Success Academy Charter Schools

College Access & Preparedness Counselor

3 weeks agoNew York, NY

Thanks for your interest in Success Academy! Running the largest, fastest-growing, and highest-performing network of public charter schools in New York City takes a village - families, children, teachers, staff and faculty, advocates and supporters alike. We would love to welcome you to our community! We work tirelessly every day to ensure each child in NYC has access to a fun, rigorous, whole-child education regardless of zip code or economic status. When you join SA, you play a part in giving every student who walks through the doors of one of our 49 schools in NYC a fair shot at reaching his or her potential.

Job Description

Please note that all applications for this job posting will be considered for an immediate 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.

To coach our scholars through the intricacies of the college application process, we need a results-driven team member to join our College Access & Preparedness 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 Principal of the High School of the Liberal Arts - Manhattan.

What sets us apart:

  • Our scholars are exceptional in their achievement in and out of the classroom. Our seniors average over 1200 on the SAT and have passed multiple AP exams. Last year, one in four seniors achieved distinction with the College Board for their AP results. Our graduates have been nationally recognized in debate, chess, arts, and athletics.
  • Because we know our scholars can, our CAP team takes pride in setting and upholding sky-high expectations for our scholars' college ambitions. We believe in the power of a 4-year college degree to open doors, and our scholars are relentless because of our belief. 100% of our first five graduating classes were accepted to 4-year colleges and universities.
  • Our comprehensive college counseling program is laser-focused on matching our scholars to the most selective colleges and opportunity programs that offer our scholars the most financial aid.

    • 100% of SA graduates are accepted to colleges where they can persist and graduate in 4 years.
    • On average, more than 75% are accepted to selective colleges with high 4-year graduation rates.
    • Over two-thirds of our seniors earn college acceptances with award packages that meet their family's financial need.

  • SA graduates are remarkably persistent in college after they go through their CAP process; to date, more than 85% of SA graduates remain matriculated in college. In the spring of 2022, our founding scholars who entered as first-graders became SA's first college graduates!

This is not a traditional "guidance counselor" or "school counselor" role; we seek individuals who are deeply aligned to our vision and values of college access and preparedness.

CAP Counselor responsibilities vary based on the college admissions cycle. Over the course of an academic year, 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, preparedness skills, and family's financial background;
  • Write high-quality letters of recommendation (LOR), and support faculty to develop equally strong LORs;
  • Review financial documents (W-2s, 1040s, and others) and financial aid award letters to strategically advise seniors through the financial aid process;
  • Build strong working relationships with college admissions officers;
  • Coach scholars to develop their preparedness skills: autonomy, self-assuredness, and sophisticated thinking, as they navigate the admissions and financial aid processes;
  • Cement our vision and values around CAP across our HS community, 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:

  • Are deeply values-aligned to our approach to expanding college access and graduation for low-income, first-generation, and/or underrepresented scholars in the most selective spheres of higher education;
  • Are highly driven to coach scholar preparedness skills to all Success Academy scholars;
  • Communicate with utter clarity and precision in written and verbal contexts;
  • Implement and seek to improve your classroom management techniques;
  • Form strong relationships with a wide range of constituents;
  • Achieved outstanding academic results, on the way to earning a Bachelor's degree or higher in your own education;
  • 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).

This role is based out of our HSLA-Manhattan campus in Midtown Manhattan, with opportunities to become a founding member of our HSLA-Harlem and HSLA-Brooklyn CAP teams within 1-2 academic years.

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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

Success Academy Charter Schools does not offer employment-based immigration sponsorship.

Client-provided location(s): New York, NY, USA
Job ID: SuccessAcademy-SUACUSR0008566EXTERNALENUS

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