College, Career and Scholarship Counselor

Los Angeles, CA
YouthSource Center /
Full-time /
On-site
The Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1968 to enrich the lives of youth, seniors, homeless populations, economically disadvantaged families, and under-served individuals in South Los Angeles by providing and facilitating a variety of essential educational services, social services, cultural activities, vocational opportunities and economic empowerment opportunities.

Brotherhood Crusade envisions a South Los Angeles devoid of health disparities, disenfranchisement, and poverty- associated adverse public health conditions. We believe that South Los Angeles can be a safe, thriving, culturally relevant, and inclusive community that provides all residents equitable access to human and social services and continually improves their quality of life. Our mission is to remove and/or help individuals overcome the barriers that deter their pursuit of success in life; effectuate academic and vocational success; provide opportunities for personal, social, and economic growth; promote access to artistic excellence and cultural awareness; increase financial literacy; facilitate opportunities for a better quality of life; and promote health and safety.

Job Summary:

The College, Career and Scholarship Counselor serves students and families, by providing resources which focus on the major aspects of the career counseling and college planning/placement process and scholarship opportunities. With a goal of 100% college acceptance, the College, Career and Scholarship Counselor works in coordination with each youth and other members of the YouthSource team, as well as with the school administration, to assist scholars in discovering their strengths and interests, exploring career alternatives, and finding institutions of higher learning which will meet these interests, strengths and values. The CCSC will provide support to students in their exploration of career alternatives and help them understand the college application process. The CCSC will also design and direct program activities to assist students with college planning in 10th-12th grades including academic preparation for college, meeting both graduation and college acceptance requirements, college searches, school and financial aid application, scholarship searches, testing, recommendations, and transition to college.

This role would also entail execution of the YouthSource scope of work, and the Trauma-Informed Youth   Development initiative as instructed and directed by the organization with respect to administration and implementation of all youth development, prevention programming program development and executing all facets of scholarship opportunities for program participants.  This includes monitoring and evaluation of the programming, recruitment, administration of pre- and post-assessments, publicity, and data collection.

The CCSC will conduct at a minimum monthly check-in with scholars, communicating with scholars about internships and career development opportunities, ensuring that updated grades are tracked, provide support to scholars if in need of supportive services, process scholars checks, plan a minimum of two events a year that will bring all the scholars together.  The CCSC can be creative in this space (this could be a luncheon, field trips, sporting event and other activities to support the scholars) to provide an impactful engagement.

Supervisory Responsibilities: 
•This position has no supervisory responsibilities
Duties/Responsibilities:
•Attend meetings, workshops, trainings and events
•Administer initial enrollment, prepare youth development plan as well as receive scholarships applications.
•Meet key stakeholders, create and distribute publicity materials, deliver presentations, follow-up with stakeholders and manage referrals
•Administer and submit pre-, mid, and post-assessments, assimilate, review, correct data and, as appropriate; present data results to key stakeholders
•Advocate for the youth and ensure their receipt of culturally- and age-appropriate trauma- informed youth development services for themselves and their families. Work with the youth and their family to access necessary services and resources from Brotherhood Crusade and its collaborative partners (service providers)
•Maintain and update, as necessary, youth development plan. Prepare and facilitate program schedules. Report all activity in a timely manner
•Retrieve necessary documentation that provides, academic results, progress reports and surveys from the youth’s school, parents, and social affiliations
•Input observations, exercise results, notes, and other pertinent data into tracking system
•Report issues, incidents, or problems to the youth’s parents/caregivers and administration
•Interact with the youth’s school, parents/caregivers, and role models
•As needed, make referrals to and receive referrals from collaborative partners
•Prepare sign-in sheets for youth and collaborative partners for meetings or convenings
•Work closely with collaborative partners in implementing our program and scholarship opportunities for program participants
•Observe sessions between youth and collaborative partners
•Ensure the safety of the youth at all times
•Understand and comply with all of Brotherhood Crusade’s childcare policies
•Perform other related work as required
•Serve as main Scholarship contact to assist scholars with questions, document collection, referrals, etc.
•Meet with college scholars and facilitate monthly check-ins to ensure scholars are on track to graduate and have the resources to succeed academically and address any life challenges that may occur. 
•Collect and analyze data regarding the college scholars
•Ensure all data is up-to-date, correct, and in a centralized location
•Review applications -determine appropriateness of application, and recommend action based on client eligibility and program guidelines 
•Communicate with clients about their scholarship/grant application/eligibility status. As needed, schedule a client meeting for orientation/assessment with the Intake Specialist or Case Manager to refer additional resources and/or request additional documents, etc.
•Process applications -determine appropriate funding amount and payment schedule and disburse scholarship/grant funds
•Assist with the Advanced Studies application and interview process
•Plan and coordinate all events for Advanced Studies students 
•Conduct outreach and provide education in the community to recruit potential scholarship applicants
•Develop and maintain positive and professional relationships with staff at local colleges
•Update and maintain program data base and hard files to track student information 
•Provide support to other Programs as needed
•Provide meeting/event support (preparation, facilitation, minutes and/or reports) for Program Committee, Rising Tide Board, Advanced Studies Committee,
•Encourage scholar’s college experience through involvement in extracurricular opportunities on their college campus
•Conduct academic action plans with scholars who are below a cumulative GPA of 2.5
•Conduct home and college visits, as necessary
•Attend college readiness workshops, webinars, or meetings as it relates to institutional updates.
•Ensure all college scholars are engaged in Brotherhood Crusade programming.
Required Skills/Abilities: 
•Experienced in counseling students and preparing a plan to assist in shaping their future
•Thorough knowledge of the wide career opportunities available in the job market
•Establish, steward and hold excellent relationships with various college counselors
•Outstanding verbal and written communication skills with judgment making skills
•Ability to determine students' interests, skills, and talents and recommend them a career wisely
•Expert in working with MS Office suite and Internet
•Skilled in maintaining database
•Complete knowledge of courses and subjects related to specific careers

