Honors Advisor- Kilgore, TX

Job Title: Honors Advisor

Team: Student Services

Reports to: Program Director / Associate Director of Programs, Student Services/AVP of Student Experience

Location: Kilgore College - Kilgore, TX


About Quad Learning

Quad Learning (QL) is an education start-up with an audacious mission: to change higher education by creating affordable new pathways to a top-tier bachelor"s degree.

QL collaborates with community colleges to offer the American Honors (AH) program American Honors is a selective program for students who want to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree from a top college or university.  The program includes honors courses utilizing a flipped classroom approach, dedicated advising, and a strong community of learners. Quad Learning is a venture-backed startup, headquartered in Washington, DC with community college collaborators in Washington, Indiana, and New Jersey.  Quad Learning and AH have been featured in The New York Times, Inside Higher Ed, TechCrunch, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, and more. We are an energetic, driven, passionate group.

*This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties as requested by his or her manager(s).  This description is subject to review and modification at any time without notification.

Job Purpose

At a high level, an honors advisor’s job is to transform lives by helping students reach their potential. They are the single most important person our students work with throughout their two years in the American Honors program.

More specifically, an honors advisor is responsible for the retention and transfer outcomes of their cohort of about one hundred and twenty-five new and continuing students.  As such, he or she is responsible for developing and delivering a scalable system of supports that equip American Honors students with the skills, resources, and relationships necessary to succeed academically (both at community college and beyond), transfer to a best fit school, and pursue a rewarding professional life.

Scope of Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate passion for and strong commitment to student development and success through advocacy, relationship building, hard work, problem solving, and continuous learning and improvement.

  • Develop a working knowledge of AH and Kilgore curricula, programming, and policies; student financial assistance programs; the transfer process; best-fit universities for various types of student populations; and student learning theories.

  • Utilize Student Services tools and tracking systems to monitor student progress (academics, transfer, and other key milestones) and record advisor-student interaction

  • Contribute to and execute the AH Student Services playbook for academic and transfer advising at Kilgore College, including but not limited to:

Advising:

  • Assisting American and international students in defining personal, academic, and career goals and creating individualized course plans that map to these outcomes

  • Offering best practices in college success skills and personal management, as well as making referrals to community college resources (e.g. tutoring, financial aid, counseling center, career center) to maximize student ability to reach their academic and personal goals

  • Closely collaborating with the international team at American Honors and community college international student office to offer transitional, logistical, and student support to international students.

  • Guiding students through an often arduous and confusing transfer application process

  • Practicing care, understanding, and patience in assisting international students as they adjust to new educational settings in the United States

  • Managing advising load in a scalable but students-first manner that promotes retention, persistence, and student success through proactive interactions and interventions

Teaching and Workshop Facilitation:

  • Facilitating workshops on acculturation, college success skills as well as leadership and career development for American and international students.

  • Teaching a curriculum of honors and transfer seminars that promote the development of greater self-knowledge, self-advocacy, and student success skills

Cohort Management and Event Planning and Execution:

  • Leading student orientations

  • Fostering a strong sense of peer support and community through student lounge activities, cohort signature events (e.g. Dream Big Dinner, graduation) and social events

Relationship Management with Internal and External Constituents:

  • Build relationships with college faculty and administration to best support students

  • Build and maintain relationships with staff at target transfer universities to develop access and pathways for community college students

  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities and collaborate with other AH teams and college partners to help American Honors build a best-in-class honors experience

What we want from you

  • Demonstrated passion for global student success, access, and education reform through academic, extracurricular, and/or work experience

  • Use data and analytics to help track and improve student performance

  • Strong organizational and time management skills to efficiently and effectively monitor and address student performance, as well as manage multiple competing priorities at a time

  • Eagerness to address problem areas and take initiative and ownership over scalable solutions

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, performance-driven, team environment

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as presentation skills within a classroom or board room

  • A desire to take initiative and be challenged, form strong relationships with community college faculty and staff and organizations that promote student success, build trusting relationships to help students from all backgrounds and nationalities explore and identify their needs and interests

What you can expect from us

  • The opportunity to transform student lives by helping them realize their dreams
  • Teaching and advising experience at the community-college level
  • A chance to join a well-funded, mission-driven start-up
  • The opportunity to shape a young company and work across a variety of initiatives
  • A great management team with decades of experience in leading education and tech companies
  • Competitive salary and endless opportunities for growth and promotion

Other requirements

  • Master's Degree required
  • Preferably 2+ years of advising or classroom experience as an undergraduate or full-time job
  • Experience or desire to advise international students and global learners
  • Familiarity with Microsoft and Google Suite

How to apply

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@americanhonors.org with the subject line: “Honors Advisor Position – Kilgore College.” You are also encouraged, but by no means required, to submit a letter of recommendation as well.

*This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties as requested by his or her manager(s).  This description is subject to review and modification at any time without notification.