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Academic Advisor

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Work type: Grant Funded
Location: Los Angeles
Categories: Hourly

Title: Academic Advisor

Department: Dean of Students

Duration: 10.5 months


Job Summary

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) 4 LA is a dynamic federally funded program in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) tasked with providing college access services to students beginning in sixth and seventh grades and following them through their first year of college.

The Academic Advisor’s core focus is to help increase the number of low-income, first-generation students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post secondary education, to build persistence in college, and to prepare them for life-long learning. Academic advisors are part of a strong college, academic, and financial counseling team for students and parents. Academic advisors organize college visits and deliver workshops on financial aid, college applications, and peer mentoring activities for students and parents.

Central to this role is supporting student outcomes by developing plans to ensure that each student meets college and career-ready benchmarks. The Academic Advisor has to work with the rest of their team and use all available resources to meet grant goals and each student’s academic and longitudinal objectives.

We are hiring Academic Advisors who will be based at the following schools:

  • Panorama High School
  • James Monroe/Valor Academy High School


Job Duties

  • 70% - Develops positive relationships with GEAR UP students and families and provides individual support to students to ensure access to college and career information and planning tools. - (Essential)
  • 70% - Coordinates case management to help ensure retention and grade promotion. - (Essential)
  • 70% - Compiles, analyzes, and utilizes data to support target-specific services to individual students. - (Essential)
  • 70% - Collaborates with all stakeholders across school site teams and school site personnel to develop an annual work plan that supports GEAR UP students in meeting college and career-ready benchmarks. - (Essential)
  • 70% - Works collaboratively with other GEAR UP staff, school personnel, families and local community to advocate for the benefits of post secondary education and the GEAR UP program. - (Essential)
  • 20% - Networks and develops partnerships with post secondary institutions and support programs to provide students with post-secondary exposure and experiences to help ease the transition from high school to college and to build sustainability. - (Essential)
  • 20% - Works with the Site Coordinator and GEAR UP team to provide comprehensive college access and success services and programs for middle and high school students, including academic planning and preparation, career exploration, tutoring, mentoring, college visits, financial planning, summer enrichment activities, annual orientation events, and college application completion. - (Essential)
  • 10% - Maintains accurate, ongoing data collection and documentation for GEAR UP student, family, and teacher service participation using an online database, as required by federal program requirements. - (Essential)
  • 10% - Other duties as assigned. - (Essential)


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Must have experience working with low-income, first-generation students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Candidates must be willing to learn about secondary and post-secondary education requirements and options as well as financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application processes.
  • Candidate must be able to communicate well with students, parents and school site staff.
  • Candidate must have a driver’s license and a car.
  • Excellent time-management skills and flexibility to handle problems as they arise are necessary.
  • Excellent public speaking and group facilitation skills are required.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, counseling, social work or related field is preferred but not required.
  • Being bilingual in Spanish is a plus.



We also offer a generous compensation and benefits package.

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