FOUNDING HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY: College & Career Readiness Counselor for the 2018-2019 School Year

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,000.00
Maximum: $80,000.00
Details: Commensurate with experience



Application Deadline:



United States


Our Founding College & Career Readiness (CCR) Counselor is an essential member of our high school’s founding team. She/he will create, implement, and refine curricular offerings for Unity’s ninth grade, as well as provide freshmen with academic counseling and support services. The goal of her/his work is to provide Unity students with a strong knowledge base regarding ways to prepare for and apply to college, improve their academic performance, and become better acquainted with extracurricular opportunities such as internships and summertime experiential learning opportunities. In doing so, she/he will play a critical role in the fulfillment of Unity’s mission: empowering students as scholars and citizens so they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives.


Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves the community of central Brooklyn in New York City. We are currently in our fifth year and serve 500 students in grades 6-10. Over the next two years, we will continue to grow one grade level per year until we reach full size in 2019 with approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. We look forward to the graduation of our founding class in the spring of 2020.

About Unity

Every day, the school community at Unity works as a team to empower our students. Though the scope of each staff member’s daily tasks and responsibilities is broad, we aim to align all elements of our work with the school’s mission: to empower students as scholars and citizens so that they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. This mission is the heart of our school, informing our choices and uniting our community under one shared purpose.

As a young and growing school, Unity strives to continuously strengthen its rigorous academic program in the liberal arts & sciences. Unity educators are creators and collaborators, developing curriculum that is designed with our specific students in mind. Our students are at the center of all that we do at Unity, and our structures and systems reflect that. We prioritize differentiated academic support, offer extended learning time, and expose students to an ever-expanding array of enrichment clubs and learning opportunities outside the classroom. Additionally, we are building a supportive school culture that emphasizes empathy and fosters students’ socio-emotional development.

As a school and learning community, we believe that:

1. High expectations must be coupled with high support: To ensure student success, Unity staff members provide support commensurate with the high expectations placed upon students, both in the form of academic support and support in character development.

2. Drawing on our Community’s Diversity of Perspective and Experience Deepens Learning: We firmly believe that educational equity is best achieved, and academic learning is most profound, in diverse school settings. Our community draws strength from the rich experiences of each student.

3. Building Connections between the Classroom and Adult World is Empowering: To supplement students’ academic learning, we provide students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real world experiences. This requires going beyond the school’s walls so that students may meaningfully interact with and positively contribute to the local community. The typical school day cannot provide such a program – we thus offer an extended school day and school year.

4. A Powerful School Culture Requires Going Beyond Compliance: Our core values, the code of conduct, the enrichment programs, and the attitudes and behavior of the staff breed a culture in which students experience a sense of unity with classmates, value the power of being highly educated, and take responsibility for their own learning. We complement academic education with training on managing emotions and developing character strengths including our Core Values of Awareness, Initiative, Courage, Inquiry, Kindness and Integrity.

5. Strong Teaching is a Central Lever in Promoting Student Learning: Recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptional teachers is an absolute priority for us. We reward teachers generously for their contributions to student learning. Likewise, we provide ample, ongoing opportunities for teachers to develop their skills, establish and meet goals, and be challenged to reach their full potential as educators.

6. Assessing Learning through a Variety of Forms is Essential: We believe that using standardized test results as the sole measure of a student’s academic progress leads to an incomplete understanding of the student’s overall ability and potential to excel. An annual year-end presentation of a portfolio of work spanning the entire year is a more comprehensive and informative representation of a student’s learning. These RT presentations also reveal a student's interpersonal skills and the development of their character strengths. When examining standardized test data, it is imperative that a student’s growth is celebrated as prominently as the student’s actual proficiency level.

7. The Exchange of Best Practices Amplifies our Impact: We subscribe to the notion that any school developing innovative practices that successfully promote student learning has a responsibility to share them with other schools.

