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At Students Rising Above, we’re making a difference in the lives of thousands of low-income students through our award-winning college completion program, and our new online College2Careers Hub.  We are looking for talented leaders who are eager to help students break the cycle of poverty, and create a new generation of employees and leaders from diverse backgrounds committed to positive change.

Students Rising Above – College & Career Advisor– Full-Time Position

Students Rising Above (SRA) was created in 1998 by KPIX 5 anchor Wendy Tokuda and began as a series of news stories featuring low-income Bay Area youth rising above tremendous odds of poverty, homelessness, abandonment and neglect. In 2003, Lynne Martin and Barb Hendricks expanded this scholarship program into a year round 501(c)3 nonprofit helping low-income students attend and graduate from college, and then transition into the workforce. This award-winning program has inspired supporters to send nearly 600 students to four-year universities across the county. More information about SRA is available at:

In 2014, Students Rising Above launched the SRA College2Careers Hub. The SRA Hub is a comprehensive online program that takes our 19 years of hands-on experience and makes it available online to students who are not currently in our scholarship program. The SRA Hub provides personalized assistance on all topics related to college admissions, college success, and career development.

The College & Career Advisor reports to the Online Program Manager and is responsible for advising SRA College2Careers Hub students throughout high school, to and through college, and into the workforce. SRA is a growing organization; successful candidates will need to be flexible with additional duties resulting from expansion.



. Provide developmentally and culturally-appropriate guidance and problem-solving support in-person and online through the SRA Hub related to:

. College applications (community colleges and 4-year public/private colleges)

. Financial aid, college finances, and financial literacy

. College selection and transition to college

. Career development

. Socio-emotional, self-advocacy, and other issues related to adjusting to college life

. Develop and maintain respectful and supportive relationships with students from diverse backgrounds

. Maintain accurate student data while monitoring and tracking student progress using Salesforce on a daily basis

. Connect with students who have challenges and assist them with staying on track to meet academic and professional goals

. Provide heavy advocacy work on behalf of students to ensure their academic and professional success

. Advise and coordinate services for students who identify as undocumented or AB540 status

. Provide extensive and detailed feedback on college applications, personal statements, resumes and cover letters for both high school and college students

. Communicate with students using email, public feed posts, texts and phone

In-Person Responsibilities & Travel

. Assist in planning, executing, and evaluating workshops in the community and at local colleges and high schools to help students gain awareness about college, career, and financial aid success

. Willing and able to partake in heavy travel/driving throughout the Bay Area (especially the East Bay/South Bay) and Central California (must have access to a reliable car)

. Plan and lead workshops on various topics in front of high school and college students and maintain professionalism with students from a variety of backgrounds

. Conduct presentations/outreach at local Bay Area high schools to enroll students onto the SRA Hub

. Travel to local and national conferences to exhibit and promote the Hub

. Must be available for 5-8 Saturday and for multiple evening events throughout the year

Content Creation & Organizational Collaboration

. Collaborate on creating content for the SRA Hub on a wide variety of topics including college applications, financial aid, college selection, transitions into college, succeeding personally, socially and academically in college, college finances, financial literacy, career development, etc.

. Create and lead online webinars covering topics related to college, career, and financial aid success

. Write and maintain blog posts, lesson plans, presentations, and worksheets to ensure all resources are accurate and up to date

. Maintain a close eye for quality assurance for any posts that may be misleading, provide incorrect information, or are inappropriate

. Available to work outside of traditional 9am-5pm office hours as needed

. Attend one monthly SRA Team Meeting in San Francisco, 1-2 Advisor meetings monthly in your region and a quarterly training meeting in San Francisco

. Attend meetings in San Francisco once per week and professional development trainings as scheduled


. Strong computer skills and flexibility in working with different Salesforce platforms

. Extremely self-directed and experience working from home with the ability to stay on top of all projects and meet deadlines with ease

. Ability to prioritize and multi-task with minimal supervision

. Keen attention to detail, must be confident and able to provide accurate and reliable information at all times to students and school staff on all things related to college, career, and financial aid

. Experience working and a commitment to working with first-generation college students and students who come from low-income, disadvantaged backgrounds

. Strong ability to follow up with students and connect via online forums and in-person during workshops

. Deep understanding of the college application process including college research, A-G requirements, college selection, financial aid, scholarships, summer melt, college enrollment, and transition topics

. Proven college advising or teaching experience with high school and/or college students

. Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills

. Sense of humor; excellent judgment and ability to coach students through difficult situations

. Positive, team-orientated attitude with willingness to take on other ad hoc duties as necessary to assist with the overall success of our students and our organization

. Current driver’s license and access to a vehicle required for travel

. Bachelor’s degree required


If you’d like to apply to this position, please send your resume and a cover letter that addresses the following questions to Vanessa Barbic at [email protected]org:

1. What techniques would you use to build relationships with students online?

2. What experience do you have leading workshops or teaching students from low-income, disadvantaged backgrounds?

3. Why are you passionate about working with disadvantaged students?

Compensation: Competitive. This full-time position affords a flexible schedule and the chance to work from home when not providing in-person student and community support.

SRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SRA has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We strive to create and maintain a professional environment that supports these practices. SRA welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, people of color, veterans, persons with disabilities, people of any sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression and members of the LGBTQI community.