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Educational Adviser, Career Development Team

Jack Kent Cooke Found – Leesburg, VA


Under the direction of the Program Manager, the educational adviser provides high quality academic and career development advising to up to 100 undergraduate scholarship recipients who are exceptional students with financial need. The educational adviser is responsible for a caseload of typically juniors and seniors from the Cooke College Scholarship program and the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer program. This position focuses academic advising and guidance towards the objective of supporting all scholars to thrive at our nations top colleges in preparation for fulfilling professional lives. Particular advising attention is placed on transfer student transition and post-graduate planning for graduate school and careers. In support of the advising focus, the educational adviser contributes to developing resources and program activities, including content for Scholars Weekend.

  • Provides ongoing educational advising and support to new and continuing Undergraduate Transfer Scholars and College Scholars by telephone, email and online tools. Through a combination of individual and group engagement strategies, provides guidance to scholars on applying our framework of five critical actions to support their college and career goals achievement. In conjunction, the adviser serves as a resource on higher education opportunities (e.g., internships, study abroad, graduate school) to position the scholar for fulfilling professional careers.
  • Monitors academic performance and progress toward an undergraduate degree for scholars on her/his caseload by engaging in regular reviews of transcripts, academic course plans, semester updates, and Annual Reports. Communicates foundation requirements and expectations. Proactively works with students facing difficulties to create strategies for academic success. Communicates concerns about students to Program Manager and makes recommendations for changes in scholars status when appropriate.
  • Reviews scholar requests for program changes and extensions, and makes recommendations to the Program Manager based on Foundation policies. Oversees approval process, including correspondence, data entry, and appropriate communication with scholarship administration team.
  • Maintains accurate files and records for all scholars, keeping track of interactions and documenting progress in the Cooke Access Portal database.
  • Collaborates with the Alumni and Career Development Specialist, Program Associate for Graduate Advisement, and other members of the Career Development team to identify, create, and use resources and activities to benefit individual advising, group video hangouts, webinars, in-person events, and print, video, or online learning experiences.
  • Advises new recipients of the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship on decisions regarding financial aid offers and four-year college selection.
  • Conducts 2-3 trips throughout the year to visit scholars in order to provide in-person guidance to a scholar(s) in need, promote the scholar community, connect with on-campus resources, and/or build a support network on campus.
  • Collaborates with Events and Communications staff as appropriate; including to develop and deliver appropriate curriculum for scholars at foundation events and to identify scholars for media and videos.
  • Actively participates in foundation meetings and works collaboratively with others to complete projects and goals.
  • Provides help when needed by other members of the foundation staff on all program-related matters.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree; Masters degree in student advising, career counseling, higher education, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in a college or university, scholarship organization, foundation, or other relevant setting.
  • Experience working with undergraduate level high-achieving students preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of graduate school and career advising processes.
  • High level of written and oral communication skills and abilities and staff and interpersonal relations.
  • Substantial knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • A strong detail orientation and ability to work independently and simultaneously on multiple projects within close, overlapping and/or conflicting deadlines.

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