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Director of College Access and Success

Role:

Rochester Prep High School, a college preparatory charter high school in Rochester, NY seeks a full-time, experienced Director of College Access and Success to start immediately. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The Director of College Access and Success at Rochester Prep High School (RPHS) is responsible for the leading the team to ensure matriculation of every graduating student into a university/college. The Director of College Access and Success will promote the mission of Uncommon Schools with a college counseling program that will develop student knowledge, skills, and character. It is the ultimate goal of the college counseling department at RPHS through guidance and education, to ensure that all RPHS graduates enter, succeed at, and graduate from college.

The Director of College Access and Success will ensure proper college matches for students regarding school community, size, location, student to faculty ratio, academic interests, financial aid, and extracurricular interests. It is important to research student support systems - both academic and social - and verify they match student needs. The Director of College Access and Success:

Believe in the mission:
1. Demonstrate relentless drive to improve the characters & lives of students in and out of school;
2. Show unwavering commitment to urban youth; and
3. Exhibit resilience to persevere and turn challenges into opportunities.
Lead for excellence:
4. Lead each RPHS student to the successful placement in college;
5. Focus constantly on student achievement. Think critically and strategically in order to place RPHS students in the most advantageous position possible when applying to college; and
6. Consistently evaluate progress, using data to drive improvements in the college counseling process.
Take initiative:
7. Create a college-readiness culture for RPHS students and families, building opportunities for students to be emotionally and socially prepared for college life and
8. Develop and maintain strong relationships with college admissions officers and the individuals responsible for college recruitment and acceptance at each campus.

Goals & Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

Primary Goal: 100% of our students are accepted and matriculate into the college that is the best match.

• Partner with key internal stakeholders, to identify, build and implement sustainable systems and practices for engaging and supporting Rochester Prep alumni.

• Meet with students and parents regularly to discuss college options, curricular planning, and standardized test plans.

• Counsel students and their parents from the fall of junior year through the end of senior year as they research and apply to colleges.

• Build and manage relationships and partnerships with colleges that are “best fits” for our students.

• Continue to develop relationships with college and university admissions offices by meeting with college representatives, visiting college campuses, and attending regional and national conferences.

• Map out a long-term strategy for supporting our increasing number of college-bound high school graduates.

• Develop targeted college readiness skills through small group and whole group facilitation

• Write recommendation letters for designated counselees.

• Advocate for counselees to colleges and universities

• Fully utilize the resources of Naviance to facilitate the college search and application processes

• Compile and disseminate scholarship and summer program information

• Help organize and run student, parent, and faculty information events on campus

• Participate in faculty and staff meetings

• Fulfill other school duties and responsibilities as deemed appropriate for the position

• Manage growing college counseling team

Qualifications:
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

• Ability to work with faculty, families, students, and corporate leaders;
• Be analytical and possess strong communication skills; 
• Comfortable with supervising and managing; 
• Fast learner with the ability to inquire and be open to feedback; 

• Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills;

• Excellent writing skills;

• Attention to detail, with strong organizational skills;

• Web and computer proficient;
• Comfort working with both high school-age students and their parents; 
• Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team;
• Ability to work in fast paced environment that is deadline driven. 

Minimum educational level

• Bachelor's degree (advanced degree preferred)

Experience required 
• Admissions experience at a selective college/university;
• Extensive knowledge of US colleges/universities and the college admissions process;
• Strong knowledge/familiarity with the college financial aid process, including the FAFSA and CSS Profile.


Compensation

We offer a generous compensation package. All staff members are equipped with the tools needed to succeed, including a dedicated work space, laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies.


The foregoing information is requested for mandatory government reporting purposes only.  As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law. 

 

Please note that your application will not be saved until you click “submit” at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along.  Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools.

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