Success Academy Charter Schools

College Access & Persistence Counselor

1 month agoManhattan, NY

We're redefining what's possible in public education. We set out to tackle this education crisis with a groundbreaking school design that delivers a rigorous, whole-child education to students from all backgrounds. Today, as the fastest growing, highest-performing charter school network in New York, our network of 47 K-12 schools outperforms every district in the state, proving irrefutably that all children are capable of excellence.

Job Description

Please note that all applications for this job posting will be considered for a Fall 2021 start date.

About Success Academy Charter Schools

Success Academy is a high-achieving, leading-edge network of 47 K-12 public charter schools serving over 20,000 scholars throughout New York City. We are redefining what's possible in public education.

Success Academy has reimagined public education, we have created an innovative K-12 school model that is preparing current and future generations of children with the subject mastery and skills to succeed in college and life. We are seeking leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit and a high standard of excellence to join our high school community, and propel our efforts to put thousands of New York City kids on a trajectory of educational excellence.

We are set apart by our intensive focus on college persistence, ensuring that our mainly minority and low-income students gain not only admission to college but also the skills to flourish in and graduate from college in four years. To help these scholars in the college process, we need a results-driven team member to join our College Access & Persistence team. This individual will play an integral role in the school, working closely with faculty , scholars , and parents on a daily basis. This position reports to the Associate Director of College Access & Persistence.

CAP Counselor responsibilities vary based on the college admissions cycle. Over time, you will:

  • Effectively manage CAP Block to create a productive environment for seniors to independently drive their college applications forward;
  • Develop curated college lists with scholars, based on their academics, persistence skills, and family's financial background;
  • Write high-quality letters of recommendation (LOR), and support faculty to develop equally strong LORs;
  • Build strong working relationships with college admissions officers;
  • Coach scholars to develop their persistence skills: time management, self-advocacy, gratitude, as they navigate the admissions and financial aid processes; and
  • Lead scholar and parent workshops, with support with faculty and school leaders, to share knowledge on the college admissions and financial aid processes.
We invite you to apply if you:
  • Have a Bachelor's degree;
  • Achieved outstanding academic results;
  • Are passionate about college access and graduation for low-income scholars, first-generation scholars, and scholars from ethnically underrepresented groups in higher education;
  • Are highly aligned to the Success Academy vision of joyful rigor in our academic community;
  • Possess impeccable written and verbal communication skills, including strong public speaking skills;
  • Are able to form strong relationships with a wide range of constituents, including, but not limited to: scholars, families, staff, leadership, and college admissions officers;
  • Seek to work at a fast-paced, highly collaborative, compassionate, start-up organization, where entrepreneurialism, innovation, feedback, and disrupting the status quo for the benefit of children are valorized;
  • Are a highly driven learner who can bring an innovative mindset to work on complex projects that tackle college persistence challenges across the K-12 school model;
  • Are comfortable with implementing effective classroom management techniques to support teaching peers as needed;
  • Have a deep understanding of the evolving college admissions landscape, with an emphasis on the highly selective institutions and programs that meet full financial need (preferred);
  • Can fluently navigate the complex financial aid application process (preferred); and
  • Are intimately familiar with the student experience of being first-generation, low-income, and/or an underrepresented minority on a college campus (preferred).
What sets us apart:
  • Through the CAP team's comprehensive college counseling (with a focus on the most selective colleges), 100% of SA graduates are accepted to colleges where they can persist and graduate in 4 years.
To apply, please upload a cover letter and resume that outlines your candidacy. Your cover letter should explain in detail your qualifications for the position as they relate to the job description as well as any anecdotes you feel differentiate your candidacy.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We actively seek applications from people of all backgrounds to strengthen our community and the perspectives needed to flourish in a multicultural world. Success Academy offers a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth. Learn more about our philosophy, benefits, and team at https://jobs.successacademies.org/working-here/ .

Job ID: SuccessAcademy-R0008566