Over the last 10 years, Bridge2Rwanda has become an expert at bursting the bottlenecks that prevent Rwanda’s brightest students from competing and winning university scholarships. B2R has built relationships with almost 100 universities in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, The Middle East, and on the continent of Africa. Almost 300 Scholars have been accepted and earned full scholarships, and 20 of the 24 Scholars in our current class, Group 10, have already received scholarships to begin the 2021/2022 school year. The College Counseling staff works directly with the Scholars, universities, and partners to build awareness, advise on schools and areas of study, and support the application process. B2R desires to increase its staff by adding another College Counselor to work within our current team of Teachers and Lead College Counselor.
Additionally, we hope to increase our impact by expanding our programming this year. Our experience identifying and preparing Rwanda’s most promising students has given us a deep understanding of the skills gap that continues to limit students’ competitiveness in pursuing higher education, such as English proficiency, critical thinking skills, standardized test preparation and navigating the university admissions process. To address these issues and broaden our impact, Bridge2Rwanda is launching Isomo Academy — an intensive English training and college preparatory program designed to equip Rwanda’s top high school students with the skills they need to compete and win university scholarships inside and outside Rwanda. To learn more about Isomo Academy, click here.
The Bridge2Rwanda Academic Team eagerly invites motivated, outgoing, high-capacity candidates to apply for the position of College Counselor.
- Introduce College counseling to Isomo Academy students and B2R Leadership Academy new cohort each year
- Support Scholars with individual college counseling meetings
- Coordinate and support the college application process
- Write letters of recommendation
- Develop and maintain relationships with college admission counselors
- Advocate for Scholars with college admission offices
- Host university visits
- Visit universities as available, depending on travel budget
- Facilitate Scholar interviews with colleges and outside interviewing agencies, including role playing and preparation with Scholars
- Register for standardized tests
- Coordinate and support financial aid applications
- Facilitate financial aid appeals
- Assist with recruitment and selection of Isomo Academy students and new cohort each year
- Teach Scholars, lead Bible study, mentor Scholars, as available based on workload and time of year
- Work with Academic Team to build partnerships, apply for grants, and secure revenue-generating projects
- Work in college counseling capacity with partner organizations
- Participate in international organizations including HALI Access Network, IACAC, and CIS
- Maintain data on students and Scholars progress and outcomes
- Monitor and evaluate the growth of each student
- Provide a weekly update on student progress and student concerns for the academic team
- Train under Lead College Counselor for first full college application season
- Be available outside of normal working hours in special circumstances involving international calls, travel, admission decisions, etc.
Qualifications and Minimum Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree from an international university
- Counseling experience a plus
- Ability to mobilize and lead groups
- Ability to hold students accountable
- Travel abroad, if budget allows
- Ability to complete the following with some guidance:
- Assess student needs
- Counsel students
- Write letters of recommendation
- Review applications
- Register for standardized testing
- mentor students
- Aspects of Isomo Academy and Leadership Academy outside of college counseling
Start Date: June 1, 2021 or sooner, if the selected candidate is available.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.