Educational Talent Search (ETS) Student Assistant/Mentor (Off Campus Position)


The mission of Educational Talent Search (ETS) is to promote access to higher education by providing guidance and support to first generation and/or low income students. ETS serves over 1,200 parents and students in the San Fernando Valley.


  • Under the supervision of the advising coordinator and ETS staff, the ETS Student Assistant/Mentor will provide pre-college advisement for student’s grades 6-12 in the areas of college awareness, life skills, financial aid, and academic preparedness;
  • Provide workshops on life and study skills, college applications, and financial aid/scholarships;
  • Maintain complete and accurate records of pre-college advisement sessions;
  • Work with students in a classroom setting, individually, and in small groups to provide assistance with academic and life skills;
  • Provide student follow-up and periodic assessments;
  • Assist advising coordinator with ETS outreach and recruitment efforts;
  • Provide accurate and precise information of post-secondary and financial aid opportunities.
  • Help supervise field trips and other cultural enrichment experiences;
  • Assist staff in preparation for activities and workshops;
  • Attend MANDATORY training sessions, held once a month on Fridays, in order to increase competency in working with students;
  • Serve as a positive role model for Talent Search participants;
  • Work at local middle schools and/or high schools in the San Fernando Valley; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned to achieve project goals and objectives


  • Must be a current student, sophomore, junior, and/or graduate student in good academic standing;
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Prior experience working with first generation, low-income students in grades 6-12, in a classroom setting or after school program (preferred);
  • Reliable, responsible and self-directed;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; bilingual preferred;
  • Must be professional, punctual, proactive, and a quick learner;
  • Must have reliable transportation to school sites;
  • Collaborate and partner with other pre-college programs and/or school site personnel;
  • Must attend mandatory trainings prior to working in the schools, as well as monthly trainings held once a month on Fridays; and
  • Must be able to work at least four consecutive hours at a time (8 a.m.–5 p.m.) and commit to full academic year August – May

Required documentation upon hiring:

  • Live scan,
  • Background check; and
  • Tuberculosis (TB) tested

Classification: III


$13-$15.20, starting salary $13 hr.


Fall/Spring, 12-15 hr. Prefer students that have 2-3 full days during the week between the hours of 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Must be able to work a minimum of five consecutive hours at a time and commit to full academic year August–May.

To Apply:

Please submit an employment application, resume, class schedule, unofficial transcripts, and a copy of your financial aid award. Job applications are available in the Department of Student Outreach and Recruitment located in Bayramian Hall 190 or at For additional information, please contact the ETS office at (818) 677-4550 or email