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Drew Charter School – Director of College & Career Readiness (APS)

Charles R. Drew Charter School is a successful cradle-to-college education pipeline, serving children in East Lake and Atlanta from six-weeks old through 12th grade. The vision for the East Lake neighborhood revitalization is to help families break the cycle of poverty. East Lake is where possibility happens.

The goals for this position are ambitious and achievable. The Drew Charter School team is committed to ensuring the following are fulfilled and is looking for an exemplary and dynamic leader to join the team.

  • 100% of students take advanced courses
  • 100% of students graduate high school
  • 100% of students are aware, eligible and prepared for college
  • 100% of students are accepted into colleges and universities

Responsibilities:

  • Educating students and parents about colleges, the college admissions process, trends, procedures, and testing; advising and supporting all students and families as they go through the process.
  • Meeting with juniors and seniors, individually and in groups, to talk about process and individual college choices. The College Counselor also advises 9th and 10th graders on curricular choices, as needed, and works with students to understand college admissions, especially aspects unique to them.
  • Meeting with all college admissions representatives who visit our campus and facilitating meetings between college representatives and our students. The College & Career Readiness Counselor also serves as a liaison with College admissions offices throughout the year.
  • Compiling an annual Profile of the School, as well as information on grade distributions in junior and senior courses and courses offered at our school.
  • Working with Registrar to maintain records on seniors, including GPA’s and transcripts.
  • Writing an official school recommendation for each student. To do so, the College & Career Readiness Counselor gathers information from parents, teachers, school records, and students themselves. The College & Career Readiness Counselor also completes all School Report and mid-year report forms requested by colleges, including evaluations of students.
  • Researching and sharing information on colleges, college guides, scholarships, financial aid, and paying for college.
  • Updating an annual College Search Handbook, a resource mailed to junior and senior parents each summer, an extensive assembly of information about the college search process. The College & Career Readiness Counselor also keeps parents informed through regular communication about test dates, local college events, and financial aid.
  • Acting as lead advisor to the senior class as a whole and advising several individual seniors each year, providing academic and personal counseling. In addition to working with senior class on class events, class meetings provide an opportunity to disseminate information about the college application process.
  • Keeping track of admission decisions, statistics, and making a report to the Board of Trustees.
  • Making informational presentations to parents, such as the annual presentations to parents of 8th graders, parents of juniors, new parents, and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
  • Being aware of issues and trends in college admission, higher education, testing, as well as keeping up-to-date about specific colleges and maintaining membership in professional organizations: the College Board, the National Association of College Admission Counselors, the New England Association of College Admission Counselors, and Snowline (a western New England independent school college counselor group).
  • Maintaining and disseminating information about standardized tests such as SAT, ACT, and TOEFL, helping to administer AP and PSAT exams, serving as AP Coordinator, and working with the Registrar to arrange for or extended time on these tests, as warranted.
  • Coordinating selection of college book award winners and presents them on Graduation weekend. The College & Career Readiness Counselor has also handled various aspects of Graduation such as the graduation photo, certificates, and creating programs for Graduation and Academic Convocation

Qualifications:

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited institution. Two to five years of relevant experience is preferred. Master’s degree or beyond in college counseling and/or counseling is desirable.

The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; commitment to the goals, objectives, and mission of Drew Charter School; the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and demanding student and parent population; deep knowledge of colleges, their academic programs, admission policies, and financial policies and procedures.

Reporting: The College and Career Counselor will report directly to the Drew Charter School Principal. Compensation: Compensation is competitive and based on education and number of years of experience.

Drew Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.

Application requirements: Cover letter expressing interest, up-to-date resume, and list of references received by May 31, 2014

Contact: Felicia Johnson
Email: felicia.johnson@drewcharterschool.org

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