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College Counselor - IDEA Robindale College Prep (24-25)

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School Year: 2024-2025
Location: IDEA Robindale College Prep
Region: Lower Rio Grande Valley, TX
Category: Instructional
Job Type: Full-Time

Description

Role Mission: As a member of the College Counseling Team, the College Counselor executes the graduation plan and college enrollment for all students at their assigned campus. In this capacity, College Counselors deploy initiatives to educate students about college education and help students navigate the college research, admissions, and enrollment process. This leader will work in a fast paced, rapidly expanding entrepreneurial environment, in pursuit of college matriculation goals.  

   

This role will require up to approximately 25% travel annually. Typically, this will look like travel for districtwide events and occasional monthly travel to schools and professional development opportunities.   

 

This is a Title I Part A, grant funded position and funding may be extended. A grant-funded position has no guarantee of ongoing and indefinite employment. All duties and responsibilities tied to this position are allowable and allocable to the grant. 

  

What We Offer   

   

Compensation:    

Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $59,880 and $69,161, 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.   

   

Other Benefits:  

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:  

   

  • 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.

   

Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan. IDEA may offer a relocation allowance to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.  

   

What You Bring -- Competencies  

   

Qualifications:  

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience: At least 3 years of professional experience in K-12, higher education, or a related field; college access experience or higher education, preferred; track record of achieving results and leading others to results
  • 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

What You’ll Do -- Accountabilities   

   

Matriculation and College Acceptance  

  • 100% of graduates matriculate to a College/University
  • 25% of graduating students matriculate to a Tier I/Tier II College/University
  • 15% of graduating students matriculate to a Tier I College/University

   

Student Achievement  

  • 100% of 9th-12th graders On Track to Graduate (OTG)
  • 21 average ACT score for 12th graders by end of 12th grade

   

Responsibilities:   

  • Execute college enrollment campaigns (quality applications campaign, financial aid campaign, matriculation campaign) for the campus
  • Advise and motivate students towards college enrollment, Tier 1, and Tier 2 college matriculation, improving ACT scores and OTG rates
  • Support with the school’s master schedule, schedule all students, and audit transcripts for appropriate course placement
  • Initiate and oversee initiatives that improve the quality of student applicants and, in turn, the quality of college admissions and college enrollments
  • Report progress towards goals to regional and campus leadership and advise on schoolwide pivots necessary to deliver results
  • Analyze data dashboards, resources, and communications to meet benchmarked results
  • Enforce procedures that both meet college readiness compliance requirements and create transformational practices that improve college completion rates
  • Support RTTC teachers in planning college field lessons and ACT prep lessons
  • Design college-going culture initiatives with students and families based on trust, understanding, and respect for their community
  • Participate in professional development from national and external stakeholders

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.  

   

Staff Culture and Belonging  

   

At IDEA the Staff Culture and Belonging Team uses our Core Values to promote human connection and a culture of integrity, respect, and belonging for all Team and Family members.  Learn more about our Commitment to Core Values here!  

   

To Apply  

   

Please submit your application online through Jobvite. It’s in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. 

 

This position is grant funded with Title I Part A and will require a time and effort report. The employee and the employee supervisor must sign this job description acknowledging that this position is grant funded. 

   

  
  

  

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