PA College Advising Corps (PCAC) – Adviser
The Pennsylvania College Advising Corps (PCAC) places recent college graduates in partner high schools to serve as full-time College Advisers for two years. PCAC aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education.
College Advisers support high school students and their families throughout career exploration, college application and admission, and financial aid processes, meeting both one-on-one and in groups. Advisers work closely with school counselors and principals. Advisers collaborate with school staff, planning and executing financial aid nights, FAFSA completion events, college application initiatives, college field trips, college representative visits to schools, and a senior decision day celebration in the spring.
Being an Adviser requires a strong commitment to service. Advisers must demonstrate the ability to collaborate creatively and effectively with others to solve problems and reach goals. Advisers must also demonstrate excellent organization and communication skills, including the ability to listen carefully and to write and speak persuasively.
Advisers currently serve schools in Adams, Blair, Carbon, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Luzerne, Philadelphia, and York Counties in Pennsylvania and in Camden County, New Jersey.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Working collaboratively with the Program Directors and other Advisers to help implement the PCAC goals based on the objectives of partner institutions;
- Working with school counselors in the assigned high school(s) to identify students who show the potential for success in postsecondary education;
- Interacting on a daily basis with high school students in the assigned school(s) to provide relevant information about higher education experiences, the college/university admission process, and career opportunities;
- Initiating contact with students in grades 9-12 and their families to support students’ preparation for postsecondary education. These student meetings occur through classroom presentations that provide information about high school course selection, improving test-taking skills, charting career pathways, making resumes, and understanding the college admission and financial aid processes.
- Hosting regular workshops for the families of students to discuss financial aid, the importance of a postsecondary education, and opportunities available.
Hiring and Appointment Timelines
PCAC is hiring for Advisers who will begin full-time starting July 7, 2019. All new advisers will have a four-week training beginning on July 7, 2019. Advisers begin service in their assigned school(s) at the beginning of the academic school year in mid- to late August. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
- PCAC is an AmeriCorps program. Advisers receive an AmeriCorps education award of $6,095 upon completion of each year of service, in addition to their regular salary.
- PCAC College Advisers are considered full-time members of the Franklin & Marshall College professional staff and receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes health coverage, dental, vision, undergraduate courses, and enjoy access to all College facilities, recreation and fitness facilities, and libraries, plus access to College performances, lectures, and events. More information on benefits can be found at http://www.fandm.edu/jobs/benefits-summary.
- Second year advisers receive individualized graduate school and career mentorship and guidance.
- Advisers are full-time, salaried employees of Franklin & Marshall College.
- Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree earned within the last two years.
- Ability to articulate a deep appreciation of the value of a post-secondary education.
- Previous experience demonstrating strong leadership abilities, the ability to influence others in a positive manner while achieving goals, and effectively communicating ideas and generating support for ideas is a must.
- Ability to speak Spanish is a plus for some assignments
- Advisers are expected to live and work in his/her assigned county, work full-time in his/her assigned school(s) and work effectively with those from diverse backgrounds.
The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty and staff, and other constituencies is essential.
Because this position works with minors (non F&M students under the age of 18) mandatory training must be completed prior to working with minors. The online training course must be completed at least once every two years by faculty, staff and Franklin & Marshall students who interact with minors.
Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of reference checks, a criminal background verification, Pennsylvania ACT 153 background clearances, and verification of credentials. The College will coordinate these verifications.