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College Counselor

Department: Academics
FLSA Classification: Hourly / Non-Exempt
Employee Type: FT/10.5-mo
Reports To: Dean of Instruction and College Success

Who We Are:

Opening in 2009, Cristo Rey Jesuit now has student enrollment of nearly 500 young men and women. Cristo Rey Jesuit offers a rigorous college preparatory education available to students of limited economic resources in the Houston area. A unique Corporate Work Study Program places students in Houston businesses and nonprofits where they learn the expectations of the corporate world and earn up to 50 percent of the cost of their education. Cristo Rey Jesuit belongs to the national Cristo Rey Network of schools and the national Jesuit Schools Network.

Our Mission:

To inspire and prepare students of limited economic resources to succeed in college and lead their communities as compassionate, committed, and competent men and women for others for the greater glory of God.

Our Vision:

 Compelled by our Jesuit mission and identity, we are a vibrant community that transforms the world by loving, learning, and excelling in all we do.

Read more about Cristo Rey Jesuit’s teaching model and school community on our website.

Our Learning Community: 

Cristo Rey Jesuit is a learning community of nearly 500 young men and women in grades 9 through 12 and a faculty and staff of 80 educators. Cristo Rey Jesuit students are talented, respectful and well-behaved young men and women who participate actively in their learning endeavors. The ideal Cristo Rey Jesuit graduate is a man or woman cognizant of God’s presence in his/her life, who strives to be steadfast in faith, open to growth, committed to service and social justice, dedicated to academic excellence, and work-experienced. Every year, 100% of our graduates are accepted into colleges and universities. Cristo Rey Jesuit’s faculty and staff are dedicated professionals who strive to embody the mission and core principles of the school, maintain the superior quality of its programs, invest directly in the lives of students, and engage in programs for their own professional and spiritual development. 

Who YOU are:

We are seeking a dedicated, intellectually curious and mission driven individual who is open to growth and wants to be part of our community.  They will have the unique opportunity to help develop one of Houston’s most promising educational options for young men and women from families with low to moderate income.  An ideal candidate should have an appreciation of the school’s mission and a commitment to the values of Catholic education and be comfortable modeling an active and inspiring faith life for all in the community.  

The Job:

 

College Counselor is responsible for supporting the college counseling program. The primary role of a College Counselor is to advise seniors and juniors and their parents through the college admissions, financial aid, scholarship, and college selection processes. It is the ultimate goal of the college counseling department at Cristo Rey Jesuit, through guidance and education, to ensure that all graduates have the ability to maintain success in the academic, professional and personal lives on their journey to and through college. Both the Cristo Rey Jesuit mission statement and that of the Cristo Rey Network guide the work of the school, including the College Counseling Office.

Purpose:

A member of the Cristo Rey Jesuit faculty seeks ways to teach and model being men and women for others.  He/she interacts in a positive and caring way with students by offering academic and personal guidance and takes an active position in celebrating and upholding the Catholic and Jesuit identity of Cristo Rey Jesuit.

Responsibilities:

Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Build rapport and trust with predominantly first-generation, low-income students and their parents.

  • Directly counsel 50-70 seniors and 50 - 60 juniors per year and assist with all areas of the college counseling program.

  • Educate families about college search and application, college admissions application, financial aid application, scholarship applications, selecting best fit college, and matriculation possibilities.

  • Help teach College Readiness classes as needed.

  • Establish and maintain relationships/partnerships with colleges, universities, outreach programs, and scholarship programs.

  • Actively research and stay up to date on all aspects of college counseling: colleges, financial aid, scholarships, and applications, including the college admission process at a variety of institution types and selectivity levels.

  • Establish and work closely with College Readiness teachers, Alumni Advisor, Discover U Coordinator, grade level and content area faculty.

  • Coordinate college visits to campus and college fairs.

  • Coordinate college field lessons/ tours.

  • Compile records of office activities and update/ maintain a database system (ie. Naviance).

  • Oversee that school credentials (transcripts and letters of recommendation) get sent to colleges.

  • Write counselor recommendation letters for seniors.

  • Oversee coordination of teacher recommendation letters.

  • Attend in person and/or virtual professional development, including Cristo Rey Network opportunities, and webinars/conferences by partner organizations such as College Board, TACAC, NACAC, NCAN , etc.

  • Coordinate SAT, PSAT, AP exams.

  • Assist with other projects and duties as assigned.

 

Education and/or Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four year educational institution, a Master’s Degree is preferred but not required.

  • Fluency in Spanish is highly preferred.

  • Prior experience working with high school students/families and college counseling/or college admissions.

  • Strong working knowledge in all Microsoft Office programs: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Naviance is a plus

 

Key Competencies:  

To perform this job successfully, an individual should possess the following key competencies:

  • College Counselor agrees to be present and available for service of the School within the School Period between 7:00am and 4:00pm. A one hour lunch will be provided.

  • College Counselor agrees to act in a manner as outlined in the mission, objectives, and policies of the School as articulated in the Employee Handbook.

  • College Counselor agrees to participate in administrative meetings, Communities, student supervision, record-keeping and reporting, parent-teacher relations, and other duties as assigned.

  • College Counselor agrees to participate in major school events including but not limited to the Mass of the Holy Spirit, Back to School Event, Open House, Baccalaureate Mass, and Graduation.

  • College Counselor agrees to respect and help form the spiritual values of the students and to support the Jesuit, Catholic identity of the School by exemplifying in his/her own actions the characteristics of Christian living, being a leader of prayer, and supporting the liturgical and spiritual life of the school.

  • College Counselor agrees to participate in the faculty and staff formation in Ignatian Spirituality, Ignatian Pedagogy, and Jesuit education.

  • College Counselor agrees to support and promote the success of the Corporate Work-Study Program.

  • College Counselor agrees to actively implement the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures as outlined in the Student Handbook when applicable.

  • College Counselor agrees to undergo a School-initiated initial and 3-year criminal background check, to complete required trainings, including but no limited to, an Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Catholic Mutual Group Safe Haven online training seminar on child abuse and mandatory reporting, and to repeat their Safe Haven online training every 5 years.

  • College Counselor agrees to accept any special assignment that from time to time may be required for the efficient operation of the School, as assigned by the Principal.

  • College Counselor agrees to maintain the ability to work with several ‘supervisors’ while multi-tasking several projects at the same time

  • College Counselor agrees to be a resource to others including stop-in visitors, volunteers and staff

  • College Counselor agrees to be adept at building rapport and trust with people from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, including underrepresented urban youth and first-generation college students.

 

Requirements: 

  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with faculty, families, students, college representatives, and corporate leaders

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Fast learner with the ability to inquire and be open to feedback

  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment that is deadline driven

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: 

  • Valid driver’s license 

  • State of Texas Teacher's Certification preferred

Compensation:

Competitive salary, benefits, and paid vacation.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

● Regularly interact with students, parents, staff, corporate partners, and visitors.
● Work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods of time.
● Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 lbs.
 

Application Materials:

 Application Materials:  Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@cristoreyjesuit.org

Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston and Cristo Rey Jesuit Corporate Work Study Program, Inc. are equal opportunity employers.