Matriculate Advising Fellow

Position:  Advising Fellow (AF)

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:

AFs serve as one-on-one partners and guides for Matriculate’s high school fellows (HSFs) across the country applying to college. AFs provide the information, guidance, and support that these high school students need to apply to, gain admission to, and excel at the best colleges. This includes helping HSFs research and identify colleges that are a good fit; complete essays, resumes, recommendations and application forms; apply for financial aid and compare packages; and prepare academically, socially, and emotionally to succeed in college.

AFs are unpaid volunteers who may receive course credit and/or work study if offered by their college/university.

Benefits:

The AF will:

●      Help forever change the lives of students and build a sustainable, equitable solution to college access in America

●      Access professional development opportunities related to college advising and access, including conferences, webinars, and campus meetings

●      Receive recommendations for jobs, internships, and graduate school and be part of a mission-driven community on campus

●   Be part of an elite national fellowship

Position Responsibilities:

Virtually advise four HSFs:

●      Build a supportive relationship by conducting weekly outreach with a high school student between March 2018 and May 2019

o      Connect with each HSF weekly. Meet virtually with each HSF weekly (or as needed, with a minimum of once a month) to help them through the college process by covering topics such as developing a college list, applying for college and financial aid, deciding where to attend and preparing for the transition to school

o      Review documents, research and answer questions, and provide support in between meetings via phone, email and text.   

o      Report interactions with HSFs and build an online record of their work for each high school student

Help improve the Matriculate program:

●      Support other AFs on campus in their roles

●      Participate in monthly evaluations during the semester

●      Conduct outreach to potential HSFs

●      Provide and incorporate feedback on the program

●      Help recruit a new group of AFs in Fall 2018

Learn how to advise HSFs:

●      Attend one mandatory weekend training retreat. Dates of training are TBD, with all retreats happening between November 2017 and February 2018

●      Participate in weekly training and support sessions on campus and virtually

●      Pass a background check and series of assessments confirming content retention and readiness to advise

Time commitment:

●      January 2018 to May 2019 (three semesters + one summer)

●      One weekend AF Training Retreat between November 2017 and February 2018 (trainings will run from 9:00AM-5:00PM over the course of a weekend)

●      Five to six hours a week from January 2018 to May 2019 to:

o      Connect weekly with each of the four HSFs

o      Track interactions with HSFs

o      Provide virtual support to HSFs between meetings

o      Attend weekly training and support sessions

●      Three to four hours a week during the summer to

o      Connect weekly with your HSFs

o      Track interactions with HSFs

o      Provide virtual support to HSFs between meetings

o      Connect monthly with your HAF

o      Complete virtual professional development sessions

Qualifications:

Matriculate is looking for people who:

●      Are committed to our organizational mission

●      Are able to commit 5-6 hours a week from January 2018- May 2019

●      Are highly organized and have excellent judgment

●      Have exceptional communication and mentoring skills

●      Are resourceful and solution-oriented

●      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 in good standing with their college/university with no current pending disciplinary action