College Counselor

Job Status:  Non-Exempt

Department: Youth and Family Development

Employee Type:  Full-Time/35 hours per week

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Asian Americans and all those in need.  Founded in 1974 to advocate for equal rights, AAFE has transformed in the past four decades to become one of New York City’s preeminent housing, social service, and community development organizations.  AAFE is committed to preserving affordable housing throughout New York City and to providing new opportunities for the city’s diverse immigrant communities.

Essential Duties:

The College Counselor supports AAFE’s mission to empower immigrant communities by providing counseling services that help high school youth identify post-secondary options and access educational resources.  The College Counselor will work out of the College Office in Flushing High School and report to the Program Manager of Youth and Family Development.

Responsibilities:

  • Support daily operations of the College Office at Flushing High School
  • Supervise and support 12 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
  • Provide individualized guidance to youth and their families to develop post-secondary plans  
  • Support youth in completing college, financial aid, and scholarship applications; admissions essays; vocational program applications; and job searches
  • Develop and facilitate college access, financial aid, and life skills workshops for youth and their families at the three high schools and community centers
  • Document and track student data including, but not limited to, academic profiles, admissions decisions, scholarship awards, and student engagement
  • Serve as liaison between AAFE, the three partner schools and CARA (College Access: Research and Action) program partner
  • Plan and coordinate college trips to in-state and out-of-state schools
  • 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
  • Support office operations as needed, including light chores to maintain cleanliness
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

This position is based out of the College Office at Flushing High School from 9:00 am – 3:45 pm, and at AAFE’s Union Street office from 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm, with lunch breaks from 12 pm – 1 pm, Monday to Friday.  Occasional evening and weekend hours are required for community outreach and professional trainings.

Competencies:

  • Understanding of immigrant communities and commitment to working with culturally diverse communities and environments; strong sense of social justice and belief in youth empowerment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain effective collaboration with school partners, program partners (CARA), and community  stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and handle multiple complex tasks
  • Highly-motivated self-starter who is able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, psychology or another related field
  • Bilingual in Mandarin Chinese or Spanish
  • 1-2 years of experience working with high school-aged youth
  • Excellent organizational and computer skills including Google Suite, MS Suite, and social media
  • Knowledge of college, financial aid, scholarship and other post-secondary options

Physical Demands:

The position requires sitting, standing and walking in and outside of the office. Occasional lifting and carrying of a weight of 30 lbs of event materials and office supplies.

Compensation:

Salary is commensurate with experience.  AAFE offers a competitive benefits package, including full health insurance (following a 30-day waiting period), retirement savings plan, flexible spending, and paid time off.

How to Apply:

Please email a cover letter with salary expectations and a resume in PDF format, indicating “College Counselor” in the subject line by April 25, 2019 to gabriel_hisugan@aafe.org.

No phone calls, please.

Asian Americans for Equality is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

People of color, community residents, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.