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Job Title: College Match Counselor FSLA Status: ExemptDepartment: KIPP Through College Reports to: Managing Director of KTC ABOUT KIPP TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools
Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Organization: KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Public Schools
Contact: Paul Appel
Across the state of Texas, millions of children live in educationally underserved communities, struggling in poor-performing schools. For more than 24 years, Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) has demonstrated the powerful impact a high-quality education has on improving graduation rates and college attainment, enabling students and communities to command their futures. Through the network of schools in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, KIPP has been the driving force in raising expectations for academic success with students, families, communities, cities, states, and the nation by proving what is possible.
The KIPP regions in Texas have joined forces to create KIPP Texas Public Schools in order to accelerate the increase of our academic outcomes and the numbers of students we are educating. This unified organization allows us to more effectively leverage the talent, resources, instructional expertise, financial strength, and advocacy in the public charter school movement, in order to have an even larger impact with educationally underserved communities across our state. In the first year of KIPP Texas Public Schools, we will be educating over 27,700 students in 52 schools, placing the district among the top 50 largest in the state. We intend to grow to more than 100,000 students across Texas, proving what is possible for our students, our communities, and our state POSITION OVERVIEW
Counseling services can transform the college and career dreams into a reality. Evidence has shown that the lack of access to information and guidance on college admissions and financial aid is a prohibitive barrier for many low-income families. In the absence of good information, many families develop critical misconceptions about what it takes to get into and stay in college. By employing a diverse range of outreach efforts – from individualized, one-on-one meetings to large-group workshops – the KIPP Through College (KTC) program closes the information divide for KIPP TX – DFW students and families, breaking down the barriers to college access. The KTC office has four major program components: high school transition support, high school advising, college placement services, and college and career advising.
The College Match Counselor
supports KIPP TX – DFW Middle School alumni enrolled at non-KIPP high schools in their pursuit of higher education and preparations towards a career. This position will support the transition to HS and a caseload of 9-12th grade KIPP TX – DFW middle school alumni. The counselor's role is to support alumni to and through high school on the path to college using KIPP’s framework of “College Match” counseling. This role includes significant student outreach to promote workshops, summer enrichment opportunities and advising sessions. This position will be housed within the KIPP DFW School Support Center (SSC) and will report to the Managing Director of KIPP Through College.ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIESHigh School Transition
Alumni Support and Advising
- Revise and update an external HS information-packet that includes high school entrance requirements, application process and timeline, and contact information for students and families to use as a resource if requested and share with MS Principals and HST Leads
- Participate in relevant meetings with KIPP TX – DFW High School Principal(s) and Middle School Principals and/or HST leads to track progress toward transition metrics and support internal high school applications and matriculation goals
- Collaborate with MS and HS Principals to create a strategy to capture 8th grade student data in the spring (i.e. execution of 8th grade benchmark surveys)
- Oversee and assist in planning a summer program for rising 9th graders not attending the KIPP DFW HS to assist in the academic and social transition to a new high school environment and introduce them to their KTC Advisor
- Serve as a resource for KIPP DFW Middle and High School Principals and teaching faculty regarding college and career readiness and integration
Research and Data
- Serve as an advisor for a caseload of KIPP TX – DFW alumni and monitor their progress toward high school diploma and college matriculation;
- Develop positive, appropriate, meaningful relationships with students, parents, teachers, and high school counselors;
- Actively promote, assist alumni with applications, and track attendance for summer enrichment opportunities such as, but not limited to, pre-college programs, summer programs, leadership opportunities, internships and enrichment opportunities;
- Advise students on college and career pathways and help students develop success skills, such as self-advocacy, problem-solving, interviewing, networking, etc.;
- Guide students through aptitude and achievement assessments, to help students evaluate their interests, skills, and connect their interest with potential careers;
- Counsel alumni on course-selection and extra-curricular activities in high school in addition to study skills, referrals to tutoring/counseling, on-campus support, long and short-term goal-setting, coaching, problem solving and encouragement;
- Offer individualized counseling around social and emotional issues associated with high school life, college and career readiness
- Provide guidance on writing effective college and scholarship essays, strong resumes, submitting college and financial aid applications, and other items important for college admissions, internships and jobs;
- Reach out to students and parents using phone calls, emails, in-person meetings, social media, and high school campus visits;
- Keep students and families apprised of college admission requirements and monitor eligibility;
- Keep students and families informed of deadlines and resources related to the college, financial aid and scholarship application processes;
- Write effective recommendations for students for scholarships, college applications, summer programs, internships and jobs;
- Assist alumni with registering for the SAT/ACT and help monitor test prep classes;
- Introduce KIPP and KTC programming to high school administration and collaborate with high school counselors, college access programs and leadership staff at high schools to support alumni progress;
- Serve as a resource for KIPP DFW Middle and High School teaching faculty regarding college and career readiness and integration;
- Collaborate with KIPP DFW’s KTC College Team to ensure all graduating seniors complete college matriculation steps, including but not limited to submit housing deposits, attend orientation, and register for classes.
