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College Counselor
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Start Date: July 1, 2017
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New Haven

College Counseling at Achievement First:
Achievement First invites passionate educators to apply for the position of College Counselor for the 2017-18 school year. College Counseling at Achievement First is an ideal position for an educator with deep passion for college access who is eager to gain rigorous development to help perfect his/her craft. In addition to participating in weekly professional development and team planning meetings, teachers receive consistent high-impact coaching and feedback from a school administrator or teacher-leader. 
 

Summary
The College Counselor will ensure that 100% of seniors apply and are accepted to the best-fit four-year college or university.  The College Counselor will work with our scholars and their families beginning in the spring of their junior year, starting with the college list research process. The College Counselor supports seniors through every phase of the college application process including but not limited to college list creation, application essays (personal statements), supplemental essays, financial aid applications, interviews and advocacy work, and deciding which college to attend. The ideal candidate will possess an extensive knowledge of the college admissions and financial aid processes – including relevant CT state information - as well as the skills necessary to help students be successful in college.  Chief among these are entrepreneurialism, systems-driven, organized, relentlessness, creative problem solving, and follow-through.  The ideal candidate will also possess research, networking, and communication skills to connect students to unique programs on college campuses. In order to meet these ambitious goals, an ideal candidate must also plan carefully in order to ensure strategic use of time and resources.  The College Counselor will report directly to the Director of College Counseling.

The College Counselor’s responsibilities include:
 

  • College Counseling for a Caseload of Students
    • Support and guide 12th grade students through each step of the college and financial aid application process
    • Provide one-on-one college counseling to a caseload of 40-45 seniors through the admissions cycle including, but not limited to: creating a college list, writing and revising the personal statement, advising on financial aid, and making final matriculation decisions
    • Work closely with parents and guardians of all students on caseload, including evening workshops and meetings for families
    • Ensure students take advantage of special opportunities made available to low-income students in the college search and application process (i.e. fee waivers, fly-in visits, university partner programs and scholarships)
    • Work closely with the AF College and Alumni Report Card to meet all deadlines and goals related to college partnerships
 
  • Supporting the Foundations of Leadership Course(s)
    • Facilitate group sessions in the Foundations of Leadership course for juniors and seniors, including reviewing and grading student products
 
  • Building Relationships with Students and Families
    • Plan and lead  workshops for parents on key topics (financial aid planning, different types of institutions, scholarships, etc. ) related to the college admissions process
    • Ensure parents and students comprehend the different application requirements and deadlines, admissions policies and financial aid applications associated with different colleges
    • Write and manage the collection of Letters of Recommendations for all seniors, including providing professional development and coaching for the Letter of Recommendation writing process for all teachers
 
  • College/University Relationship Development
    • Contact and meet with campus  admissions representatives to build positive relationships and market AF and AF Amistad applicants
    • Become familiar with the academic and social environments at the various colleges seniors are considering in an effort to recommend suitable matches
  • Develop and maintain a robust network of college admission professionals through regular communication and high school visits from colleges and universities that best support first generation, low- income college students
 
  • College Department Team Member
    • Assist with the administration of the SAT assessments (PSAT and SAT)
    • Attend and give input on planning for overnight college trip for seniors 
    • Work with other members of the school-based college team to ensure alignment of summer opportunities and collect feedback from Alumni Counselor (when there are eventually alumni)
    • Assist with specific projects and areas as determined by the Dean of College (based on expertise and knowledge base of college counselor).
    • Additional duties as assigned
 
  • Other School-Based Responsibilities:
  • Participate in school-wide professional development, grade-level teams, and school-specific duties
  • Support and participate in school-wide activities and programming
  • Serve as an advisor for a group of 15-18 students
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following:
 
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
  • Previous experience in either high school counseling and/or college admissions field is required; NY state/city experience strongly preferred
  • High School teaching or counseling strongly preferred
 
Skills and Mindsets:
  • Ability to work urgently in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
  • Detail-oriented and self-directed, with relentless accountability to deadlines, internal and external
  • Strong  analytical and written communication skills
  • Initiator, problem-solver, and creative thinker
  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress
  • Proficiency with all MS Office programs including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • An ability to work well with students, their families and the entire Achievement First Staff
  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core values of Achievement First Public Charter Schools
  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team
  • A dedication to learn, grow, and develop as a professional
Compensation

Salary for this position is very competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Achievement First offers a comprehensive benefits package. Teachers receive funds for supplies and materials as well as a laptop computer.

Achievement First is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. You can learn more about diversity at Achievement First here: http://achievementfirst.org/about-us/diversity/

 

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