Department: Educ Northwestern Academy Salary/Grade: EXS/7
The Northwestern Academy in the School of Education and Social Policy is a multi-year college preparation and enrichment program for academically talented and motivated high school students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The goal is to increase access and successful matriculation of underrepresented and talented CPS high school students to top-tier colleges and universities by providing college preparatory programming, academic support and enrichment, and by nurturing aspirations. The advisor will guide Academy students throughout high school, providing one-on-one and small group advising, assisting students’ goal setting and developing short- and long-term academic plans, monitoring academic progress, and working with them and their families to navigate educational resources and opportunities.
Provide one-on-one and small group academic advising on course selection, admissions preparation, standardized testing, financial aid, the identification of appropriate match highly selective college and universities, and on enrichment opportunities.
Assist students in developing objectives and methods to meet short and long-term academic and personal goals for high school and post-secondary plans.Work with students to identify and implement enrichment experiences demonstrating academic rigor, and cultural and civic engagement.Collaborate with students and families to navigate educational resources and opportunities.Facilitate annual individual and parent/guardian meetings.Monitor students’ academic progress through personal contact with students, parents, and high school personnel.
Develop and facilitate small group programming in college prep and self-regulation learning workshops. Develop and facilitate parent/guardian college prep and transition workshops.Plan and chaperone enrichment field experiences.
Support students’ target college search, application, and selection process. Write letters of recommendation for selective pre-college programs and college admission applications. Is knowledgeable of the college advising process (researching, applying, selecting, and transitioning) and admissions requirements for nationally known colleges and universities, financial aid options, and possible barriers for underrepresented and first-generation college bound students as related to admission and retention. Assist with college application forms and essay writing, and direct students in the appropriate technology in the college admissions processes.Plan and chaperone college campus visits.
Collect and maintain student academic data, demographic data, history, and anecdotal documentation. Prepare reports and analyses as needed
Collaborate with program director to review and evaluate programs to assess efficacy and design and implement improvements as needed, also to assist in the recruitment, selection, and orientation process for new students.Help plan, attend, and staff Academy events.
Build and maintain partnerships and institutional relationships, serving as liaison to Chicago Public Schools communities, families, partner organizations and non-profits, members of the Northwestern University community, and college admissions professionals.
Engage in professional development to maintain and/or develop skills assuring knowledge of research and best practices around college access issues is up-to-date.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:(Education, experience, and any other certifications or clearances.)
Bachelor’s degree in education, school counseling, psychology or a related social science field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable skills and abilities can be acquired..
5+ years work experience in a role or setting serving academically motivated, diverse populations of students and families.
Experience working on issues related to racial, ethnic, class, and gender equality in education.
Experience designing and implementing workshops and programs.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Agility: Is open to change and responds by adapting work methods and behaviors; pays attention to changing circumstances and adapts to them.
Coachability: Being receptive to feedback, willing to learn, embracing continuous improvement.
Collegiality: Being helpful, respectful, and approachable and team oriented, building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
Compliance: Honoring University policies and regulatory requirements.
Conceptual Ability: Deals effectively, not just with concrete tangible issues, but also with abstract conceptual matters.
Communication-Oral and Written: Communicates effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts; writes precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using appropriate vocabulary and grammar.
Customer Focus:Regularly monitors customer satisfaction; provides suggestions to improve quality and value to the customer.
Developing Self/Others: Stays current on technical/professional information; identifies methods for improving work procedures or systems; solicits feedback from customers, peers and superiors.
Diversity: Creates an environment of understanding and acceptance; solicits input from a wide variety of people and functions; challenges organizational policies and practices that may be exclusionary.
Efficiency: Effectively performs duties and responsibilities; displays attention to detail; supports organizational policies; anticipates demands/pressures of assignments and adjusts accordingly.
Innovation: Explores alternatives to existing products and services; identifies opportunities to improve procedures and practices; shows imagination.
Initiative: Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems.
Multi-Tasking: Demonstrates ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Organization: Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient, productive manner; anticipates contingencies and pays attention to detail; targets projects or initiatives that require special attention and focuses on key tasks when faced with limited time and/or resources
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Masters degree in education, curriculum and instruction, school leadership; with additional coursework or background in psychology and or child and adolescent development.
Experience as a college counselor or college admissions advisor
Program evaluation experience
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 36956
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.