Academic Counselor (Middle School and High School)

Published 26 days ago

Overview of Position: Our Academic Counselor is an essential member of our high school’s founding team. They provide Unity students academic counseling and support services. The goal of their work is to provide Unity students with information and support in developing their visions for their future lives, develop students’ knowledge regarding ways to prepare for and apply to college or career, foster improvement in their academic performance, and empower them to become better acquainted with extracurricular opportunities such as internships and summertime experiential learning opportunities. In doing so, they 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.


Overview of Unity - Our Model and Approach: Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is a tuition-free, open-enrollment, independent charter school that offers a progressive education in the liberal arts & sciences to over 600 students in grades 6-12. As a community-based school, we proudly serve the communities of central Brooklyn in New York City. Our middle school and high school campuses are located in the neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant and Williamsburg, respectively.


Unity’s mission is to empower students as scholars and citizens so they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. We accomplish our mission through the integration of seven key elements that serve as the backbone of our school’s design. Collectively, these elements reflect our beliefs on what makes for an exceptional secondary education in today’s world:


1.    A Grades 6-12 College Preparatory Curriculum:​ a college-preparatory liberal arts and sciences program of study in mathematics, English language arts (ELA), science, and history that fosters in students the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently so that they are fully prepared to succeed in their postsecondary studies


2.    Excellent Teaching:​ ​​an enthusiastic faculty of expert educators who are demonstrably successful in promoting student learning, couple high expectations with high support, go above and beyond the call of duty for students as scholars and as citizens, and serve as role models for students as life-long learners and as individuals who take the utmost pride in perfecting their craft


3.    More Time for Learning:​ ​​an extended day, week, and year that provide approximately 20% more time than the local district average for academic enrichment and extracurricular activities that deepen learning and engagement, accelerate academic growth, and expose students to new pursuits


4.    Intensive and Differentiated Academic Support:​ customized settings and support provided by caring specialists for remediation and acceleration, including small class sizes, integrated co-teaching, literacy interventions, after-school and weekend tutoring, as well as advanced-level course offerings at our middle school and high school


5.    Ample Enrichment Courses and Extra-Curricular Activities:​ enrichment courses in the performing arts, visual arts, computer science, and foreign languages, as well as elective clubs, athletic teams, internships, and other “beyond-the-classroom” activities that serve to reinforce what students learn in their core courses, accommodate individual student interests, and develop important professional and citizenship skills through real-world, meaningful application


6.    A Positive and Supportive School Culture:​ ​​a culture built on a framework of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) in which compassionate adults explicitly guide students in the following:

o      modeling the behaviors that contribute to a positive and productive learning environment

o      developing socio-emotional skills needed to be successful, including how to manage emotions, reduce stress, make healthy decisions, and learn from one’s mistakes


7.    Active Family and Community Involvement: ample opportunities for family engagement and community service that promotes open communication, meaningful collaboration, and active involvement and service within Unity’s community and beyond


Our Recent Accomplishments: Regardless of where students are academically or otherwise as they enter our school, our focus is on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success. This focus has reaped impressive results for our students and families in recent years. Among our accomplishments:

●     98% of our Class of 2020 earned their high school diploma in four years. 100% of our graduates had formal college and career plans with approximately 90% enrolling in a two- or four-year college.

●     95% of our graduates complete at least one Advanced Placement (AP) course in high school. This compares favorably with the 33% of NYC graduates who enroll in AP courses during their high school tenure.

●     Our students 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, have consistently outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.

●     Our 8th grade students have consistently outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.

●     In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education, a vast majority of our students experience the following over their seven years at Unity:

o      After-school extra-curricular activities, including athletics and clubs;

o      Formal community service initiatives;

o      End-of-year Roundtable presentation - a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members, and;

o      Intensive counseling in College & Career Readiness beginning in 9th grade.


Core Responsibilities: Key responsibilities of a Unity Academic Counselor include, but are not limited to, the following:


I. Workshop Facilitation

●       Plans and facilitates a rigorous and engaging curriculum of workshops that aligns vertically to workshops taught in the other grade levels

●       Collaborates to create, implement, and refine schoolwide, gradewide, and classroom-based systems, routines, and procedures

●       Provides workshops for students and families/guardians on college and career readiness including financial aid preparation as well as summer opportunities such as pre-college programs, internship, volunteer, and academic opportunities.

●       Co-facilitates week-long summer bridge programming for students in preparation of the college application process

●       Develops, manages, and maintains relationships with CBOs

●       Plans and executes collaborative workshops for our school community with CBO partners


II. Academic/Guidance Counseling

●     Provides academic counseling to a select caseload of students

●     Ensures students in counseling caseload make satisfactory progress toward credit accumulation and on-time graduation

●     Communicates proactively with parents/caregivers of students regarding academic performance

●     Identifies academic and non-academic needs of students and connects students with resources based on those identified needs

●     Ensures that students and families/caregivers understand credit and Regent accumulation in relation to students’ post-secondary goals

●     Counsels students on importance of Regents scores, GPA, and SAT scores as they relate to students’ post-secondary goals

●     Facilitates 1:1 and group academic interventions as needed

●     Attends IEP meetings as needed

●     Counsels students on colleges, majors, and career exploration

●     Actively communicates and collaborates with grade team teachers, social work team, and counseling team in order to ensure holistic support of student

●     Maintains up-to-date case notes for each student on caseload

●     Researches and provides information on after school and summer internships, jobs, programs and/or college-campus experiences for students


III. Records/Transcripts

●     Enters transcripts for new students into database within time frame allotted

●     Maintains accurate and up-to-date transcripts

●     Maintains accurate records of all student documents


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 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 test administration and logistics for PSAT/SAT I and relevant accommodations

●     Connects students to summer enrichment activities, including accelerated coursework, extra-curricular activities, mentoring, internships, employment, etc.

●     Helps students research and understand their postsecondary career and educational options

●     Assists with student preparation of applications for internships and jobs


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 students and families through consistent communication and in following through on commitments

●     Performs other operations-related tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position

Core Qualifications: An ideal candidate for this position is equipped with:

●     Formal experience in high school guidance counseling and/or college/career counseling

●     A balance of high expectations and high support, a growth mindset, and an innate enjoyment of working with young people

●     Demonstrably strong organizational and interpersonal 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 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), a sense of humor

●     A Master’s Degree (preferred)

Overview of Position: Our Academic Counselor is an essential member of our high school’s founding team. They provide Unity students academic counseling and support services. The goal of their work is to provide Unity students with…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required


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432 Monroe St, Brooklyn, NY 11221, USA

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