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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3059109
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : April 8, 2019

Job Description

Salem High School

Director of the College and Career Readiness Center


Who is Salem Public Schools?

Here in Salem, great leaders are passionate about urban education, drive student achievement, reflect, respect, and value the racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of our students and their families, and have a strong commitment to the Salem community.  Salem Public Schools seeks individuals who are able to serve all of our students, regardless of ability or language. Applicants who have experience teaching in urban schools, hold dual certification, and have bilingual skills are encouraged to apply.


What You’ll Do:

The Director of the College and Career Center is a year-round position that will provide the leadership necessary for creating a college and career-going culture across Salem High School (SHS) including establishing a vision that promotes college and career readiness for all students and seeks to close gaps between low-performing or traditionally underrepresented students and their peers.  The Director of the College and Career Center will lead counselors and department staff in providing every Salem High student with the inspiration, planning, academic preparation and social capital to graduate from high school ready for college and career.  The Director of the College and Career Center will be a staunch advocate for equity and will ensure that every student and student group has what they need to be successful as they pursue their college and career goals.  The Director of the College and Career Center will create the systems and structures that enable counseling staff to regularly use data to understand each and every student as an individual and as a means for monitoring, which students are successfully preparing for college and career and which, need more help.  The Director of the College & Career Center will actively engage families and the community thereby creating layers of support for students as they explore interests and prepare for college and career.  The


The Director of the College and Career Center will lead school counselors and the in enabling all students to graduate ready for college and career.  In addition to carrying a small caseload, the Director of the College and Career Center will provide the leadership necessary to build a student-centered master schedule within Aspen.


College Aspirations

  • Build a college-going culture based on early college awareness by nurturing in students the confidence to aspire to college and the resilience to overcome challenges along the way. Maintain high expectations by providing adequate supports, building social capital and conveying the conviction that all students can succeed in college.
  • Partner with school leaders in building a culture that supports students in aiming high.
  • Collaborate with teachers and administrators to systematically review early warning indicators and implement programs focused on problem solving, decision making, responsibility/consequences, self-management and improvement strategies.
  • Leverage SHS staff (e.g. Career and Technical Education Director and Externships/Career Readiness Coordinator) and local businesses and community organizations to develop internships, service learning, apprenticeships, and volunteering opportunities.
  • Collaborate with institutions of higher education to offer early college opportunities ensuring equitable access by all students.
  • Develop a guidance document that outlines by grade level important college and career planning deadlines and works to ensure that this is widely understood by all students and parents.
  • Plan and implement a strong advisory program.
  • Ensure that every student has a college and career plan that informs what courses and extracurricular activities they focus on in high school and what colleges and/or post secondary opportunities to explore that best align with their interests and goals.

Academic Planning for College and Career Readiness

  • Advance students’ planning, preparation, participation and performance in a rigorous academic program that connects to their college and career aspirations and goals.
  • Collaborate with teachers to develop effective strategies to help more students succeed in challenging courses (e.g. using technology and experiential learning, tutoring, credit recovery, etc.).
  • Examine school practices that govern entrance into rigorous classes and partner with the school principal to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in challenging courses.
  • Monitor enrollment patterns to ensure equity and access to challenging courses and pathways.
  • Oversee implementation of schedule of college fairs and visits.
  • Develop and update the college and career exploration curricula.
  • Build the master schedule within the district’s student information system (Aspen).
  • Develop and monitor the master schedule.
  • Oversee student course selection and development and maintenance of student schedules.
  • Plan, manage, and supervise the grade reporting process.
  • Manage student records.
  • Serve as the Student Management System (SMS) Administrator, as applicable per school.
  • Compile, generate, and interpret data related to student achievement.
  • Manage the student enrollment and registration process.
  • Support state reporting.

Enrichment and Extracurricular Engagement

  • Ensure equitable exposure to a wide range of extracurricular and enrichment opportunities that build leadership, nurture talents and interests, and increase engagement with school.
  • Collaborate with teachers and administrators to incorporate support for enrichment and extracurricular engagement into academics.
  • Provide all students with enrichment, extracurricular, and leadership opportunities.
  • Collaborate with community organizations to support service learning and internship opportunities tied to students’ interests, talents and abilities.
  • Ensure that materials promoting enrichment, extracurricular, and leadership opportunities are published in English and Spanish and supported by active outreach to minority students.