While many of our 6th graders start at Unity multiple years behind grade level, our focus on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success is reaping impressive results for our students and families. Among our recent successes in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Our middle school students, on average, outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • Our students across all grades who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, significantly outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our ninth grade students, who have experienced the education we offer longest, soundly outperformed the state on their Regents exams in Algebra I and Living Environment.
  • Based on a citywide survey completed by students’ families, Unity’s satisfaction rates were higher than the citywide average in all categories. For example, 97% of families reported they are satisfied with the education their children are receiving at Unity.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education:
  • 100% of our 9th grade students participated in an afternoon extra-curricular activity.
  • 80% of 9th grade students participated in a formal community service initiative.
  • 90% of students successfully completed their end-of-year Roundtable presentation, a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members.
  • 100% of high school students completed a full-year course in college and career readiness.


Our faculty plays an essential role in establishing Unity as a model educational institution. Most critically, faculty members equip students with the knowledge and skills needed – including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently – in order to experience secondary and postsecondary success. Key responsibilities of a Unity CCR Counselor include but are not limited to the following:

Academic Counseling

I. Teaching

  • Lead teaches a CCR course, which meets twice weekly
  • Plans a rigorous and engaging curriculum in CCR that aligns vertically to CCR courses taught in the upper grade levels using the Understanding by Design framework alongside co-teachers - such collaborative planning will begin in the summer of 2018
  • Implements specially designed lessons that are guided by clear objectives that focus on conceptual understanding and that are assessed routinely for student mastery
  • Provides additional remediation and acceleration based on formative assessments so that individual students are appropriately challenged according to their zones of proximal development
  • Collaborates with the founding team to create, implement, and refine schoolwide and classroom-based systems, routines, and procedures
  • Ensures that classroom time is utilized through sound management practices and by developing strong and trusting relationships with students

II. Academic/Guidance Counseling

  • Provides academic counseling to a select caseload of students (ex.academically at-risk students)
  • Serves on the Response to Intervention (RTI) academic team

III. Records/Transcripts

  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date database of academic records
  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date transcripts

IV. Programming

  • Ensures that student schedules accurately reflect academic progress toward graduation, including students who enroll mid-semester
  • Assists teachers when students enroll mid-semester, making sure that teachers receive guidance on integrating the students into their coursework, and ensuring that previous grades, credits, and evaluations are handled appropriately
  • Keeps abreast of all high school graduation requirements and tracks student progress toward graduation

V. Reporting

  • Constructs reports as needed for state reporting, transcripts, report cards

VI. Postsecondary Preparation

  • Manages ongoing testing administration and logistics, including high stakes College Board testing (PSAT/AP/SAT I/SAT II) and relevant accommodations
  • Connects students to summer activities, including accelerated coursework, extra-curricular activities, mentoring, internships, employment, etc.
  • Helps students to research and understand their post-secondary career and educational options
  • Assists with student preparation of applications for college and jobs
  • Educates students and parents about college admissions requirements and financial aid

VII. Other

  • Helps to coordinate high school awards receptions and graduation ceremonies
  • Contributes to the school’s smooth and efficient operation by fulfilling required administrative duties and responsibilities and maintaining open and proactive communication with colleagues
  • Builds strong relationships with families through consistent communication and in following through on commitments
  • Performs other operations-related tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position


The ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

  • Formal teaching experience and experience in high school guidance counseling and/or college/career counseling
  • Expertise in managing databases
  • A proven track record in accelerating student growth and mastery
  • A balance of high expectations and high support, a growth mindset, and an innate joy in working with adolescents
  • Demonstrably strong organizational, interpersonal, and classroom/course management skills
  • An acumen for actively engaging students in her/his own learning, academically and non-academically
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • A strong work ethic that features organization, multi-tasking, flexibility, an orientation toward solutions, and a pride in meeting deadlines
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating instruction to fully support the needs of diverse learners
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), of course, a sense of humor
  • New York State teacher certification
  • A Master’s Degree

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.


Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

If you seek to contribute meaningfully to the development and successful operation of an innovative public school with a strong team of talented educators, please visit to submit a cover letter and resume and begin the application process.