COLLEGE COUNSELOR

Job Locations US-NY-Flushing
ID
2021-1066
Category
Administrative/Clerical
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

Who We Are:
Asian Americans for Equality is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in New York City. Founded in 1974 in Manhattan’s Chinatown to advocate for equal rights, AAFE has transformed in the past four decades to become one of the city’s leading housing, social service and community development organizations. AAFE advances racial, social and economic justice for Asian Americans and other systematically disadvantaged communities, guided by our experiences as Asian Americans and our commitment to civil rights. AAFE is nationally recognized as an innovative affordable housing developer and property manager; we have created and preserved more than 1,000 affordable rental units in Manhattan and Queens and provided over $400 million in mortgage financing for first-time homebuyers. Through our affiliate, Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, AAFE supports immigrant entrepreneurs, offering low-interest loans and training programs. From neighborhood offices in Chinatown and the Lower East Side (Manhattan) and Flushing and Jackson Heights (Queens) we provide an array of multilingual counseling and educational programs in support of low-income tenants, seniors and immigrant youth. AAFE strives for a more equitable city, through research, advocacy and grassroots community organizing.

 

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Program Manager, Youth & Family Development, the Staff Generalist serves AAFE’s mission to empower immigrant communities by providing support to office operations, direct client services, homelessness prevention and community outreach Jackson Heights, Queens. The part time staff generalist also supports areas where there may be an increased service demand or during staff leaves of absence. This position may include a variety of short-term projects and collaboration with internal volunteers, interns and external community-based partnerships.

Responsibilities

 

  • Support daily operations of the College Office at Flushing High School
  • Supervise and support 13 youth leaders at Flushing High School, Flushing International High School and Queens High School for Language Studies to provide peer support for defining post-secondary options and applying for college, financial aid and scholarships.
  • Educating students about colleges, the college admissions process, trends, procedures, and testing; advising and supporting students and families as they go through the process; and helping students and families aspire realistically and choose wisely. 
  • Planning and delivering parent/guardian workshops and programming to keep families informed and abreast of grade specific college goals, processes, and opportunities.
  • Educate and support students on appropriate interviewing techniques, self-assessment tools and application essay writing techniques as well as vocational program applications and job searches.
  • Generate a school-wide college preparation/awareness plan. 
  • Serve as a general resource for students, parents, and teaching faculty regarding admission criteria and college data.
  • Share financial aid and scholarship information on a timely basis with students and families. 
  • Understand the college admission process at a variety of institution types and selectivity levels. 
  • Work effectively one-on-one with students and be able to address small or large gatherings of people to discuss the college admission and research process
  • Develop and facilitate college access, financial aid and life-skills workshops for youth and their families at the three high schools and community centers.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships and  linkages with other organizations.
  • Provide updated and current guidance on financial aid including FAFSA, CSS Profile, and scholarships for all students as well as targeted support for students eligible for SEEK, EOP, HEOP, College Discovery, and other special programs
  • Help to plan for and administer PSAT, SAT, and test prep classes; maintaining and disseminating information about standardized tests such as SAT, ACT, and TOEFL as needed
  • Plan and supervise college trips, college fairs, all-school workshops and speakers, and other events aimed at building positive college culture and awareness within the school as a whole.
  • Document and assess student data including, but not limited to, academic profiles, admissions, decisions, scholarship awards and student engagement.
  • Coordinate and supervise the NYCARES SAT prep program at AAFE’s Union Street service office
  • Provide support for youth and family-related programming and AAFE events as needed (i.e. college visits, career conferences, community service events, parent events, etc.).
  • Assist Program Manager in preparing regular reports to funders
  • Participate in department and staff meetings and trainings
  • Participate in AAFE events including mutual aid
  • Support office operations as needed, including light chores to maintain office neatness 
  • Provide administrative support if needed.

Qualifications

  • Bilingual in English/Spanish
  • Two (2) years relevant experience in academic counseling/advisement
  • Understanding of immigrant communities and commitment to working with culturally diverse communities and environments; strong sense of social justice and belief in youth empowerment.
  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships with school partners, program partners (CARA) and community stakeholders.
  • Excellent organizational and computer skills including Google Suite, MS Suite and social media
  • Highly motivated self-starter who is able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Strong analytical, verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to present information to a diverse client base- specifically racially, ethnically and socially diverse.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive materials and information
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple complex projects

Starting Salary: $24.73/hour

**This is a union position.

Expectations

We believe that the people and the communities that we have the privilege to serve, deserve our very best every day. We are a results-driven organization that focuses on inclusiveness, empowerment and impact. AAFE employees are accountable, collaborative and strong communicators with a core strength of community service and development. We are strategic thinkers who are committed to racial equality and treating each other, and the communities we serve, with respect and dignity. We have an aptitude for technology and a strong desire to continuously learn. This philosophy expands to the way we manage our work and the way we put our best foot forward. All employees are expected to adhere to the following:

  • Ensure compliance with all grant/contract requirements
  • Work as part of a team in supporting other AAFE program contracts and projects
  • Provide quality customer service to both internal and external partners and co-workers.
  • Support efforts that ensure a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Understand and embrace the value in collaborating with people of different cultures, races, genders, ethnicities, beliefs, experiences and ideas.
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • Maintain a positive, helpful attitude.
  • Enjoy your time at work!

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