In partnership with the National College Advising Corps (CAC), Davidson College is proud to host a CAC program due to the generosity of the John M. Belk Endowment and the Duke Endowment.

The CAC places well-trained, college graduates from institutions of higher education as full-time advisers in under-resourced high schools to support students as they navigate the complex processes of college admission and matriculation.

These "near peer" advisers collaborate with teachers and administrators to tie college-going into the life of a school, devise creative approaches to reach and connect with students, and most importantly, open the eyes of students and their families to the possibility of college.

Equally important, advisers supplement, not replace, existing high school counseling staff, thereby reaching more students. The goal is to increase the rates of college enrollment and completion among low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students.

2021-22 College Adviser Position

The college adviser position is a full-time, two-year position. College advisers are placed at partner high schools in both rural and urban settings, including Mecklenburg County, to serve students and carry out the mission and goals of the CAC to help students apply for college admission and for financial aid.

The position of college adviser requires tact, diplomacy, and a strong commitment to service. Successful advisers demonstrate the ability to collaborate creatively and effectively with others in order to solve problems and reach goals. Successful advisers also demonstrate excellent organizational and communication skills, including the ability to listen carefully and to write and speak persuasively. The position requires a bachelor's degree from Davidson College, preferably earned in December 2020 or May 2021. Candidates with Davidson College degrees earned in 2018-2020 will also be considered.

College Advising Corps advisers will report to the program director and to an on-site facilitator in each of the schools they serve. Advisers will be expected to live within the service area and to involve themselves in the surrounding communities.

Application Information

Please attach a cover letter and resume to your application. The deadline to receive applications for February interviews is Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Interviews will be held in the first week of February 2021.

A coffee chat session will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, for current Davidson students who would like to talk with current college advisers.

Interested individuals can apply for the position online through Human Resources.

Adviser Training

Adviser training will begin in late June/early July 2021 and run for approximately four weeks, with advisers living on Davidson's campus (if campus is open for summer programs) and provided room and board during this time. If health guidance does not allow campus living during training, it will be conducted remotely.  Advisers will be paid during the training period, and will enter their respective schools full-time in early- to mid-August of 2021. All adviser appointments are made assuming funding is available and approved.

Contact

The College Advising Corps is administered through the Center for Civic Engagement. For more information, contact Mary Alice Katon at makaton@davidson.edu or 704-280-7580.