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Middle School Advisor

Company: Onward We Learn
Location: Providence
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:

Organizational Overview
Founded in 1989, Onward We Learn supports more than 4,000 students in middle school, high school and college each year with one-on-one advising and year-round programs that focus on academic enrichment, social and emotional development, career education, and postsecondary preparation to help them become the first in their families to earn a college degree.

Purpose of the Position
The Middle School Advisor works with an assigned caseload of students, middle school students (grades 6-8) participating in Onward We Learn programming and attending public school in one of the six urban target districts. The MS Advisor provides referrals and direct services to middle school students on matters dealing with academics, high school preparation, career awareness and social/emotional issues, and links students to existing support systems and in-house programs. The MS Advisor maintains personal contact with students, their families and school officials and acts as an advocate and liaison between the student, school, community and Onward We Learn. The MS Advisor also provides support for processes related to the recruitment and admissions of incoming sixth graders.Major Responsibilities
Build and Maintain Relationships with Students, Families and School Personnel


  • Form and maintain professional relationships with Onward We Learn, school administrators, community agencies and other service providers.
  • Provide mentorship, academic advising and other services to Onward We Learn. When necessary, act as a liaison between the student and school personnel and/or family members.
  • Contact parents/families to coordinate on matters related to students and programming. Advocate for and assist parents with accessing technology and relevant systems and services (e.g. translation) as needed.
  • Connect students with each other and build students identity.

    Plan and Facilitate Student Programming

    • Using the data provided by Onward We Learn IT department, assess, identify and recruit/refer students to programs within the school, community and Onward We Learn. Provide the necessary follow-up to ensure successful participation.
    • Provide workshops on college/career awareness and life skills.
    • Assist with the planning and implementation of all activities related to high school transition.
    • Support and assist with all academic, cultural and parent-focused students program activities, including after school and Saturday activities.
    • Work as a productive member of an integrated Onward We Learn program service delivery team.
    • Participate in professional development and program meetings.

      Caseload Management

      • Track and maintain accurate records of Onward We Learn assigned to caseload, including attendance, contact information and grades (as available.)
      • Provide students personal information updates to the IT department.
      • Assist with the collection of all required forms.
      • Check in with each student at least once per month.

        Support Recruitment and Admissions Efforts

        • Facilitate communications between admissions staff and relevant school personnel regarding the Onward We Learn admissions processes
        • Promote Onward We Learn and its program offerings and benefits to prospective candidates for admission
        • Participate in admissions-focused events including application support sessions, informational nights, new family/student orientations and others
        • As needed, act as a liaison with students and families to ensure that application requirements are met and relevant documents are submitted

          Position Qualification and Competencies
          Essential KSOC's (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics)

          • Knowledge of public, charter and/or private education systems, community resources and higher education preferred.
          • High energy level, attention to detail, strong time management skills, ability to handle multiple tasks, strong interpersonal skills, innovative mindset and team player a must.
          • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Access) and able to learn and effectively use the latest software and technology systems employed by Onward We Learn.
          • Must be able to work independently and accept supervision from the Director of Middle School Success.

            Education and Experience Requirements:

            • Bachelor's degree in education, human services or related field.
            • 2-3 years' experience in direct services to adolescents.
            • Bilingual a plus (Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verde, Hmong, Cambodian.)

              Other Requirements

              • Schedule: Must be willing to maintain a flexible schedule, including some weekend and evening hours.
              • Transportation: Must have own reliable transportation, valid driver's license and proof of insurance.
              • Flexibility: Must be willing to perform other duties associated with this position as required.

                Each employee of Onward We Learn is expected to demonstrate the following in the regular performance of his or her job duties:

                • Commitment to the vision, mission and values of Onward We Learn.
                • A positive attitude and willingness to contribute productively to the success of your team and the organization as a whole.
                • An understanding of and commitment to the Onward We Learn core competencies of accountability, collaboration, communication, institutional values and service.
                • Active participation in efforts geared toward directing and improving the overall operations of Onward We Learn, such as strategic planning, organizational development and performance improvement.
                • Commitment to acting as an advocate and ambassador for Onward We Learn.
                • Knowledge of the barriers and obstacles that low-income families and first-generation students encounter in the journey to higher education is preferred.
                • Sense of ownership and pride in personal performance.
                • Adherence to all existing company policies and procedures.
                • Perform additional duties as needed.



                  Onward We Learn, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer.


                  Salary Range: $36,400 - $52,600, salary is dependent on experience.
                  PI201818387

Keywords: Onward We Learn, Providence , Middle School Advisor, Other , Providence, Rhode Island

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