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College Counselor 2021-2022

Company: Alpha Public Schools
Location: San Jose
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

College Counselor, Alpha College Success Team

Do you believe that all students can achieve academic success? Are you passionate about working with students and supporting them as they reach new heights in learning? College Counselors at Alpha have the opportunity to create and safeguard opportunities for students in under-resourced communities while collaborating with a joyful team of educators committed to sending our scholars to college.

As a College Counselor at Alpha, you play an integral role in student collegiate success. We are focused on ensuring that 75% of Alpha students graduate from a 4-year college within 6 years of graduating from Alpha, and to do that, our counselors support kids to apply to a wide range of colleges, complete financial aid, and choose the college where the student is most likely to be successful.

We are seeking passionate individuals who embody Alpha's mission, vision and core beliefs: educators who believe that all students can learn, that our scholars belong in college, and that student growth is a reflection of the teacher's practice. We are looking for educators who are reflective in their practice and are willing to engage in conversations around educational equity and inclusivity. At Alpha, you will uphold rigorous expectations for all students, while leading from a place of empathy and understanding. Alpha is fiercely entrepreneurial and we are focused on supporting our scholars as they grow into self-reliant leaders who will achieve success in their school, college, and career. We're committed to finding educators who value and celebrate the diverse experiences of our scholars and their families, and who care deeply about addressing the inequities that exist in education.

What you'll do

  • Advise seniors on college and career pathways though Senior College Seminar (70% of time):
  • Teach either (a) fall semester of senior college prep and spring semester of junior college prep, or (b) two semesters of senior college prep
  • Develop lesson plans and supplementary materials for senior college prep
  • Establish and maintain standards of student behavior for a productive learning environment during class sessions
  • Ensure that seniors complete all financial aid forms including FAFSA, CSS Profile, and scholarships, and identify and support students through EOP
  • Advocate for students in the financial aid process
  • Advise students around creation of college lists and best fit and match options to maximize student acceptances at colleges that are a good fit for their interests and academic profile
  • Support students through the application process including but not limited to the CSU, UC and Common Application systems
  • Print transcripts as necessary and send final senior transcripts to colleges/universities
  • Once students receive acceptance letters, help students select colleges where they have the highest chance of graduating from a 4-year college within 6 years
  • Ensure that students complete SIR for colleges by May 1, and create summer plans to accept financial aid and register for orientation
  • Participate in regular data collection and analysis to ensure students' progress toward completion of FAFSA, college applications, and college selection
  • Prepare families to be college-ready along with their students by hosting family events and supporting school interactions with parents (15% of time):
  • Host several family events throughout the school year to build a strong financially literate and college going culture and the college preparation process (a-g requirements, college application process, etc)
  • Serve as a resource to parents on college planning, including admission standards, entrance exams, course selection, financial aid and scholarships
  • Create and deliver PD for Advisors around college preparation to help them lead family conferences aligned to college readiness requirements and geared toward maximizing 4-year college choices
  • Support a college-going culture at the school by (5% of time):
  • Auditing student transcripts to ensure that they are on track with A-G courses and identifying students who need summer school
  • Suggesting and planning college readiness interventions and events for students across grade levels
  • Creating a visual college presence
  • Consult with the school team on course scope and sequence at CAHS aligned to college, scheduling, and test coordination (10% of time).

You possess

  • A Bachelor's degree
  • Experience as a high school teacher or college counselor
  • College Readiness subject matter expertise and strong classroom management skills

You stand out by being...

  • Committed: You are committed to working with students in traditionally underserved communities. Approximately 80% of Alpha's students are from under-resourced communities and will be the first in their families to go to college. The majority of our students are Latinx and/or Vietnamese
  • Focused on Growth: You exhibit a strong commitment not only to our students, but also to your own continuous professional development. You possess the ability to receive and implement feedback quickly.
  • Collaborative: You are team-oriented and are able to implement school-wide systems effectively and consistently.
  • Organized: You are self-motivated and reliable, with the ability to plan and execute tasks.
  • Experienced: You have 2+ years of experience working with students from under-resourced communities, and/or you have a background of shared experience with our scholars.

Join our team

To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter online.

Alpha Public Schools is a network of four high-performing public charter schools founded by a group of East San Jos mothers dedicated to helping transform their community. We have a strong growth mindset - as individuals, as an organization, and on behalf of our students and families. We want to be better tomorrow than we are today.

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

Salary is competitive and compensation includes a comprehensive benefits package.Questions? Contact us at

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