Director of College Access

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Excel Academy Charter Schools

Published 19 days ago

Organization Overview

Excel Academy was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide a high-quality education to students in East Boston and Chelsea. Over the years, we have grown from one middle school to a network of four schools with 1,400 students in grades 5 to 12. At Excel Academy Charter Schools, we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned to their personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change their life trajectory. 

We present our students with educational experiences that allow them to grow and discover their best selves so that when they leave our halls, they can successfully navigate all of the post-secondary options available to them. You can read more about the impact of the Excel Academy model here.

At Excel Academy we learn from our students, families, and staff and make improvements. We have increasingly adapted to provide a holistic education that values our community as collaborators in the learning process, social-emotional support, equity for diverse learners, and fosters identity development. We prioritize an approach that is both rigorous and inclusive. Our team of passionate, intelligent, driven, and loving staff are at the core of the work we do. 

Growth Happens Here.

Duties and Responsibilities

In service of supporting Excel Academy Charter Network students to matriculate to and find success in their chosen post-secondary path, the Director of College Access (DOCA) will oversee the following programming:

 Transition of 8th grade students to EACHS

  • EACHS enrollment support
  • 8th grade transition programming, incusing teaching 1/week class to 8th grade students in Q4

Values-aligned exploration of post-secondary, extracurricular, and summer opportunities for grades 5-11

  • Advisory lessons supporting summer opportunities exploration and application process
  • 1 on 1 goal setting meetings 2x per year with all 9 and 10 graders
  • College visits and alumni panels for grades 5-9
  • Whole-group grade specific presentations (advisory 3x per year in 9 and 10 grade, orientations)
  • Middle school and high school Summer Opportunity Fairs
  • Summer opportunities database
  • Program info sessions
  • Job shadow program

Tactical support for students applying to and participating in post-secondary access opportunities

  • Resume workshops
  • Middle school scholarship program applications
  • Summer opportunity application workshops
  • Building and maintaining summer opportunity program partnerships
  • Summer Opportunity Scholarship
  • Nomination and application process for specific/selective programs
  • Ad hoc 1 on 1 Application support and counseling
  • Advisor strategy sessions 1x per year with all 9, 10, 11 grade advisors
  • Summer opportunity and extracurricular participation tracking and


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required;
  • 1-4 years of professional work experience required. Prior experience in Recruitment or HR helpful but not required; 
  • A commitment to and belief in all students and the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
  • A commitment to addressing racial and economic inequity in education;
  • The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
  • Exceptional attention to detail and follow-through on task completion;
  • A high level of discretion and the ability to manage sensitive information confidentially; 
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
  • An openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in receiving feedback for continuous improvement.

Preferences will be given to applicant who also: 

  • Have experience in a public or charter school setting;
  • Speak Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic fluently;
  • Can speak to the importance of rigorous classroom instruction and culture; 
  • Can speak to the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Position title and compensation will be determined, in part, by applicant’s experience.

Excel Academy Charter Schools is committed to its work as an anti-racist organization. One critical element of that commitment is building and empowering a diverse staff that reflects the community that we serve.. We strongly encourage applications from candidates whose experiences share important points of intersection with those of our students. Staff who demonstrate fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic (languages spoken widely by our diverse community of families) will receive additional compensation, as will staff who are alumni of our schools.

Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Organization Overview

Excel Academy was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide a high-quality education to students in East Boston and Chelsea. Over the years, we have grown from one middle school to a network of four schools with 1,400…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required


Boston, MA

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