UNCW College Advising Corps was launched in 2021 in partnership with the national College Advising Corps organization and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.UNCW College Advising Corps (CAC) works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education. By placing recent college graduates as college advisers in partner high schools, students can work closely with their near-peer adviser and explore post-secondary options that are best for them. Advisers assist students with all aspects of the college application process, including FAFSA, scholarship applications, and college enrollment. The UNCW College Advising Corps serves six high schools along Eastern North Carolina. Partner schools for the 2023-2024 academic year are: Jones Senior High School, Washington High School, Southview High School, South Columbus High School, West Columbus High School, and West Craven High School.
Vacancies for these positions are located in the following service areas:
South View High School in Cumberland County (Fayetteville area)
West Craven High School in Craven County (near New Bern)
Washington High School in Beaufort County (near Greenville)
As an AmeriCorps partner program, College Advisers are AmeriCorps members and receive AmeriCorps benefits, including free health insurance. For more information, see here.
Regular responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Provide one-on-one admissions and financial aid advisement to any student or family seeking assistance
Encourage students to consider a broad range of appropriate post-secondary choices and assist them in developing a comprehensive list of good fit and match options
Help students and families complete and submit admissions, financial aid, and scholarship applications
Offer a variety of in-school workshops, presentations, and events to promote a college-going culture and inform students and families about important college access information
Engage families and mentors in support of their students' post-secondary process when possible
Participate in activities, attend events, and interact with the school and community to build trust and foster relationships
Collaborate with the UNCWCAC Program Staff and partner school personnel to fuel a school-wide college-going culture
Record up-to-date service activity data using the College Advising Corps' web-based database system, GRACE (training provided)
Submit monthly progress reports to the UNCWCAC program and school staff documenting progress and outputs
Establish productive working relationships with principals, counselors, teachers, and other student support staff in partner high school(s)
Actively seek the advice and counsel of the on-site supervisor at partner high school and the UNCWCAC Program Staff in order to provide student and family services most effectively
Develop expertise in admissions and financial aid advising
Participate fully in pre- and in-service training
In consultation with the UNCWCAC Program Staff, seek out and participate in other opportunities for professional development
Always represent the UNCW College Advising Corps program appropriately UNCW College Advising Corps advisers
Report to UNCW based program staff, as well as high school-based on-site supervisor
Participate in 4 week Summer Training prior to in-school service
Participate in College Advising Corps National assembly, monthly trainings, and program training as they occur
Commit to one academic year (11 months) of service with the option to return for a second year if mutually agreed upon by the program staff and the adviser.
Must be able to relocate to the service area and be involved in the surrounding community
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Earned a bachelor's degree between May 2021 and May 2023
Ability to work well with diverse populations
Strong desire to grow personally and professionally to deliver quality service
High level of professionalism in all communications and interactions
Successful candidates will demonstrate leadership in advancing diversity and dedication to serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive, and understanding ways.
Experience working with youth
Experience managing projects and working in teams
Background in community service
Priority given to graduates of UNCW during the initial application review process
Proficiency in Spanish
Applicants are considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
This is an 11 month service term beginning July 2023 and ending in June 2024. Advisers will serve for one academic year with the opportunity to return for a second year, if agreed upon by program director and adviser. As AmeriCorps members, advisers must complete 1700 service hours prior to June 31 2024 to receive the full Education Award. College Advisers are expected to relocate to their assigned service area and be involved with the surrounding community.
Please note, this is a temporary position. The length of the assignment will be based on department need with the possibility of continuation. Employees in temporary positions are not considered permanent state employees and do not earn leave. Temporary employees are subject to the Affordable Care Act guidelines. For more info/to apply visit http://jobs.uncw.edu. Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.
About The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.