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Overview of Position: Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves central Brooklyn in New York City. We are currently in our eighth year and serve over 500 students in grades 6-12. 100% of our first class of students graduated in June 2020. We are proud to state that 100% of our inaugural class applied to and earned admission to college. We look forward to building on this success in two major ways: ensuring the continued success of our inaugural class in their college and/or career programs, and enabling subsequent classes of students to follow in their footsteps.


Overview of Unity - Our Model and Approach: Unity is a tuition-free, open-enrollment, independent charter school that offers a progressive education in the liberal arts & sciences to over 500 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Intensive and Differentiated Academic Support:​ customized settings and supports 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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: 
  • modeling behaviors that contribute to a positive and productive learning environment, and
  • developing socio-emotional skills needed to be successful, including how to manage emotions, reduce stress, make healthy decisions, and learn from one’s mistakes.


  1. Active Family and Community Involvement: ample opportunities for family engagement and community service that promote 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 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 two- or four-year colleges. 
  • 95% of our graduates completed 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, LatinX, 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:
  • After-school extra-curricular activities, including athletics and clubs;
  • Formal community service initiatives;
  • End-of-year Roundtable presentation - a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members; and
  • Intensive counseling in College & Career Readiness beginning in 9th grade.


About the Position: Unity’s Alumni Success Counselor will engage Unity’s graduates as they venture off to college and career-training programs. As described below, the Alumni Success Counselor’s work will empowering Unity alumni with the skills and knowledge to: 

  • Complete and punctually submit financial aid and scholarship applications;
  • Identify and access on-campus/industry supports and resources;
  • Navigate and acculturate to college and work environments;
  • Maintain and deepen the involvement of alumni with Unity;
  • Receive ongoing career and postgraduate support; 
  • Serve as mentors to Unity students and other alumni;
  • Complete and submit transfer applications to schools/programs;
  • Connect with accessibility offices, mental health supports, and other resources as needed; and 
  • Identify trends and important observations by collecting and tracking alumni data.

 

Reporting to the Director of Career and Career Readiness and the Director of Academic Counseling, the Alumni Success Counselor will support professional and personal growth of college alumni, create and manage a platform for alumni to connect with their peers and Unity stakeholders, and participate in future alumni events and programs.

 

Core Responsibilities: Key responsibilities of Unity’s Alumni Success Counselor include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Alumni Engagement and Support
  2. Support college success by: 
  3. Maintaining a caseload of approximately 150 college-aged young people,
  4. Tracking alumni data, 
  5. Troubleshooting and linking participants with additional supports as necessary,
  6. Conducting regular check-ins and in-person visits with alumni, and
  7. Maintaining up-to-date case notes for each alumnus.
  8. Support transition from high school to college by: 
  9. Guiding alumni in selecting the appropriate course schedule,
  10. Supporting alumni in arranging payment for all college costs, including, but not limited to, executing all student and parent loans, and
  11. Completing all necessary paperwork and logistics to start school on time in the best possible standing (e.g., housing, financial aid, coursework, necessary learning materials, transportation, work-study, etc.).
  12. Provide 1:1 support or group workshops that focus on: 
  13. Social/emotional support (acculturation issues, accessing on-campus supports), 
  14. Financial support (CSS Profile/FAFSA/TAP/scholarship application submission), 
  15. Academic supports for aspects of college (accessing academic supports, ensuring timely credit accrual toward diploma),
  16. Summer opportunities such as SYEP, internships, summer jobs, funded travel, or study abroad, and
  17. Funding or scholarship opportunities.
  18. Ensure Unity alumni are aware of financial aid requirements and deadlines, and support alumni and families in the application process and with financial aid issues as necessary.
  19. Create, monitor, and ensure engagement with Unity’s Linkedin Alumni Group.
  20. Plan and execute at least 2-3 alumni engagement events per year, including an annual reunion and alumni-led regional events.
  21. Track trajectories of Unity alumni to share with stakeholders.
  22. Keep meticulous records and data on status of students in college, including, but not limited to:
  23. Completion of CSS Profile/FAFSA/TAP,
  24. Academic performance/success,
  25. Case notes,
  26. Outreach efforts,
  27. Alumni engagement,
  28. Summer programming, and
  29. College retention and graduation rates.
  30. Provide logistical and administrative support for alumni events.

 

  1. Communication and Outreach
  2. Develop and maintain monthly electronic/virtual communications for Unity alumni,
  3. Conduct ongoing outreach to increase and maintain strong participation amongst alumni,
  4. Promote networking events and career opportunities for alumni in bi-weekly Career and Alumni Services e-Newsletter,
  5. Coordinate communication with alumni on events, volunteerism, etc.,
  6. Create event collateral, such as event programs, flyers, website pages, etc., and
  7. Build relationships and partnerships at college campuses, CBOs, and internship providers.


  1. Alumni Network Support
  2. Recruit, hire, train, and manage Alumni Ambassadors,
  3. Recruit alumni as career coaches, mentors, and panelists to participate in Career Fair and other Unity events, and
  4. Coordinate career development programming to support participants’ job readiness and networking skills.


  1. Data Management and Evaluation
  2. Support and manage build-out of alumni tracking database,
  3. Track ongoing activities of alumni to further document the extent to which Unity is achieving its mission,
  4. Develop and administer alumni surveys and analyze engagement and career outcomes, and
  5. Maintain alumni records within database.

 

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, counseling, social work, or related field required, Master’s degree preferred,
  • Relevant experience in alumni affairs, student affairs, or event management preferred,
  • Strong communication skills and ability to effectively represent Unity,
  • Experience implementing programs, small- and large-scale events, and program planning, coordination, and facilitation,
  • Passionate commitment to Unity’s mission and core values,
  • Experiential or professional understanding of the academic and non-academic issues that most typically affect low-income, first-generation college students,
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with college-aged youth,
  • Superior organizational, administrative, communication, and problem-solving skills, and strong ability to meet deadlines,
  • Strong technical and data tracking and reporting skills (e.g., familiarity with MS Excel, Google Suite, and professional and social networking tools/platforms),
  • The ideal candidate is a collaborative individual with strong initiative and follow up,
  • Valid Driver’s License preferred, and
  • Bilingual (Spanish speaker) preferred.

Overview of Position: Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is an independent charter school that proudly serves central Brooklyn in New York City. We are currently in our eighth year and serve over 500 students in grades 6-12…

Details at a Glance

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

Benefits

Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and 403B plan.

Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and 403B plan.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
432 Monroe Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221

How to Apply

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 http://www.unityprep.org/careers to begin the application process.  

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