|Date Posted||October 09, 2019|
|Industry||K-12: Charter Schools|
Start Date: Immediate
Location: Hartford, New Haven
The Role of a College Counselor at Achievement First:
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 as well as the skills necessary to help students be successful in college. Chief among these are entrepreneurism, 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 Dean of College.
Responsibilities of Achievement First College Counselors include, but are not limited to:
College Counseling for a Caseload of Students
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
College/University Relationship Development
College Department Team Member
Other School-Based Responsibilities:
Skills and Characteristics:
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.
Educational Background and Work Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution.
Previous experience in either high school counseling and/or college admissions field is required.
High School teaching or counseling strongly preferred.
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/