Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is seeking a passionate and dedicated College Advisor to join the College & Career Office team and support and empower GOLCS alumni to success in college, careers, and in life.
Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative public charter school in Newark NJ, serving students from Pre-K to 12th grade on multiple campuses across the city. Our mission is to prepare students for success in college. We provide all children with the support they need - inclusive of resources that acknowledge and address systemic inequities - to be empowered to thrive.
We have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. Our students, for example, are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate. We bridge the educational opportunity gap by supporting rigorous academics with daily individualized tutoring within a community committed to supporting equity and diversity.
These three principles guide our work, every day, in support of our students and mission:
- Creating a community that is built upon genuine and meaningful relationships
- Being surgical in our approach to differentiation of instruction and support of all students and team members
- Setting and exceed high expectations for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation for success in college and beyond
The College Advisor will report to the Network Director of College & Career Success and play an important role in helping to advance the organizational mission by providing guidance to GOLCS alumni enrolled in college or pursuing a postsecondary pathway. The College Advisor will manage a caseload of alumni and implement programs that foster cognitive and non-cognitive skills, professionalism and character development. The College Advisor is responsible for helping GOLCS alumni utilize these attributes to successfully navigate their college and career journeys and persist accordingly. The College Advisor will also assist GOLCS College Counselors during the application process for high school seniors and ensure a strong postsecondary transition for graduating high school students.
College Advisor Essential Duties & Responsibilities
The College Advisor will be successful in the following areas:
- Provide group and individualized guidance and support to a caseload of GOLCS alumni:
- Maintain monthly communication (i.e. campus or home visits, phone, text message, social media, etc.) with college-age alumni and periodically with their families;
- Track college persistence, contact notes, academic progress, semester grades, GPA, credits attempted and earned, financial aid awards, scholarship applications, and employment data in team database;
- Identify alumni who desire or may desire to transfer to four-year colleges or universities and advise alumni on college transferring;
- Recognize achievement and motivate GOLCS alumni by mailing care packages;
- Empower alumni to connect with on-campus support services (i.e. tutoring center, counseling center, career center, etc.) and foster self-advocacy;
- Educate alumni on personal finance (money management, budgeting, building credit, etc.);
- Serve as the primary contact for alumni and address collegiate related personal, financial and academic concerns as they arise;
- Successfully execute administrative duties related to but not limited to: alumni/family check-ins; admissions rep. correspondence; transcripts/mid-year report submissions; AP/SAT/ACT official scores; tracking of college acceptance/clearinghouse enrollment in Naviance and parent meetings and phone calls.
- Co-coordinate FAFSA Night with Lead College Counselor each October to ensure 12th grade students and GOLCS alumni receive FAFSA assistance and support;
- Actively collaborate with College & Career Office team on all aspects of college placement and persistence: financial aid, scholarships, applications, retention, graduation and admissions standards;
- Schedule college alumni campus visits throughout the fall and spring semester to meet with all freshmen and sophomore alumni on their college campuses, and coordinate alumni events during the holiday and summer breaks;
- Support off-campus alumni with transitioning back into college and respond to alumni emergency situations;
College & University Relations
- Maintain strong relationships with colleges and universities through consistent communication and follow-up;
- Effectively extend the GOLCS brand and develop meaningful partnerships to enhance alumni support;
- Manage all college admissions representative visits to GOLCS through Naviance counselor portal.
- Support the execution of College & Career Office communications including Bi-annual Alumni Newsletter and Alumni Spotlights;
- Assist with internal correspondence with faculty and staff by drafting and distributing the “College Office Memo,” which serves as a weekly newsletter that highlights upcoming events and representative site visits that students will attend throughout the school year.
Special Tasks & Reporting
- Assist with special event logistics as needed (family engagement workshops, college tours/ fairs, summer and college enrichment programs, family workshops, etc.);
- Attend and actively participate in all College & Career Office meetings, individual meetings, and GOLCS High School meetings as necessary;
- Develop positive, appropriate relationships with GOLCS alumni;
- Develop positive, appropriate relationships with fellow GOLCS staff members and teachers, viewing each other as teammates and professional colleagues;
- Other departmental needs, as necessary;
- Reports to Network Director of College & Career Success.
Qualifications and Skills
The College Advisor must:
- Have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or university.
- Have 2-5 years’ experience working with high school and/or college students.
- Higher education experience a plus.
- Have an ability to facilitate group workshops for teenagers and young adults
- Have a “will do” mindset to positively impact the growth of the CAC and further the success of GOLCS students to and through college.
- Be flexible and ready to roll up their sleeves to complete the hard work at hand.
- Strongly believe every student has the ability to succeed and remain data driven to inform actionable steps.
- Be relentlessly committed to the mission of preparing every student for college and post-secondary success.
- Possess strong entrepreneurial and team skills.
- Possess the strong ability to be self-reflective, willing to learn and receive/give constructive feedback.
- Possess the ability and flexibility to travel to visit and provide support to current students and alumni when necessary.
- Have superb organizational and self-management skills and be able to handle multiple responsibilities effectively; have strong planning and execution skills; be a goal-oriented and effective problem-solver.
Candidates must possess:
- A genuine interest in working with underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds
- Excellent planning, entrepreneurial, management, and communication skills, with a proven ability to project manage and provide individual and group counseling
- Excellent technological and word processing skills
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
- Excellent skills of organization and follow-through
- A relentless work ethic and commitment to achieving the school's mission
- A strong academic record, including a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and/or a counseling master’s degree from a CACREP accredited program
The College Advisor will report directly to the Network Director of the College and Career Success, participate in high school activities as needed, and serve as an additional support to the CAC team.
GREAT OAKS LEGACY PHILOSOPHY
Our students rise to conquer challenges with the help of individualized, whole-person support from the Great Oaks Legacy Charter School community including educators, tutors, peers, families, and staff. Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college.
Great Oaks Legacy Charter School ensures its students are ready to take on the world, therefore:
- We give our students the academic skills and socio-emotional support they need to build upon their own strengths and abilities in order to be ready and able to achieve their dreams.
- Our employees agree to take responsibility for their part in reversing negative outcomes for students, to work relentlessly to support our efforts to engage each and every student, and to uphold our mission to prepare every student to succeed in college to the extent possible.
- It is a given that all staff work very hard. Our employees acknowledge that they will do more than just work hard. Employees agree to seek – through feedback, professional development, and coaching – to continue to develop and improve their job performance while employed by the School. At Great Oaks Legacy, an ongoing quest for improvement is considered essential for all staff members.
As Great Oaks Legacy continues its journey towards anti-racism, we can be certain that our school community is ready for the work. As an organization, we are striving to be more intentional and connected to a larger, clearer mission for an educational experience that empowers scholars to be the change they want to see in the world.
GOLCS is committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. Our staff and student population is diverse and culturally rich. We believe that racial justice and equity is critical to our mission of preparing students for success in college and beyond. We strive to be an organization that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and elevates our student voices in preparing them for life and college.
Great Oaks Legacy Charter School offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package, including rich health insurance plans, professional development and coaching, and retirement benefits as part of the state pension plan.
Great Oaks Legacy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.