2018-2019 High School College Counselor

Location: Oakland, CA
Date Posted: 12-06-2017
Do you want to leave a footprint on a new school? Are you interested in preparing students to be the innovators and leaders of tomorrow? Do you believe that we can evolve schools to be 21st century centers of learning?

East Bay Innovation Academy is seeking a dynamic, experienced, and passionate person to be the founding College Counselor at our new charter high school.

East Bay Innovation Academy is a 6-12 college preparatory public charter school in Oakland, CA with a mission of preparing a diverse group of students to be successful in college and to be thoughtful, engaged citizens who are leaders and innovators in a 21st century global world.  Through personalization and project-based learning, and leveraging best practices in curriculum design and technology, EBIA will engage students in 21st Century work, using competencies necessary for productive lives as citizens in a dynamic, increasingly competitive global world.  We have a collaborative, multi-disciplinary model that incorporates technology, blended learning, social-emotional learning, service learning and data driven instruction. We serve a truly diverse background of students, representing the racial, cultural, and socio-economic demographics in the surrounding area.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
  • As founder of the College Counseling department at EBIA, build a robust college and career counseling service for a diverse population from the ground up.
  • Generate a schoolwide college preparation/awareness plan, for both students and their families, which includes group education and individual counseling
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge of colleges and universities, which includes making regular visits to colleges. Stay current on high education changes. Build and maintain relationships with admission professionals.
  • Offer resources and guidance for financial aid and scholarships
  • Coordinate necessary paperwork to help students satisfy college admissions requirements; assist with plans and timelines, SAT/ACT prep, filling out documents, letters of recommendation
  • Assess students’ academic progress to meet requirements of specific colleges and college programs
  • Establish systems for tracking and organizing student college entrance activities, using applicable software
  • Arrange college visits and trips to local college fairs.
  • Educate students on appropriate interviewing techniques, self-assessment tools, and application essay writing techniques.
  • Work with faculty to integrate college-related skills (e.g., essay writing, interviewing, etc.) into regular curricula.
  • Build a culture of high expectations; demonstrate excitement about learning and foster engagement in learning for all students; learn the unique needs of every student attending the school.
  • Collaborate with teachers and staff to develop individualized plans for student success.
  • Understand, promote and support the mission, vision and guiding principles of EBIA.
  • Active participation in staff meetings, including grade level and department meetings.
  • Participation in after-school events and extracurricular activities as necessary.
Duties will evolve and refine over time, at the discretion of EBIA.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required
  • Minimum three years of experience as College Counselor at a high school.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience guiding the college admission process at a variety of institution types and selectivity levels.
  • Ability to work successfully with heterogeneous groups of students and an ethnically & economically diverse student body.
  • A strong belief that all students can learn at the highest levels and that all students can be successful in college.
  • Ability to create and take ownership in a start-up environment
  • Flexibility and adaptability to change; ability to work in a dynamic, creative and demanding learning environment.
  • Dedication to professional growth, including learning new and innovative teaching practices.
Preferred
  • Working knowledge of Spanish.
  • Knowledge of project based learning, social-emotional learning, and blended/optimized learning.
  • MA/MS in Education or Subject Area
APPLICATION PROCESS

We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff. Please send a resume and compelling letter of interest.
 
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