College and Career Advisor

College and Career Readiness Advisor 

Department: Career and Life Skills

Reports to: Career and Life Skills Director

FLSA Status: Exempt

Hours: Day School: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday; Night School: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Monday – Thursday and 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Friday or 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Monday – Thursday 

Purpose of position

The College and Career Readiness Advisor is critical to the success of The Next Step Public Charter School and its College and Career Readiness Department. The purpose of the College and Career Readiness Advisor is to expose all students to college and career options by exposing them to various resources and work with students transitioning from The Next Step to ensure positive outcomes after leaving The Next Step. The College and Career Readiness Advisor helps current students and alumni navigate systems to foster their ability to determine options for post-secondary education and/or career interests. The individual in this role guides students in exploring and making decisions about their futures and assists students in developing SMART goals and completing the steps needed to get there. The College and Career Readiness Advisor also maintains positive relationships with community partners and assists with scheduling and organizing department events. As a member of The Next Step community, the College and Career Readiness Advisor values academic achievement, persistence, responsibility, structure, support, collaboration and respect.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Must have 2 years or more experience in working with opportunity youth, having a knowledge-base of young adult-focused resources in Washington, DC is a plus.

Essential Skills

  • Must have an understanding of adolescent and young adult development as it relates to independence, self-sufficiency and career options.
  • Must be aware of relevant social matters that directly impact TNS students and embrace ethnic and cultural differences.
  • Must be able to advocate for students while, at times, navigating bureaucratic issues with agencies.
  • Must be innovative and comfortable with trying new ways of working professionally.
  • Must be a team player, willing to lead when appropriate, and able to accept direction from a variety of professionals as appropriate to the interests of the students.
  • Must be flexible and able to adapt quickly to programming shifts that may occur based on informal and formal feedback.
  • Must have excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must have fluency with software, hardware, basic office equipment, and online programs used to track and maintain student data.
  • Must be bilingual (Spanish and English).
  • Must be comfortable in speaking to students and/or staff in large groups and one-on-one.

Responsibilities

  • Work with caseload and alumni individually to assess their transition needs, desires, and transition opportunities.
  • Work with lower level students to expose them to various transition opportunities.
  • Work with students to obtain validated transcripts or complete high school diploma as see fit.
  • Work with partnerships, established by Career and Life Skills Director and Resource and Enrichment Coordinator, to strengthen opportunities for postsecondary placement and success for Next Step students.
  • Work with dual enrollment partners to assist students through the enrollment process and serves as the liaison/advocate throughout the semester.
  • Organize, with Resource and Enrichment Coordinator, college and career events on and off-site.
  • Guide alumni in applying for financial aid and scholarships.
  • Guide alumni in applying for post-secondary placement.
  • Document and maintain information on student information system as it relates to the college and career department.
  • Maintain digital student files.
  • Draft and post alumni and staff spotlights.
  • Deliver college and career course each semester.
  • Organize and deliver workshops for postsecondary and career options, resume writing, personal statement writing and interviewing skills for alumni, caseload and lower level students.
  • Track exiting student employment and postsecondary placement for PMF.
  • Serve on the graduation committee.
  • Provide program details (as needed) to Career and Life Skills Director for monthly reports.
  • Seek out and attend professional development opportunities provided by school or approved by Career and Life Skills Director. 

General responsibilities of all staff members

As a member of The Next Step staff, this position also involves

  • Fully embrace and promote The Next Step’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Develop and maintain positive and supportive relationships with all students.
  • Consistently implement school-wide expectations in classrooms and common areas.
  • Participate actively in staff meetings, team meetings, IEP meetings, START meetings, and Monday community meetings.
  • Participate actively in special school-wide events and college and career events.
  • Participate actively in school responsibilities such as hallway and lunch supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with colleagues to develop and implement effective and relevant policies and programs.
  • Adhere to school policies as described in personnel manual and/or staff handbook and department handbook.
  • Reflect upon performance, set goals for improvement, and take advantage of training opportunities to learn and implement effective strategies.
  • Maintain an organized, clean, and inviting work area. 

If you meet the qualifications and would like to apply for this position, please forward your resume and cover letter to jobs@nextsteppcs.org, with “College and Career Advisor” in the subject line.