Program Advisor, Brown Collegiate Scholars Program

Brown University

Job Description:

The Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs is responsible for developing and offering non-credit and credit courses and programs for over 6,000 high school students, as well as Brown University undergraduate and Visiting Students from other institutions. Students participate in programs on Brown University’s Providence campus, as well as online and in other locations domestically and internationally. Within the Division, there are teams of staff who are responsible for marketing, admissions, enrollment, academic content, instructional delivery, student life, finance, human resources, payroll, and the various policies and protocols associated with this work. Staff work closely with colleagues from across the University to ensure success, including the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Information Technology, and Facilities Management.

The Brown Collegiate Scholars Program (BCSP) is a four-year, year-round college access program for students living and learning in Providence. The Program seeks to empower academically motivated public school students who live and learn in Providence to explore their interests and strengthen their academic preparation in order to identify, select, afford and attend colleges that align with their aspirations. As a reflection of the University’s approach to student-centered learning, focus will be on developing student agency as a means for self-reflection, exploration, and self-determination. Particular attention will be focused on serving students who are the first in their families to go to college and/or who have limited financial resources.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of the Brown Collegiate Scholars Program, the Program Advisor is responsible for coaching incoming Providence Public School District (PPSD) high school students through their high school career and guiding students on their college application process, coordinating opportunities for students to explore colleges, securing advantageous financial aid packages and supporting their transition to college. This work will happen through one-on-one advising meetings and group workshops for students and families in coordination with other BCSP staff both virtually and in-person. A team of Program Advisors will support students in the Program, each engaging with a single cohort of students for four years. As a member of the BCSP team, the Program Advisor will receive training and ongoing support from BCSP and will participate in regular team meetings. This position will also facilitate college visits to a select group of colleges and universities in New England. Program Advisors will also be able to research and advocate for internal or external resources beyond those associated with BCSP.


  • Provide student advising and lead delivery of college access information and materials 30%
  • Advise high school students and their families through the college admissions and financial aid process 30%
  • Program, administration, caseload and data management 25%
  • Creation of events, workshops, and cultivating K-12 and post-secondary partnerships 10%
  • Maintain up to date knowledge on national college access programing initiatives 5%


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 2-4 years of experience or equivalent of education and experience required.
  • Experience in student advising required.
  • Experience in urban schools and/or non-profit organizations preferred.
  • Experience with college access programming required.
  • Experience working with first-generation and low-income communities preferred.
  • Superior computing abilities including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Apps for Education and basic technology troubleshooting experience required. Advanced experience using presentation tools preferred.
  • Experience working with a CRM (i.e. Salesforce) and other student systems preferred.

Job Competencies

  • Excellent communication skills (virtual, oral, and written)
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred
  • Strong presentation skills including the ability to conduct practical workshops and presentations.
  • Work effectively with school personnel, parents, and students
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to do detail-oriented work
  • Ability to meet stringent deadlines and work under pressure
  • Ability to troubleshoot in a complex and changing work environment
  • Must have the ability to work effectively independently, and as a member of a team
  • Strong analytical and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

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*Please NOTE: A complete application includes a cover letter & resume.* 

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Program Advisor, Brown Collegiate Scholars Program

Pre-College & Undergraduate Programs

Grade 9

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Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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