National Institute on Aging

State University of New York — Advisor, College Connections Initiative

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide were more than $1.0 billion in fiscal year 2020, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum.

Job Description:
The College Advisor for the College Connections Initiative (CCI) at SUNY North Bronx will provide services to participants (non-traditional, adult learners and high school students) to increase their college readiness and access to post-secondary options.  The College Advisor will facilitate college counseling to support assigned participants with the college application process: college list, college applications, essays, FAFSA/financial aid, academic resume and placement/enrollment into college. The College Advisor will implement service activities as outlined in the current CCI program plan. Candidate must be flexible with schedule and have availability to work 1pm – 9pm (Monday – Thursday), Friday: 9am – 5pm.

Job duties and responsibilities include:

  • Conduct outreach and recruitment for CCI participants at high schools, community-based organizations, community events and North Bronx current students and alumni.
  • Assist with the intake process for interested CCI applicants to enroll and engage in post-secondary planning activities.
  •  Establish a student action plan for assigned CCI participants to identify service goals and address barriers to participant’s post-secondary plans.
  • Provide individual and group counseling to program participants and community members to support with their college readiness and/or career exploration.
  • Deliver weekly/ongoing college advisement sessions for each CCI participant on caseload throughout the college application process.
  • Host monthly college awareness workshops each semester for students enrolled in the center’s High School Equivalency (HSE) program.
  • Coordinate plans for college tours and information sessions for CCI program participants and serve as “Lead Chaperon” during college tours.
  • Search and distribute information on college fairs to CCI participants & assist students to register for free college events.
  • Refer CCI participants to on-site ATTAIN Lab to utilize available resource/s for college planning process and vocational trainings.
  • Record and track CCI student services/activities into Banner database system. Utilize internal program tracking tool/s on a daily basis.
  • Develop working relationships with community partners to increase student referrals and request for services.
  • Participate in the establishment of formal partnership agreements.
  • Assist with data collection, review and development of program reports as requested by Supervisor and Executive Director.
  • Participate in individual and staff meetings as facilitated by Supervisor and Executive Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree with field of study in Higher Education, Guidance Counseling, Social Work, Human Service, Psychology, Sociology or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 3 years work experience in providing college access and college counseling to underserved students (adult learners, high school and non-traditional students) in an Educational, Community and School-based setting or Workforce Development Program.
  • Strong knowledge of higher education systems and post-secondary options within New York City and State.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop working relationships with high school administrators, guidance/college counseling staff, college admissions representatives, community-based organizations and parents.
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills, organization, presentation, leadership, time management skills are necessary.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, virtual tools (Zoom, Google Teams, etc.) and an aptitude to learn other systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English & Spanish

Additional Information:

Salary: $52,000 – $56,000. Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent fringe benefits.

State Title:  Admissions Advisor (SL3)

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Application Instructions:
Interested candidates are invited to apply online at
. The Search Committee will begin the review of applications immediately and continue until the position is filled.

State University of New York System Administration is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or retaliation.

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