Early College Awareness & Persistence Counselor
At Success Academy, we believe that all students–regardless of zip code or socioeconomic status–deserve the opportunity not only to attend college, but to persist through college. As such, we are working to create exceptional, world-class public schools that serve children from all backgrounds and prepare them with the subject mastery and skills to succeed in college and life.
Since opening our first Harlem school in 2006, Success Academy has swiftly grown to 46 high-performing schools, serving 15,000 kids from Bed-Stuy to the Bronx. In 2014, we opened our first high school, which will graduate its founding class in Spring of 2018.
In all grades, pre-K through 12, our exploration-driven curriculum focuses on the whole child and includes chess, art, and other specialized subjects that bring excitement to the school day and foster a lifelong love of learning. Our elementary and middle schools rank in the top 1% in math and top 3% in reading among all New York schools, and this standard of excellence has been extended to our high school. The majority of our scholars are low-income students of color who will proudly be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college.
As we open our second High School, we seek to hire an Early College Awareness & Persistence Counselor to reimagine what the college admissions process should look like starting in ninth grade.
The Early College Awareness & Persistence Counselor will:
- Design and refine a revolutionary College Counseling model starting in ninth grade with an eye toward long-term college persistence;
- Work directly with families to bolster college knowledge and engagement in the college search and financial aid processes; and
- Monitor and support students’ academic and non-academic persistence goals (e.g. organizational skills, self-advocacy, grit) from 9th grade through the sophomore year of college.
The Early College Awareness & Persistence Counselor should be someone who:
- Proven ability to address college access and persistencefor low-income scholars, first-generation scholars, and scholars from ethnically underrepresented groups in higher education;
- Has a deep understanding of the evolving college admissions landscape from an early college perspective, with a minimum of two years advising students in a full time capacity;
- Demonstrated track record of forming strong relationships with a wide range of constituents, including, but not limited to, parents, scholars, staff, leadership, and college admissions officers;
- Prior experience working with 9th and 10th grade students strongly preferred;
- Is excited to work relentlessly to tackle college persistence challenges with scholars in the K-12 years and creatively form processes to address these challenges;
- Possesses fantastic written and verbal communication skills, including strong public speaking skills;
- Can initiate, plan, and execute concurrent, deadline-driven projects from beginning to end with flawless attention to detail;
- Excited 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; and
- Is a life-long learner.
To apply, upload a resume and cover letter that outlines your candidacy. Your cover letter should explain in detail your qualifications for the position. Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed.
Success Academy Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Success Academy offers a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.