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Alumni Counselor

POSITION: Alumni Counselor
REPORTS TO: Principal
SCHEDULE: Full-time

Are you hard-working and passionate about ensuring urban students graduate from college?

Are you inspired by the transformative capacity of Catholic education in the Jesuit tradition?

Are you energetic and optimistic, quick to recognize the good in every student and opportunity in every challenge?

Are you an empathetic listener who builds trusting relationships with students, parents, and colleagues?   

Are you efficient and entrepreneurial, ready to fulfill diverse responsibilities in a fast-paced, evolving environment?

Are you growth-oriented and data-driven, able to maximize feedback and resources to reach ambitious goals?

If so, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School needs your talent to enrich our supportive, college-bound learning community, serve families who embrace bold dreams for their children, and inspire students to lead through service to others.

About Cristo Rey.

Cristo Rey Jesuit in Milwaukee is the 29th school in a growing national network of Catholic high schools recognized for transforming urban education by serving an exclusively low-income student body through a unique integration of rigorous academics, professional experience, and spiritual formation.  In late spring, 2019, CRJ will graduate its first class of seniors, young men and women who will all have secured at least one four-year college acceptance and will thus be at an exciting transition to the world of higher education. Cristo Rey’s innovative model calls for our students—just under 400 students in total—to attend class four days per week and work in a professional setting five days per month through our Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP).  Even though some of our students enter high school below grade-level academically, it is the collective mission of our staff to ensure that our students gain admission to—and ultimately graduate from—college. In pursuit of that goal, Cristo Rey has a longer school day and an extended academic year, and our teachers, leadership, and staff innovate, plan, reflect, and practice so that they maximize their impact and deliver on the mission.

Job Description.

The Alumni Counselor reports to the principal.  As part of Cristo Rey Jesuit’s founding team, you will blend ambitious vision with clear systems thinking to support high school alumni to and through college. You will forge relationships with students and their families starting in their senior year, including by team-teaching the College Counseling class.  You will maintain strong communication with alumni once they are on campus, track and report their progress, and offer flexible support based on their needs. In the spirit of cura personalis, or care for the whole person, you will help ensure alumni’s social-emotional well-being. You will combine empathy, cultural dexterity, and your expertise working with colleges and low-income communities to build lasting partnerships between CRJ, alumni, their families, and college personnel.  In addition, you will leverage your extensive knowledge about college admissions, matriculation, financial aid, on-campus resources, and college-success skills to support alumni as well as to nurture and sustain a college-going culture at CRJ. Your interpersonal intelligence, courage, and drive to find solutions will make you an asset to an adult team that is high-functioning, vibrant, and grounded in a deep commitment to the school’s bold mission.  By giving generously of yourself, your gifts, and your time, you will build the foundation of a school that serves its students’ diverse needs, cultivates their many talents, and robustly supports its graduates to and through college.

Responsibilities.

Direct Support of Students and Alumni.

  • Maintain ongoing contact with each alumnus via phone, email, and messaging and in person by conducting visits to colleges where CRJ alumni enroll.
  • Identify high-priority alumni for face-to-face meetings at least once per semester as well as other preventative interventions.
  • Connect alumni to appropriate on-campus champions, programs and other support resources.
  • Track alumni’s grades, academic credits, contact information, and course selection information.
  • Help plan and execute recurring alumni events and traditions (socials, networking events, panels, etc.).
  • Assist in the development CRJ’s College Counseling curriculum and the College Readiness course, with an emphasis on knowledge and skills necessary for a successful transition to college.
  • Design and teach the college transition segment of the College Readiness course.
  • Directly manage the senior matriculation process, including tracking data and materials necessary to a smooth matriculation process.
  • Manage and support fifth-year seniors’ schedules and calendars, and support the transfer, admissions and matriculation processes for fifth-year seniors and/or two-year-college enrollees.
  • Assist with college-focused field lessons and in-school college and career events for students.
  • Proactively build relationships with current CRJ students to understand them and excite them about college.
  • Support the college process during strategic times as determined by school leadership.

