Advising Fellow (AF) Position Description

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:

Advising Fellows serve as one-on-one partners and guides for Matriculate’s High School Fellows (HSFs) across the country applying to college. Advising Fellows provide the information, guidance, and support that these high-achieving, low-income students need to apply to, gain admission to, and excel at the best colleges. This includes helping High School Fellows 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. 

In addition to serving High School Fellows, the Advising Fellowship offers opportunities for professional development through continuous training exposure to college access issues, strengthened skills, and engagement with stakeholders.

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

Benefits:

The Advising Fellow will:

  • Help forever change the lives of low-income, high-achieving high school students

  • Help build a sustainable, equitable solution to college access in the United States by leveraging near-peer advising to assist low-income students apply to colleges that are a best match and fit

  • Be part of an elite Fellowship, developing relationships with advisors on campus and across the country

  • Develop and practice leadership, management, coaching, communication, writing, teaching, and advising skills

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

  • Have opportunities to attend nationwide conferences for professional development and deepen knowledge of issues facing college access

  • Learn about and contribute to a fast growing non-profit and have meaningful input on the next steps and growth of the organization

Position Responsibilities:

Virtually advise four HSFs:

  • Build a supportive relationship by conducting weekly outreach with a high school student between March 2019 and May 2020

    • Connect with each HSF weekly via text, call, email, shared documents, video call, etc.

    • Meet virtually with each HSF weekly (or as needed, with a minimum of once a month) to help them through the college process

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

    • Report interactions with HSFs through session summaries and monthly reports

Learn how to advise HSFs:

  • Complete virtual training course

  • Attend one mandatory in-person training retreat (Please see dates below)

  • 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

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 2019

Time commitment:

The Advising Fellow role is designed for flexibility, with a total weekly commitment of 5-6 hours, to accommodate student schedules and other commitments. 

  • January 2019 to May 2020 (three semesters + one summer)

  • Advising Fellow Training Course (completed online before training retreat)

  • Weekend Advising Fellow Training Retreat between December and February 2019

  • Five to six hours a week from January 2019 to May 2020 to:

    • Connect weekly with each of the four HSFs (up to 4 hours/week)

    • Track interactions with HSFs (15 minutes/week)

    • Provide virtual support to HSFs between meetings (up to 1 hour/week)

    • Attend weekly training and support sessions (1 hour/week)

  • Three to four hours a week during the summer to:

    • Connect weekly with your HSFs

    • Track interactions with HSFs

    • Provide virtual support to HSFs between meetings

    • Connect monthly with your Fellowship

    • Complete virtual training sessions

Dates of Mandatory Training Retreats:

Each Advising Fellow is required to attend one training retreat.  Trainings will take place on weekends during December-February (excluding campus winter breaks). Specific details, including duration and dates, are available below.

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Qualifications:

Matriculate is looking for people who:

  • Are committed to our organizational mission

  • Are able to commit 5-6 hours a week from January 2019 - May 2020

  • Are highly organized and have excellent judgment

  • Have exceptional communication and mentoring skills. Experience specifically communicating with/mentoring high school students is a plus

  • Are resourceful and solution-oriented, while also being communicative when needing support

  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0

  • Can be sensitive, empathetic, 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

  • Are enrolled in a high graduation rate undergraduate college or university between Fall 2018 and May 2020.