Middle School College Readiness Advisor - OACAC

Middle School College Readiness Advisor

  • Full Time
  • Columbus, OH
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience

Website IKnowICan88 I Know I Can

I Know I Can (IKIC) is a non-profit college access organization

I Know I Can (IKIC) is a non-profit college access organization established in 1988 with a mission to inspire, enable and support Columbus City Schools (CCS) students as they pursue and complete a college education. IKIC achieves its mission by providing access to the materials, financial support, mentoring, and counseling services needed to help CCS students and their families overcome barriers and achieve their college dreams. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:          

All activities performed in this position occur in close collaboration with the school counselor and middle school principal, teachers and staff.

Works to create a college-going culture in the middle school using real-time data as well as a college and career strategic planning tool (Naviance). In collaboration with counselor and teachers, ensures that Naviance is integrated into the school building.

Meet individually with students and families to provide support and guidance in the process of preparing for college, including: high school preparation and transition, college and career knowledge, financial preparedness and college admissions preparation.

Provide group presentations, large and small, for students, parents and CCS representatives in the schools and at the IKIC office (the presentations range from supporting the district’s Naviance Implementation Plan to pre-college seminars)

Work to increase college readiness within the Columbus City Schools, by educating students, families and district representatives on the programs and services provided by the organization

Assist and lead after-school (evening and weekend) college planning activities pertaining to Blueprint:College (parent seminars on college readiness)

Work in collaboration with AmeriCorps College Guides at the High School level, who provide additional support for 9th and 10th grade college and career readiness. 

In collaboration with school team, plans and implements Road-mapping to ensure strategic planning around career and college readiness

In collaboration with school team, plans and implements summer bridge opportunities.

Manage data on college planning activities to ensure students are completing necessary milestones (based on Early Awareness Common Measures)

Provide timely updates and data reports on status of achieving individual and organizational goals  

Attend IKIC staff meetings

Support the district’s goals to implement and achieve the State of Ohio’s College and Career Readiness mandates, supports school counselor in student success planning

School-Based Responsibilities:

Provide IKIC support to two assigned middle schools, weekly, for students, grades 6-8

Attend school events, building staff meetings, parent nights, and extra-curricular events including but not limited to; back to school events, school staff meetings and college nights

Complete assigned Naviance curriculum via classroom presentations, one-on-one interactions, or provide overview during IKIC programming involving parents

Implement creative programming around college and career throughout the building; work collaboratively with counselor to provide teachers with student level information about career interest, Naviance surveys as well as helpful information regarding career trends, job qualifications etc.

Prepare and conduct information sessions in conjunction with the school counselor on the following topics:  high school choice and transition, college planning, intentional summer planning, and career trends

Plan and execute college and career visits outside of school building.

Support the middle school counselor in implementing and achieving the State of Ohio’s College and Career Readiness mandates


Bachelor’s degree required with experience in education, counseling, college access or other related field

Ability to effectively communicate and carry-out I Know I Can’s mission throughout Columbus City Schools

Excellent oral and interpersonal communication and public speaking skills

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and initiate activities and work independently

Ability to use data to inform decision-making

Strong commitment and passion for promoting access to higher education for everyone

Ability to work on teams and in groups

Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume by February 15, 2019 to:

Kim Hayes, Director of Finance and Operations


I Know I Can · 3798 E. Broad St. · Columbus, OH 43213

www.iknowican.org · 614-233-9510 (office) · 614-233-9512 (fax)

To apply for this job email your details to khayes@iknowican.org

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