Summary: Position Description
DIRECTOR OF THE VIRGINIA COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS
The University of Virginia launched the Virginia College Advising Corps (formerly the College
Guide Program) in fall 2005 to address the widening gap in college access for low income, first
generation, and under-represented groups. The Corps places recent U.Va. graduates in high
schools and community colleges throughout the Commonwealth to work alongside counselors
and other college access organizations. The goal of the program is to encourage and assist high
school and community college students with college applications, financial aid, scholarship
searches, and making the successful transition to post-secondary education.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, with additional support from the Lumina Foundation for
Education, invested $12 million over four years to expand the program nationally. In March
2007, 10 additional institutional partners were selected, the program was renamed the National
College Advising Corps, based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Administration of the Virginia College Advising Corps requires a full-time director to effectively
provide support and outreach to all of the placements in the Commonwealth and to raise funding
to support the program. The position requires travel, recruiting, training and supervising the
guides, collaboration with participating high schools and communities and raising funds to
support costs. The director reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Programs.