Associate Director of Post-Secondary Support (ADPSS)

College Access & Post-Secondary Success (CAPS) [2020-21] High School Campus, East Boston, MA


Description

Organizational Overview

Founded in 2003 to provide a free, public, high-quality college preparatory education for the students of East Boston and Chelsea, Excel is proving that children’s ability to succeed in high school, college, and beyond is not determined by zip code. We have grown from one school serving approximately 200 students to a network of four schools serving more than 1,300 students, and our purpose and theory of change remains consistent: we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned with personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change his/her life trajectory.  As a true public school, Excel is defined not by whom we exclude but by whom we include in our community. We are proud of the fact that we serve many students with special needs.

After 8 years of operating a small single-site middle school in East Boston, Excel was designated a “Proven Provider” by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and granted two additional charters to serve middle school students. After four more successful years, Excel Academy Charter High School opened in 2015. In spring 2019, we cheered on our first senior class as they became the first cohort to receive high school diplomas from Excel.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Associate Director of Post-Secondary Support (ADoPSS) supports Excel’s post-secondary alumni to be successful in their chosen post-secondary plans, either in a 2 or 4 year college, career training, workforce development or the military.  The ADoPSS will work with our students and their families beginning in the spring of their senior year, as they prepare for the transition to their post-secondary plans. The ADoPSS will stay in touch with our post-secondary students, track their progress, and offer support.   

   

  • Post-Secondary Transition Support
    • Write curriculum for and teach 2 sections of 12th Grade Seminar Class in Q3 and Q4
    • Collect and manage all transition paperwork, including FERPA waivers, financial aid award packages, loan information etc.
    • Manage post-secondary transition and college matriculation process for seniors
    • Track data and materials to ensure smooth and efficient matriculation process
    • Support planning and implementation of Senior Signing Day celebration
  • Post-Secondary Support
    • Implement and execute data-driven approach to alumni support
    • Track and report out key program outcome data through Salesforce
    • Advise and provide consistent support to caseload of Excel Academy post-secondary alumni in 2 or 4 year colleges, vocational programs, military, or the workforce. Including, but not limited to:
      • Maintain frequent and regular contact with each alumnus on caseload per outreach expectations via phone, email or in person to build and maintain positive relationships
      • Maintain and building trusting relationships with families of alumni on caseload
      • Conduct semesterly campus visits for all local first and second year college students
    • Proactively build relationships with Academic Advisors, Academic Success Programs, Opportunity Programs, Financial Aid Officers, and Deans at various colleges to loop students into support services at their schools
    • Become familiar with the academic and social environments at the various colleges and programs alumni are considering in an effort to recommend suitable matches
    • Build strategic partnerships with key players on campus to connect to our alumni
    • Assist students with financial planning and ensure students have completed all necessary financial aid paperwork each year
    • Assist students with college transfers when necessary
    • Assist students with course selection
    • Provide career advice and support
    • Track report cards/transcripts, current contact information, and course selection for all assigned students
    • Track persistence towards degree for all students enrolled in 2 and 4-year colleges
    • Ad-Hoc crisis management
    • Co-plan and execute alumni events throughout the year
  • Professional Development/Network Building
    • Participate in several local and national professional development networks.
    • Attend local and national conferences and symposia in the field
    • Collaborate with external colleagues to share best practices, including other individuals in the post-secondary field and the Success Boston Initiative
  • Other Responsibilities
    • Member of 12th Grade Level Team
    • Stays current on issues and trends in college access and post-secondary success and contributes to network-wide understanding of the field
    • Collaborates and communicates with current scholarship, CBO, and Higher Ed partners and seeks out new partnerships with local and national organizations
    • Serves as a productive member of the Excel Academy community
    • Does whatever it takes to ensure the mission of the school is upheld

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred;
  • A minimum of two years of experience in field required; experience working in a high school college and career counseling office or in a college admissions office strongly preferred; 
  • A commitment to and belief in all students and the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
  • A commitment to addressing racial and economic inequity in education;
  • The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
  • An openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in receiving feedback for continuous improvement.

    Preference will be given to applicants who also:

    • Have experience in a public or charter school setting;
    • Speak Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic fluently;
    • Can speak to the importance of rigorous classroom instruction and culture; 
    • Can speak to the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

     

Excel Academy Charter Schools is committed to building a diverse staff that reflects the community that we serve. We strongly encourage applications from candidates whose experiences share important points of intersection with those of our students. Staff who demonstrate fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic will also receive additional compensation.

Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.

Compensation: Excel provides a competitive compensation package that includes benefits and is commensurate with experience. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.