Middle School College Access Program Specialist

Middle School College Access Program Specialist

The site-based Middle School College Access Program Specialist (CAPS) promotes college awareness and visibility of postsecondary advisory services to staff, students, and parents while coordinating college and other postsecondary advisory services within their assigned middle school or 6th -12th school.

Date Posted: 

May 24, 2024



  • Liaise with school faculty, parent-teacher organizations, and other community-based organizations who support the school
  • Support middle school students in their early college access efforts including exposure to pre-college activities/processes such as campus tours, contests, scholarships, and early career exposure
  • Support the school counselor with tasks related to the high school choice process.
  • Develop an individualized advising plan for students using current resources for college and career exposure for students in grades 6-12
  • Provide students with postsecondary-related test (Pre-ACT, ASVAB, etc.), college entrance exams and other test preparation resources
  • Nominate qualified students, based on their academic and extracurricular progress, for awards, summer opportunities, fly-ins, and other early college awareness programs
  • Conduct group workshops and seminars about the college access process using CollegeBound Foundation advising modules or other appropriate guides
  • Participate in community outreach and education regarding college access
  • Conduct analysis of data associated with college outreach activities, surveys, interest inventories, college entrance exams, college applications and financial/scholarship applications.
  • Assist with compiling information for Maryland State grant reporting guidelines where applicable
  • Serve as student advocate and refer students to relevant resources (school counselors, staff, college departments and/or other outside agencies) as necessary
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience working with adolescents strongly preferred


  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in student recordkeeping
  • 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
  • Demonstrate multicultural competence (including an awareness and understanding of historically underrepresented populations) and maintain a work environment that affirms commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office applications


  • Proof COVID-19 vaccination is required for this position
  • Valid driver’s license required and access to reliable vehicle
  • Bilingual Spanish & English Preferred
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