KIPP Through College, Career Advisor

Regional Support Office Oakland, California


Position Summary
KIPP Bay Area’s KIPP Through College (KTC) team is looking for a Career Advisor to work directly with KIPP Bay Area High School Juniors and Seniors by supporting them with career integration experiences that will help them be able to lead a choice filled life.  This role will report to the Associate Director of Career Success and will work from the Regional Support Office in Oakland, CA.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience & Education:

  • Track record of success working in career counseling or youth development
  • Ability to use assets-based counseling and support for students in identifying their strengths, talents, and interests as they prepare for young adulthood 
  • Knowledge of Career Development for first-generation, educationally underserved college graduates from historically marginalized communities
  • Familiarity in using data to drive decision making 
  • Experience managing projects and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders
  • Bachelor’s Degree in education, counseling, youth development or have equivalent experience 

Knowledge/skills required:

  • Positivity, optimism and a solutions-oriented mindset
  • Practice healthy communication and embrace productive conflict to form trusting relationships, to collaborate, offer feedback and guidance, and to motivate and inspire others.  
  • 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 that have been systematically underserved
  • Commitment to continuously learning how to lead for equity to ensure students and teammates thrive
  • Extreme flexibility, strong work ethic, and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate joining a growing and constantly improving team 
  • Self-starter, comfortable in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • An achievement orientation: self-directed and results-oriented, demonstrating initiative and follow-through and ability to adapt to changing circumstances. 
  • Knowledge of United States Military branches, testing procedures and ability to support students with an exploration into military careers (Preferred but not required)
  • 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: the ability to work with a wide range of people including teachers, counselors, parents, students, and administration teams
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Strong working knowledge in all Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Suite

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Provide Career Exploration & Career Exposure opportunities to 11th & 12th-grade student attending KIPP high schools across the Bay Area
    • Work closely with all Sr. Managers of College Counseling and Seminar instructors to ensure that Career exploration events on school campuses are well attended and promoted
    • Keep track of opportunities from local Community-Based Organizations that could support students with career readiness
    • Recruit students to participate in career exploration events using CareerHub platform
    • Support the planning & execution of an annual  Career & Career Technical Education (CTE) Fair 
  • Stay consistent with promoting and championing choice filled lives with all KIPP Bay Area students
    • Motivate students to confidently speak about career aspirations and be passionate about their long term goals
    • Provide 1:1 student support to students needing early career intervention support
    • Work closely with CTE Manager to deliver information to students about CTE programs and post-secondary options
  • Work closely with AD of Career Success and KTC Staff to develop and accomplish all KIPP HS Career Goals
    • Support the train the trainer PD series 
    • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with staff and students
    • Be part of a growing team who is developing & leading change in a large effort to integrate Career into our existing KTC support model

Support for Juniors

  • Support seminar instructors with Career Integration lessons/assignments  (YouScience, Know your labor market PD, career readiness and career exploration activities
  • Will provide early intervention to students needing more support with Career exploration.
  • Support students in developing Career wishlist (3 - 5 careers) 
  • Works with students to support them with finding a suitable Summer Career Readiness activity 

Support for Seniors

  • Will provide support with informing Seniors about career technical education options
  • Will work with seminar instructors and persistence staff to support students with choosing Post Secondary pathway (Student review meetings)
  • Support Students with creating Career wishlist  
  • Supports with transitioning CTE pathways students to CTE Manager 
  • Will participate in college visits to 4-year universities with students

Other Duties as Assigned

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands 

Ability to navigate office and school campuses, and hold meetings in different spaces. Traditionally, much of the day involves sitting. Ability to access and utilize technology. Occasional lifting/carrying of equipment 1-20 lbs.

Ability to manage the stress of normal work standards, decision making, and deadlines. Critical thinking and mental focus necessary to analyze problems and work with interruptions.

Office environment. Access to reliable transportation for occasional travel.

Full-time, non-exempt position

About KIPP Bay Area Public Schools:
We are a thriving nonprofit network of 15 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. 

Our student community consists of over 6,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City. 79% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, 23% are English language learners, and 10% have special needs.  We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.


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 by clicking “apply” on this page. 

Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

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.