TRIO Student Support Services Program Advisor

The College of Mount Saint Vincent is an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, Catholic and ecumenical liberal arts college with approximately 1,500 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York City. Our beautiful 70-acre campus of rolling lawns and wooded hills overlooking the Hudson River is just 12 miles from midtown Manhattan.

Program Description
The TRIO Student Support Services Program is a federally-funded program that provides academic, career and personal advising, tutoring, mentoring, and a wide range of activities geared towards the educational enhancement, cultural enrichment, and retention of first-generation, low-income students at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

The TRIO Advisor assists in the provision of individual and group advising to selected TRIO students. S/he provides programming geared to promoting students’ academic success. S/he conducts academic skills assessment and coursework evaluation. S/he provides support, motivation, and guidance in decision-making.

The position is grant funded and continuation is contingent upon grant funding availability.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct one-on-one advising sessions with students to address academic and personal issues, create actions plans for student success and maintain all records relevant to student profiles/progress. Address and diffuse situations of conflict and crisis; make appropriate referrals
  • Assist students with course selection, registration and academic/career goal planning in collaboration with their faculty and Oxley advisors
  • Assist students with financial aid concerns by partnering with financial aid, student accounts and registrar’s office to ensure students have completed all necessary paperwork and met all institutional and federal deadlines
  • Create and facilitate workshops; lead activities in a variety of topics including, but not limited to, academic, social, career, personal, financial and cultural
  • Manage the development and execution of the TRIO mentorship program
  • Assist in the development and execution of on-campus summer orientation program
  • Motivate and encourage students through day-to-day interactions and discussions
  • Proactively collaborate with College-wide departments, faculty, tutors and academic support staff to advocate, identify and meet the academic needs of TRIO students. Work closely with the director and staff in future projects and tasks to ensure accurate and efficient program evaluation and expansion


  • Bachelor’s degree required preferably in education, counseling or social sciences
  • Experience counseling and/or advising college students strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated ability working with a diverse student population both individually and in groups. Some experience working with academic youth programs, non-profits, or higher education with exposure to crisis-intervention and/or advocacy counseling
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be open-minded, non-judgmental and able interact with and advise diverse groups
  • Genuine interest in helping low-income and first-generation college students overcome challenges and progress through college
  • Must have an energetic, engaging, and positive personality and character with the ability to encourage students to seek guidance and participate in the program
  • Exhibits the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and work ethics
  • Experience in program development, management and evaluation
  • A strategic and collaborative thought partner who supports and meets program objectives through innovative initiatives that meets student and departmental needs
  • Excellent attention to detail, great listening skills and openness to feedback and coaching
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed, including evenings and weekends
  • Fluency of computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint. Ability to learn new computer database systems

Application Process
All qualified applicants are subject to a background check as part of the final approval process. Please write “TRIO Advisor” in subject line of your submission. Applicants must include a letter of application, resume and contact information for at least three references. Please send all application materials by email to

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.

College of Mount Saint Vincent is committed to provide equal opportunity, employment, and advancement opportunities to all individuals. The College of Mount Saint Vincent does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, State, or Local Laws.