College & Career Seminar Teacher - High School - East Palo Alto (24-25)

2024-25 Teaching Positions East Palo Alto, California


Position Overview:     
The KIPP Through College (KTC) Senior Counselor at our KIPP High Schools is focused on providing one-on-one college and career advising to all 11th grade students in effort to ensure a strong and strategic postsecondary program match for all students. This role has ultimate accountability over the postsecondary matriculation of the school’s 11th grade students. S/he will report to the Senior Manager of College and Career Counseling at the school site.           
The ideal candidate for this position has a background in California college admissions and working with young people from low-income communities. This individual must possess strategic planning skills, as well as outstanding written and verbal communication skills. S/he must have a demonstrated interest in serving low-income students and is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to support our students to and through college & career.  
College and Career Access Knowledge and Skills        
  • Advise and oversee all 11th grade students on the postsecondary program admissions process (wishlist, applications, letters of recommendations, transcript submission, financial aid, etc.) through classroom instruction and regular one-on-one advising sessions, focusing on strong and strategic postsecondary program match and plans
  • Meet with each 11th grade student and their family two times a year to support post secondary program planning and matriculation 
  • Create access to college & career resources and opportunities available to support underrepresented populations
  • Knowledge of SAT/ACT registration processes and the impact on college access.
  • Lead family engagement workshops focused on college admissions, financial aid, career and post-secondary options.
  • Conduct graduation eligibility audit with all 11th grade students and support with Course Advising process to ensure students are on-track to meet graduation requirements
  • Provide training to 11th grade teachers and advisors on how to support students in the college application process including writing a letter of recommendation 
  • Provide regular updates to the school’s faculty and staff on college applications and acceptances, as well as professional development on Match Matters  
  • Attend all 11th Grade College Counseling meetings and professional development workshops
  • Lead the planning and facilitation of the annual College Signing Day event

Data Management         

  • Maintain constant and consistent communication on the data progress of students with key stakeholders including: KIPP Foundation, College personnel, CBO’s, School and regional leadership, along with students and families
  • Utilize various student management platforms to track, progress monitor and submit student data, including, but not limited to Naviance, Google suite, Excel, KIPP Foundation approved tools, etc.
  • Progress monitor all KIPP Through College postsecondary access goals including (but not limited to) completion of: YouScience assessment, FAFSA4Caster, balanced wishlists, Summer of Learning/Fly-In applications, Personal Statements, Letters of Recommendation collection, and student and family one-on-ones.     


Classroom Responsibilities

  • Responsible for supporting KIPP seniors through rigorous and thoughtful lesson planning, lesson execution and classroom management 
  • Plan, organize and implement an appropriate college knowledge and career success program in a high school learning environment, both in an in-person classroom setting and virtually, that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic and socio-emotional potential. 
  • Participate on the grade level leadership team
  • Other duties as assigned by the School Leader
  • Support college counseling department special programming including college visits (overnight or day), financial aid nights, college fairs, college knowledge 101 workshops, and wish list approval nights.
  • Fostering a supportive and inclusive culture within the classroom.
  • Meeting all deadlines as required by the high school, KTC regional team, and KIPP Foundation.     
Team Player    
  • Participate in weekly College Counseling department meetings 
  • Support the successful implementation of regional initiatives at the school (college, career & beyond, college partnerships and financial literacy) 
  • Work effectively with KTC regional staff including Director, Associate Director of College Match, Associate Director of College Success, and Associate Director of Career Success 
  • Maintain a collaborative team with consistent communication flow to all key stakeholders and teammates
  • Maintain effective relationship with KIPP NorCal external partners including (but not limited to) Accenture, Nepris, and KIPP Foundation
  • Participate in and effectively prepare for weekly one-on-one check-ins with your Senior Manager of College and Career Counseling 
  • Participate in monthly college match meetings, ensuring that all 11th grade Match Matters data requests are met by deadlines  
  • Participate in bimonthly sub-regional meetings with KTC Persistence and Career Teams 
  • Actively collaborate with other counselors at KIPP NorCal
  • Attend IEP-Exit meetings for all seniors, providing insight into student’s transition plan and post-secondary goals 
  • Support the planning and execution of the school’s graduation ceremony  
  • Attend all school site staff/grade level meetings and professional development workshops  
  • Participate in school-wide supervision as a member of the staff and facilitate a daily student advisory class 
All KIPP Teachers must…          
  • Model KIPP values  
  • Be committed to being an anti-racist educator      
  • Believe all students can achieve at the highest academic levels      
  • Possess strong content area knowledge and skills building relationships with students, families, and communities       
  • Teach in our extended day and year schedule (click here to learn more about a day in the life of a KIPP student)      
  • Contribute to a relentless and dedicated team of outstanding professionals      
  • Communicate well with students, families, and colleagues      
  • Have proficient knowledge of Google Suite applications (Google Classroom, Hangout, Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.)      
  • Have the ability to learn and utilize instructional technology to support in-class and distance learning (i.e. Zoom, Nearpod)       
  • Hold a B.A/B.S degree from a regionally accredited institution      
  • Hold a valid California Preliminary Credential (in any subject), a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, OR an equivalent out-of-state credential or license (please click here to learn more).        
Preferred Qualifications          
  • Experience as an educator teaching Black and Brown students for one or more years      
  • 2+ years of College Match/College Admissions Experience (preferably in CA)       
  • Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese or Mandarin speaking proficiency      
  • Project management experience      
Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands                  
Physical: Ability to navigate school and classroom settings. Ability to access and utilize technology. Occasional lifting/carrying of equipment 1-20 lbs. Physical agility to move self in various positions in order to execute duties effectively, which may include kneeling, walking, pushing/pulling, squatting, twisting, turning, bending, stooping and reaching overhead.                 
Mental: Stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and generate alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for long periods of time, read, calculate, perform routine math problems, memorize and recall objects and people.                  
Environmental:  School and classroom environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions. Adhere to KIPP’s health and safety guidelines as outlined by the CDC, CDE, and public health agencies’ recommendations.              
This is a full-time, exempt position on a school year calendar cycle, located at our school sites.                         
About KIPP Public Schools Northern California                   
We are a thriving nonprofit network of free, public charter schools open to all students. 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.              
We value the dedication, hard work, and passion that our teachers bring each day. KIPP Northern California supports you with professional development, coaching, and collaboration. We offer competitive pay and benefits that reflect the appreciation we have for our teachers and their dedication to students                      
Our student community consists of over 7,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City, and Stockton. 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are multilingual learners, and 10% have special needs. We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity        
KIPP Northern California is dedicated to you and your family's well-being! We offer a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits.                      
We benchmark annually against school districts and charter schools in the regions where we operate, to offer competitive salaries. Our salary step scale for this position type is reflected here:                   
KIPP Bay Area Scale                             
How to Apply                   
Please submit a cover letter and resume by clicking apply on this page.                       
Questions? Email [email protected]