KIPP Through College (KTC) Sr. Manager of College & Career Counseling

2020-21 School Leadership San Jose, CA San Francisco, California San Jose, California




KIPP Through College

Sr. Manager of College & Career Counseling



About KIPP Bay Area Public Schools

KIPP is a non-profit network of 242 college-preparatory, public charter schools across the country educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice-filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, and for us all.

There are currently 15 KIPP schools across the Bay Area educating nearly 6,000 students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City and supporting over 4,000 alumni around the country.  We are excited to open our 16th school in the fall of 2020!


Position Overview

The KIPP Through College (KTC) College Match Senior Manager is responsible for leading a school-based College Counseling Department. The College Counseling Department is dedicated to fostering growth in student’s academic knowledge, interpersonal skills, college & career readiness skills and character. It is the ultimate goal of the College Counseling Department to support students in choosing the best post secondary pathway that is aligned to their interests & passions.   For many, college is the pathway but it may also include pursuing a trade, vocational program or enlisting in the military.


The College Match Senior Manager is responsible for building relationships with the school leadership team, KIPP Through College leadership team, KIPP Foundation, national organizations and college/universities that will lead to resources for students. Finally, the College Match Senior Manager is charged with keeping the college counseling program woven into all aspects of their school and to ensure that the program does not work in isolation from the school’s mission.


This role leads the College Counseling Department in college advising, curriculum planning and the college match process. The team is responsible for meeting high expectations for student college application and acceptance goals, as well as ensuring FAFSA/CADAA completion. The College Match Senior Manager also serves as the primary liaison between their school and the KTC Team.

Reporting to the Associate Director of College Match, the College Match Senior Manager will work out of a specific school 3 days out of the week and two days from the closest RSO office (Oakland or SJ).  The College Match Senior Manager  will also be expected to meet with the School Leader bi-weekly  (2x /month) to ensure a strong partnership.







Essential Functions

With support from KTC and the school team, this person will be responsible for:


Management and Coaching: 40%

Leading Student Success Initiatives: 40%

Stakeholder Relations: 20%

        College Counseling Coaching  (O3’s with students)

        College Seminar Observations

        College Counseling Professional Development

        Planning and leading College Counseling Department meetings

        Lead  Career Integration Strategy

        Lead Progress Monitoring & Data Analysis for school specific KTC Data

        Lead Parent/Family Engagement

        Manage all external partnerships that support match, career and college persistence strategies (universities, companies, CBOs, etc.)




Management and Coaching: 40%

        Manage a team of high school based College Counselors (CC) at the school site, completing weekly One-on-One Check-ins, Mid-Year, and End-of-Year evaluations

        Complete classroom observations of CCs and provide coaching to ensure counselors are having effective O3 check’in with students and are delivering the College & Career curriculum content effectively.

        Manage team conflict and student related issues

        Provide professional development to College Counselors in the form of weekly logistics and CC Department meetings, and when beneficial, outside workshops, conferences, visits or trainings

        Plan and lead weekly College Counseling Department Meetings

        Lead hiring process for college counselor when positions become available  


Leading Student Success Initiatives: 40%

        Develop team goals, culture, and budgeting oversight

        Develop annual strategic plan for meeting the match goals for their school and track progress through progress monitoring tools

        Support the development of strategy as we reimagine our KTC services to reflect our new KIPP vision & mission, supporting 100% of our students' post-secondary pathway based on their interests and passions.  This work includes but is not limited to integrating Career into College Seminar Curriculum & ensuring vertical alignment across grade levels

        Lead progress monitoring & data analysis for school specific KTC data that will allow departments to identify focus areas: Persistence and Match Data Trends, Ethnicity/Sub-groups Trends, GPA Segment Trends

        Develop financial literacy strategy to prepare students and families for the cost of college

        Support school wide events (college nights, graduation, HS matriculation, signing day, etc..

        Track and maintain student data (grades, test scores, college wish lists, letters of recommendations, internships, etc.) using Naviance

        Support student course advising process in collaboration with the school leader and the Director of operations

        Serve as a member of the school’s Leadership Team

        Participate in bi-weekly check-ins with school leader

        Plan and participate in weekly one-on-one meetings with KTC’s Regional Director of College Counseling

        Support school leadership and the Director of Operations to ensure all students have satisfied graduation requirements

        Support key school priorities/initiative related to KTC (ACT/SAT test prep, family engagement)

        Support student placement in summer opportunities/programs/internships

        Host monthly check-in with SpEd team to monitor graduation and transition plans

        Lead planning and execution of major events with the support of the school staff - including the College Fair, college info-sessions, College Success Nights, college trips, Teacher Recommendation workshop, and College Signing Day


Stakeholder Relations: 20%

        Facilitate and encourage collaboration between KTC and campus stakeholders, including school leadership, faculty, and staff to continually improve student outcomes

        Participate in School Site Leadership Team Meetings

        Develop and maintain relationships with colleges and universities’ admissions office

        Communicate with college admissions representatives to discuss student applications

        Advocate on behalf of students with college partners

        Ensure students and parents are aware of their college options and what they need to do to be successful

        Manage relationships with local community based organizations

        Liaison to the KIPP Foundation regarding college match initiatives

        Attend regional and national conferences relating to college access and match

        Participate in weekly/monthly professional development opportunities facilitated by the KIPP

        Plan and deliver presentations to school staff 2-4 times a year (KTC data/relevant topics)

        Support AD of College Match with KTC Regional Learning Days (1 per quarter)

        Collaborate with the KTC Persistence Team to ensure a strong transition to college  for all students

        Attend and participate in all KTC team meetings/professional development sessions

Other duties as assigned

        If there is a world where this role will be substitute teaching for college counselors,  they will be required to have a clear background clearance by the state’s licensing body (hold a Certificate of Clearance) and at minimum a substitute teaching permit)




        Positivity, optimism and a solutions-oriented mindset

        Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Bay Area’s mission and values

        Commitment to working with educationally underserved students and families from historically marginalized communities

        Experience in leading high-performance teams and managing a diverse team

        Commitment to continuously learning how to lead for equity to ensure students and teammates thrive

        Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals and to initiate process improvements

        Goal-oriented, with strong initiative and creative problem-solving skills

        Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with a wide-range of people including teachers, counselors, parents, students, and administration teams

        Outstanding written and oral communication skills

        Extreme flexibility, strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate joining a growing and constantly improving team



Education & Experience:

        Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s degree preferred.

        Track record of success working with high school students/families in the college counseling process

        Prior experience working in college admissions field

        Track record of success in managing and supervising adults

        Previous experience in using data to drive decision making

        2-3 years of teaching experience (preferred)

        Demonstrated sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of student populations

        Strong working knowledge of Naviance database system preferred



KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits.


To Apply

Submit a detailed cover letter outlining your specific interest in this position and your relevant experience and a resume online. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.


As part of the application process applicants who receive an offer of employment will be required to clear a background check and obtain a Certificate of Clearance through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 


Email with any questions.


KIPP Bay Area Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin or ancestry, cultural background, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital/registered domestic partner status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, primary language, citizenship or immigration status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.


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KIPP Bay Area Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin or ancestry, cultural background, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital/registered domestic partner status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, primary language, citizenship or immigration status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.