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Counselor, Educational Opportunity Center

at The College Board | Washington Office (Washington, DC) | View all jobs

The College Board, a national educational organization, is looking for a counselor for our Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) who will be based in the College Board’s Washington, DC office. This is a role for someone who is passionate about educational access and committed to building a supportive environment with high expectations for all students, especially adults 19 years of age and older. This is a real opportunity to develop and deploy creative and effective solutions in service of helping every student succeed.

Named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative education companies, the College Board is a mission-focused organization, and powerful force in the lives of American students. To fulfill our purpose of clearing a path for students to own their future, we offer access, opportunity, and excellence to millions of students each year. Over the past five years, the College Board has been undergoing a transformation. We’ve redesigned the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and many AP courses and exams, and we’ve introduced the PSAT 10, PSAT 8/9, and Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, all with great success.

POSITION SUMMARY

For over 50-years the College Board (CB) has operated one of 143 EOC programs funded by the US Department of Education. Each year, the College Board Educational Opportunity Center serves 3200 low-income, first-generation adults (age 19 years and older) desiring to continue their educational aspirations by providing information and counseling services that include:

  • college admissions for two and four-year institutions; vocational and technical schools; adult continuing education programs;
  • financial aid processes and loan counseling;
  • academic counseling;
  • career counseling;
  • financial literacy counseling
  • college admissions testing (SAT; ACT, ACCUPLACER,CLEP)
  • referral to adult literacy programs

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identify and recruit a minimum of 525 individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who wish to enter or re-enter a post-secondary institution or continue their education in an alternate form; eligible program participants include potential adult learners, high school students, and high school graduates. 
  • Provide career and post-secondary counseling on an individual and/or group basis with the goal of placing clients in a continued or higher education level program.   
  • Deliver services through multiple approaches by working collaboratively with other College Board units, external agencies and partners of the College Board, and those organizations supplying college access services to the residents of the District of Columbia.
  • Administer, coordinate and perform various program promotion activities that may include: meeting with outside individuals or groups to provide information about programs and services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Conduct workshops and seminars on career options and post-secondary enrollment, maintain records of contact and provide timely and thorough follow up and tracking on all individuals who receive services. 
  • Reach out to local schools, communities, and public and private groups in order to distribute information and materials regarding workshops, counseling and other offerings for disadvantaged individuals wishing to pursue or continue higher education.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records on each participant/client inclusive of individualized learning plans.
  • Compile and submit by established due dates monthly statistical reports, quarterly reports, and annual reports pertaining to related information. 
  • Provide accurate and timely database entries of individuals who have received services.

About you; You have:

  • Bachelor degree, Master's degree preferred in Education, Social work, Counseling, or related field required
  • At least three years of managerial and/or professional experience in an educational or social service environment, with a focus on college access preferred
  • At least three years of direct service experience working with minority, low‐income, and other disadvantaged youth and adults from diverse backgrounds required

More about you:

  • Extensive knowledge of issues affecting low-income students’ access to post-secondary education
  • Extensive knowledge of the factors that impact adults re-entering the educational arena
  • Strong interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills, including excellent oral presentation/public speaking skills
  • Familiarity with the District of Columbia
  • Familiarity with College Board Programs and Services
  • Proven ability to analyze and evaluate, set priorities and follow through, manage multiple projects/tasks and adhere to deadlines
  • Must be available to work evenings, extended workdays, and occasional weekends 

Benefits

We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement savings plan, health and pet insurance, tuition reimbursement and ongoing professional development and training.

Mission

The College Board’s mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. We are a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Among our best-known products are the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and Advanced Placement Program®. The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. Please understand that only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Only qualified applicants will be contacted.