Adviser Criteria

Program Overview

The NC State College Advising Corps places recent college graduates into rural high schools across North Carolina to serve as full-time College Advisers. Advisers assist students throughout the college application and financial aid process. Advisers the entire school year, with the expectation that they will return for a second year of service (pending funding and performance).

Position Requirements

The position requires professionalism, leadership, and a strong commitment to service. Successful candidates will:

  • Receive or will receive a bachelor’s degree between May 2019 and May 2021
  • Possess strong organizational, leadership, and communication skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively with others to solve problems and reach goals
  • Effectively navigate Google and Microsoft Office applications and programs
  • Be expected to live within their service areas and involve themselves in the surrounding communities
  • Work well with youths from diverse backgrounds
  • Showcase initiative, tact, diplomacy and a strong commitment to service

Additional preferred skills:

  • Previous work or coursework with youth or education
  • Work or volunteering with diverse populations
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Additional consideration will be given to Spanish-speaking applicants
  • Additional consideration will be given to applicants willing to commit to two years of service (performance and funding permitting)

Advisers will report to the Program Director. Advisers are expected to commit to serving for the entire school year; preference will be given to those candidates who are willing to commit to two full years of service. New employees will be required to pass a background check (conducted by NC State HR) and complete a fingerprint background check through NC DPS in order to complete the hiring process.

Position Expectations

Advisers will be expected to complete 1,700 hours of service throughout the school year. Advisers will tailor programs and activities to meet the specific needs of their assigned schools and perform the following primary functions:

  1. Provide one-on-one admissions and financial-aid advice to any student or family seeking assistance
  2. Organize group events that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to colleges and universities
  3. Establish productive working relationships with principals, counselors, and teachers in the assigned high school
  4. Assist in the efforts of other NC State college adviser(s) within the service area
  5. Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the program
  6. Maintain expertise in admissions and financial-aid advising

Benefits and Compensation

  • Full-time salary
  • Health benefits (medical, dental, and vision)
  • Educational Award for loan forgiveness or future educational costs
  • AmeriCorps Member Benefits
  • On-going professional development

Review the 2021-2022 position description for more information, or contact the program staff using the interest form.