Advising Fellow Leadership Team

Position: Advising Fellow (AF) Leadership Team Member

About Matriculate: Matriculate's mission is to empower high-achieving, low-income high school students to make the leap to our best colleges. Our vision is that one day all the best students in America will have access to and be supported in the best colleges regardless of their socio-economic status or background, which will give them a unique opportunity to change the trajectory of their own lives and the lives of their families.

Matriculate leverages peer-to-peer relationships and networks to empower high-achieving, low-income high school students to enroll in our best colleges. We train talented college students at top institutions to provide the information, guidance, and support that these high school students need to apply to, gain admission to, and excel at leading schools.

Position Overview: The AF Leadership Team is comprised of 3-5 Advising Fellows interested in leading recruitment, selection and training efforts on their respective campus. The AF Leadership Team works collaboratively with the Head Advising Fellow(s) to recruit a quality group of AF applicants for the Matriculate program. The AF Leadership team plays a critical role in managing and conducting interviews as well as selecting the incoming cohort of Advising Fellows. The AF Leadership Team is responsible for training Advising Fellows, monitoring program implementation, and suggesting and implementing program improvements.

AF Leadership Team members are unpaid volunteers who receive a monetary stipend. Some colleges may provide compensation or other opportunities for Advising Fellows, including the opportunity to receive course credit and/or work study. AFs on the Leadership Team may have the opportunity to travel to training conferences across the country.

Benefits: The AF Leadership Team will

  • Help forever change the lives of low-income, high-achieving high school students
  • Help build a sustainable, equitable solution to college access in America by leveraging near-peer advising to assist low-income students apply to colleges that fit their ability
  • Receive recommendations for jobs, internships, and graduate school from program staff
  • Develop and practice leadership, management, writing, coaching, communication, teaching, and advising skills while attending sponsored nationwide convenings and weekly one on ones with staff
  • Be on the ground floor of a fast growing non-profit and have meaningful input to the next steps and growth of the organization
  • Learn how a nonprofit organization works through direct communication of all levels of staff support
  • Lead an elite fellowship and build a lasting community on your campus

Position Responsibilities:

  • Successfully complete HAF/AF Leadership Team training:
    • Potentially attend training Aug. 10th–12th
    • Pass a background check and series of assessments confirming content retention, readiness to recruit, and readiness to manage and assess AFs
  • Lead recruitment of 2018-2019 cohort on your campus:
    • Assist HAF with creating a recruitment strategy to reach the recruitment goals set for your campus
    • Work collaboratively with HAF, other Leadership Team members and Campus Manager to execute recruitment campaign to select group of top caliber Advising Fellows
    • Plan and lead recruitment activities including:
      • Tabling
      • Canvassing
      • Flyering and hanging up signage
      • Assist HAF with communication including:
    • Assist HAF with communication including:
      • Sending personalized recruitment e-mails to potential AF candidates
      • Sending email blasts to campus listservs
      • Organizing social media outreach
      • Posting AF opportunity on campus boards, newsletters and newspapers (physical and digital)
      • Tracking progress, checking eligibility of applicants, and following-up with incomplete applications
    • Conduct assessments of AF advising skills as part of the certification process
    • Attend on campus training retreat for the 2019-2020 AF cohort
    • Serve as an ambassador of the organization on campus and answer questions from potential Advising Fellows
  • Help improve the Matriculate program:
    • Build a community within your cohort that helps to blend the mission of Matriculate and the unique interests for your campus
    • Provide and incorporate feedback on the program to your peers and Matriculate staff

Time commitment:

  • AF Leadership Team Commitment: August 2018 to March 2019
  • Possibly attend Training Retreat August 10th-12th 2018
  • September 2018 to March 2019 (5 hours a week) to:
    • Conduct outreach on campus to potential AF applicants
    • Ensure that Matriculate site reaches target AF number by recruitment deadline
    • Conduct interviews with AF applicants
    • Select cohort of high performing AFs
    • Administer Advising Skills Evaluations

Qualifications: Matriculate is looking for people who

  • Commit to the Matriculate mission
  • Are able to commit at least 5 hours a week from September 2018–March 2019
  • Are highly organized and have excellent judgment
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities
  • Have exceptional communication and helping skills
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Can be sensitive, supportive allies to low-income students who face obstacles in applying to college
  • Are first-years, sophomores, or juniors enrolled at a Matriculate college site
  • Are in good standing with their college/university with no current pending disciplinary action

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