Education and Experience: 
•Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a related field
•Minimum of one year of youth development experience working with low-income, highly urbanized youth and young adults in marginalized communities
•Passion and commitment to the betterment of all individuals, especially low income and at-risk individuals
•Candidates should have a minimum of two years of demonstrated clinical or non-clinical mental health experience, a working understanding of social emotional learning and adverse childhood experiences, and demonstrated engagement in trauma-informed, trauma-responsive youth development outside of and separate from their work obligations
•Developed network with colleges
•Initiated and conducted college awareness program in neighborhood and improved admission percentage
•Recommended students for scholarship programs and directly assist with execution of applications
•Must have a valid and current driver license, clean driving record and own personal transportation. 

Physical Requirements: 
•Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment including computers, projectors, scanners, copiers, facsimile machines, calculators, etc.
•Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle
•Must be able to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, and pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body
•Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree

•Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving instructions, assignments or directions to subordinates or assistants
•Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of correspondence, reports, forms, applications, etc. Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, presentations, requisitions, forms, evaluations, budgets, etc., using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style. Requires the ability to speak before groups of people with poise, voice control and confidence

•Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; and to deal with several abstract and concrete variables

•Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in standard English

•Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract; multiply and divide

$70,000 - $75,000 a year
Salary is commensurate with experience, qualifications and overall skill sets.
This is not just a job, it is calling to work with youth and an organization that transforms lives.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Must possess a valid California Driver's License.

Due to our in-person and in office work with LAUSD, City of LA, County of LA and other work partners that require our team to be vaccinated we require that all potential candidates must be COVID-19 vaccinated with either, Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.

WORKING CONDITIONS WHILE PERFORMING ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND EQUIPMENT USED
The successful candidate will be required to report to and work from the office complex at least five days a week. Offices are traditionally equipped with computers, telephones, desks, chairs, and office machines. Additionally, each office offers an instructional classroom from which orientations and trainings are conducted.

SALARY RANGE:
Benefits and salary will be negotiated based on experience, education, and the needs of the program.

DISCLAIMER
This program is unique in that the successful candidate may be working with individuals who, heretofore, have never been exposed to the subject matter and, as such, may not readily adopt the precepts or methodologies. Moreover, these clients may exhibit stress-related emotions such as tension, frustration, and anger. The successful candidate must understand this phenomenon and possess a psychologically stable profile and a demeanor that minimizes the opportunity that these emotions will escalate to conflict.

The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to perform in this job.

BENEFITS
Excellent full benefits package.

SCHEDULE
Must be available to work Monday- Friday from 9:00am – 5:30pm.

There may be occurrences when a work or community event occurs on Saturday and/or Sunday. Your work schedule will be flexed to accommodate this change and you will be notified in advance.