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University of Missouri-Columbia
Extension - Missouri College Advising Corps
St. Louis
St. Louis, Jackson, Scott
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Posted: 03/5/2019
Extension MCAC College Adviser - Temporary Professional

Submit Application Material To: Jerron Johnson at

LOCATION:   Missouri: St. Louis/Kansas City/Sikeston

MU Extension’s distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies throughout Missouri. Our dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs that address needs of Missourians including: educational attainment; environmental concerns; community, economic, business and workforce development; global food systems; and health systems.

The Missouri College Advising Corps (MCAC) is a near-peer college advising program that serves urban and rural low-income, first-generation-college, and underrepresented students at risk of not attending college. MCAC is dedicated to empowering Missouri students to attend college and persist to graduation. MCAC seeks recent college graduates with a strong commitment to service and ability to inspire and advise high school students to serve as college advisers. After completing intensive training, MCAC college advisers are immersed in high-need high schools where they serve full-time for up to two years. Complementing the work of school counseling staff, advisers serve as “near-peer” advisers to students – one-on-one and in small groups – who might not otherwise consider college attendance as an attainable goal. Advisers organize campus tours to diverse post-secondary institutions; help ensure that students complete college entrance exams, admissions applications, and financial aid forms; help students choose “best fit” post-secondary institutions suitable to their individual interests and needs; and provide students’ families with information about how to encourage their child to attend and manage the cost of college.

Contact MCAC: call 573-884-7656 or visit for more information.

Specifically, the college adviser will:

  • Assist in fostering a college-going culture in the partner high school;
  • Advise students through all aspects of the college planning process;
  • Advise students on a one-on-one basis as well as through group workshops and presentations on their post-secondary plans;
  • Hold open office hours as well as schedule appointments, workshops, and presentations for students and parents;
  • Review college application materials with students;
  • Assist students with understanding and completing the FAFSA and other financial aid forms;
  • Work closely with guidance counseling staff and other administrators to make students aware of post-secondary opportunities and processes;
  • Coordinate publicity and outreach, ensuring that students and their families are aware of opportunities for post-secondary admission and financial aid;
  • Help students find scholarship resources;
  • Coordinate visits by college representatives to the school as well as campus tours to post-secondary institutions in Missouri for students to experience campus life; and
  • Participate in extracurricular activities in the school/at the college/in the community in an effort to build relationships with students and their families.

Conduct all activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act and local, state and region affirmative action plans.

As with all positions, involvement with other duties and responsibilities may be expected to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.

HIRING RANGE: $13.00 hourly

WORK HOURS (EXPECTED): 20-30 hours per week; generally Monday-Friday.


This position reports to the Program Director as well as the Regional Directors for Missouri College Advising Corps.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline, earned in 2017 or 2018;
  • Beginning to advanced computer skills in data tracking, data entry, and Microsoft Excel; and
  • Advanced to expert level customer service or people skills.


  • Experience working with youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g. as a tutor, mentor, camp counselor, etc.); and
  • Previous knowledge or experience in college admissions, financial aid and scholarships, transfer, and articulation agreements.

**Application materials must include an application, resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for at least two references.


Exhibit a high personal standard of excellence, be an effective team player, and demonstrate inclusivity, civility and respect for all.

Engage stakeholders and learners; maintain positive interpersonal relationships; and exhibit effective written and oral communication skills.

Operate with minimal guidance, and be a self-directed learner who is flexible and adaptable to changing environments.

Submit Application Material To: Jerron Johnson at