College Counselor (SY 22-23)
Company: Uncommon Schools
Posted on: June 21, 2022
Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public
charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in
historically under-resourced communities. We have proudly built
schools that reflect our student population, with more than 60% of
our teachers and staff across our network identifying as a person
of color. Uncommon currently manages 55 schools serving more than
21,000 students in six cities: Boston, Camden, New York City,
Newark, Rochester, and Troy. We are proud that Uncommon graduates
persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of
their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong
academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that
prepares students for success in college and beyond.
North Star Academy currently manages fourteen schools in Newark, NJ
serving students in grades K through 12. We believe in strong
authentic relationships between teachers and students, supported by
effective school systems and an engaging instructional model that
enables students to flourish academically and personally. North
Star Academy is NJ's #1 highest performing public charter school
and has served Newark families for over 20 years.
At Uncommon, our College Counselors work closely with students and
parents to find the right colleges and universities to match their
goals and enable them to achieve their dreams. College Counselors
ensure aligned college matches for students regarding school
community, size, location, student to faculty ratio, academic
interests, financial aid, and extracurricular interests. The
ultimate goal of the College Counselor is to ensure that each
student graduates ready to thrive in college and beyond.
- You'll teach 11th and 12th grade college seminar courses in
which you will guide students through the entire college
application process. This includes (but is not limited to)
exploring careers, identifying most appropriate post-secondary
pathways, writing personal statements, building resumes, securing
letters of recommendation, and applying for financial aid and
- You'll build a culture of college and career readiness amongst
all students by creating inspirational and instructional signage,
advising students in the course selection process, and helping plan
and execute events such as Career Day, SAT School Day, Senior
Signing Day, College Acceptance Forums, College Visits and Alumni
- You'll collaborate with parents and families to ensure a
positive partnership by providing informational workshops and
hosting individualized meetings.
- You'll continually refine your expertise by participating in
Uncommon PD and attending regional and national conferences.
- You'll build relationships with college admissions offices and
advocate relentlessly on behalf of your students to facilitate the
admissions and financial aid process.
- You'll support the planning and execution of various college
visits and information sessions for students of all grade
- Passionate commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and
investment in our vision for being an anti-racist
- Prior experience working with high school students and families
and/or within the college admissions field, especially in an urban
setting with BIPOC students.
- Ability to take initiative, prioritize tasks, and work
- Demonstrated flexibility, perseverance, maturity and ability to
juggle competing priorities.
- Ability to communicate well with others and demonstrate strong
interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues and
- Skilled in using data to drive improvements in the college
- Strong digital literacy, including Microsoft Office, Word,
Excel, Naviance, and PowerSchool.
- Required Experience:
- Bachelor's degree is required; Master's degree preferred.
- Minimum of two years experience in an urban district or charter
Uncommon Schools offers salaries commensurate with experience and a
comprehensive benefits package. All staff members receive extensive
professional development, and are equipped with a laptop computer
and all necessary supplies.
Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable
and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to
thrive. We are committed to building an exceptional team that
reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students.
We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space
for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our
staff and students. 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 also ensure that individuals with
disabilities receive all privileges and benefits associated with
employment and are provided reasonable accommodations for the
interview process and to perform core job functions.
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