LA2050
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Director, Counseling

Employment type
Full-Time
Posted
12 days ago
Location
Los Angeles
Description

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools was founded in 2004 based on the belief that all young people––regardless of ZIP code, income, ability, or background–– are capable of achieving at high levels. Alliance is now one of the largest and most successful public charter school networks in the nation, operating 26 high-performing middle and high schools serving 13,000 scholars in Los Angeles communities that have been systemically oppressed. In our 16th school year, Alliance has a proven record of success: though 93% of incoming sixth graders come to Alliance reading below grade level, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 73% to a four-year university. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, with a goal of 75% of Alliance graduates completing a four-year college degree. Now is the time to join our collaborative community to make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.

ROLE SUMMARY

At Alliance, we believe that all of our scholars can achieve at high levels.  That’s why we’ve raised our aspirations – to be in the top quartile of all schools in California and to ensure our scholars enroll in and graduate from college. Reporting to the Vice President, Counseling and College Success, the Director, School Counseling is responsible for supporting middle school and high school counseling programs across all 26 Alliance schools, with an emphasis on the academic and social emotional development of scholars to best prepare them for college readiness and college access.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • Oversee development of a bank of resources, data tools, and templates for counselors, administrators, and other school staff across topics such as credit recovery options, dual enrollment options, and social and emotional development.
  • Collaborate on developing and providing professional development to counselors and other members of school site counseling and college success teams on topics that support network-wide priorities.
  • Coach counselors on best practices to support scholar personal and academic success, academic planning and social emotional development. 
  • Develop and implement systems to improve operational processes related to the work of counselors including historical grade imports, graduation and progress monitoring, graduation status tracking, and academic graduation checks.
  • Support schools with transcript evaluation and provide guidance on course placement for scholars transferring into Alliance.
  • Serve as District Manager of UC Course Management Portal, supporting schools with maintaining accurate UC course lists for a-g eligibility.
  • Manage master scheduling process in collaboration with SIS Team, providing support to schools to ensure accurate course information and scheduling in PowerSchool and accurate reporting to CALPADS.
  • Identify and implement quantitative benchmarks and data analysis using multiple platforms (e.g. PowerSchool, Panorama) to drive consistent, high quality scholar services and ongoing refinement of strategies to ultimately support all scholars in grades 6-12 in achieving milestones leading to college acceptance, matriculation, and success.
  • Manage relationships and contracts with various service providers while also continuing to forge new relationships to provide well-rounded support to scholars.
  • Work collaboratively with other Home Office teams to provide consistent and seamless supports and strategies to school sites. 

 

THE IDEAL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE/BE:

  • Commitment to Alliance’s core beliefs and educational philosophy;
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting equity, diversity, and inclusivity and commitment to build an anti-racist workplace ; 
  • Ability and commitment to work collaboratively with an emphasis on a “college going culture” approach; 
  • Strong knowledge of student information systems, financial aid systems, codes and regulations affecting student services, Knowledge and understanding of California Higher Education systems and student services programs; 
  • Ability to lead effectively in a multi-layered organization and build strong relationships with teachers, coaches, school leaders, senior leadership, and other home office and school-based colleagues; 
  • Strong customer service orientation, with demonstrated ability to establish and sustain systems to provide great service experiences to stakeholders; 
  • Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced environment; 
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education; and
  • Flexibility to adapt to constantly changing environments and continually looking for ways to work proactively to improve systems, structures and processes 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

At least 4 years of progressive professional work experience in a school counseling and A Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university 

OR

At least (7) years of total experience in school counseling, including at least (2) years of leading counseling at the school level or network level, preferred.

Graduate degree in education, educational leadership, public administration, or related field, preferred.

Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential preferred.

Proficient use of Google-based applications and fluency in PowerSchool, UC Course

Management Portal, and Naviance, preferred

WORK LOCATION

This position is remote and will work virtually in the greater Los Angeles area, with travel to school sites once public health conditions allow. The successful candidate will be given a $400 work from home set-up allowance and receive a monthly stipend of $100.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

In alignment with our commitment to equity for our scholars, Alliance is committed to equity and transparency for our team and offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience and education, as well as an employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of regular earnings, and a comprehensive group health benefits package, including medical, dental and vision. This position is exempt. The compensation range for this position is $89,000 - $130,000. 

To apply

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter at www.laalliance.org/careers. Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are tuition-free public charter schools that do not discriminate against any scholar, parent, community member, or staff member on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.