High School Counselor (.6) - Chicago Quest High School

Posted 3 months ago



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

Campus: ChicagoQuest

Key Accountabilities/Duties

  • 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

Job Qualifications:

  • 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)


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Civitas Schools

1443 N. Ogden, Chicago, IL 60610