College Adviser (Wage)

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA - College at Wise (Wise, VA)

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-11-12
Req: R0019923
The University of Virginia launched the Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC) in the fall of 2005 as a public service program to address the widening gap in college access for low income, first-generation, and underrepresented students. Our mission is to increase the number of these students entering and completing higher education.

The Corps places recent college graduates in high schools throughout the Commonwealth to work alongside school counselors on college and career readiness. These near-peer college advisers assist high school students and their families with college searches, essay writing, SAT/ACT prep, college applications, FAFSA completion, scholarship searches, college visits, and successfully transitioning to post-secondary education.

College advisers serve full-time in their placement sites for two years. They become mentors within the school setting, and are often the key person providing encouragement for students to persist in their education beyond high-school. In 2020-2021, 42 advisers are serving 48 partner high schools. The program became the model for the national College Advising Corps, now present in 17 states and over 800 high schools.

Virginia College Advising Corps is a joint venture of The University of Virginia and the College Advising Corps, and is an AmeriCorps program. Our service area is geographically diverse, including both rural and urban districts.


  • VCAC college advisers serve full-time in high schools across Virginia
  • Provide one-on-one admission and financial-aid advising to any student or family seeking assistance, utilizing a "match & fit" framework.
  • Organize group events that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to colleges and universities
  • Establish productive working relationships with principals, counselors, and teachers in each assigned high school, as well as community-based organizations.
  • Maintain expertise in postsecondary planning, including 2- and 4-year colleges, trade and technical options, workforce, and other opportunities.
  • Represent the University of Virginia, AmeriCorps, and the College Advising Corps

Candidates must have the ability and willingness to relocate to various locations across the Commonwealth, the ability and willingness to work hours that coincide with a typical school day, including some night and weekend hours.

Annual Compensation includes:

$29,000 Annual Living Allowance

$6,345 Segal Education Award (AmeriCorps)

$4,679 Health Insurance included (approximate)

$40,024 Total compensation package

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For additional information:

Contact: Assistant Director Jeron Baker at

To apply, please submit an application online through Workday at and attach a current CV/Resume, Cover Letter and Contact information for 3 references. Search on requisition number: R0019923.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. (FSAKA)


Education: Bachelor's degree obtained in 2019, 2020 or 2021

Experience: None.

Licensure: None.


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings and programs.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 11/13/2020
Application Due: 2/11/2021
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