• College Counselor

    Job Locations US-CA-Sylmar
    Posted Date 1 week ago(1 week ago)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    College Access & Success
  • Overview

    Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) is a non-profit charter school management organization designed to significantly increase college entrance and graduation rates for underserved students.

    Our mission at PUC Schools is to develop and manage high quality charter schools in densely populated urban communities with overcrowded and low achieving schools. We create school programs and cultures that result in college graduation for all students. We uplift and revitalize communities through the development of educational and other supportive partnerships.
     Job Purpose

    The College Counselor will be involved in supproting the day-to-day college counseling functions that lead to accurate and successful college admission. The College Counselor will work closely with the school sites' administration team.


    Essential Duties and responsibilities, listed but not limited, below:


    • To create a College Bound culture on campus  for all stakeholders
    • College Awareness and Preparation:  Up-date every student’s Individual College Plan on a semester basis.  The college counselor must immediately up-date the ICP at the end of each semester.
    • Train teachers to provide students’  progress via the Individual College Plan (ICP)
    • Become familiar and use Power School to assist with the tracking of students’ records.
    • Keep college catalogs up-dated and other college admissions material in the college center. 
    • Maintain a binder with private scholarships information and accessible to students.
    • Participate in every university field trip. Disseminate and collect trip slips and all other details directed by the PUC Schools College Administrator
    • Co-Coordinate along with the PUC Schools Administrator a college night during the spring semester for juniors.
    • Co-coordinate along with the PUC Schools administrator, university admissions application workshops at the school site.
    • Coordinate along with the PUC college administrator the visit of college representatives to the high school throughout the academic year.
    • Disseminate information to students regarding college entrance exams on a yearly basis.
    • Co-Coordinate with school administrator the proctoring of the PSAT to all 10th and 11th grade students in the fall semester in collaboration with teachers and school principal.
    • Assist and participate in any other college or related activities within the school when necessary to support the college going culture of PUC Schools as directed by the College Administrator.
    • Coordinate AP exams with Administration, Teachers and Families


    Early College/Concurrent Enrollments  

    • Follow up with the students enrolled at the community college to assure all documentation was adequately completed
    • Guide students with the registration procedure of community college courses.
    • Co-coordinate with the PUC College Administrator the purchase of books at the community college for students
    • Co-coordinate Parent Institute with the College Advisor and Administration

    Parental Involvement

    • Hold one financial aid night for parents and students
    • Hold a FAFSA application workshop for the parents of seniors in the evening during the month of December or January.
    • Make yourself accessible to parents and students during after school hours and if necessary hold home visits.
    • Conduct a college awareness workshop for the senior parents in the fall and in the spring for the junior class parents.
    • Facilitate one on one meetings with 95% of seniors and their families to review ICP and college options.
    • Facilitate one on one meetings with 75% of juniors and their families to review ICP and college options.


    • Input letter grade for each community college transfer credit or concurrent enrollment course completed if used for high school credit only into Power School.  Please refer to concurrent enrollment agreement document to identify those courses that are considered dual credit.

    Student Scheduling

    • Co-coordinate the scheduling of all students in collaboration with administrators.
    • Conduct teacher and students’ surveys in support of student scheduling.
    • Provide ICP student data in support of student scheduling

    Time Management and Professionalism

    • Follows administrative processes and procedures (Time off, orders, reimbursements). Processes may be specific to sites.
    • Arrives at school on time (as per agreed upon hours) dresses and conducts oneself professionally.
    • Demonstrates a capacity for time management in regards to preparation and completion of job responsibilities.
    • Is detail oriented and manages time appropriately
    • Attends and participates in school-based meetings and activities

    Team Member/Professional Development

    • Attend UC and CSU counselor conferences annually to receive recent information on university admission requirements.
    • Attend WACAC Conference and NACAC Conference
    • Attend all department meetings and functions

    Culture & Values

    • Communicates effectively and appropriately with all stakeholders (parents, students, staff, community)
    • Builds strong relationships with students, parents, and school staff. 
    • Demonstrates support and knowledge of school's goals and mission
    • Regular attendance, dependability and punctuality in conformance with the standards is essential to the successful performance of this position.
    • This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.


    Experience, Education & Skills Qualifications

    • A California Clear PPS Credential in School Counseling/Guidance is required
    • MA/MS degree in School Counseling from an accredited college or university highly desirable
    • Experience with individual and group counseling highly desired
    • A passion for improving urban high schools and driving education reform
    • Knowledge of bilingual education
    • Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly desirable
    • Experience working in an urban school setting
    • Prior counseling experience (mental health), including DIS Counseling
    • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
    • Proven management and team building skills
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills
    • Ability to work with parents, students, faculty, post-secondary educational representatives, as well as school community groups
    • Ability to represent the school in a positive way
    • Ability to understand student maturity levels and the process of goal selection
    • Ability to help students gain an awareness of interests and abilities and to help them make course choices that will lead to appropriate careers commensurate with interests and abilities
    • Ability to understand test construction and interpret educational test data
    • Ability to understand school graduation requirements and parallel entrance requirements for post-secondary institutions
    • Ability to motivate students and provide academic incentives for success
    • Ability to understand the relationship between school curriculum and college programs
    • Ability to understand the unique social-emotional needs of individual students
    • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Occasionally required to kneel, climb and reach with hands and arms above shoulder level, lift up to 30 pounds. To bend, sit, stand, squat, stoop, walk, push, pull, and reach with hands and arms at shoulder level or below. Always required to wear the appropriate safety equipment for the task, which may include gloves, goggles, aprons, belts, etc.

    Salary & Benefits

    • Salary depending upon experience. 
    • Paid Time Off
    • Full benefits are offered (medical, dental, vision, and life)
    • Voluntary benefits are offered to all employees
    • 403b Savings option


    DISCLAIMER: This job description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of an incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of an incumbent. An incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required. Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job. Nothing in this position description changes the at-will employment relationship existing between the Institution and its employees.


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