College Advisor

Posted on: March 7, 2020 |


Our KIPP Through College (KTC) team is hiring three College Advisors to serve our alumni on the west or south side of Chicago. This is a mid-level position for an experienced professional. The College Advisor is critical to the success of serving a cohort of alumni ranging from 180 to 200 students per year. Our model begins during their junior year of high school and continues through college graduation. Our goal is to guide and equip our bright, motivated, first-generation and low-income students of color to and through college, to ensure we fulfill our promise to support our KIPP alumni. Therefore, the College Advisor will be an individual who embraces innovation, structures, meaningful relationships, and improvement, and goes above and beyond to ensure their cohorts remain on a path to successful careers and lives. The College Advisor will report to the Director of College Advising and will join a growing KIPP Through College (KTC) team of five College Advisors and four High School Placement Advisors.

The role of the College Advisor includes, but is not limited to the following responsibilities:

Caseload management: Our KTC team’s goal is to maintain continual contact with our KIPP alumni to ensure we are supporting them to and through college. The College Advisor accurately provides bi-weekly data reports and monitors progress towards college match, persistence and advising goals.

Student Advising: Backwards-plans outreach efforts, executes school campus visits, while also leveraging external resources to support KIPP alumni in high school and college. Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to support the needs of students.

College Access: Supports KIPP alumni and families through the college application and financial aid process and accurately reports progress and cohort’s high school graduation rate.

College Persistence: Supports KIPP alumni as they transition to college to ensure they meet their benchmarks and submit FAFSAs, as well as supporting them through academic and social-emotional challenges and accurately reporting the cohort’s college graduation rate.

Project Management: Manages special projects to support students through the pre-college summer programs and KIPP Foundation Scholarships. Completes annual event planning for their cohorts, etc.


Bachelor’s degree (required) or higher (preferred)
Two years of professional experience managing a large caseload (required)
Demonstrated success working with communities historically underrepresented in higher education (required)
Experience in the classroom, college counseling, college access, college admissions, school counseling, or student advising (required)
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and build relationships with diverse stakeholders
Ability to travel around the Chicago-land area to support alumni at various school campuses
Flexibility to work some nights and weekends in order to connect and support KIPP Alumni and families
Strong project management skills: ability to juggle multiple priorities, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize tasks appropriately
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Evidence of strong interpersonal skills, personal initiatives, and follow-through
Evidence meeting or exceeding goals and ability to work under pressure to hit deadlines
Proficient technology skills (required) using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) & Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Slides), and able to quickly learn how to use new programs/systems (Salesforce proficiency is a plus.)
Demonstrated passion for and commitment to the KIPP mission and unquestioned commitment to educational equity


KIPP Chicago Schools offers a competitive compensation and benefits package:
Salaries based on experience
Competitive rates for medical insurance and short-term disability insurance
Dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance are offered at no cost
Contributions to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund in accordance with Illinois state law
An additional, optional 403(b) retirement account
Robust professional development