Position Summary(Basic Job Function)
This is a temporary or an on-call position. Provides professional support. Responsibilities may include general business, science, medical, agricultural or other professional support functions. Term: Temps can work two (2) nine (9) month terms with a week break in service in between and at the end of the second term terminate for three (3) months or switch to an on-call. On-Call allowed to work 1039 hours in any twelve (12) month period.
Unit Position Summary
Michigan State University College Advising Corps (MSUCAC), in close partnership with the national College Advising Corps (CAC) and the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), is seeking to help more Michigan students pursue post-secondary education. Recent Michigan State University graduates serve as advisors in selected public high schools across Michigan, particularly those that are located in communities with low socio-economic status and low adult educational attainment rates. In conjunction with school professionals, Michigan State University College Advising Corps will serve as College Advisers and will support students as they make the transition from high school to a post-secondary institution. Advisers serve full time and focus on low-income, first generation students, mentoring these students through the complex and costly steps toward college enrollment. Advisers will provide students and their families with relevant information regarding the benefits of a post-secondary education, preparing for college attendance, and the admission and financial aid processes. To be fully enmeshed in the fabric of the local communities, Advisers are expected to live in the community in which they are assigned. Upon successful completion of the first term of service, Advisers may choose to commit to an additional school year of service with the MSUCAC.
Interacting on a daily basis with high school students and/or families in the assigned high school to provide relevant information about the postsecondary education experience and the college admission/financial aid processes: 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 Provide information regarding high school course selection, test taking skills, and basic financial planning to help ensure students are college ready 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 services and emphasize the necessity of post-secondary study
Collaborate with local community groups—particularly Local College Access Networks (LCANs)—to provide college access services outside school setting and hours Host regular workshops for the families of students to discuss topics relevant to college preparation Establish productive professional relationships with principals, counselors, and teachers in assigned high school as well as other community based college access representatives Assess, in consultation with MCAN, and the communities Local College Access Network, the particular assets and needs of assigned school, and adapt programs and activities to fill gaps, reinforce existing activities, and avoid duplication. Actively seek the advice and counsel of the on-site supervisor at assigned high school Assist in the assessment and promotion of the program Assist MSUCAC, MCAN, and the NCAC evaluation staff to identify, collect, and interpret key progress and outcome variables to evaluate the effectiveness of the Michigan State University College Advising Corps Submit regular progress reports to the MSUCAC documenting progress and outcome data Represent the Michigan State University College Advising Corps, as requested by program staff, to promote the program and the service being done in the schools Maintain regular professional communication with school staff and MSUCAC staff
Maintain expertise in admissions and financial aid advising Participate in required training Participate fully in monthly professional development coordinated by MSUCAC supervisors, in consultation with your supervisors, seek out and participate in other opportunities for professional development
Applicants for this position cannot require sponsorship as part of their employment agreement.
Bachelor’s degree in any major and within 2 years of graduation. Proven ability to connect effectively with students, faculty, and staff, including those from diverse backgrounds. Previous experience demonstrating strong leadership abilities, influencing others in a positive manner while achieving goals, and effectively communicating ideas and generating support for ideas.
Health insurance is provided.
A bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in any major and within two years of graduation is preferred. Ability to accomplish duties independently and analytically, exercise discretion and good judgment Excellent verbal and written communication skills; proficient computer skills Ability to manage multiple projects; strong planning and organizational skills Demonstrate program development and management experience Willingness to handle complex and detail-oriented responsibilities Team-oriented towards program design, implementation, and evaluation High energy, creativity, ability to assume responsibility; and take initiative and develop new programs. Advisers must also successfully pass background screening as required by MSUCAC and the assigned school district.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Required Application Materials
- Cover Letter
- Please include the following information:
- Expected college graduation date,
- College major,
- College GPA,
- High school attended, and
- Please include contact information for at least 3 people who will serve as references.
- We also require that you submit answers to the following questions (totaling 3 pages or less):
- Why are you interested in serving as an adviser with the MSUCAC?
- What will make you an effective adviser for secondary students?
- How do you believe this experience will benefit you both personally and professionally?