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Job Posting College and Financial Aid Advisor KIPP Denver Collegiate Position: College and Financial Aid Advisor at KIPP Denver Collegiate Reports to: Senior Advisor for Charter, Magnet, and Pathway Schools Application Deadline: March 4, 2011 This is a grant-funded position from July 2011 – June 2014 Denver Scholarship Foundation DSF Mission: The Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) inspires and empowers Denver Public School students to achieve their postsecondary goals by providing the tools, knowledge and financial resources essential for success. To achieve this mission, DSF offers an innovative high school-based program that provides college, career and financial aid guidance to DPS high school students. Additionally, DSF provides need-based scholarships and college retention services to ensure that students who enroll in college successfully graduate. KIPP Colorado Schools Who we are: KIPP Colorado Schools is a network of high-performing college-preparatory public charter schools. Next year, we will serve over 800 students in grades 5 through 11 at two schools in southwest Denver and a new school in far northeast Denver. KIPP Colorado Schools is a fast-growing, entrepreneurial organization that will grow from three to eight schools in the coming years. What we do: We do whatever it takes to help our students develop knowledge, skills, and character traits. We work relentlessly so that every one of our students has the opportunity to attend college and has access to the life of choice and opportunity that college provides. The KIPP Colorado Central Office supports our schools, school leaders, and staff through organizational and academic alignment, business management, strategic planning, and back office functions. How we do it: There are no shortcuts to success. Outstanding educators, rigorous lessons, more time in school, and strong school culture support our students as they climb the mountain to college. We work as a team, use data, and constantly reflect to improve our practice. Why it matters: In our communities, approximately 1 in 10 students earn a college degree. We believe that this is unjust and unacceptable and, most importantly, can be changed. Nationwide, over 85% of KIPP middle school alums matriculate to college. Position Summary: The Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) seeks a positive and energetic College and Financial Aid Advisor (CFAA) to serve as a resource and guide for 9th -12th grade students at KIPP Denver Collegiate (KDC). To achieve our mission, DSF offers an innovative high school program that provides college and financial aid guidance to DPS high school students through a Future Center (i.e. college resource center) established within the school. The CFAA will work full-time at KIPP Denver Collegiate, with occasional off-site responsibilities. This position has been generously funded by the Walton Family Foundation, in partnership with KIPP Colorado Schools and DSF. The CFAA at KIPP will uphold the KIPP Colorado Schools mission statement by developing a program that will foster growth in student academic knowledge, interpersonal skills, college readiness skills, and character.. The primary focus of this position for the 2011-2012 school year will be with the founding class of approximately 110 students, who will be juniors. Key Responsibilities: College Going Culture • Manage the operation of a Future Center at KIPP Denver Collegiate • Deliver college access services and programs to students grades 9-12 • Serve as a financial aid, scholarship, and postsecondary advisor to students and parents • Meet with students, individually and in groups, to discuss the college process and individual interests, and act as a lead advisor to junior, and eventually, senior classes • Partner with Director of Student Services at KDC to identify guest speakers and partnerships focused on supporting and encouraging first-generation college students • Create and implement a family education program to empower families to support their students’ college plan. • Create regular activities and routines in alignment with KDC culture to further accentuate and celebrate the college focus • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with KDC staff and administration, including principals, teachers, and counselors. Educate staff about college readiness and college transition • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with postsecondary staff, including admissions representatives, pre-collegiate partners, and other related outreach partners • Coordinate in-school college representative visits and campus visits Department and Program Development • Create and prepare robust program offerings that will be available in 2012-2013 for the foundation class of KDC seniors, including support for the application and financial aid process, family education, college visits and university partnerships • Create partnerships with colleges and universities as needed to facilitate the admission process, including attending local and regional conferences, college fairs and forums, and building a partner database. • Remain aware of issues and trends in college admission, higher education and testing, especially that apply to first-generation college students, low-income students, students of color, and undocumented students. • Compile an annual School Profile and an annual College Search Handbook. • Create and maintain a database of scholarships and facilitate the scholarship application process. • Raise student awareness of and participation in the DSF Scholarship program • Monitor student eligibility for DSF Scholarship and direct students to the appropriate resources to help them satisfy eligibility requirements • Maintain accurate student data • Participate in various community events including college fairs, college access program events, DPS events, or other events that align with the mission of DSF • Conduct presentations at various outreach events • Supervise Future Center volunteer(s) Qualifications and Requirements: • Bachelor’s degree • Three years experience in a related field • Experience working youth (especially those who are traditionally underserved) and a passion for helping students succeed • Knowledge of higher education financing, student financial aid, and postsecondary education entrance processes • Strong oral communication and writing skills; ability to communicate with sensitivity and to work with diverse populations, comfortable with public speaking • Strong organization skills, attention to detail, ability to complete tasks accurately and in a timely manner • Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment • Proactive problem solver who demonstrates initiative and ability to work individually and on a team • Strong work ethic coupled with an enthusiastic and passionate approach to work • Commitment to the belief that all students can learn and to the mission of educational equity • Ability to operate in a professional manner including proper attire, ethical behavior, and strict confidentiality with student/family information • Ability to facilitate effective collaboration and resolve conflict • Effective use of a variety of technology tools including database, various software programs, internet tools, and communication tools • A sense of humor, tolerance for change, and a demonstrated ability to create a positive culture and sense of empowerment for students/families Highly Desired: • Spanish fluency (oral and written) • Experience with charter schools or non-traditional schools Salary: This position begins in July 2011, though applications will be considered immediately. The Denver Scholarship Foundation is the employer and is independent from the Denver Public Schools. Salary range is $40,000 - $44,000 depending on education and prior experience. This is an 11 month position with comprehensive, competitive benefits. Application: Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references via email to: John Eichhorn email@example.com Position Begins: August 1, 2011 The Denver Scholarship Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a diverse pool of applicants.
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