Role Mission: IDEA Directors of College Counseling oversee the college admissions and financial aid application process for 12th grade students at an IDEA College Preparatory school (Grades 6-12) in order to ensure 100% of high school graduates enroll at and set foot on a four-year college or university. The DCC manages the Counseling team (often comprised of the College Counselor and Road-To-and-Through (RTTC) Teachers). They educate students and parents about the benefits of post-secondary education. They guide students in their college search and selection and ensure all students are on track for graduation. Directors of College Counseling may also teach college readiness lessons.
What We Offer
Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $69,769 and $85,118, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications and in alignment with internal equity. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on team performance and goal attainment.
We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Some of the special benefits we offer at IDEA include:
- Flexible Credits Plan: IDEA provides full-time eligible employees $1,000-$2,000 per year (pro-rated for mid-year hires) to use towards a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or receive as a taxable cash benefit.
- Paid Family Leave: Eligible staff may receive up to 8 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, based on their tenure with the organization and caregiver designation.
- Tuition Reimbursement: Staff members may apply for up to 50% of tuition paid toward a qualifying degree program, up to $5,250 maximum per year subject to manager discretion and budget availability.
- Employer-Paid Mental/Behavioral Health: 5 face-to-face counseling sessions within a year, unlimited 24/7 telephonic counseling, and other work-life services available at no cost.
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Professional Development: We offer staff opportunities to engage in identity-based affinity space and leadership training covering a variety of topics such as culturally competent leadership, models of equity, mitigating bias, and more.
Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, referral bonuses, professional development, and an employer paid 403(b) retirement matching of up to 4% of your annual compensation. IDEA may offer a relocation allowance to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.
What You Bring -- Competencies
- Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in counseling preferred
- Experience: At least 3 years of experience in university/college readiness, pathway or success; High School counseling experience preferred; at least one year of experience managing others
- Certificate: Valid Counseling certificate preferred
Knowledge and Skills:
- Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to adjust and adapt to a multitude of situations in the school environment
- Experience in college admissions is preferable
- Ability to build solid student and family relationships
- Strong command of the English language both verbal and written
- Ability to manage other adults to achieve ambitious outcomes
- Proven track record of results with student academic progress
What You’ll Do -- Accountabilities
Matriculation and College Acceptance
- 100% of students accepted to a College/University
- 50% of students accepted to Tier I/II College/University
- 100% of graduates matriculate to a College/University
- 25% of students matriculate to Tier I/Tier II College/University
- 96% students passing all classes (On track to graduate)
- 21 average ACT score
- 3.0 average GPA for seniors
- 100% of seniors on track to graduate
- 95% of students attend field lessons
- 75% of high school juniors attend Summer Away Experience
- 100% students complete community service hours
- 90% student persistence
- 93% high school persistence
- 85% college counseling team retention
- Manage and lead the college counseling team to meet student achievement and department goals
- Ensure all students are on-track to graduate from high school
- Guide students and parents through the college search, admissions, and financial aid processes
- Support teachers in planning college field lessons and scheduling college visits to IDEA
- Teach Road To and Through College (RTTC) classes to 9-12th graders
- Create the school’s master class schedule and schedule all students
- Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding and respect for the communities in which they identify.
- Participate in weekly manager check-ins, grade-level meetings, parent meetings, parent information sessions, before and after-school duties, and school wide meetings and functions
- Engage in summer and year-long district, school and personal learning and development
- Minimum of 40+ hours spent at school per week
We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics:
- Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
- Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
- Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
- Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes
- Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
- Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
- Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
- We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students
About IDEA Public Schools
At IDEA Public Schools, we believe each and every child can go to college. Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to a multi-state network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools.
IDEA Public Schools boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists. IDEA serves over 80,000 college-bound students in 143 schools across Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college.
When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
At IDEA we recognize that racism, bias, and privilege exist in society. We are committed to an organizational culture that promotes awareness and inclusivity for our students and staff and supports their path to positively impact our broader society. We are committed to recognizing the impact of racism and privilege, and commit as an organization to have equitable practices, policies, and structures. Visit https://ideapublicschools.org/dei/ to learn about IDEA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Anti-Racist and Anti-Bias commitment.
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