About the Opportunity

The motto of Democracy Prep Public Schools is to Work Hard. Go to College. Change the World. Core to achieving this mission is supporting our scholars to and through college. Democracy Prep seeks an experienced, highly-creative college counseling professional to join its College Access and Success Team (CAST) to provide outstanding leadership and successful innovation in the college admission and financial aid process. The Assistant Director of College Counseling will help lead strategic planning efforts for college counseling at Democracy Prep and will provide counsel, support, and coordination to a diverse population of students and their families.

This role is based in New York City. Priority will be given to applications submitted by April 30th, 2021.

Who You Are:

  • An educator with an unwavering commitment to the Democracy Prep mission of college success and authentic civic engagement for our scholars.
  • A dedicated high school counselor and/or college admissions representative who has worked either in selective college admissions, college counseling for low-income, first-generation students, or both.
  • A committed professional who possesses extensive knowledge of the college admissions and financial aid processes with a track record of high-quality college advising.
  • A clear communicator and skilled writer with the ability to provide strong feedback on student work and craft exceptional student recommendations and other written communications.
  • A enthusiastic networker with established, long-term associations with a variety of key admissions personnel at various higher ed organizations across the country, especially in New York, and the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders and connect students to unique programs on college campuses.
  • An organized professional who can build data-driven recommendations around the college process, and alumni support, with the goal of college persistence for all scholars. 
  • A graduate of a Bachelor’s degree program (required). 

What You’ll Do:

  • Support and coach Democracy Prep college counselors, school-based leadership teams, and other stakeholders in the network through the college and financial aid application process.
  • Create and deliver an ongoing, network-wide professional development series to support college counselors while fostering community.
  • Develop and execute data collection strategies by overseeing the college search and application process for the Democracy Prep network.
  • Work effectively with cross-functional teams to provide leadership expertise on how the established college access vision and goals can be integrated into other network projects.
  • Work with CAST and college counseling teams to accurately and regularly share college-related news and celebrate the network.
  • Oversee publication of a regular CAST newsletter and bulletin and its dissemination to the larger Democracy Prep community.
  • Support the VP of College Access and Success with the year-end, data-driven CAST report to the Democracy Prep boards and leadership teams.
  • Represent Democracy Prep at regional and national conferences, as well as visiting colleges.
  • Fulfill other responsibilities assigned by the VP of College Access and Success as deemed appropriate for the position.


Democracy Prep staff members are provided with a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a working environment that includes the necessary technology and resources to succeed.


Democracy Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Our mission is to educate responsible citizen-scholars who will change the world. We strongly believe that by building a DREAM team that represents numerous perspectives, backgrounds, and expertises, we can achieve this goal together. This is a value we highly support and strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

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