Bright Futures information
    • SAT/ACT prep and test-taking assistance
    • Job Opportunities
    • Summer Opportunities
    • Leadership Opportunities
    • Internship/Externship opportunities
  • Coordinate the day-to-day operations and schedule activities, programs, and speakers
  • Prepare materials to assist students in locating and utilizing college/career information as needed for research, assignments, and post-high school planning
  • Obtain, organize, file and display materials pertaining to college and career planning
  • Schedule visitations by college representatives
  • Publicize events and other opportunities for students to learn about higher education and vocational training and preparation
  • Interview students applying for grants and scholarships
  • Monitor and develop the Bright Futures Scholarship Program
  • Coordinate guest presentations relating to postsecondary preparation and planning
  • Share relevant college & career web content information to appropriate EFSC staff for LaunchYourPlan.com website
  • Develop and maintain a current and comprehensive occupational library including information on careers and career clusters, employment prospects and trends, as well as college catalogs and test prep resources.
  • Provide information concerning scholastic aptitude and achievement tests, assist students with applications and scheduling.
  • Prepare and deliver informational presentations as requested as well as arranged pro-actively and in partnership with the EFSC team.
  • Orient students to the Student Success Center resources and services.
  • Plan and coordinate workshops, college and career-themed activities, college fairs, financial aid information sessions, and other activities that contribute to the building of a college, career and life readiness culture.
  • Attend meetings, conferences, and seminars as determined by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.
  • Promote a college, career and life readiness culture.
  • Cultivate community contacts for volunteer opportunities, donor relations, and sponsorships of center events in partnership with the EFSC marketing & development team.
  • Maintain a daily tracking system that outlines students’ use of Naviance, resources, and reasons for visiting. Support the requisite need to compile, track and assess relevant data as provided by the Director of CCLR.
  • Promote and support students’ use of Naviance as a tool to navigate their college and career exploration and action planning.
  • Maintain a calendar with school, district, and center important dates (include SAT, ACT, FAFSA, related community events/dates, and other college/career-related events that should be included)
  • Pro-actively identify gaps, conduct assessment and review, and strive to create a culture of continual improvement and excellence for all of the center’s work.
  • Perform other incidental tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position.

Ability to:

  • Provide specialized assistance and information concerning career planning and college entrance to students, parents, staff, and community members as required.
  • Develop and provide information and materials related to career/college opportunities for high school students
  • Coordinate and promote workshops: college essay, resume, interview skills, SAT/ACT test prep tips and resources, letters of recommendation, scholarship essay
  • Adapt to a changing environment and remain flexible while prototyping new programs and services
  • Obtain, evaluate, and process occupational and college-related literature
  • Work independently using effective public relations skills with little direction
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships
  • Ability to prioritize and set realistic, ambitious, and attainable goals
  • Meet schedules and timelines
  • Proactively plan and organize work
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion in information sharing/communications
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Employ a spirit of continual improvement and strive for excellence as a representative of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County
  • Operate PC’s in a Windows environment using various office software
  • Operate modern office equipment and audio/visual equipment
  • Work with team on any other duties/activities as assigned

Ideal Candidate

  • A deep, abiding passion for the mission and goals of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County
  • Belief and support in helping students succeed
  • Proven ability to support students in their postsecondary goals
  • High emotional intelligence and ethical standards
  • A high degree of self-motivation, ingenuity, and creativity
  • Open minded, adaptable and collaborative
  • Strong ability to cultivate and maintain positive and authentic relationships and work with various constituencies, including faculty, guidance, parents, students, and college admissions officers
  • Solid public speaking skills
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic and quickly changing environment
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to anticipate the academic calendar, to work independently, and to collaborate with team members on policies, procedures, and events.

Qualifications

  • Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree (advanced degree and/or counseling degree preferred), 3 years of college advising and/or related work experience and demonstrated success in education.
  • Creative, strategic, and thoughtful approach to assessing and improving current programs.
  • Genuine affinity for working with children and families in an educational setting.
  • High level of competence using technology

Education Foundation of Sarasota County Creed:

  • We believe education changes lives.
  • We believe every child deserves to reach his/her full potential.
  • We believe in creating brighter futures for our children.
  • We believe in leading in education innovations by taking calculated risks.
  • We believe an investment in a child’s education is the best investment anyone can make.

Education Foundation of Sarasota County Guiding Values:

  • We act on the belief that all children can learn and succeed.
  • We fulfill all professional duties with honesty and integrity.
  • We accept responsibility and accountability for our actions and behaviors.
  • We commit to serving others before self.
  • We enable access to quality education, taking into account not just academic attainment but also the development of the whole student.
  • We make the education and well-being of students the fundamental value of all decision making.
  • We seek to improve the effectiveness of the education profession by investing in professional development.
  • We model the ethical behaviors we expect from others.
  • We uphold a culture of philanthropy through donor-centered relationships.
  • We build strong partnerships through authentic collaboration.

Any new team member who chooses to join the Foundation must demonstrate the following:

  • Flexibility
  • Adaptability
  • Creativity
  • Demonstrated work ethic
  • Willingness to work independently and as part of a team
  • High level of trust
  • Technologically adept
  • Impeccable customer service
  • Good attitude and consummate professionalism
  • Believe and support in a donor-centered philanthropic culture
  • High emotional intelligence
  • A high degree of self-motivation, ingenuity and creativity
  • Open-minded and collaborative
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic and quickly changing environment
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Excellent at follow-through
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Solid judgment and leadership skills, basic business intuition and common sense
  • Persuasive, polished communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Willingness to be mentored and/or mentor others

This position will remain open until filled. Submit a letter of interest and resume to careersefsc@edfoundationsrq.org. No phone calls, please.