Do you believe that all students can be successful in college? Are you passionate about working with students to plan for college and complete key milestones on their college journey? Are you a strong collaborator who is excited by the opportunity to support a team in executing their goals?
If so, a position as a College Counselor at Alpha may be the role you’re looking for. 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. Alpha is fiercely entrepreneurial and our students, families, and teachers are focused on creating in our scholars self-reliant leaders who will achieve success in their school, college, and career.
What you’ll do…
Advise juniors and seniors on college and career pathways though Junior and 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 junior and 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
Plan and lead a Junior College Trip
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 stand out by being:
Relationship Oriented: You build strong relationships with scholars and adults alike, and you successfully strike a balance of nurturing and firm in your communication with scholars
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 implement feedback quickly
Collaborative: You are especially 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 on tasks
Flexible: You adapt to meet the needs of kids and families
Committed:You are committed to working with students in traditionally underserved communities.
Additional Salary Information: Flexible based on experience!
About Alpha Public Schools
Alpha Public Schools is a high-performing charter network serving low income communities in East San Jose. Our high school's first graduating class had a 4-year college acceptance rate of 80%, with 99% of students planning to matriculate to college in the fall. Our goal is to get 75% of students to and through college.