College Access Program Specialist

The High School College Access Program Specialist promotes college awareness and visibility of advisory services to school staff, students and parents while coordinating college advisory services within their assigned high school.

Date Posted: 
Monday, May 10, 2021

Jimmy Tadlock
Program Director

  • Attend school faculty meetings, School Improvement Team (SIT) meetings, school open house events, College Information and Financial Aid nights, and other outside meetings as necessary. 
  • Plan and organize in school, evening or after school college access programs such college fairs, Parent Empowerment night, or Scholarship night.
  • Identify, encourage and assist students with information regarding education options beyond high school, including institutional choice, career options, admissions and financial aid.
  • Advise students about college entrance exams and test preparation resources.  Assist students with test registration forms and provides fee waivers or payments where appropriate.
  • Supply and assist students with admissions and financial aid applications.  Provide waivers, where appropriate, for application fees.
  • Provide students with PSAT information and encourages sophomores and juniors to take the test in October.
  • Provide students with encouragement to take and information about college access related tests such as the ACT, Accuplacer, AP, ASVAB, and SAT.  Provides waivers where appropriate.
  • Provide information and applications, where appropriate, on outside scholarships and CollegeBound Foundation managed scholarships and grants.  Assist students with completing applications when appropriate.
  • Nominate qualified students for monetary awards/scholarships and collects necessary documentation.
  • Conduct group workshops and seminars using CollegeBound Foundation advising modules or other appropriate guides for identified students.
  • Deliver presentations to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors about the college access process as delineated in yearly goals and plans.
  • Provide services at identified community outreach venues.
  • Conduct analysis of data collected associated with college outreach activities, college entrance exams, college applications and financial/scholarship applications.  Provide written summary reports to high school administrators and Program Director as directed.
  • Organize and chaperone students on college visits or field trips related to the college access process. 
  • Utilize computer technology to enter student data, assist students in applying to colleges/universities, complete the FAFSA on-line, research information regarding postsecondary options and requirements, and communicate with staff, students and parents.
  • Attend all Specialists meetings and submits reports and timesheets as directed.
  • Refer students to other services (school counselors, staff, college departments and other outside agencies) for assistance in areas outside of Specialist responsibilities, if deemed necessary.
  • Serve as a student advocate with the best interest of the student as a prime concern, acting on behalf of the student through: 1) communication with colleges and universities; 2) communication with parents; 3) collaboration with high school staff and other external programs; and 4) communication and cooperation with outside scholarship programs.
  • Work with graduating high school students and families during summer months to assist with interpreting financial aid packages and completing the necessary steps to begin college the following fall.
  • Work with high school students and families during the summer months to assist them with college access activities.
  • Coordinate Specialist activities and provide training for other Specialists as assigned.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor with school staff and students.  Adhere to strict confidentiality in student record keeping and access to SASI.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree typically required
  • Some experience working with adolescents preferred


  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently and manage time efficiently
  • Ability to work autonomously and in a team environment
  • Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office