Senior Seminar Counselor
Senior Seminar CounselorKIPP Texas Public Schools
Houston, TX 77074
KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose —college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.
KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income communities.
You can see all our job opportunities at https://kipptexas.org/join-our-team/.
KIPP Texas - Houston is seeking an experienced college access leader to join a KIPP Through College counseling team on one of our 5 KIPP High School campuses as a Senior Seminar Counselor. The Senior Seminar Counselor is responsible for building relationships with the school leadership team, KIPP TX - Houston leadership team, local partner organizations and college/ universities that will lead to resources for students. It is the ultimate goal of the KTC college counseling department, through guidance and education, to ensure that all graduates have the ability to maintain success in their academic, professional, and personal lives.
This role is an ideal opportunity for a highly motivated, collaborative, results-driven and service minded leader with a passion for fighting to close the achievement gap in Texas.
College and Career Access Knowledge and Skills
KIPP Through College Counseling is driven by data and relationships with KIPPsters and their families
Advise and coach all students, including students with unique circumstances through the financial aid process
Create access to college resources and opportunities available to support underrepresented populations
Knowledge of SAT/ACT registration processes and the impact on college access.
Provide family engagement workshops related to college match
Provide families with an introduction to the College Match and Career Exploration processes, including required one-on-ones each semester.
Complete Texas OnCourse during their first year.
Attend all KTC regional PD
Work effectively with KTC regional staff including Managing Director, Director of College Match, Director of Persistence and Career Integration Specialist.
Maintain a collaborative team with consistent communication flow to all key stakeholders and teammates
Responsible for supporting KIPP seniors through lesson planning , lesson execution and classroom management
Maintain effective relationships with KIPP Texas-Houston external partners including (but not limited to) One Goal Houston, Wells Fargo, EMERGE, and KIPP Foundation
Participate in and effectively prepare for weekly one-on-one check-ins with your Director of College Counseling
Maintain constant and consistent communication on the data progress of students with key stakeholders including: KIPP Foundation, College personnel, CBO’s, School and regional leadership, along with students and families
Utilize various student management platforms to track, progress monitor and submit student data, including, but not limited to Naviance, Google suite, Excel, KIPP Foundation approved tools, etc.
Progress monitor all KIPP Through College post-secondary access goals including (but not limited to) completion of: student and family one-on-ones, applications (including wish list finalization, essay completion, transcript submission, ED campaign), FAFSA/TASFA, career integration (including YouScience, major selection, internship opportunites), and decision phase (including financial fit, major/career fit, socio-emotional fit, etc.).
Responsible for supporting KIPP seniors through rigorous and thoughtful lesson planning, application management, lesson execution and classroom management
Participate on the grade level leadership team
Other duties as assigned by the School Leader
Support college counseling department special programming including college visits (overnight or day), financial aid nights, college fairs, college knowledge 101 workshops, and wish list approval nights.
Fostering a supportive and inclusive culture within the classroom.
Meeting all deadlines as required by the high school, KTC regional team, and KIPP Foundation.
Experience and Background
3+ years of professional work experience in college access or admissions advising preferred
Bachelor’s degree required. Masters degree preferred.
Previous experience in using data to drive decision making strongly preferred
Experience in public education or non-profit a strong plus
Experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and fast-growing organization a strong plus
Must be able to adopt new technology quickly and be very proficient with Microsoft and other productivity tools (BlueJeans, Slack, Google Drive)
Personal Values and Leadership Style
Unquestioned integrity, passion, and commitment to KIPP Texas’s mission, the families and KIPPsters we serve
Unquestioned belief that all ren will learn and that education is for all
Must be a team player, working both collaboratively and independently
Must be highly organized and resourceful
Must be able to toggle between the big picture and the details
Must be able to relate and connect to others (empathy)
Must be able to drive results with a sense of urgency
Must be solutions oriented with a growth mindset
Must be a strong planner with the ability to be flexible when plans need to pivot and change
Must have the ability to show genuine appreciation
Compensation and Benefits
In addition to a competitive salary scale, a part of KIPP Texas’ competitive benefits options, KIPP offers all employees an $0 HMO plan for the employee only. In addition to our $0 plan, KIPP provides a $600 employer contribution towards a Health Savings Account and a variety of other supplemental benefits such as Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.