Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
Employment Opportunities

COLLEGE COUNSELOR


Prospect Hill Academy: High School Campus
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3057223 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: February 25, 2019 Starting Date: August 19, 2019

Job Description
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School is a highly successful, urban K-12 public school with the mission of preparing each student for success in college, fostering responsible citizenship, and inspiring a lifelong love of learning.

At Prospect Hill Academy, the prevailing belief is that with hard work, effective effort, perseverance through adversity, committed teachers, and invested parents, all students are capable of academic, intellectual, social, and moral excellence. Fueling this conviction are seven core values that guide the daily life and culture of the school--(1) High Expectations: Each student can do and be whatever s/he wants; (2) Equity: Access and opportunity drive achievement; (3) Personalization: One size does not fit all; (4) Cultural Proficiency: We see, honor, and embrace differences; (5) Collaboration: Many minds are better than one; (6) Balance: Both-and, not either-or; (7) Inquiry: Decisions are strategic and informed by data; and (8) Accountability: If students fail, we all fail.

We are currently accepting applications for a COLLEGE COUNSELOR.

The College Counselor will work closely with the Director of College Counseling to implement a comprehensive college counseling program in the High School and Collegiate Institute. The College Counselor will work with students in preparing their college applications, including navigating financial aid and scholarship opportunities; writing letters of recommendation; organizing college forums and career events; teaching college preparation classes; communicating with parents/guardians throughout the college application process; networking with colleges and universities. The College Counselor will also collaborate closely with faculty to support students and attend High School/Collegiate Institute faculty meetings and professional development.

College Selection and Application Process
  • Provide direct and individualized college counseling to members of the senior class each year
  • Meet individually with students and parents to explore and identify appropriate college options; plan and implement events to educate and support families in the college application process
  • Monitor individual student progress throughout the college application process
  • Prepare and send letters of recommendation, transcripts, and other supplementary materials for college applications
  • Coordinate opportunities for students to engage with college representatives including: college tours, local college fairs, and admission officer school visits
  • Cultivate relationships with college admissions representatives and network regularly with college admissions departments
  • Help students identify and pursue other appropriate post-secondary options where appropriate
College Preparation & Success
  • Teach junior or senior college preparation classes, focusing on the application process and transitions to college
  • Teach junior college preparation classes, focusing on the dimensions of the application, SAT preparation, and the college essay
  • Facilitate a mock-SAT for all juniors, as well as assist students with registering for SATs
  • Create a college-going culture throughout the school by developing 9th and 10th grade college prep curriculum and resources and coordinating 9th-11th grade parent programs
Financial Aid Application and Renewal
  • Provide education for students and families around FAFSA completion and CSS profile completion
  • Meet individually with families and students to complete FAFSA and CSS profile
  • Assist students with the Financial Aid verification process
  • Facilitate lessons during College Prep course related to financial aid process
  • Organize and run FAFSA Completion Night
  • Maintain and update a comprehensive college scholarship database
  • Collect financial aid award letters and support students in comparing financial aid packages
  • Assist students with financial aid appeals
Additional responsibilities:
  • Participate in College Counseling Department programming, including evening events
  • Attend and participate in other meetings as deemed necessary by supervisor
  • Any additional responsibilities or tasks requested or assigned by supervisor

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1


Welcome to Prospect Hill Academy: High School Campus!

Prospect Hill Academy Charter School is a highly successful, urban K-12 public school with the mission of preparing each student for success in college, fostering responsible citizenship, and inspiring a lifelong love of learning.

At Prospect Hill Academy, the prevailing belief is that with hard work, effective effort, perseverance through adversity, committed teachers, and invested parents, all students are capable of academic, intellectual, social, and moral excellence. Fueling this conviction are eight core values that guide the daily life and culture of the school--(1) High Expectations; (2) Equity; (3) Personalization; (4) Cultural Proficiency; (5) Collaboration; (6) Balance; (7) Inquiry; and (8) Accountability.

The ideal PHA teacher will possess the following attributes:

P…positive
R…resilient
O…open-minded
S…student-centered
P…professional
E…engaging
C…collaborative, culturally competent, caring
T…track record of High Performance

PHA's High School Campus is located 2 blocks from Central Square, Cambridge, MA and serves grades 9-12.


Equal Opportunity Employer
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
Educational or other qualifications required:
  • A minimum of two years working with high-school students; ideally, experience working as a College Counselor or in a similar role
  • Master's Degree preferred, Bachelor's Degree required
  • MA Licensure, or willingness to pursue
Specific skills and/or competencies required:
  • Commitment to Prospect Hill Academy’s educational mission and values
  • Commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds with diverse profiles
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with a dedicated staff and involved parent body
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Well-developed and demonstrated cultural proficiency
  • Strong personal organizational and time-management skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and facilitate clearly in oral and written form with staff
  • Dedication to serving a diverse community of students by building positive relationships, holding students to high expectations, and providing rich and relentless support
  • Growth mindset and a commitment to reflective practice
  • Passionate about collaboration with colleagues and supervisor
  • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Master degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    This employer has requested that all applicants answer the following questions. It is highly recommended that you type any essays in a word processing program, save them, and then paste them on the proceeding job application page.
    1. Please describe how your educational philosophy aligns with PHA’s Mission: "Prospect Hill Academy Charter School will prepare each student for success in college, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and foster responsible citizenship."
    Short Essay (Answer limited to 600 characters, including spaces)

    2. Please tell us where you found this position posted.
    Short Essay (Answer limited to 600 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information
    Sarah Ferguson, Human Capital Director
    50 Essex Street
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
    Phone: 6172847905
    Email: sferguson@prospecthillacademy.org