High School Counselor (.6) - Chicago Quest High School
Civitas Schools is an educational management organization which operates three campuses of Chicago International Charter School (CICS). We serve approximately 2000 students in grades Kindergarten through 12, on four sites: CICS Ralph Ellison High School, CICS Northtown Academy High School, CICS ChicagoQuest and CICS Wrightwood Elementary School. Civitas Schools provides urban students with an outstanding college preparatory experience rooted in high expectations for student achievement and civic responsibility.
Mission: Civitas Schools aim to provide our teams and students with an exceptional experience rooted in high expectations for student achievement and civic responsibility. We provide strategic management, organizational leadership and professional development support rooted in the following core principles:
Focus: Our content-rich curriculum is centered on student learning and all decisions made at Civitas Schools focus on students.
Accountability: High expectations are set for students, parents, staff, and administration.
Collaboration: Our school environment promotes stakeholder collaboration to maximize student academic and personal achievement.
Position Summary: Informed by the school’s mission, the College Counselor will ensure that all students receive academic support and guidance by receiving individual postsecondary planning that guides students in identifying their strengths. A major emphasis should be placed on college readiness and preparation, from 9th grade through graduation.
Title: College Counselor (60%)
Reports to: School Principal
Serve as a resource for students, teachers, parents, guardians, and the school as a whole
Identifies, develops, and tracks success rates of school wide college preparatory curriculum
Collaborate with teachers to design programming for classroom and/or support when needed
Contribute to the school-wide college going culture by providing college awareness, preparation and access guidance using the OneGoal program and documenting it’s success rate quarterly
Meet with junior and senior level students of concern to address areas of concern (attendance, grades, credits, etc.)
Designs student support plans as necessary
Monitor individual student progress and provide guidance throughout the college application process
Meet individually with student(s) and parents/to explore and identify appropriate college options
Guide students and their parents/guardians through the postsecondary process and supports the family’s efforts to complete college and financial aid applications
Build and maintain relationships with college admission professionals
Coordinate college event planning and implementation with an annual calendar of events
Provide relevant training to students on appropriate interviewing techniques, self-assessment tools, and application essay writing techniques
Guide students understanding and utilizing Naviance, the college admission data management system, and CPS Learn, Plan, Succeed platform
Serve as lead in the arrangement of college visits and trips to local college fairs
Create on campus opportunities for college admissions officers to visit the school and meet with students
Maintain a strong working knowledge of colleges and universities, which includes making regular visits to colleges
Stay current on higher education landscapes
Prepare and edit documents; check and enter data; prepare and send mailings and packages
Prepare supplementary materials to be sent to colleges
Oversee that school credentials (transcripts and letters of recommendation) are timely sent to colleges
Pursue appropriate professional development, including attendance at annual conference(s) in the counseling and admission professional organizations
Maintains current and accurate academic records and student files
Minimum of two years of relevant work experience in a High School setting
Master’s Degree in education or relevant content (required)
Appropriate IL certifications (required)