College Counselor - IDEA Walzem College Prep (20-21)

School Leadership SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS


Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools 

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!   

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA’s co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 53,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2020), and Tampa Bay (2021)!  

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.   

To learn more about IDEA, check out thisvideo.  

About San Antonio 

San Antonio is the nation’s 7th largest city and boasts the highest rate of population growth across the U.S. As the San Antonio region continues to grow rapidly, IDEA is committed to increasing our community presence to provide the best experience for all families and children. 

 In May 2019, we welcomed our region’s first graduating seniors. We believe through the hard work of our passionate IDEA Team & Family; college acceptance and matriculation can be realized. Currently, 1 in 6 San Antonio students graduate college ready. Changing this statistic for the better is part of the promise IDEA makes to current and incoming students. 

 Join our IDEA San Antonio family as we are poised to serve 29,000 students at 37 local schools by 2022.  

Role MissionIDEA College Counselors educate students and parents about the benefits of post-secondary education. They are responsible for administering all aspects of the college search and admissions process and ensuring all students are on track for graduation. College counselors also teach college readiness classes, and are added to a College Prep school site when grade 9 is added to a campus. 




  1. Matriculation and College Acceptance 
  • 100% of graduates matriculate to a College/University 
  • 25% of students matriculate to Tier I/Tier II College/University 
  • 50% of students accepted to Tier I/II College/University 


  1. Student Achievement 
  • 96% students passing all classes (On track to graduate) 
  • 21 average ACT score 


  1. Student Engagement
  • 95% of students attend field lessons 
  • 75% of high school juniors attend Summer Away Experience 
  • 100% students complete community service hours 
  • 90% student persistence 
  • 93% high school persistence 



  • Ensure all students are on-track to graduate from high school 
  • Guide students and parents through the college search, admissions, and financial aid processes 
  • Support teachers in planning college field lessons and scheduling college visits to IDEA 
  • Teach Road To and Through College (RTTC) classes to 9-12th graders 
  • Create the school’s master class schedule and schedule all students 
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding and respect for the communities in which they identify.  
  • Participate in weekly manager check-ins, grade-level meetings, parent meetings, parent information sessions, before and after-school duties, and school wide meetings and functions 
  • Engage in summer and year-long district, school and personal learning and development 
  • Minimum of 40+ hours spent at school per week 


We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics: 

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college  
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them 
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly 
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes 
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change 
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization 
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes 
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students. 



  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred 
  • Experience: Teaching experience preferred; Ability to write and speak Spanish preferred 


Knowledge and Skills: 

  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to adjust and adapt to a multitude of situations in the school environment 
  • Experience in college admissions is preferable 
  • Ability to build solid student and family relationships 
  • Strong command of the English language both verbal and written 


Salaries for this role typically fall between $56,758 and $65,272, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment. 

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.