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College and Career Specialist(Job Number: 200000D2)
The College and Career Specialist has the overall responsibility of managing the college and career preparation strategies and activities within their designated Network(s), while managing and monitoring the Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising (OSCPA) key performance indicators.
The Specialist is responsible for implementing targeted strategies that prepare all Chicago Public School students for postsecondary opportunities. Chief among the responsibilities is to provide direct services to high schools to advance a college-going culture and use a set of curricular and enrichment strategies delivered through the domains of awareness, readiness, access and success. Each domain is designed to promote preparation for postsecondary transition and ensure the schools meet their short and long-term outcome measures.
Network-Level College and Career Planning – In collaboration with Network Chiefs, develop and lead implementation of Network-level plan(s) for driving postsecondary metrics.
Develop and manage Network/school plans in collaboration with OSCPA, Network and school staff
Establish productive relationships to ensure common understanding of OCCS and Network postsecondary objectives and drive efforts to achieve shared goals at each school. Meet regularly with school administration, Network postsecondary team, and central office to mark progress towards goals and develop strategies to improve data
Serve as a lead postsecondary advisor to senior administrators – Network Chiefs, principals and school-level postsecondary teams (i.e., counselors, college coaches and internal/external postsecondary partners)
Collect and analyze data as needed to guide program direction and emphasis
Ensure OCCS key programs and goals are known to and understood by key stakeholders (e.g., college partners, TRIO, Ladder Up, OneGoal)
Promote the importance of having a College and Career coach in the school building. Target schools that could strongly benefit from a coach resource based on data outcomes. Assist in recruitment and placement of coaches to ensure school needs are met
Support district-wide college access initiatives that promote network and school-level success (e.g., Higher Education Advisory Task Force)
Build Capacity of School Postsecondary Teams – Provide professional development, tools and resources to assist school Counselors and College & Career Coaches in creating a college and career going culture and driving strong postsecondary outcomes
Build ongoing school staff capacity through network and citywide professional learning communities
Support counselors and coaches in developing and implementing strategies to identify and support student needs; Provide targeted coaching and development around key areas of need
Support principals’ evaluations of coaches on a periodic basis in alignment with key performance indicators
Monitor student individualized learning plans (ILP) and completion progress at schools
Build outside partnerships and identify resources that can assist in the attainment of quality college and career opportunities
Link resources to schools based on needs assessment
Direct Support of College Access/Persistence Activities with Students and Parents – Directly support school-level college preparation activities as needed and coordinate Network and Citywide college access and persistence activities for students and parents
Guide school-level staff to meet with students – individually and in groups – to talk about college and career options
Plan and implement district-wide postsecondary events – e.g., Hispanic forum; Gates Millennium Scholars information sessions and writing workshops; State College Expo; FAFSA completion activities; college “Match” information sessions, etc. – to promote college access
Drive financial aid access activities school-wide
Conduct network-wide workshops (monthly or quarterly) that inform and prepare students in grades 9-12 for financing their college education including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), scholarships, etc.
Maintain information on institutions that offer “strategic” scholarships
Ensure schools are tracking key metrics such as college applications, scholarship applications, college acceptances, scholarships received, Senior Exit Questionnaire completion, etc.
Support efforts to ensure smooth senior transition into college and college persistence beyond the first year (e.g., summer workshops, freshman year of college data tracking and touch points, etc.)
Serve as a liaison between Central Office and partnerships to promote and advertise enrichment activities (e.g., Summer Quest, TRIO, internships, job shadows, etc.)
Provide direct school support to complete the Senior Exit Questionnaire (SEQ)
Lead parent engagement efforts around postsecondary access and persistence
Drive Individualized Student Planning – Support Naviance and other postsecondary planning tool implementation and usage in all schools
Train coaches, students and other school staff (including administrators, teachers, and counselors) on Naviance, etc.
Conduct comprehensive workshops preparing students for the Naviance Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) and Milestone completion
Monitor Naviance utilization at area and school level
Monitor the % of 9th through 12th grade students that complete an Individual Learning Plans (ILP) and a concrete postsecondary plans
Facilitate integrated school counselor/coach planning and implementation – Participate in ongoing counselor and coach integrated support strategies using the REACH Counselor Framework, Annual Implementation Plan, and ASCA National Model
Work with counseling teams to maintain strong counselor, coach, and post-secondary team integration in the schools
Work with counseling teams to develop counseling Implementation Plans aligned to school, Network, and District goal
Additional related duties as needed
Associated Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):
% of seniors that complete 3+ college applications
% of seniors that apply to 1+ match institution
% of students with college acceptances
% FAFSA completion rate
% of students who apply to at least 1 affordable option (individual student calculation)
% students completing 1+ scholarship application
% of students receiving scholarships for college
Amount of overall scholarship dollars awarded to students
% of students in grades 9-12 completing Individualized Learning Plans (ILP)
% of Seniors completing concrete postsecondary plan
% of students enrolled in college, enlisted in military or employed 6 months after high school graduation
% of graduates persisting and succeeding in college or employment beyond the 1st year of participation
% of monthly Specialist objectives completed in the Postsecondary Advising Planner
% of Seniors that compete the SEQ
Supervision (where applicable):
The College and Career Specialist position is full-time and reports directly to the Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising (OSCPA) within the Office of College and Career Success, with the specific responsibility of directly supporting one of more designated school Networks in achieving their postsecondary-related outcomes. The Specialist will be responsible for supporting and monitoring postsecondary-related staff in assigned schools, including the direct supervision of District-Assigned College and Career Coaches.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR JOB:
Skills and abilities:
Possesses an unyielding commitment to continuous improvement and an unwavering belief that all students can achieve at high levels
Possesses the knowledge, principles and practices of academic and college/career development
Maintains the ability to establish effective working relationships with students and parents; school, network and central office staff; and representatives from universities, businesses, government and community-based organizations
Strong communicator: speaking, listening and writing
Has a proven track record leading large-scale programs and/or projects
Demonstrates a sense of urgency in accomplishing goals and objectives to ensure success
Proficient in Windows Operating System and MS Office; strong internet skills
Planning and budgeting capabilities
Ability to develop and maintain partnerships
Must have a car, valid driver’s license, and availability to work occasional evenings and weekends
Experience and Education Required:
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field required, Master’s degree preferred
4+ years of youth development and programming experience
3+ years of postsecondary (college and career) related work experience
CPS employees are required to be actual residents of the City of Chicago within six months of beginning employment, and are required to maintain Chicago residency throughout employment.
Chicago Public Schools is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment based non-immigrant and immigrant visas.
Chicago Public Schools is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals, including minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.