College and Career Options and Selection Process

  • Provide early and ongoing exposure to experiences and information necessary to make informed decisions when selecting a college or career that connects to academic preparation and future aspirations.
  • Develop practices that support all students in establishing aspirational college and career goals.
  • Work with teachers to incorporate elements of college applications, such as writing personal statements, into the educational program.
  • Assist teachers in writing effective recommendations that include students’ academic accomplishments and their assets in other areas, such as community leadership, employment skills, and family commitment and responsibility.
  • Help parents and families learn how to locate relevant resources and to navigate the system so they can be advocates for their students in the exploration and selection process.

College and Career Assessments

  • Promote preparation, participation and performance in college and career assessments by all students.
  • Support policies, practices and procedures that provide access to PSAT, SAT, and ACT for all students.
  • Guide students in reviewing and analyzing their own data to inform their goals and course selection. 

College Affordability Planning

  • Provide students and families with comprehensive information about college costs, options for paying for college, and the financial aid and scholarship processes and eligibility requirements, so they are able to plan for and afford a college education.
  • Collaborate with school leaders to find ways to offer students with financial literacy opportunities.
  • Disseminate free financial literacy and financial aid information, resources and tools in multiple languages from both federal and state agencies.
  • Assist parents and families to engage in the financial aid process and help them to navigate the post-secondary system.
  • Partner with community businesses and financial institutions to develop and provide scholarships and stipend opportunities for students and/or support financial literacy initiatives.
  • Develop a structure for central warehousing of scholarship opportunities and develop a communication strategy that ensures all students are knowledgeable of available scholarships and actively pursue those that are aligned to their college and career goals.

College and Career Application Processes

  • Assist students and families with the college and career application and admission processes so they can access the postsecondary options that are the best fit with their aspirations and interests.
  • Develop school-wide structures that streamline students’ compilation and completion of application materials.
  • Provide professional development for school personnel on the composition and content of effective letters of recommendation.
  • Develop and implement a system for collecting, reviewing and approving admission applications before submission to postsecondary institutions.
  • Leverage district resources to ensure that all materials sent from the College and Career Center are professional in appearance.
  • Host college and career essay writing labs and application completion days. 

Transitions from High School to College and Career

  • Assist students with planning for logistical issues, such as requesting final transcripts, filling out forms, taking placement tests, and arranging for transportation to and from college or career/technical schools.
  • Assist students with identifying materials and supplies such as dorm room supplies, classroom materials (e.g. calculators, notebooks, computers, etc.), and supplies for technical school (e.g. drafting tools and uniforms).


  • Supervision of school counselors and other staff as assigned by principal
  • Supports the principal in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the backgrounds of students who attend the school
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

What You’ll Bring:

We are looking for candidates who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you are a reflective practitioner who values collaboration with colleagues and pushes yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.  We expect our SPS employees to:

  • Hold a deep commitment to students and families and value diversity - The SPS community is vibrant, diverse in background, ethnicity, language, and perspective. You embrace and affirm the backgrounds of all members of the SPS community and view our diversity as a powerful resource that supports us each in learning and doing our best work.
  • Hold high expectations for yourself, students, and colleagues – You see potential in all, especially our SPS students, and maintain high expectations for achievement, while providing the support necessary to meet that bar. You hold yourself to high expectations, modeling SPS values and seeking opportunities to continuously improve.
  • Build authentic, caring relationships with colleagues, students, and families – You build strong relationships across students, families, and colleagues that are collaborative in nature and contribute to the individual and collective success of SPS.  You partner with families and colleagues to make decisions in the best interest of students and learning.
  • Embrace feedback – You are a reflective practitioner who learns from failure, using mistakes and challenges as opportunities for growth. You model persistence and growth mindset and thrive in a culture of feedback.



  • MA Certification for a Secondary School Guidance Counselor
  • MA Certification for Director Position
  • Masters degree
  • Bilingual (Spanish), preferred
  • Previous experience supporting high school internships, service learning, and co-op opportunities
  • Proven expertise in leveraging partnerships with institutions of higher education and other community-based organizations
  • Proven leadership in developing and executing a vision of high expectations for all
  • Successful experience in diverse communities
  • Demonstrated aptitude and competence for assigned responsibilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, families, staff, and community
  • Excellent communication and counseling abilities
  • Demonstrated expertise working with Aspen


  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Categories : Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
    Administrator > Vocational/Career Education
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Salem Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

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    Contact Information

    • Alicia Palmer , Director of Human Capital
    • 29 Highland Avenue
    • Salem, Massachusetts 01970
    • Phone: 978-740-1115
    • Fax: 978-740-1279
    • Email: click here

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