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College and Career Counselor (21-22)

Lighthouse 9-12 Band (High School) | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

The Organization

Lighthouse Community Public Schools

At Lighthouse Community Public Schools we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt inequities by providing our students and families exceptional educational opportunities every day. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice rooted in the EL Education Model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. Our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers. Founded in 2002, LCPS operates two high-achieving K-12 public charter schools--Lighthouse and Lodestar--serving nearly 1,400 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland.  Learn more at www.lighthousecharter.org

 

The Opportunity

College and Career Counselor & Seminar Teacher (21-22)

Competencies and Qualifications

The College & Career Counselor & Seminar Teacher at Lighthouse Community Charter is fundamental to the mission of the school, ensuring that every student has access to college and the career of his or her choice.  That said, the College & Career Counselor’s primary responsibility is to guide students, families and teachers through the process of preparing students for college, applying to college, financing college, transitioning to college, graduating from college, and seeking employment.  The College & Career Counselor does this primarily through running seminar-style classes working with 11th and 12th graders through the college application and career exploration process. Additionally, the College & Career Counselor works with closely our LCPS Director of College & Career who is the primary liaison between Lighthouse and external entities that help support the mission, including: colleges and universities, scholarship organizations and donors, internship sites and mentors, extracurricular programs and partners, testing agencies and more.


Core Competencies: 

The following are the core competencies of this role, with detail regarding the responsibilities associated with each outlined below.  

  • Knowledge of College Counseling & Teaching:  Teaches, counsels, and distributes information that conveys the information and skills students need to achieve the mission of college and career readiness and support students through the college application process.

  • Administration & Management:  Effectively manages the administrative components of the college application process

  • Relationships & Communication with School Community:  Establishes and maintains trusting and supportive relationships with students, parents, staff and alumni

  • Resources & Partnerships:  Leverages resources and partnerships that enhance college/career opportunities for students

  • Research & Data.  Uses research and data to consistently evaluate and improve his/her practice


Responsibilities: 

College & Career Seminar Teaching & Facilitation

The College/Career Counselor develops, teaches and distributes curriculum that conveys the information and skills students need to achieve the mission by:

  • Teach a College and Career Preparation Seminar Class to all 11th grade students, focusing on building student knowledge and interest in the college application process and developing career interests through internships

  • Teaching a Senior Seminar Class to all 12th grade students focusing on successful completion of college applications, financial aid requirements, and Lighthouse’s senior project.

  • Teaching and/or facilitating the teaching of SAT/ACT test preparation for Lighthouse’s upperclassmen 

  • Facilitating workshops with parents around issues related to students’ college and career preparation.

  • Working individually and in seminar spaces with all upperclassmen to discover their interests and goals, find an internship, develop a college list, write a personal statement, and create a budget/financial aid plan for college.
  • Scheduling and engaging in quarterly one-on-one meetings with all 12th grade students centered around their college plans and senior project implementation.
  • Communicating regularly and with 11th and 12th grade families and teachers about the college application and internship process.
  • Collaborating with 12th grade students, families and teachers to coordinate senior class events such as prom and graduation.
  • Publicly celebrating the college/career success of our students and alumni through displays, publications, and events such as the College Wall of Fame and College Declaration Day.
  • Keeping in touch with LCCS alumni and offering assistance to help them fulfill their college/career goals, as needed, in conjunction with the LCPS Director of College & Career Readiness.

College & Career Counseling Administration & Management

The College/Career Counselor works closely with the LCPS Director of College & Career Readiness to effectively manage the administrative components of the college application process and internship program by:

  • Working with the school administration team to review and update transcripts to ensure college eligibility

  • Ensuring that all seniors apply to college and that all eligible seniors apply to 4-year colleges by providing application instructions and support, feedback on college essays, SAT/ACT registration information, application and entrance exam fee waivers for all eligible students.

  • Writing letters of recommendation for seniors and coordinating student requests for recommendations from other LCCS staff.

  • Updating and disseminating the school’s academic profile to colleges

  • Organizing student visits to colleges, visits from college representatives to Lighthouse and the annual 11th grade trip to a local college fair.

  • Communicating with college admission and financial aid personnel as needed to maximize outcomes.

Resources, Partnerships, Research & Data

In collaboration with our LCPS Director of College and Career Readiness:

  • Leverages resources and partnerships that enhance college/career opportunities and liaising between Lighthouse and various external entities
  • Researching and reaching out to colleges that are potentially a “good fit” for our students.

  • Monitoring and disaggregating data from college entrance exams and placement tests.

  • Recording and analyzing college application, acceptance, and attendance data of Lighthouse students.

  • Keeping up-to-date on issues and trends in college admission, higher education, and testing.

Additional Duties, as assigned by Supervisor


Time Commitment

This position is 1.0 FTE (full-time exempt) and follows a 11-month (210 day) work year with significant student-free days for professional learning and collaboration with colleagues and interaction with families. Exact summer schedule to be determined in collaboration with supervisor and with supervisor approval on use and timing of any summer work in the 11th month outside the 10-month calendar. This position is expected to maintain building hours of M - F from 8:00 - 5:00 p.m. Additional work time before or after these hours may be needed and left to the employee’s discretion in terms of scheduling. 


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

We would love to hear from you if your educational toolbox includes the following:

  • B.A. or B.S. required; Master’s Degree, preferred

  • 2+ years of experience working as a high school college counselor and/or secondary teaching in English (or some combination), required

  • Appropriate California Teaching Credential or Pupil Personnel Services Credential (or ability to attain one), required, 

  • Deep knowledge of CCSS, inquiry based learning, curriculum planning, and data analysis, preferred

  • Experience working in a progressive and personalized school model a plus

  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred

 

SUPERVISION:

This position will report to High School Principal, Kelly Lara.

OUR COMPENSATION PACKAGE:

At Lighthouse Community Public Schools we take good care of our employees.  We provide a competitive compensation and benefits package, including a competitive salary and generous health and retirement benefits (100% employee health coverage/50% for dependents; 8% employer-matching for retirement program; medical and dependent FSA).

 

TO APPLY

People of color and/or bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume.

  • Cover letter describing your interest in this exciting position and why you are an optimal fit, including how your teaching philosophy, approach to student learning, and educational expertise would contribute to Lighthouse Community Public Schools.

  • 3-5 Professional References: Name, position, phone number and email address. (Two of which should be current or previous supervisors of your role).

 

Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis.   In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.   

Lighthouse Community Public School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.