LINK Unlimited Scholars
THE ORGANIZATION: LINK Unlimited Scholars is a 48-year-old scholarship and mentoring
program that prepares economically disadvantaged African-American high school students for a
lifetime of professional success and personal fulfillment. LINK credits the high achievement of its
graduates to its focus on five key areas: Education, College Readiness, Leadership Development,
Personal Development, and Interracial Harmony. LINK Unlimited now serves more than 280
students each year with a staff of twelve and a $3.4 million budget.
LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois
BASIC FUNCTION: The College Counselor’s role is to provide guidance and support to our
scholars throughout their challenging college search process.
This position will focus on LINK Unlimited’s traditional, over-arching college readiness
mission, with specific emphasis on our programming college counseling efforts. It is our goal
to help our scholars succeed in attaining acceptance into many of the most selective colleges
and universities in the country, while also ensuring that attending those schools is financially
feasible. The College Counselor position enhances, reinforces, and unequivocally delivers our
message of college success.
This person will possess an entrepreneurial mindset and a proven track record of leadership.
He/she will be accountable for the strategic planning, organization management and
execution of the organization’s guidance and support to our scholars throughout their
challenging college search process.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: The College Counselor will report directly to the Director of
Educational Programs and work collaboratively with LINK’s College Years Counselor.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: The College Counselor will be responsible for working with
LINK’s Director of Educational Programs and College Years Counselor to implement an
ambitious plan to ensure our scholars broaden their horizons, expand their college search,
and help our students find the appropriate match and college fit.
In addition, the College Counselor will:
Advise and guide seniors through all aspects of the college application process. This will
consist of providing one-on-one college counseling to all senior students, parent and
mentors. Additionally, the College Counselor will provide appropriate follow-up with all
seniors to ensure that they have applied to schools that meet their academic, social and
Cultivate existing and establish new relationships with college admissions representatives to
maximize opportunities for our scholars, specifically summer college programs, free and
subsidized fly-in visits, small group campus visits, enrichment programs and scholarships.
Maintain detailed senior class records for all students. Including college application
information, FAFSA completion, scholarships applied and received, and college acceptances.
Be responsible for data management in the Naviance college tracking system.
Assist with the coordination and execution of all college readiness programming, including
college information sessions, career exploration activities, college visits, essay writing
workshops, and financial aid workshops.
Create a resource rich environment for students, parents, and mentors as it pertains to
college information, scholarship opportunities, financial opportunities, and any upcoming
events related to the college search process. This information will be shared on a regular basis
through emails, newsletters, and regular posting on our website (a specific college resource
page will be created on the LINK Unlimited website).
Developing materials and handouts for students to utilize throughout the college search and
application process, including a detailed list of LINK’s partnering colleges, specialized schools
with B/B- students, test optional schools, no-loan schools, etc. Additional handouts would
include suggested timelines, questions to ask on visits, college comparison worksheets, etc.
This would culminate in a college handbook that has specific, age-appropriate information
for students at each point in the college search process.
Oversee (in consultation with the Director of Educational Programs) the college counseling
budget and purchasing.
Provide guidance to the Program Managers on the latest issues and trends in college
admissions, higher education, and testing to ensure that appropriate college readiness
curriculum is integrated into all aspects of LINK’s programming.
Develop stronger relationships with guidance and college counseling offices at our partnering
high schools to ensure timely communication on all pertinent documents for the college
Work collaboratively with the College Years Counselor to ensure a smooth transition to
college. EXPERIENCE: The candidate we seek will have 3 to 5 years of project management
experience, including a successful track record of meeting deadlines and achieving agreed
upon goals. Experience in admissions is strongly preferred, as is experience working with
Board members, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations. He/she also will possess:
Demonstrated skill in executing and managing projects, including the ability to take initiative
and prioritize multiple projects.
A deep interest in and commitment to LINK’s mission.
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write well, present well, and generate
excitement about LINK’s work.
An understanding of college counseling and college readiness.
Experience with teen or/or young adult counseling.
EDUCATION: An undergraduate degree is required.
The ideal candidate will be an intelligent, highly organized self-starter who can provide
energetic leadership for LINK’s college success work. He/she will have outstanding
relationship-building skills as well as superior project management experience. The person we
seek will bring a deep commitment to the organization’s work and will enjoy the position’s
strategic and creative responsibilities while remaining focused on the details that effective
college success programming requires.
The College Counselor is confident, self- motivated, and will play an important role in the
success of LINK Unlimited. He/she will have a powerful impact on improving the future
academic, professional, and personal lives of African-American high school students.
COMPENSATION LINK Unlimited Scholars offers a competitive compensation and benefits
package that is commensurate with experience.
Alpachino Hogue, Director of Educational Programs
Facsimile: (312) 225-8686
No phone calls please