Provost Academy Colorado, a state-wide online charter high school, is accepting applications for an Academic Advisor. The position will start when filled, preferrably January 2013.
Location: Colorado, state-wide, virtual.
Work Year: 12-month (year-round) position
The Advisor is a certified education professional whose primary role is to guide the student towards academic success, social development and overall preparation for their post-secondary pursuits. They will serve as a coach, mentor and motivator, at the same time ensuring that each student under their care receives a customized learning experience, by utilizing all available instructional resources to ensure success. The Advisor, in serving as the primary point of contact for the student and family, is responsible and advocates for the student’s overall academic and professional well being while enrolled at Provost Academy. The Advisor interacts synchronously and asynchronously with the student through a variety of methods: e-mails, and phone calls, face-to-face meetings at the learning center, as well as occasional events.
Candidates must live in Colorado. This is a "work from home" position, but employees will travel to our main office in the Denver Tech Center approximately once per quarter, and may have to attend meetings at other times as needed. Staff members also travel occasionally for enrollment events, parent meetings, and for test administration at testing centers set up by the school.
Technology will be provided for this position.
Student schedules and learning plans
Learn the Provost curriculum for assigned grade levels and subjects
Demonstrate knowledge of state standards, testing requirements, and graduation requirements across core content and electives
Review student transcripts to ensure appropriates scheduling of courses
Work with the student to determine an academically appropriate schedule and personal learning plan for the student based on the prior knowledge base and potential career path
Enter student schedule information into the student information system (SIS) to maintain accurate academic records
Create a personal learning plan for each student
Ensure that each student has a well rounded schedule that best coordinates with the minimum yearly requirements
Develop an Individualized Graduation Plan (IGP) or Personal Learning Plan (PLP) for each of student while including their parents
Ensure students are passing classes and maintain progress towards an on-time graduation
Interact frequently with students at the learning center to better understand their academic strengths and weaknesses
Ensure that parents/guardians verify student attendance at regular intervals
Communicate immediately with students who are truant both online as well as at the learning center.
Create individualized attendance plans for students with attendance issues
Develop an annual long-range plan, based on identified student needs, that reflects national school counseling standards and state program components related to guidance curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support
Develop appropriate short-term goals, including aligned activities, resources, and schedules, to ensure full implementation of the long-range plan
Coordinate virtual and actual college and opportunity fairs for students and families
Assist schools in promoting the goals of quality career development of students in ninth through twelfth grade
Provide educators, parents, and students with information on career and technology education programs offered
Support students in the exploration of career clusters and the selection of an area of academic focus within a cluster of study
Learn and become familiar with ways to improve and promote career development opportunities
Coordinate community resources and citizens representing diverse occupations in career development activities for parents and students
Maintenance of the Learning Environment
Initiate and strengthen relationships with students and their families through many different interactions both online and in-person in order to better understand student and family backgrounds, issues and personalities
Support student technology needs working as a partner with technology support personnel
Model effective leadership traits for other learning center staff
Organize and participate in orientation, training, social and educational activities, field trips and clubs for students and families
Commit to the use of best practices and to the use of cutting-edge technology to deliver sound
Serve as the “Customer Service Representative” for the school, ensuring that the student’s experience in our school is maximized
Build community by contributing to school message boards, newsletter and events
Participate in staff meetings and professional development sessions
Participate in the Mentoring program as either a Mentor or a Mentee
Communicate with colleagues and supervisors on a regular basis
Maintain confidentiality as required by the school and by law
Additional duties as assigned
Key Behavioral Competencies:
When committing to do something, does it decisively, responsibly and with urgency. Can be relied on consistently, including:
Demonstrates a strong sense of urgency through prioritizing and following through on commitments
Drives hard to meet and frequently exceed goals and objectives within tight timeframes.
Makes timely decisions
Takes bold, decisive action or makes commitments, despite risks, conflict or uncertainty, after considering the available courses of action and the needs and values of others.
Customer Service Orientation
Demonstrates concern for meeting internal and external client and stakeholder needs in a manner that provides satisfaction for the customer, (within the resources that can be made available)
Shows a passion for improving service delivery and a commitment to continuous improvement
Establishes rapport with people easily
Develops and maintains a network of contacts who can provide information, help and access to others.
Colorado Teacher licensure helpful
Experience with the Response to Intervention process preferred
Prior experience in guidance counseling and/or teaching experience in a traditional (brick & mortar) or virtual school preferred
Experience working with at-risk students helpful
Experience with College in Colorado and ICAP planning
Experience teaching or participating in an e-learning/online learning course preferred
Strong written and verbal skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook
Proficiency with multimedia communication tools, such as discussion boards, web logs, email, instant messaging and audio podcasts
Ability and availability to travel within the state as needed
High degree of flexibility
Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment
We offer competitive salaries, full benefits, paid time off and holidays, and participation in Colorado PERA.
Please apply online.