College Counselor

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  • Do you want to help create a more just and kind world? 
  • Do you believe that diversity is a powerful strength for a school community? 
  • Do you want to ensure that every student can be successful and prepared to thrive in college, career, and life?

You are: 

A kind, communicative, leader that seeks a role supporting 9th-12th grade students and their families to understand and explore the full breadth of available options for post-secondary education. You know from first-hand experience the highest leverage techniques and strategies students from racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds need to thrive in college, career, and life. You want to facilitate opportunities for students to gain the skills and experiences that will help them discover their interests and passions so they can thoughtfully plan for life after high school. You have a growth mindset, want to develop the perspective, agency, and urgency to make a positive impact in the world around you, and take actions that promote justice and equity in your community.

We are E.L. Haynes.  

A learning community where every student – of every race, socioeconomic status, home language, and ability – prepares to thrive in college, career, and life. Together, we create a more just and kind world.

Founded in 2004 and named for the first African-American woman to earn her Ph.D. in Mathematics, the award-winning E.L. Haynes Public Charter School serves more than 1,135 students in grades Pre-K3 through 12th grade. E.L. Haynes operates two campuses in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC, and offers a rigorous educational program designed to prepare students to succeed in the college of their choice.

We believe that our most significant contribution to ending systemic injustice is through purposefully empowering our diverse community— as individuals and as a collective— with the skills and the conviction to be effective leaders for equity.

Our mission of student success is inextricably linked with our commitment to equity and the daily efforts of every member of our community to live our motto: Be Kind, Work Hard, and Get Smart.


  • Lead For Equity: We challenge ourselves and each other to interrupt inequities and build equitable alternatives.
  • Choose Joy: We find, bring, and share joy in our work every day. We practice gratitude, celebrate wins, and offer praise.
  • Achieve Excellence: We deliver high-quality work every day. We set ambitious goals, embrace challenges, and hold ourselves and each other to high standards.
  • Own Our Learning: We model a growth mindset for our students. We own our actions, mistakes, and learning. We continually look for ways to improve and produce high-quality work.
  • Succeed Together: We value every member of our community and treat each other with kindness and care. We build meaningful relationships with students, families, and each other. We achieve more through collaboration and teamwork.

We are different. We are:

  • A diverse and inclusive community, with nearly 70% of our staff identifying as people of color.
  • The hub of the neighborhood. We are a community school and partner with neighborhood organizations to provide our families with comprehensive medical, dental, and mental health services. 
  • A place where all community members have their voices heard in the decision-making process
  • A school where students learn in a rigorous and coherent PK-12 environment

We expect students to demonstrate the following skills and qualities in our graduate profile.  


We operate on an extended year calendar with an additional 1,000 hours of academic and extracurricular programming beyond the 1,200 hours that every DC student receives. 

Please read more about our academic program here.  

The College Counselor supports students in developing their identity as future college students. The Counselor will work directly with E.L. Haynes High School students to build and strengthen their college-going identity as well as supporting them in finding meaningful out-of-school experiences that assist in discovering their interests and passion(s) and exploring how those are connected to future educational and career goals. The position reports to the Director of College Counseling and works closely with other members of the College Office team as well as advisors through the high school advisory system.

You will:

  • Build meaningful and authentic relationships that support students and families to identify their future goals and desires and design a pathway to achieve them;
  • Identify, cultivate and sustain partnerships that offer students a diverse range of meaningful out-of-school experiences that align with the curricular goals of the high school;
  • Work with the College Office Team to design and deliver student and family workshops that help demystify the college-going process;
  • Help create and deliver an advisory curriculum that supports students in understanding the college process and to develop life skills to be able to engage with a high level of independence in the college application process.
  • Ensure out-of-school experiences and connections align with college access metrics by tracking, analyzing, and presenting data that helps the College Office and other school-level stakeholders understand patterns of participation. 
  • Maintain and strengthen the college-going culture at E.L. Haynes High School by collaborating with other members of the College Office Team, including coordinating surveys and other methods of collecting data and assessing student and family thoughts and desires regarding college attendance.
  • Be an active member of the school community, attending and participating in school events outside of regular school hours, and completing other duties as assigned.

You have: 

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience working with high school students from racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds;
  • A background in school counseling, social work and/or college access;
  • A desire to build on an existing program;
  • An appreciation for the developmental needs of high school students;
  • A commitment to supporting students in pursuing a college education; and
  • Experience designing and implementing lessons and informational workshops for students and/or families

You might also have:

  • Oral and written proficiency in Spanish and English;
  • Experience coordinating out-of-school programming for secondary school students including building formal partnerships with youth-serving organizations;
  • Experience teaching at the secondary level;
  • Served as a classroom/homeroom advisor or counselor for a group of secondary students; or
  • Developed and executed systems and plans for regular communication with parents of secondary students.

We look forward to meeting you!

We proactively recruit, intentionally develop, and deeply value all members of our diverse and highly talented staff community. Our work environment fosters inclusion and authenticity, supporting all staff to thrive in their roles and maximize their impact on our students.

Our hiring process consists of an online application, an initial virtual interview, and a final video interview with a performance task or lesson plan demonstration. Please see more here.

Spanish speakers and people of color are encouraged to apply.

  • Do you want to help create a more just and kind world? 
  • Do you believe that diversity is a powerful strength for a school community? 
  • Do you want to ensure that every student can be successful and prepared to thrive in college, career, and life?


Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 30, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


4501 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011, USA

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