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Job Title: High School Placement Advisor
Company Name: KIPP Public Charter Schools
Location: San Diego, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 02/21/2018
Expire Date: 03/23/2018
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Job Description
High School Placement Advisor

About KIPP

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.  There are currently 209 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 88,000 students. More than 88 percent of our students are from low-income families and eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program, and 95 percent are African American or Latino. Nationally, more than 93 percent of KIPP middle school students have graduated high school, and more than 80 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college. There are 97 KIPP middle schools (grades 5-8), 85 elementary schools (grades Pre-K-4), and 27 high schools (grades 9-12). Students are accepted regardless of prior academic record, conduct or socioeconomic background.  

 

About KIPP San Diego

The vision of KIPP San Diego is to be a thriving region of stable schools filled with happy, successful young people on paths toward choice-filled, contented lives that positively impact our community.  KIPP San Diego will be a leader in thinking about opportunity and access for underrepresented youth in San Diego and a model for collaboration in order to dramatically change life outcomes. 

KIPP San Diego currently operates one school: KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy which will serve as the flagship for the region as it develops in the coming years to ensure that low income families in San Diego have high quality options for school.  The mission of KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy is to ensure that our students develop the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits needed to succeed in top quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world beyond. We will be a proof-point that schools with high concentrations of students that live in low-income communities are actually buildings filled with innovative, creative, engaged, passionate and valuable contributors to our community.  Through longer school days and an extended school year with extraordinarily dedicated and passionate teachers, our students improve and succeed. 95% of KIPP Adelante's alumni have graduated from high school. 60% of those have gone on to college. We are focused on raising that number.   

KIPP Adelante is in the midst of a rebirth.  With a deep belief that students’ social-emotional health is foundational to success in life, we are committing to Restorative Practices and Advisory Circles.  Our instructional focus is shifting to one that puts the students’ in the center and the heavy lifting on them. Those with experience with Project Based Learning and authentic work products are strongly encouraged to apply.  Success in using data to monitor student’s proficiency in basic skills in order to access and benefit from real-world learning experiences is essential.
 

Why work at KIPP?

At KIPP, you will be part of a national network that’s leading the way in getting students to and through college. Since our founding, it has been our core belief that all students, regardless of their zip code or demographics, will learn and achieve. We are committed to serving the students who need us most and refuse to accept anything less than an excellent college-preparatory education for students from low-income communities. Each of our more than 3,000 educators, leaders, and support staff play a role in this mission. They have the freedom to innovate and do what is best for students, and the support to grow thanks to our unparalleled professional development programs.
 

KIPP THROUGH COLLEGE:

The KIPP Through College (KTC) program is designed to build a college-going culture for current students and alumni of KIPP Adelante. The alumni group includes close to 325 students across four grade levels who are enrolled in public, private, and boarding schools across the U.S., with a majority of students at public charter high schools in the San Diego area. Our oldest alumni make up a cohort of an additional 503 college-aged students. The KTC team works to support KIPP alumni as they pursue their dreams of higher education by providing high quality high school placement, college access advising, programming, and college persistence support.

ROLE OVERVIEW:

The High School Placement Advisor is a full-time, exempt, position on the KIPP Through College (KTC) team. The HSP Advisor is responsible for educating KIPP Adelante middle school students and parents about available high school readiness and high school options. S/he is responsible for providing continual support and resources for KIPPsters throughout their last two years in middle school. S/he is responsible for the overall design and implementation of the 7th and 8th grade high school preparation curriculum. Simultaneously the HSP Advisor oversees the placement of students into college preparatory high schools. This process includes educating families on high school options and the application process, researching and relaying financial aid requirements, and assisting with necessary paperwork. In addition to supporting middle school students, the HSP Advisor will advise a caseload of ninth graders to ensure high school success. The HSP Advisor will report to the KTC Director and is a 12 month calendar-year employee.
 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plan and teach High School Preparation and Admission classes to  7th and 8th grade students

  • Assist students and parents with the preparation of high school applications and financial aid documents in a timely and high-quality manner

  • Provide regular check-ins with students (and/or parents) using, but not limited to, phone calls, text, emails, in-person, and social media, in order to provide personalized support

  • Build quality relationships with students

  • Plan and conduct parent meetings and home visits to teach about high school, which includes financial literacy and advocacy

  • Track and maintain current data (contact information, high school applications, etc.) using the alumni service database

  • Schedule and organize shadow, high school and/or college visits for students and parents

  • Monitor the completion and quality of teacher recommendation letters

  • Organize high school preparation events such as High School Success Night and informational workshops

  • Work closely with school leadership to cultivate a college-going culture school-wide

  • Conduct outreach activities to local competitive high schools and community organizations

  • Plan and travel with students on field lessons and boarding school trips, both local and out-of-state as applicable

  • Provide campus tours to high school and/or college representatives

  • Participate actively in faculty and staff meetings as appropriate

  • Participate actively in professional learning community activities, both on-site and off-site as appropriate

  • Manage and maintain relationships with the most recent alumni (i.e. promoted 9th graders); this includes checking in with students on a regular basis via emails, phone calls, and campus visits

  • Track student grades and help with any concerns or questions they may have

  • Assist 9th grade students and families with any school transfer related inquiries and processes

  • Fulfill all necessary administrative duties in a timely manner

  • May be asked to perform other duties appropriately assigned by the KTC Director

    QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree, required

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English, required

  • Experience teaching with a proven track-record of high achievement and strong classroom management, highly preferred

  • Experience with high school and/or college admissions, preferred

  • Ability to connect with people from diverse ethnic, socio-economic, and professional backgrounds

  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals

  • A relentless work ethic and high degree of self-directed problem solving

  • Flexibility and willingness to contribute when necessary on projects outside of own department

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and build relationships across teams and schools

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with keen attention to detail and strong organizational skills

  • Strong achievement orientation with exceptional time management skills and demonstrated ability to multitask

  • Ability to confidently deliver dynamic and motivational presentations

  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Adelante, KIPP San Diego, and KTC’s mission and values, which includes an uncompromising belief that all students can learn


COMPETENCIES:

Desired qualities/characteristics that the person should possess to ensure they perform successfully in the position.

  • Critical Thinker and Decision‐Maker: Analyzes information and organizes thinking to solve problems and make decisions that are aligned with an extraordinary goal

  • Flexibility: To be adaptive and accepting of new ideas, and a willingness to approach new challenges and adjust plans to meet new priorities

  • Achievement Oriented: Willingness and determination to set clear goals and strive to attain them without being deterred by challenges

  • Initiative and Enthusiasm: Contributes ideas and identifies new ways of working

  • Professionalism: Ability to interact with a diverse audience of students, parents, faculty, and school leadership both internal and external

    COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Compensation is competitive and will commensurate with experience. Employee benefits for full-time staff members include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement benefits. These benefits are paid in full for the employee only.

STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION:

KIPP San Diego is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment at our school. KIPP San Diego does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

 
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