College Readiness Teacher

Achievement First Public Charter Schools, Hartford, New Haven, Connecticut

Date PostedJanuary 08, 2018
IndustryK-12: Charter Schools
Job StatusNot Specified
SalaryNot Specified

Start Date: July 1, 2018
Location: Hartford, New Haven, CT

At Achievement First, the expectation of college graduation is just the first step. Beyond instilling students with a sense of what is possible through our powerful, college-going culture, our College Readiness Teachers and College Counselors work to equip each and every student with the skills, self-knowledge and extensive preparation required to bridge the gap between the expectation of college and what it takes to make it a reality. Given that 85 percent of our students will be the first in their families to attend college, we have the profound responsibility to prepare them to understand and meet admissions requirements and to learn the skills required to navigate the complex application and enrollment process.
This role consists of both teaching College Readiness (approximately 80%), and managing a caseload of students as a College Counselor (approximately 20%).

  • Teaching College Readiness: In 9th and 10th grades, the course focuses on academic performance and academic awareness. During these early years of high school, the College Readiness Seminar supports students through the pivotal transition from middle school to high school. The explicit instruction provided in the College Readiness Seminar helps our students understand the relationship between a rigorous high school experience and college persistence. It also helps them take ownership of their academic futures and learn to communicate professionally with teachers and other adults with whom they are trying to develop relationships—from emails and phone calls to interviews and impromptu encounters. In 11th grade, the focus shifts to time management, researching colleges, building preliminary college lists, writing personal statements and SAT preparation. In 12th grade, the class guides students through every academic and financial step of the application process, including writing additional college essays, requesting recommendations, compiling supplemental materials and comparing financial aid packages. In the spring semester, once students have selected the colleges they will attend, college readiness shifts to a transitions class to ensure that students are academically, financially and socially prepared for what they will encounter on campus.
  • College Counseling: 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. 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.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
Outstanding academic achievement and student character development
  • Motivate students to realize high academic and behavioral standards.
  • Build classroom community by investing families in children’s academic success and development of REACH values (REACH stands for Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship and Hard work).
  • Utilize data from Achievement First’s interim assessments to drive instruction and intervention.
  • Design and implement unit and lesson plans in collaboration with grade or subject team.
  • Hold all students accountable during transitions, meals, trips and school events.
  • Exemplify AF’s core values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues.

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 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
  • Building Relationships with Students and Families
  • 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 seniors, including providing professional development and coaching for the Letter of Recommendation writing process for all teachers
  • College/University Relationship Development
  • 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
Skills and Characteristics
  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills.
  • High level of personal organization and planning.
  • Team player: maturity, humility, strong work ethic, follow-through, sense of humor, willingness to respond positively to feedback and a “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude.
  • Strong belief in the Achievement First mission and educational model.
  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for subject matter.
Educational Background and Work Experience
  • 2+ years of instructional experience (ideally in high school humanities) or 2+ years working in college access (ideally with underrepresented students)
  • Bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university with a GPA of at least 3.0; Master’s degree preferred.
  • CT: If not currently certified, obtaining necessary Connecticut certification in specific subject and grade level is required within the first two months of employment.

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:

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