- Track, input and verify student data (contact information, academic progress, test scores, summer program participation, etc.) using the Alumni Database (Salesforce);
- Research and stay current on higher education programs, trends and issues with student impact and make recommendations based on best practices and research;
- Assist in developing profiles of high schools based on performance, achievement results, and college-going rates;
- Assist with data collection for annual report and program evaluation;
- Maintain documentation for program files and evaluation of program activities;
- Prepare marketing, publicity materials and reports as needed;
- Track HS Budget expenses and ensure expenditures remain within budgetary limits.
- Plan and execute co-curricular initiatives as assigned. These may include: application events, parent meetings, college-readiness and transition workshops, volunteer events, and socials;
- Support KTC Tuesday Night weekly programming and coordinate academic tutoring enrichment initiatives for alumni in need of academic intervention;
- Support design, writing, and distribution of KTC newsletter for alumni enrolled in high schools;
- Create, update and distribute a Career & Summer Program Guidebook
- Collaborate with KIPP DFW Middle Schools to devise transition plans for incoming high school freshmen and facilitate high school transition meetings;
- Collaborate with the Director of College & Career Services to drive career support services for HS alumni;
- Collaborate with the College Team to arrange college visits and opportunities for HS alumni to connect with alumni in college.
- Meet weekly with the Managing Director of KTC to discuss progress, submit reports, etc.
- Collaborate with the KTC HS team to report progress toward goals, plan HS visits and encourage alumni attendance for KTC programming;
- Work with KTC team to identify partnership that could provide additional support and services to alumni such as tutoring, internships, scholarship programs and college placement services;
- Develop positive, appropriate relationships with fellow KIPP DFW staff members and teachers, viewing each other as teammates and professional colleagues
- Attend, and actively participate in, all staff meetings, etc.
- Other duties assigned by the Managing Director of KIPP Through College
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college.
Salary & BenefitsSalary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. To Apply
- Prior experience working with high school students (especially first-generation) and their families in the college counseling field
- Ability to work well both individually and within a team structure
- Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with minority and low-income students
- Ability to facilitate group workshops for teenagers and parents
- Proven ability to collaborate and build relationships with stakeholders across functional and organizational lines
- Comfort with working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
- Excellent analytical, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Fast learner with the ability to inquire and be open to feedback
- Strong work ethic, leadership acuity, and entrepreneurial spirit
- Detail and results-oriented team player who is dedicated to getting the job done
- Demonstrates a high proficiency with Microsoft Office and has previous experience utilizing a database, i.e. Salesforce
- Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP DFW’s mission
- Relentless drive to follow up and stay connected with students in order to help them succeed, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to help our students apply and gain admission to colleges or universities
- Outstanding project management skills, with an ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) is strongly preferred
Please visit https://kipptexas.org/join-our-team/
to complete a job application. You will be asked to include your resume and a detailed cover letter demonstrating your interest in working for KIPP TX – DFW.Statement of Non-DiscriminationKIPP TX – DFW is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP TX – DFW does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.