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Student Advisor

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Colorado Youth for a Change
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Denver Metro
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Programs/Services | Other
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Position Summary:  Starting salary is $19.00/hour.  The Student Advisor will work in conjunction with other Futures staff, as well as Aurora Public School (APS), Community College of Aurora (CCA), and Pickens contacts and other nonprofit and service-oriented agencies in order to recruit and support youth enrolled at Futures Academy.  After receiving the necessary pre-collegiate developmental work at Futures Academy, students will be eligible to take college classes at CCA, career technical classes at Pickens Technical College, and the GED.  Futures Academy is dedicated to helping students achieve personal and academic success through post-secondary education and inspiring qualities of life-long learners. 


Futures Academy serves students ages 17-21, who have too few credits to receive a traditional high school diploma, but are interested in furthering their education and pursuing post-secondary opportunities and pursuing post-secondary opportunities.  Through a partnership with Colorado Youth for a Change and Aurora Public Schools, Futures Academy provides students with the resources, guidance, and academic instructional that allows them to earn college credits (up to an associate’s degree), technical certifications, a GED, or a combination of the three. Futures Academy combines a competency-based approach to teaching and learning with targeted case management to help students overcome barriers to academic and personal success in a safe and supportive learning community that respects and values the strengths and experience of each student. Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred. Full time position.

Essential Functions

The primary duties of a Student Advisor include:

  • Each Advisor is responsible for making recruitment calls and connecting with the APS High Schools around referrals to ensure that enrollment meets or exceeds our October Count contract with Aurora Public Schools each year.
  • Collaborating with APS high school counselors as assigned to fill 25 direct placement spots at Futures Academy by October 1 each year
  • Assessing each youth to determine if Futures Academy is appropriate for them
  • Managing a caseload of 50-75 students per year by following guidelines provided in Futures Case Management Protocol
  • Building relationships with each youth on caseload while ascertaining their interest in returning to school and continuing on with post-secondary education
  • Addressing barriers to student learning by connecting them with service providers so they may focus on school
  • Empowering youth to navigate the registration process by assisting them with the paperwork involved and with obtaining the documents needed
  • Conducting ongoing conversations and advisement with students regarding transitions and placement into post-secondary education, particularly at the Community College of Aurora or Pickens Technical College
  • Tracking student progress in CYC database and other program spreadsheets
  • Using Infinite Campus to monitor student attendance, enter excused absences, check transcripts, etc.
  • Collaborating with the other Futures Academy staff to improve student achievement
  • Specializing in one or more support areas, such as facilitating enrollment and engagement at Pickens Technical College or Community of Aurora, acting as contact for McKinney Vento communication and resources, acting as a Student Assessment Coordinator for one/or more of the State Standardized Tests, or filling another identified gap at Futures.
Areas of Responsibility

Other Duties:

The primary duties of a Future Academy staff member include:


  • Integrating CYC’s culture statements into daily practice: Passion for CYC’s Mission, striving for professional growth and learning, inclusion, professionalism, and appropriate boundaries.
  • Working as a team with other staff to help orient and retain students in the program
  • Maintaining high expectations for all students regardless of their incoming abilities and experiences
  • Participating on committees that develop, improve, and maintain school structures
  • Participating in and seeking out professional development opportunities provided by Futures, CYC, or external organizations
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings as required
  • Run errands as needed using personal transportation
  • Speak on behalf of the organization when appropriate
  • Attend relevant community and school meetings
  • Other duties as assigned by the Principal and/or Student Advisement Manager
  • Complete required training courses as assigned by CYC

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience with Infinite Campus or other Student Information System
  • Strong, assertive, sales-like skills with the ability to initiate conversations about school by either cold calling or directly approaching youth in person
  • An ability to work independently and remain organized in multiple settings, while simultaneously keeping track of the results achieved for each youth
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel with an emphasis on the ability to create spreadsheets and tables in order to capture data in a useful and intelligible manner 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience and comfort working with adolescents from diverse backgrounds as well as their families and support networks as it relates to education
  • An ability to “change gears” and work collaboratively with internal staff and external partners
  • Advocacy skills, which encourage and promote education and returning to school as the best option for youth
  • An ability to find and stay informed about beneficial resources for youth throughout the Metro Denver community      
  • Appreciation of clear and appropriate boundaries with youth
  • Dependable transportation and being insurable as a driver on the auto liability policy of Colorado Youth for a Change
  • A passionate and committed belief that youth can rise above seemingly insurmountable obstacles and return to school, graduate, and enter into post-secondary education
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred
  • • A Bachelor’s Degree in education, human services, or other related field
  • • Two years of experience working with high risk, adolescent populations
  • • Or a minimum of two years of college or Associate’s Degree and five years of experience

We offer a competitive salary.  This is a non-exempt position and the starting salary is $18.00 per hour. We also offer a medical, dental, vision, retirement plan, company paid short and long term disability and a life insurance policy.  Vacation and sick time hours available.  We also give paid spring break and winter break. 

How To Apply

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contact Human Resources at 303-292-2779


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