Academic Counselor



Academic Counselor


DATE POSTED:         February 13, 2018

REPORTS TO:         Director of Development and Communications

PAY RANGE:              $37,000 – $42,000 pro-rated (One year contract)

HOURS:                 Part-time, 25 hours/week, 01/01/2018 to 12/31/2018

BENEFITS:             None

POSITION TYPE:    Contract


In operation since 1991, LIHI has a comprehensive and effective approach for reducing homelessness and helping the most vulnerable people in our region achieve stability and self-sufficiency through affordable housing development and management. LIHI’s services include providing case management and supportive services, serving Seattle’s homeless population with free hygiene facilities and tiny house villages, and advocating for just housing policies.


LIHI provides supportive affordable housing to many population groups including low-income and homeless families with children. There are eight family housing properties in Seattle that serve approximately 122 low-income students.  The Academic Counselor will work with students aged 12-18 at specific properties to improve their academic success and increase their chances to attend and succeed in college or other post-high school educational programs. Additionally, the Academic Counselor will be working with young adults in college who reside in our homeless housing units. As the Academic Counselor, you will provide our students with academic advising, college advising, mentoring services, and referral services to increase their chance to graduate from high school and earn a college degree, vocational degree, or skills certificate so they can become financially successful.




Academic Counseling


  • Meet with LIHI case managers to evaluate student clients and current strategies to help them succeed in school
  • Meet with students, parents, and staff to evaluate students’ academic status, identify needs and goals, and identify community resources
  • Create baseline statistics for us to begin to track outcomes of our student residents
  • Connect students with available programs for academic success and college readiness
  • Conduct a focus group/survey with LIHI Case Managers to determine number of eligible and interested school-aged youth and work to identify barriers to educational goals to help inform curriculum design
  • Identify at least three partner agencies to collaborate with on service provision for college success program within first six months
  • Identify and serve a case load of approximately 40 students
  • Conduct at least three relevant workshops for eligible youth
  • Assist seniors in the program with successful admission into college or skilled training program of their choice within the grant period
  • Track outcomes data for the students you serve


Training and resources development


  • Create a resources guide and training manual for Case Managers
  • Conduct two training sessions with LIHI’s Case Managers
  • Develop resource guide for our volunteer driven Computer and Job Search Training Program




  • Participate in staff meetings and planning sessions.
  • Report regularly to Supportive Services Director on programmatic issues.
  • Keep daily records of activities and contacts with tenants/agencies and academic counseling records.
  • Complete other records and reports appropriate to the position including fiscal processes and service data entry
  • Perform other related duties as needed.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Counseling, or related field
  • At least two years experience in Academic Counseling
  • Knowledge of local resources for students
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Current Washington State driver’s license
  • Computer experience
  • Experience working with low-income and diverse students and parents
  • Must have a vehicle with a valid Driver’s License and Insurance
  • Must pass criminal background checks and drug test
  • Highly intuitive and empathetic
  • Sociable and easy to talk to
  • Passionate about connecting with students
  • Patient and resourceful
  • Attentive to details
  • Service oriented
  • Thoughtful about interacting with people from diverse backgrounds


If interested in this position please send in a cover letter and resume. Application forms can be used as a substitute for a cover letter and resume, but are not required during the first step of the application process.  Applications are available on the LIHI website at , may be obtained in person at the office, or will be mailed to you by phone request at (206) 443-9935 ext 0.  All application materials should be mailed, faxed, or dropped off in person to:


The Low Income Housing Institute

Attn: Human Resources Manager

2407 1st Avenue

Seattle, WA 98121

Fax: (206) 443-9851

Or e-mail to:




The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  LIHI participates in the E-Verify program.

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