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Program Description
The College Advising Corps (CAC) at Duke University works to increase the number of low-income, First Generation College and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education.

To deliver on this mission, CAC partners with universities to recruit and place well-trained, recent college graduates, as full-time, near peer college advisers in the nation’s underserved schools and communities; to provide the support that high school students need to navigate the complex processes of college admissions, securing financial aid and enrolling in schools that serve them well.

The College Advising Corps at Duke University is housed within the Office of Durham and Community Affairs.

Position Description
The Duke College Advising Corps requires at minimum, a commitment to complete one full program year/term of service at an assigned high school(s) in rural North Carolina. Advisers may and are strongly encouraged to consider completing two years of service.

Duke College Advising Corps advisers will be expected to work collaboratively with guidance staff, principals, teachers, and other stakeholders at partner schools to increase the awareness, preparation and college-going disposition of underserved students at an assigned high school(s) in rural North Carolina. They will do this by tailoring programs and activities to meet the specific needs of their assigned schools and perform the following primary functions:

50% of effort
Provide general and one-on-one admissions and financial-aid advice to any student or family seeking assistance at an assigned high school(s)

• Encourage each student to consider a broad range of appropriate college choices
• Develop for each student a comprehensive college timeline, including application deadlines for admission and financial aid
• Help each student complete and submit admissions and financial-aid applications
• Assist each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid
• Network with admissions and financial aid officers at local, state and regional universities

30% of effort
Organize group events at an assigned high school(s) that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for and apply to colleges and universities

• Visit classrooms, assemblies and club meetings to offer College Advising Corps services and emphasize the importance of college
• Organize visits for college admissions and scholarship officers to high schools (whenever possible)
• Organize college tours and visits for students

10% of effort
Establish productive working relationships with principals, counselors, and teachers in each assigned high school

• Assess, in consultation with the Duke College Advising Corps program director and school personnel, the particular needs of each school, and adapt programs and activities to meet these needs
• Actively seek the advice and counsel of the on-site supervisor at each partner high school
• Assist in the efforts of other Duke College Advising Corps adviser(s) within the service area
• Regularly visit other high schools in their assigned service area during school days

10% of effort
Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the Duke College Advising Corps program

• Assist the program director and evaluation staff to identify, collect, and interpret key progress and outcome variables to evaluate the effectiveness of the Duke College Advising Corps program
• Participate in weekly staff meetings and in-service training sessions
• Submit monthly progress reports to the program director documenting progress and outcome data
• Help organize, provide support for, and attend evening and weekend events organized by other adviser(s)
• Represent the Duke College Advising Corps, as requested by the program director, to potential supporters and to other interested parties
• In consultation with the program director, seek out and participate in other opportunities for professional development


• Bachelor’s degree earned by date of hire
• Strong interest in serving as a near-peer adviser providing college access services to underrepresented high school students and their families within urban and or rural populations across North Carolina
• Willingness to commit to one or two full program years/terms of service
• Valid driver’s license
• Criminal background check
• Eligibility or authorization to work in the United States
• Eligibility for hire as an exempt employee of Duke University

• Demonstrated ability to work independently of direct supervision
• Demonstrated ability to plan work efforts to achieve and document project goals
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a diverse educational environment
• Excellent communications, organizational and problem solving skills
• Attention to detail and excellent quantitative and record-keeping skills
• Flexibility, creativity, independence, accountability, and reliability

Preferred work or volunteer service experience:
• Educational outreach to youth and families from diverse backgrounds
• Near peer advising and counseling to adolescents
• Event planning

This job description contains an illustrative but not exhaustive list of the types of job-related tasks and responsibilities required of a Duke College Advising Corps adviser. Duties may vary depending upon the assigned high school location.

Additional Position Information

This is an exempt, full-time appointment that is annually renewable upon satisfactory job performance for a period not to exceed two program years. Advisers are assigned to work in a high school(s) in rural North Carolina, but report regularly to the Duke CAC program manager on the Duke University campus.

In addition to salary, Duke College Advising Corps advisers receive $6,195 per full, completed year of service, in loan forgiveness or a future education credit through the national College Advising Corps organization or AmeriCorps.

After hire, Duke College Advising Corps advisers will commence work with a period of pre-service training, followed by full-time work at their assigned high school(s). The program year runs through June 2022.

Advisers are responsible for securing and paying for their own housing.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's degree earned by date of hire.


Preferred work or volunteer service experience in educational outreach to youth and families from diverse backgrounds, near peer advising and counseling to adolescents, or event planning.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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Posted: 5/3/2021
Application Due: 6/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time