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Columbia University Talent Search Counselor in New York, New York

  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union

  • Bargaining Unit: Local 2110

  • Regular/Temporary: Regular

  • End Date if Temporary:

  • Hours Per Week: 35

  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

The Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center (DDC) at Columbia College works with low-income and first-generation college bound youth between the ages 12 and 27 to ensure high school graduation, college access & enrollment, and college persistence & completion to support productive transition into responsible adulthood.

The Counselor position, working in collaboration with the Assistant Director of the Talent Search Program of DDC, supports the implementation and refinement of high-quality academic and nonacademic programs that strengthen the college readiness of DDC Talent Search students and their families. Additionally, the Counselor is responsible for providing student advisement to an assigned caseload of students.



  • Program Implementation and Refinement

  • Provides academic and non-academic counseling/advising to lowincome and first generation college youths attending high school in New York City and enrolled in the Talent Search Program of the Double Discovery Center.

  • Through counseling/advising sessions, work with students to establish goals related to college readiness, persistence, and career as well as action plans to support goal attainment; and routinely reviews progress to goals with students to refine plans as appropriate.

  • Provides college and financial aid assistance, academic planning and motivational support to students and families.

  • As needed, provide students with appropriate referrals for additional support.

  • Collaborate with staff from NYC public schools to recruit students; and coordinates the admissions process.

  • Coordinates and communicates program schedule as well as special events and activities.

  • Oversees the work of tutors/teachers/volunteers and summer staff, monitors academic progress, provides feedback to parents, students, and guidance counselors at students' NYC public school.

  • Conducts large group student meeting and workshops.


  • Coordinates space and other logistical matters to support programming needs.

  • Manages all efforts to collect and track accurate attendance on timely basis for all program activities.

  • Supports data collection (e.g. demographic and indicators of academic and non-academic progress including transcripts, Regents passing, school attendance, disciplinary infractions, SEL outcomes) and analysis efforts to routinely assess programmatic impact.

  • Ensures compliance with all practices related to the University's Protection of Minors policy as well as DDC's child safety procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent required.

  • Three years of related experience required (or equivalent combination of education and experience).

  • Experience with youth and college counseling required.

  • Must have strong liberal arts or math/science education.

  • Must have strong demonstrated effective organization and project coordination skills.

  • Ability to manage complex tasks in a fast-paced environment.

  • Strong interpersonal skills including ability to build productive relationships with various stakeholders.

  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.

  • Capacity to effectively use data for results-orientation and problem-solving.

  • Must be able to work evenings (usually until 6:30pm) and weekends (usually Saturdays from 8am to 4pm) when students are attending programs and for special events

  • Applications received without a resume and cover letter will not be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and advanced degree in education.

  • Demonstrated understanding of NYC public schools and youth development landscape, especially in the area of after-school and expanded learning opportunities for college access and persistence.

  • Experience with academic planning, college counseling, teaching and tutoring of middle school, high school youth, and re-entry students.

  • Spanish fluency (written and oral) preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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