DC Prep is bridging the educational divide in Washington by increasing the number of students from low-income communities with the academic preparation and personal character to succeed in competitive high schools and colleges. An essential part of our educational model is PrepNext, our alumni support initiative, that provides academic and social support to DC Prep graduates to ensure their continued success to and through high school and college.
We are currently seeking a College Counselor to join our team. The Counselor will have lead responsibility for DC Prep graduates during their junior and senior years of high school, providing comprehensive college and financial aid counseling. In addition, the Counselor will provide support to alumni once enrolled in college to ensure college persistence. The College Counselor must be a strategic thinker and a hands-on doer, capable of working effectively with both students and adults. This position requires knowledge of the college admissions process as well as exceptional interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic. The College Counselor will work closely with the Director of PrepNext and the Director of High School Placement. S/he will report to the Director of PrepNext.
In collaboration with the Director of High School Placement and the Director of PrepNext, implement DC Prep’s alumni support program. Primary areas of responsibility include:
- Providing information, guidance, and individual support for DC Prep alumni throughout the college selection and application process.
- Planning and executing alumni events, programming, and workshops related to college research, test-preparation, application support, academic skills building, and financial aid.
- Building a sustainable program to support college-aged alumni through graduation.
- Identifying alternative opportunities for students who defer college enrollment.
- Exploring and developing partnerships with key organizations that provide services and support to increase college enrollment for urban youth.
- Participating in the development of a sequenced program for parents of alumni to build their knowledge and skills to support their children in high school and through the college application process.
- Communicating with students, parents, school partners, and the DC Prep community.
- Assist in programming that prepares younger high school students for the college process.
- Visiting students and faculty as needed at local high schools and colleges.
SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS
- Desire and willingness to do “whatever it takes” to support student achievement in traditionally under-served communities.
- Passion for connecting with students and families in support of student success.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Superior analytical skills and sound judgment to make critical decisions autonomously.
- Capable of thriving in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance.
- Meticulous organizational ability in order to set priorities, organize workload, handle multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines.
- Emotional constancy and extraordinary interpersonal skills to ensure purposeful and professional relationships.
- Positive attitude, maturity, and personal stability sufficient for a demanding position.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule based on student needs.
- Creativity, resourcefulness, drive, and a sense of humor.
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE
- BA with strong undergraduate record
- Experience with, and a passion for, working with urban students around issues of college access
- Demonstrated successful experience assisting others in navigating the college admissions and financial aid process
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
- Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability insurance; maternity, paternity, and adoption leave; and a 403b retirement plan
- Laptop for school and home use and monthly cell phone stipend
DC Prep - 21 months ago
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