College Counselor (College Years 2-5)

Full-time, Exempt

The Scholars Program helps LA County former foster youth who are attending college obtain their bachelor’s degree.  This service-enriched program offers: academic monitoring and support, career planning, community events, financial assistance, post-graduate planning, summer internships, and enrichment opportunities.  The ultimate goal is to provide the support and encouragement necessary to help youth reach greater levels of self-sufficiency through earning a four-year college degree.

The College Counselor will carry a caseload of up to 75 current or former foster youth who attend colleges nationwide.

  • Duties and Responsibilities:

    Case Management

    • Build collaborative relationships with youth that nurture socio-emotional development, self-advocacy skills, and academic and career success.
    • Maintain consistent and frequent communication with students on caseload via phone, videoconferencing, email, and in person to uphold the relationship-based model of services.
    • Provide quality, timely educational case management to youth, utilizing United Friends’ database to document efforts.
    • Monitor students’ progress to ensure their completion of college graduation requirements.
    • Refer youth to campus and community-based support services as needed.


    Career Services

    • Engage youth in career planning activities and conversations to build job readiness skills.
    • Connect youth with summer internship and job opportunities.
    • Support youth in the successful completion of career development opportunities.
    • Utilize organizational database and other data tracking sources to measure progress.


    Program Support

    • Analyze caseload outcomes and trends and work with Education team to improve program model and service delivery.
    • Assist with coordination of small and large-scale events.
    • Attend community-building events to establish and maintain relationships with Scholars Program youth.
    • Attend monthly clinical supervision meetings to discuss case planning, progress with scholars and any challenging cases.
    • Assist with outreach and selection process of Scholars Program candidates.
    • Cultivate relationships with and serve as a liaison/advocate among community partners to increase awareness of youths’ needs and to ensure students’ success.



    • Other duties as assigned.


    General UFC Responsibilities

    • Act as a role model within the organization to uphold and implement UFC’s organizational values:
    • Embrace program evaluation that leads to excellence and impact
    • Build effective and empowering partnerships with the youth, community and each other
    • Create a fun and exciting environment that inspires learning and innovation
    • Communicate openly, honestly and with humility across all groups
    • Work together as one organization
  • Required Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
    • 2+ years of case management experience
    • Demonstrated experience working with underserved college students
    • Establishes and cultivates respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
    • Strong problem-solving and crisis intervention skills
    • Balances multiple competing priorities
    • Conveys thoughts and ideas clearly, listens well, communicates in a solution-oriented manner and incorporates others’ views into work
    • Holds self-accountable, sets high expectations for self and others, works both independently and collaboratively and relates tasks to organizational values
    • Must have valid California Driver’s License and an insured and reliable vehicle
  • Preferred Qualifications:


    • Master’s Degree in a related field
    • An understanding of and sensitivity to issues concerning former foster care youth
    • Demonstrated success in maintaining relationships through technology (e.g., phone, email, social media)


From Monday-Friday and weekends and evenings as necessary, the College Counselor will work from the downtown United Friends office. Travel to various locations within Los Angeles County to meet with youth and community partners is required.
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