The Schuler Scholar Program equips bright, motivated youth with the support they need to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars are typically first generation college-bound, are students of color, and come from low-income families. If you are excited about our mission, please learn more at www.schulerprogram.org
We seek a College Counselor who will direct all of the Schuler college counseling activities at one of our partnership high schools. Requires strong leadership and highly developed interpersonal skills and an understanding of the value of highly selective colleges and universities. This position is full-time. Occasional attendance at events/programs on evenings and weekends will be required as will occasional overnight travel to colleges and universities. Positions open in Chicago and the greater Chicago area.
Collaborate with the Director of College Counseling and college counseling staff to develop, implement and evaluate college counseling programs
Provide one on one college counseling to Schuler Scholars
Manage a caseload of 30-50 students
Facilitate bi-annual meetings with junior and senior Scholars and their parents
Facilitate FASFA and other college counseling related workshops for Scholars and their families
Plan and chaperone local and national college visits
Represent the Schuler Scholar Program at appropriate NACAC and IACAC events
Serve as liaison to the partner high school counseling staff
Work with the Schuler counseling staff to develop partnerships with selective colleges and universities
Ensure that student data is collected and evaluated
Provide supervision for AmeriCorps staff members who may, from time to time, provide support for college counseling activities
Ability to provide counseling services to a diverse population.
High level of organizational sophistication and understanding of college counseling process.
Ability to foster relationships with admissions officers and senior level college administrators.
Strong listening and communication skills (written and verbal).
Strategic thinker and inspiring communicator.
Adept at engaging participants in large group discussions.
Sensitive to the obstacles faced by first generation families.
Shows perseverance in the face of significant challenges.
Self-starter, problem-solver, multi-tasker.
Resourceful and takes initiative.
Exemplify, maintain and promote the image and culture on which the SSP was founded.
Ability to speak/read Spanish is preferred, but not required.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
The Schuler Scholar Program is a private, non-profit foundation established in 2001 and based in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Schuler serves students in 12 high schools located throughout the northern suburbs and the city of Chicago. Schuler currently serves over 900 high school and college Scholars.
Mission: The Schuler Scholar Program equips bright, motivated youth with the support they ...need to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars come from populations that are under-represented on college campuses: Scholars are first-generation college-bound, are students of color or come from low-income families and communities.
Goals: 1. To foster the growth of Schuler Scholars as lifelong learners.
2. To provide information, guidance, and college preparatory experiences to help Schuler Scholars matriculate to the best fit college while maximizing financial aid options.
3. To support Schuler Scholars as they persist in their academic studies, personal growth, and professional development.
4. To cultivate an engaged network of Schuler alumni, mentors, and volunteers for lifelong connection and support.
The Schuler curriculum focuses on factors recognized as critical to academic success, leadership and personal development. Fostering growth in these areas promotes success in high school, college, and beyond.