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Boston University EDUCATION ADVISOR, GEAR UP, College Access & Student Success in BOSTON, Massachusetts

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a Federally-funded program awarded to the MA Department of Higher Education (DHE) and the Boston University program will serve 900 low-income and first-generation middle and high school youth from East Boston High School and the Mario Umana Academy K-8, as a well as track participants to degree attainment and offer transition support to first-year post-secondary enrollees.

Education advisors work with a caseload of students conducting workshops and planning activities that engage students, while connecting their families and schools with resources. This position provides intensive services to GEAR UP high school students to encourage their successful transition to postsecondary enrollment including persistence towards on-time graduation. Through receiving these services, program participants gain awareness and preparedness for their short- and long-term educational and career goals. Working with the senior education advisors, the education advisor works closely with school administrators to recruit and provide services to GEAR UP eligible students. The education advisor also supports student transition from middle school to high school.

Required Skills

Bachelor's Degree in education, counseling, or related field. 1 to 3 years related experience. Minimum of 2 years of experience with college planning, financial aid, education, community outreach or related work. Experience and cultural competency in working and communicating with the target populations (high school and middle school students). Experience developing and presenting content through various channels. Bilingual or multi-lingual skills a plus. Position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings, weekends, and overnights. Travel with students and for professional reasons may be required. Other desired qualification include: digital literacy including proficiency in MS Office programs; excellent organizational and presentation skills; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and ability to create and manage budget.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement ( within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption ( instructions ( ). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Resources ( site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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