Scholarships Advisor

  • AFS-USA Inc
  • New York, NY, USA
Full Time Nonprofit

Job Description


AFS-USA is part of a worldwide network of AFS partner organizations that work together to advance global education and foster meaningful connections across cultures. As the network’s largest partner, AFS-USA works to increase the global competency of U.S. citizens by providing a variety of international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities. We are proud of our Staff of approximately 200 dedicated individuals, working from our national office in New York City as well as home offices across the county, who collaborate with our more than 4,000 AFS-USA Volunteers to deliver high quality programs and global education resources. These include: immersion based study abroad experiences in over 40 countries worldwide; opportunities to host foreign AFS exchange students; and global learning workshops and curricula for educator, schools and businesses.


The Scholarships Advisor assists the Scholarships Manager and Scholarships Team with the administrative tasks necessary to successfully manage the scholarship programs offered by AFS-USA.


General Scholarship Operations

  • Work with Scholarships Manager to manage day-to-day administrative duties.
  • Coordinates the merit-scholarship judging process, including recruiting judges, setting up Global Link for scoring and notifying winners of results.
  • Work with Scholarship Manger to ensure that current information about scholarship criteria and availability is accessible to staff, volunteers, students, and parents.
  • Respond to inquiries and scholarship related questions from local area teams and volunteers; assist with scholarship spending recommendations as needed.

Global Leaders Need-Based Award

  • Perform data entry of Global Leaders applications. Follow up on incomplete or unclear application details. Escalate to Scholarship Manager if necessary.
  • Attend all financial aid committee meetings; take notes; make award recommendations; post awards.

Sponsor an AFSer

  • Process all Sponsor an AFSer requests; edit/end widgets accordingly.
  • Work with IT department on Sponsor an AFSer troubleshooting and functionality

Scholarship Recipient Coordination

  • Guide, support and inform applicants, parents and local volunteers about scholarship application process
  • Send official notice of scholarship to students, parents and local volunteers. Prepare, send, and track receipt of scholarship contracts.
  • Follow-up with scholarship recipients and Development Department before, during and immediately following the program to ensure compliance with donor requirements.


  • BS/BA in Communications or a related field preferred
  • Prior experience studying abroad or with international work/travel
  • Well organized. Able to manage multiple priorities under multiple deadlines and navigate intense spikes in workload.
  • Self-motivated. Able to maintain a high degree of quality and productivity with minimal supervision.
  • Adaptable. Able to evaluate changing demands and circumstances and to adjust tactics as necessary.
  • Detail oriented, but able to see, understand, and articulate the big picture.
  • Able to work in multiple team environments, in varying contexts.
  • Comfortable speaking with people of different backgrounds and ages including students, parents, and colleagues.
  • Previous experience in international education, call centers, admissions, and program management are highly desirable.


  • Computer literate, including word processing, spreadsheets, email, database, and internet applications. (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, general database knowledge).


AFS-USA is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. AFS-USA prohibits all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including behavior which targets an individual or group based on perceived or actual characteristics, such as but not limited to: race, color, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), national origin, age, disability, military service, veteran status, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, familial status, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage, citizenship status, caregiver status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offense or stalking, unemployment status, status as a certified medical marijuana patient or any other legally protected classification.