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Oasis Center

College Mentor- Gear Up

Oasis Center


Job Summary

Manage college, financial aid, and scholarship activities for students and their families in order to impart hope, build confidence, communicate the importance of education, and bring students and colleges together. Provide guidance and counseling to students and families regarding college choice and transitions from high school to higher education in our Gear Up partner schools.

Job Responsibilities

  • Counsel a minimum of 100 students and families from Gear Up High Schools for 5 hours or more on goals and college choice options.
  • Ensure students are exposed to a variety of college options through online exploration, and on occasion, group college visits.
  • Schedule calls and video meetings to have additional college access conversations outside of the school building when needed.
  • Provide admissions application assistance including: application reviews, transcript submission, essay assistance, recommendations.
  • Assist students and families with filing FAFSA’s and verification (as necessary) for all students.
  • Advocate and communicate for students with postsecondary institutions.
  • Verify new and continuing college attendance.
  • Maintain data weekly on student matriculation, enrollment, and retention.
  • Maintain visibility at assigned Gear Up locations.
  • Support Gear Up Coordinators at High and Middle school locations.
  • Lead Opportunity NOW students through OCC’s college knowledge curriculum.
  • Develop and implement college access curriculum specific to Gear Up students.
  • Assist in coordinating and facilitating ACT prep classes.
  • Support community based efforts occurring at satellite positions.
  • Hold weekly office hours at YOC and help provide drop-in center coverage.
  • Support Oasis Resource Center Staff onsite at Nashville State Community College locations.


  • Experience in counseling, admissions, and/or financial aid a plus
  • Knowledge of college choice options, admissions, financial aid, scholarships
  • Understanding of racial and gender inequities and other forms of discrimination and willingness to operate from an anti-oppression model.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Ability to effectively collect, organize, and retrieve data.
  • Knowledge of higher education and barriers to higher education for low-income and first-generation college bound students.
  •  Ability to form strong, caring and affirming relationships with all youth – specifically including LGBTQ+ youth
  • Bachelor’s Degree Preferred, or three years of relevant experience.

Additional Information


Hybrid Schedule, with remote days when feasible.

Inclusive environment dedicated to equity.

PTO -including birthday and Juneteenth


Dental & Vision – Free employee coverage

401k Match – up to 3%


How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Lee Gray –


  • Date Posted: July 25, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Salary Range: 37K-41K