Post Undergraduate Job Opportunity: MCAN

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), in close partnership Michigan colleges and universities,seeks to help more Michigan students pursue postsecondary education.  Recent graduates (Bachelor’s degree) will serve as advisers in selected high schools across Michigan, particularly those that are located in communities with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates.Serving alongside high school counselors and other school professionals, AdviseMI AmeriCorps Members(Advisers) will support students as they make the transition from high school to a postsecondary education institution.  Advisers serve full time and focus on mentoring students (especially those fromlow-income backgrounds) through the complex steps toward college enrollment.  Advisers will provide students and their families with relevant information regarding the benefits of a postsecondary education, preparing for college attendance, and the admission and financial aid processes.
Advisers will commit to a term of service beginning July 2016 through June 2017.  These appointments include a mandatory four-week training session in East Lansing beginning July.  All training expenses including room, board and travel are covered by the program. In an effort for the Advisers to be fully enmeshed in the fabric of the local communities, Advisers are expected to live in the community in which they are assigned.  Upon successful completion of the first school year commitment, Advisers maybe invited to return for an additional year of service to AdviseMI.

Primary Responsibilities:
Interacting on a daily basis with high school students and families in the assigned high school to provide relevant information about postsecondary education and the college choice/financial aid processes:

  • Encourage each student to consider a broad range of appropriate college choices
  • Develop a comprehensive college timeline, including application deadlines for admission and
  • financial aid for each student
  • 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

Organize group events that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to colleges and universities Visit classrooms, assemblies, and club meetings to offer services and emphasize the necessity of postsecondary study

  • Partner with local community groups—particularly Local College Access Networks (LCANs)—to provide college access services outside the school setting and hours
  • Host regular workshops for the families of students to discuss topics relevant to college preparation 
  • Organize college visits and college representative visits
  • Oversee the College Ambassador Program on-site. This is a student organization at the school utilizing student peer support to foster a college going culture at the school.
Establish productive collegial relationships with principals, school counselors, and teachers in assigned highschool as well as other community-based college access professionals
  • Assess, in consultation with MCAN and the high school, the particular assets and needs of assignedschool, and adapt and adopt programs and activities to reinforce existing activities to expand the
  • services provided to students and avoid duplication
  • Actively seek the advice and counsel of the on-site supervisor at assigned high schoolAssist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the program

Assist MCAN to identify, collect, and interpret key progress and outcome data  to evaluate the effectiveness of AdviseMI

  • Submit monthly progress reports to the program director documenting progress and outcome data Represent AdviseMI, as requested by the program director, to potential supporters and to otherinterested parties

Maintain expertise in admissions and financial-aid advising    

  • Participate fully in four weeks of residential training each summer
  • Attend all professional development sessions provided by AdviseMI In consultation with the program director, seek out and participate in other opportunities for professional development
Applicant’s must be a United States citizen, a national, or a legal permanent resident and at least 18 years of age. Documentation of proof of age and residency will be required during the selection process.
  • Qualifications:
    Bachelor’s degree, with a 2015 or 2016 graduation date, from one of our partner institutions (Including Ferris State University)
  • Ability to effectively partner with students, faculty, and staff including those from diverse backgrounds
  • Previous experience demonstrating strong leadership abilities, influencing others in a positive manner while achieving goals, and effectively communicating ideas and generating support for ideas
  • Ability to serve independently and analytically, exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; proficient computer skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects; strong planning and organizational skills
  • Demonstrate program development and management experience
  • Willingness to handle complex and detail-oriented tasks and projects
  • Team-oriented towards program design, implementation, and evaluation
  • High energy, creativity, ability to assume responsibility; take initiative and develop new programs
  • Successfully pass Federal and State background screening
  • Provide documentation of eligibility for AmeriCorps Service (e.g. birth certificate, passport,transcripts) Willingness to relocate within the state of Michigan
Annual compensation will include:
Service stipend ($24,000), Education award ($ 5,730)*, health insurance, and childcare coverage to eligible individuals.
*Upon successful completion of the service, members are eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (pending funding approval). The education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions and/or to repay qualified student loans.Individuals may only earn the equivalent of two full-time education awards during their lifetime.
Application Process:
Please submit a resume that also includes a list of 3 references and their relationship to you, a copy of your transcripts and a short essay (750 words or less) that answers the questions below. 
Essay Questions:
  • Why are you interested in serving as an AdviseMI college adviser?
  • What will make you an effective adviser?
  • How do you believe this experience will benefit you both personally and professionally?
Please submit these application materials to Jacqueline Ruhland, AdviseMI Program Director, at [email protected].
Any questions and inquiries may also be directed via email to Jacqueline.
Interviews will be conducted the first three weeks of April and will include representatives from MCAN,partner universities, and placement high schools.

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