KIPP Through College Director of College Counseling (San Jose)

2020-21 School Leadership San Jose, CA


Description

 

 

KIPP Through College

Director of College 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) Director of College Counseling (DCC) 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 ensure that each graduate is prepared to choose their post-high school pathway to career success.  For many, college is the pathway but it may also include enlisting in the military, a trade or vocational program, etc.

The Director of College Counseling 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 Director of College Counseling 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.

 

The DCC leads the College Counseling Department in classroom instruction, college advising, 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 DCC also serves as the primary liaison between their school and the KTC Team.
 

Reporting to the Associate Director of College Counseling and the School Leader, the DCC will work out of a specific school. The DCC will demonstrate flexibility and willingness to contribute when necessary on projects outside of the KTC department.

 

 

Essential Functions

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

 

Management and Coaching: 50%

Leading Student Success Initiatives: 30%

Stakeholder Relations: 20%

        Instructional and College Counseling Coaching

        Performance Management

        Classroom Observations

        Professional Development

        Planning and leading College Counseling Department meetings

        Lead Parent/Family Engagement

        Develop financial literacy strategy in order to: support low income families, increase scholarship awards, reduce undermatch

        Develop Career Integration Strategy

        Manage and secure Internal and External Partnerships that will support match and persistence strategy (universities, CBOs, etc.)

 

 

 

Management and Coaching: 50%

        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 monthly classroom observations of CCs and provide coaching to improve instruction

        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: 30%

        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 to support all students towards Choice Filled Lives Mission, including but 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, including the KIPP College Savings Program

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

        Manage student course advising process in collaboration with the Assistant Principal

        Serve as a member of the school’s Leadership Team

        Participate in weekly check-ins with school leader

        Plan and participate in weekly one-on-one meetings with KTC Assistant Director of College Counseling

        Support school leadership and regional registrar 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 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
Foundation

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

        Support AD of College Counseling with KTC Regional Learning Days

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

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

 

Requirements

Qualifications:

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

        Commitment to working with underserved students and families

        Strong command of high school readiness, college admissions, and college readiness

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

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

        Flexible, with strong ability to multitask and prioritize

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

        Outstanding written and oral communication skills

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

        Self-starter, comfortable in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment

 

Education & Experience:

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

        Prior experience working with high school students/families in the college counseling process

        Prior experience working in college admissions field

        Previous experience 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

 

Compensation

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.

 

Email ryan.weidmann@kippbayarea.org 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.
 

 

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.