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4 Dec 2021

Full-Time College Persistence Advisor

SEO Talent – Posted by SEO Talent New York, New York, United States

Job Description

Title:  College Persistence Advisor

Department: College Scholars

Location: New York Office (Hybrid)

We know that the quickly evolving global health pandemic (COVID-19) has caused a significant shift to the way we work. This is a full-time position based at our New York City headquarters. The role offers hybrid working arrangements with the understanding that government and public health guidelines will determine the extent to which it is safe to carry out in-person and onsite activities.

About SEO

We Propel Human Potential. SEO is an educational non-profit focused on improving outcomes for students that come from underserved and historically underrepresented backgrounds. For over 50 years, SEO has been an innovator in education, mentorship, and creating educational programs and opportunities that maximize the full potential of our students. We are on a mission to create an ecosystem of excellence for the students we serve!

About College Scholars

SEO Scholars is a free eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college. In college, we continue to support students through each of their four years, providing one-on-one academic, personal and career exploration support. Our team supports more than 1,000 College Scholars attending ~200 colleges across 30 states, with a 90% college graduation rate. (Learn more here: SEO Scholars)

Position Overview & Responsibilities

SEO College Scholars is seeking a College Persistence Advisor to join our team. Our team supports more than 1,000 College Scholars attending ~200 colleges across 30 states, with a 90% college graduation rate. We achieve this by providing boot-camp style workshops before students begin college, individualized support, and academic advising throughout the year, as well as ongoing large-scale career exploration and networking events. College Persistence Advisors are student-facing and 90% of the role involves talking directly with students.

  • Provide one-to-one support, case management and psychosocial services to cohort of ~65 students, which includes college preparedness advisement, as well as academic, personal and career advising throughout college
  • Foster rapport with students through consistent and non-judgmental communication(outreach and advising sessions), as well as through proactive identification of supports that address the unique needs of first-generation and low-income students
  • Document student case notes promptly and accurately into Salesforce database
  • Maintain, collect, and report student data on an ongoing basis, such as degree audits, resumes transcripts and financial aid completion for purposes of reporting, institutional research, and institutional effectiveness
  • Advocate for students with university and other stakeholders
  • Advise students in a methodical, intentional, and organized approach to ensure that all students receive equitable advising and support
  • Engage in internal professional development opportunities around student support through on-going and regular feedback and clinical coaching for continued growth
  • Facilitate and present workshops designed to increase student success in college and the high school to college transition
  • Maintain student confidentiality
  • Contribute to a safe educational and working environment by participating in all training and being prepared to act
  • Discuss and reinforce linkages and relationships between Scholars’ instructional program and their desired occupation/career
  • Utilize Salesforce systems, as necessary, to aid in the delivery and reporting of advising services
  • Actively participate in the College Scholar’s Clinical Coaching training program
  • Contribute to planning and presenting at annual conferences for college students
  • Occasional evening and weekend work are required, dependent on program needs
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Master’s degree required, preferably in Social Work, Counseling, School Counseling, School Psychology, or related field from an accredited university
  • 2-3 years graduate school field placement or work experience within either youth-focused or education-focused agency
  • Caseload will include students from the San Francisco SEO Scholars program and may include travel to SF up to five trips totaling approximately 20-30 days per year; Knowledge of the California higher education landscape strongly preferred
  • Prior experience working with high school and college students a plus
  • Highly detail-oriented and organized approach to tasks while able to meet competing deadlines
  • Exceptional communication skills: verbal, written, interpersonal (phone and in-person)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Drive
  • Experience delegating tasks a plus
  • Must be data driven, familiarity with Salesforce a plus

Core Competencies and Skills

  • Demonstrates an unequivocal passion for closing the achievement and opportunity gap
  • Self-starter who can work independently and collaboratively in a group, is team-oriented, has a growth mindset and is willing to do what it takes to get the work done (whether it is their specifically assigned task or not)
  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, & Outlook), experience using Database/CMS program preferred (e.g. Salesforce)
  • Experience and knowledge of the SUNY/CUNY/UC/CSU systems a plus


Vaccination Policy 

In view of governmental vaccination mandates in areas we work, the pending federal vaccination mandate for large employers, as well as the guidance of the CDC that vaccination is the most effective means to provide a safe working and teaching environment, subject to applicable law, applicants who obtain a conditional job offer will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement before beginning employment with SEO.


How to Apply

All applicants who wish to be considered must submit an online application here:

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: coaching, College Access, College Advising, College Success, Education, Social Good, social work, student, and Teaching. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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