Academic Counselor

Academic Counselor

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? Academic 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 an Academic 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 all students on high school, college, and career pathways throughout the academic school year Hold counseling sessions for all grade levels and discuss academic standing Develop lesson plans and supplementary materials for all grade levels to do time-sensitive college presentations Oversee advisory implementation and monitor effectiveness Establish and maintain records of student academic performance, and achievement 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 Support students through all stages of the college application process, from creating college fit list to creating a college arrival plan 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 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 and teachers 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: Auditing student transcripts to ensure that they are on track with A-G courses and identifying students who need summer school/credit recovery Suggesting and planning college readiness interventions and events for students across grade levels Creating a visual college presence Consult with the school team on counseling scope and sequence at CAHS aligned to college, scheduling, and test coordination. You possess…A Bachelor’s degree A Masters Degree or Pupil Personnel Services Credential (or candidacy) Experience as a high school teacher or college counselor/advisor College Readiness subject matter expertise and strong student counseling/advisory 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 Latina/o/x 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 José 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.