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KIPP Through College (KTC) College & Career Counseling Fellow - Newark

KIPP Through College (KTC) College & Career Counseling Fellow

KIPP Newark designed the KIPP Through College (KTC) College & Career Counseling Fellow program to help aspiring college counselors to get the hands-on experience they’ll need to become excellent college counselors at KIPP’s world-class high schools. As a KTC College Counseling Fellow, you will fuse theory and practice as you work alongside experienced counselors and teachers. No former counseling experience is required for this position.

The KTC College & Career Counseling Team works to ensure that every graduate from KIPP New Jersey Newark Collegiate Academy is admitted into a best-fit college or career program through close guidance in the college and career research, application, and financial aid process.  We seek to matriculate at least 80% of our seniors into college, and for those that do not choose that path directly upon graduation, assist them in finding their own pathway to college or career success. The College & Career Counseling team works closely with our students, staff, parents, colleges and universities, and community partners to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to enter and persist through college. KTC College & Career Counseling Fellows report to the Director of College & Career Counseling.

Must Haves:
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
  • Zest, grit, hope, love, social intelligence, gratitude, and a sense of humor
  • A passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture
  • Strong working knowledge in all Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) a fit and ability to learn new technology platforms and databases quickly
  • Outstanding organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • A “whatever it takes” mentality and willingness to adapt to changes and help teammates when needed
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced environment that is deadline and goal driven
  • The ability to learn new tasks and skills quickly and ask for and be open to feedback
  • Flexibility, strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate joining a growing and constantly improving team with a high level of responsibility for ensuring that over 80% of our seniors matriculate to college
Nice to Haves: 
  • A record of exceptional student achievement and results at a high-performing charter network/charter management organization. 
  • A belief that all students deserve a world class education which can be achieved through education reform
Here’s what you’ll be doing:
General responsibilities include (but are not limited to):   
  • Supporting the senior College & Career Readiness IV course from September through May.
    • In the senior course, along with lunch and after-school office hours, you will provide direct 1:1 college counseling to 50-60 students and families through the process of completing their application. This includes uploading all required documents to Common App, non-Common App College Applications, and Naviance websites, registering for standardized tests, applying to Opportunity Programs and completing all financial verification steps, applying for financial aid and scholarships, selecting the college and financial aid package that is the best match for them, and ensuring commitments and deposits are made by the May 1 deadline.
  • You will support each student’s transition to college through completion of Pre-College & Career Benchmarks and our transition checklist and collaboration with the KIPP Through College Alumni Team. This work will continue through the summer to ensure prevention of summer melt and requires communicating all aspects of your counseling history with the alumni team, providing information on what transitional steps have been completed or still need to be completed, and partnering through any challenges in the transition process to ensure students matriculate to their intended college/post-secondary program in Summer or Fall.
  • Supporting the junior College and Career Readiness III course in May and June.
    • In the junior course, you will support students and families through the process of learning about the financial aid process and requirements, writing the personal statement, researching colleges and CTE programs and creating the college wish list, preparing for their junior college trip and/or fair, requesting teacher/counselor recommendations, and utilizing Naviance and Overgrad technology.
  • Supporting your teammates by providing additional assistance to students outside of your caseload as needed, and fully engaging in weekly team meetings.
  • Supporting college visits, info sessions, preparing students for interviews and/or fly-ins, and encouraging your students to attend.
  • Co-planning, coordinating, and facilitating signature college & career counseling events, including our senior sleep in, college and career fairs, parent financial aid workshops, Junior Kick Off event, College Week, and Senior Signing Day Ceremony.
  • Training for and fully utilizing the resources of Naviance and Overgrad to facilitate the college search and application process, as well as manage student and college data.
  • Utilizing our College Decisions Tracker and SalesForce to document important financial information and interactions with your students and families that may assist the Alumni Team with their work with these students.
  • Utilizing our financial aid tracker to track all financial aid packages and provide families with a clear comparison of college options from a financial perspective.
  • Fulfilling responsibilities and attending all assigned grade level meetings and professional development sessions at the high school.
  • Supporting your students with disabilities by attending their IEP meetings and finding colleges that will continue to provide them with the specific supports they will need to be successful beyond high school.
  • Integrating the work of our Career Team into your college and career counseling through the use of students’ YouScience career assessments and career plans to ensure a strong college match with career ambitions, as well as promotion and support of Career Conversations, Summer Opportunities, and other career opportunities for our students.
  • Committing to constant professional and personal growth through working closely with the Director of College & Career Counseling and attending professional development training and conferences throughout the year, starting in late July, some of which, include overnight commitments.
  • Constantly assessing student progress and communicating results to the Director, families and teammates.
  • Assisting the Director of College and Career Counseling with projects as they arise.
  • Modeling the school’s values in all communications with students, families, staff, and outside organizations.
Compensation & Benefits
In addition to a competitive salary, KIPP NJ offers a full comprehensive benefits plan, including health care, retirement, an optional subsidized wireless plan through Verizon, a school laptop and transportation benefits for TEAMmates commuting into New Jersey from the New York City area. 

About KIPP New Jersey and KIPP Miami       
KIPP New Jersey/Miami schools are part of the nationally recognized “Knowledge Is Power Program” non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. In 2002, KIPP New Jersey first opened its doors in Newark’s South Ward as a single class of 80 fifth graders and has since grown to teach over 5,100 students in grades K-12 in Newark and Camden. 92% of KIPP New Jersey students currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Today, we have grown to 16 (K-12) schools throughout Newark and Camden, NJ and Miami, FL.  Learn more about KIPP here.

KIPP New Jersey is an equal opportunity employer.


 

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