Guidance Officer, College and Beyond


POSITION TITLE:  Guidance Officer, College and Beyond
DEPARTMENT: Education
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt
SUPERVISOR’S NAME: Sharon Zucker
SUPERVISOR’S TITLE: Dean of Guidance        

POSITION OBJECTIVES

NJ SEEDS is committed to expanding educational opportunities for high-achieving, low-income students so that they have the chance to make the most of their talents and contribute fully to society. NJ SEEDS places its program participants in independent schools and colleges around the country. The SEEDS Guidance Program is designed to ensure that students thrive at their secondary schools and colleges, see clear pathways for exercising leadership and realizing their potential, and are on track for academic, professional, and social success. 

The Guidance Officer is a critical, front line member of the guidance team. S/he is responsible for delivering excellent academic, social, and emotional guidance that achieves the SEEDS goal of preparing students for success in competitive high schools, colleges and universities, and beyond. This Guidance Officer will be responsible for supporting graduates of our College Scholars Program, as well as our Scholars and Young Scholars Programs. This person will also be responsible for outreach to alumni that are in college and beyond, staying knowledgeable on trends in higher education, graduate school, job placement, and more.   

The Guidance Officer is a highly visible representative of NJ SEEDS. This individual must have the ability to act on behalf of SEEDS in a professional manner, and to effectively communicate with students, families, and education professionals. S/he must be deeply committed to working with high achieving, low-income students; must be flexible in terms of responsibilities and work hours; and must be a great team player.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Direct Student Guidance – Provide guidance (academic, emotional, social) to students throughout the year as needed. Execute recommended protocols for students dealing with family, academic or social adjustment issues. Guidance will be provided both in person, as well as by phone, email, text, and/or other means of communication.
  • School Visits – Visit approximately 60 schools around the country each year and meet with approximately 120 SEEDS students on their respective campuses. Visits may include overnight and extended travel, and are also targeted to build and continue strong relationships with the schools’ admissions offices and administrators.
  • Student Follow-Up and Engagement – Conduct monthly webinars/virtual meetings for students in college on a range of topics, including but not limited to career planning, personal finances, social engagement on campus, current events affecting the college community.
  • Workshops and Events – Assist with the scheduling and execution of any departmental and organizational workshops and events. This may include, but is not limited to, college tours, College Day, financial aid workshops, and development-related events.
  • Data collection and entry – Collect transcripts, grades, and other information from students and enter all student and school data into the database in a timely fashion.
  • Develop programming and support specific to the College Scholars Program population
  • Develop ways to engage alumni who are in college or have graduated from school and are in the workforce
  • Additional duties as assigned

NECESSARY WORK EXPERIENCE/LEVEL OF EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Leadership experience desirable
  • Experience working with low-income students on a college campus desirable
  • Social work or similar background preferred

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • This position requires:
    • Work on some weekends and evenings.
    • Overnight travel (reimbursed).
    • A valid driver’s license and occasional use of a personal vehicle for business purposes (reimbursed).
    • Use of a personal cell phone (partially reimbursed).
  • The Guidance Officer must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, taking on a variety of tasks and responsibilities.

COMPENSATION

  • Competitive salary commensurate with education and experience reviewed annually
  • Medical, Dental and Vision benefits
  • 401K/Retirement Plan (with an employer-matching component)
  • Commuter Benefit Plan
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Health and Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Generous vacation package

Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so assigned. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Liseth Giraldo at lgiraldo@njseeds.org. Materials should include any extracurricular leadership and/or volunteer work.