Development of Systems, Relationships, and Practices.

  • Ensure the overall quality and success of alumni support systems through a data-driven and relentless pursuit of the program’s success and improvement.
  • Create, refine, and maintain systems for consistently tracking and reporting on alumni performance.
  • Proactively build relationships with key college personnel (academic success program staff, opportunity program staff, financial aid officers, academic advisors, and other on-campus champions) to ensure top-notch support for our alumni and to help college personnel understand CRJ and CRJ alumni.
  • Develop familiarity with the environments at colleges where alumni attend, and leverage this understanding to assist the college counseling team in recommending strong matches for CRJ seniors.
  • Collaborate with college counseling and school leadership to acquire and build resources to support robust college and alumni support, provide professional development for CRJ teachers and staff, and to help build college-transition knowledge and investment in parents and families.

Professional Presence.

  • Model values consistent with Catholic, Jesuit education and service to others.
  • Engage students and parents with respect, fairness, and empathy to enable full partnership with the school.
  • Approach your professional practice through a developmental lens, and enthusiastically participate in professional development, including with the CR Network; seek and apply feedback from leadership and colleagues; demonstrate drive and independence in accessing resources to further your own improvement.
  • Contribute fully to the adult community in a range of contexts: as a member of the twelfth-grade team and the counseling team, in whole-staff meetings, in adult formation sessions, and so on.
  • Collaborate with peers with integrity, humility, commitment, humor, and joy to ensure the foundation of trust that will enable the team to accomplish its ambitious goals.  
  • Embrace the team’s goals and the results we achieve as the collective responsibility of the entire staff.

Student Support and Contribution to School.

  • Serve as a student formation advisor, guiding students’ development of the Graduate at Graduation values.
  • Actively monitor transitions, meals, and/or other common times to ensure a calm and orderly environment; chaperone and moderate school events, including retreats, field lessons, college visits, and dances.
  • Assist with a student club and advisory; counsel advisees, and serve as a contact for advisees’ parents.
  • Seek opportunities to participate on committees, plan and attend school-wide events, and otherwise contribute to the life of the school.

Qualifications, Skills, and Characteristics.

Successful applicants will embody mission-commitment, openness to growth, attention to detail, resilience, results orientation, optimism, determination and zest.  In addition, they will meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • Expertise in the college admissions and financial aid processes and college opportunity programs.
  • Extensive knowledge of the academic, socio-emotional, and life skills necessary for college persistence, particularly for first-generation college students.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Two or more years of relevant work experience revealing a record of accomplishment with teens and/or young adults in diverse, low-income communities.
  • Superior initiative, resourcefulness, and organizational capability.
  • Proficiency using technology to track data and provide corresponding support.
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred; teaching experience a plus.
  • School Counseling or similar licensure, or demonstrable progress towards obtaining licensure, a plus.

Apply.

To apply, submit all of the following in pdf format (as one document, if possible) to teach@cristoreymilwaukee.org, and include the position in the subject line.

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for three professional references (email and phone number)
  • Undergraduate and graduate (where appropriate) transcripts
  • Responses (maximum 500 words per response) to each of the following questions:
    1. We are a growing team of stellar educators who work tirelessly to maintain high expectations for all students and ensure their learning and development.  We nurture a mission-driven culture that enables growth through reflection, feedback, and transparency.  Our team members are characterized by dedication and resilience, openness and flexibility, love and joy.  We seek individuals who are not afraid to fail, who do not whine, and who put in the hard work that makes otherwise unachievable dreams possible for our students. We challenge ourselves and our students to constantly learn, to believe, to lead, and to serve.  Why should you be part of this team?
    2. You will both build and be an instrumental part of executing a college-counseling program that ensures all students’ are invested in, knowledgeable about, and ultimately successful getting to and through college.  Describe your vision of high-impact alumni-counseling at Cristo Rey Jesuit, including two specific challenges you expect to confront and how this vision would address them.

Disclaimer.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School provides equal employment opportunities to applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, or national origin.  Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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