Student Advocate
Job Details
Boston Architectural College - Boston, MA
Full Time

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Boston Architectural College (BAC) is committed to providing all our students an integrated and exemplary educational experience while ensuring their individual success and empowering them to fully actualize their potential. We embrace diversity and inclusivity in all its forms, while striving to create an equitable global community.

As a Student Advocate, this role acts as the first point of contact for students, helping to navigate systems such as registration, financial aid, billing, payments, advising and student life. In this key position, the focus of responsibility is on providing proactive and student-centric service to all members of the BAC community.  Student Advocates are responsible for student ’triage‘ working closely with the student to determine individual needs and assisting the student in navigating their BAC college experience successfully. This is a full-time exempt position of 40 hours per week.

PRIMARY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide proactive, professional, and friendly service in all interactions but will be responsible for a specific population of students as defined by the supervisor.
  • Manage communication between students and administrative functions including emails and phones.
  • Accurately assess each student's situation to determine its urgency and proceed appropriately.
  • Resolve problems and assist students that have challenging issues which may need to be escalated.
  • Escalated or special consult matters must be reviewed for possible follow-up on a daily basis until a resolution is found.
  • Responsible for accurately documenting all communication used to resolve a student's request. This includes accurately tracking interactions, documenting pertinent information in phone calls, chats and all e-mails into the student information system.
  • Work as part of a team in order to guide students in all aspects of their administrative experience.
  • Have working knowledge of administrative processes from a student perspective, i.e. how to apply for financial aid, how to make payment, how to register for classes etc.
  • Responsible for providing feedback to leadership, regarding new trends or escalated concerns. 
  • Receives documents required for financial aid, registration, the student account, housing and verifies the completeness of documents.
  • Assist in specific focus areas as assigned. Tasks could include; processing add/drop forms, address changes, processing payments received, processing financial aid documents received.
  • Other duties as assigned

STANDARD EXPECTATIONS:

  • Team and Interpersonal Skills:  Success in this position requires positive relationships with other team members including support staff and senior staff. 
  • Service Orientation:  Success in this position requires a service-oriented perspective in which, to the greatest extent possible, treat students and other employees in such a way that they feel well served by a professional representative of the BAC.
  • Confidentiality and Discretion:  Success in this position requires the ability not only to maintain the confidentiality of student and employee records, but also the ability to discern when it is appropriate to divulge privileged or confidential information.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None

EDUCATIONAL criteria:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution preferred.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • 2 years of experience in customer service or hospitality preferred. 
  • Preferred prior experience in a call center; and/or prior experience working in one (1) or more of the following areas in a college or university setting: information technology, on-line learning, financial aid, student registration office, student complaints, student accounts, and admissions.

FUNCTIONAL/TECHNICAL SKILLS:

  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Computer literate, including effective use of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Excellent communication and consultative skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability and willingness to support collaborative efforts.
  • Be committed to the mission of the BAC and carry out the highest quality of service to BAC constituencies.

Work Schedule requirements:

  • Provide in-person coverage up to 3 days a week
  • Must be able to work flexible hours in accordance with the academic season.
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