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Assistant Director of Advisement

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Denver Scholarship Foundation
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Denver Metro
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Education | Programs/Services
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Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is seeking an Assistant Director of Advisement to join our team. We are looking for passionate, driven individuals who desire to excel within an evolving organization. DSF was named one of the Denver Post’s Top Workplaces in 2019 and 2020 a testament to our team and to our intentionality in co-creating a positive, inclusive work environment and culture. When you join the DSF team, you will enjoy a supportive, dynamic, and innovative environment where your work makes an impact. As an organization, DSF strives to be a leader in the community by embodying the values of equity, innovation, leadership, learning, relationships, and integrity in everything that we do. If you do too, then we invite you to join us and help make college possible for Denver’s students.


DSF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and empower DPS students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education, by providing the tools, knowledge and financial resources essential for success. Our core values guide our work. DSF is dedicated to learning and innovation, as we constantly seek to improve our services. By doing so, we seek to demonstrate leadership within the community. We build strong relationships with college staff members, partners, and the broader community. We are committed to equity and inclusivity; believing in the value and ability of all students.


We seek candidates who will model, live, and reinforce DSF’s mission and core values with colleagues, students, families, and the broader community.


Position Summary 

DSF is hiring for an exciting new position that will deepen DSF’s training, support and professional development for DSF College Advisors and codification of DSF’s College Access and Readiness work! Strengthening the development of our College Advisors will enhance the already high-quality services provided to DPS high school students, and importantly, include upskilling focused on effective virtual programming and evolving nimbleness in shifting environments. DSF’s Assistant Director of Advisement will use the following guidelines to develop and implement a modularized coaching program (virtually and/or in-person) for DSF College Advisors, ensuring DSF Future Centers offer a one-stop-shop in meeting both the academic pathways and workforce needs of its students:

• Individualized: One-on-one coaching with College Advisors through shadowing, observation, and feedback discussions during coaching sessions.

• Intensive: Regularly scheduled meetings between coach and College Advisors.

• Context specific: Deepening content knowledge, tools, and resources for College Advisors to share with their students, including career exposure events and ways to connect postsecondary programs to workforce opportunities, so students can gain the greatest benefits of DSF’s College Access program.

• Focused: As chair of the DSF Career Council, provide coaching on labor market and industry information, ensuring Advisors are up-to-date on current job trends and projections, student resources, academic programs, and internship opportunities, ensuring DSF’s services are cutting-edge and relevant in regard to college and career advising.  

• Scale: The Assistant Director of Advisement will identify themes and common gaps in knowledge to plan and facilitate group PD sessions.


Division of time and effort?

60% direct Advisor observations, coaching

20% training/tool development, planning

20% administrative


Expected Outcomes

• Increased efficiency, skills, and effectiveness of the DSF Advisors

• Increased postsecondary enrollment of DPS students at Future Center schools

• Increased number of qualified students awarded the DSF scholarship

• Increased college persistence and completion rates due to improved effectiveness of the DSF Advisors



Areas of Responsibility

• Landscape analysis of community-based college and career resources to identify and leverage best practices and tools aligned with the DSF mission

• Research and be fluent in connecting postsecondary programs to workforce opportunities for diverse students and integrate into trainings and development sessions

• Gain certification in all Colorado Career Conversation trainings, integrate curriculum into DSF advising model and chair the DSF Career Council

• Modularize identified resources and internal best practices to create an Advisor evaluation and development framework

• Create an Advisor evaluation tool to be used in Advisor observations that measure Advisor effectiveness and usage of advising resources

• Identify themes and common gaps in knowledge and skill to serve as a professional development framework and individualized development plans

• Implement trainings, including virtual options to efficiently train and engage a remote staff, to address Advisor development plans

• Identify opportunities to more effectively use current data to set college enrollment goals by Future Center and map key indicators toward goals by student completion of college enrollment steps (admissions and financial aid applications, activate student portals, financial aid offers finalized, student success program applications and orientations attended)

• Develop expertise on cognitive coaching, motivational interviewing, and aspirational interviewing and integrate as student coaching methods into all Advisor development sessions  

• Remain current on best practices and up-to-date research to continue best-in-class model delivery and outcomes.

• Enhance the toolkit for DSF Advisors to utilize in all aspects of College Access services based on the shared goals of continuous improvement, efficacy and fidelity.

• Understand the barriers students often face as a college student, and training Advisors on how to best prepare students for these challenges.

• Manage the onboarding and training of new Advisors.

• Collaborate, as needed, with DSF’s Campus Advisors serving nearly 1,050 DSF Scholars on the Auraria Campus in Denver (virtual and/or in-person), DSF Program Directors. 


Who will be successful?

Candidates who possess expert-level knowledge of college readiness and access systems and practices, can demonstrate effective leadership of large professional teams, strong ability to identify and communicate the need for change/s, and able to foster successful adoption of improved behaviors from team members.   

  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of experience in a related field, including supervisory experience
  • Experience working with diverse populations (including diversity in race/ethnicity, cultural background, language, immigration status, and socio-economic status, etc.), and a demonstrated passion for college access and coaching other professionals
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and develop strong partnerships with internal and external support services, including effectively resolve conflict
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills
  • Proactive problem-solver who demonstrates initiative and ability to work individually and on a team
  • Ability to operate in a professional manner including proper attire, ethical behavior, and maintain strict confidentiality with student/family information
  • Effectively use variety of technology including database, various software programs, internet tools, and communication tools
  • A sense of humor, tolerance for change, and a demonstrated ability to create a positive culture and sense of empowerment for team, students, and families
  • Highly Desired • Master’s Degree in a related field • Experience with professional coaching • Experience with Microsoft Teams

• $55,000-$62,000

• 401(k) plan, dollar for dollar match up to 5% 

• Competitive group health, dental, and vision insurance (low to no cost premium plans offered) 

• Paid holidays and Winter Break 

• Trusted Time Off (unlimited vacation policy following 90 days) 

• Professional Development 

• Summer Fridays 1/2 days (June and July)



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