The High School 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.
410-783-2905 ext. 209
- Attends school faculty meetings, School Improvement Team (SIT) meetings, school open house events, College Information and Financial Aid nights, and other outside meetings as necessary.
- Plans and organizes in school, evening or after school college access programs such college fairs, Parent Empowerment night, or Scholarship night.
- Identifies, encourages and assists students with information regarding education options beyond high school, including institutional choice, career options, admissions and financial aid.
- Advises students about college entrance exams and test preparation resources. Assists students with test registration forms and provides fee waivers or payments where appropriate.
- Supplies and assists students with admissions and financial aid applications. Provides waivers, where appropriate, for application fees.
- Provides students with PSAT information and encourages sophomores and juniors to take the test in October.
- Provides 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.
- Provides information and applications, where appropriate, on outside scholarships and CollegeBound Foundation managed scholarships and grants. Assists students with completing applications when appropriate.
- Nominates qualified students for monetary awards/scholarships and collects necessary documentation.
- Conducts group workshops and seminars using CollegeBound Foundation advising modules or other appropriate guides for identified students.
- Delivers presentations to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors about the college access process as delineated in yearly goals and plans.
- Provides services at identified community outreach venues.
- Conducts 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.
- Organizes and chaperones students on college visits or field trips related to the college access process.
- Utilizes computer technology to enter student data, assist students in applying to colleges/universities, complete the FAFSA on-line, research information regarding post-secondary options and requirements, and communicate with staff, students and parents.
- Attend all Specialists meetings and submits reports and time-sheets as directed.
- Refers students to other services (school counselors, staff, college departments and other outside agencies) for assistance in areas outside of Specialist responsibilities, if deemed necessary.
- Serves 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.
- Maintains a professional demeanor with school staff and students. Adheres to strict confidentiality in student record keeping.
- Works 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.
- Works with high school students and families during the summer months to assist them with college access activities.
- Coordinates Specialist activities and provide training for other Specialists as assigned.
4-Year Degree Required