Founding College Counselor 2022-2023 School Year

Cristo Rey Research Triangle High School
Employment Type
Full Time
Durham, NC
Posted Date

Hours per week:  40 (Full-time)

Key responsibilities / day-to-day job functions:

  • Guiding and assisting students through the entire college and financial aid application process through an intrusive counseling approach.
  • Planning and leading workshops for parents and students on key topics (financial aid planning, different types of institutions, scholarships, essay writing) related to the college admissions process.
  • Building and celebrating a school-wide college-going culture (e.g. publicly posting college acceptances, on-site admissions days, planning and leading senior acceptance assemblies, and other school-wide traditions).
  • Ensuring parents and students comprehend the different application requirements, admissions policies, financial aid applications associated with different colleges.
  • Ensuring students take advantage of special opportunities made available to low-income students in the college search and application process (i.e. fee waivers, fly-in visits, university partner programs and scholarships).
  • Participating in professional development opportunities offered by the Cristo Rey Network’s national office
  • Maintaining a comprehensive list of scholarships and summer enrichment opportunities on Naviance Succeed or another database.
  • Assisting with the coordination of the SAT assessments.
  • Writing and managing the collection of letters of recommendations for all seniors.
  • Developing and maintaining a robust network of college admission professionals through regular communication and visits.
  • Visiting / touring college campuses with students.
  • Ensuring students participate in a College Fair each year.
  • Establishing, pursuing, and tracking clear school goals for college admissions, enrollment, persistence, and completion.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Participating in information programs hosted by colleges and universities in the region.
  • Representing Cristo Rey Research Triangle High School at local, state and national college admissions conferences (College Board, NACAC), college fairs, and college tours.
  • Participating in professional development opportunities offered by local college access / admissions organizations (i.e. Association of College Admissions Counselors).
  • Serving as an expert to students, parents, and staff on the on the entire college search and selection process.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • At least two years of experience in college advising with economically disadvantaged, racially diverse students and their families.
  • Strong understanding of the academic, financial, and social barriers to college access for underrepresented, first‐generation students.
  • Highly collaborative, dynamic leader with the ability to manage a large number of professional relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required; bilingual preferred.
  • Relentless focus on results, high level of accountability, and willingness to do “whatever it takes.”
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of Cristo Rey Research Triangle High School.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial school environment.
  • A belief that all students can succeed in college and career.
  • Satisfactory completion of criminal and background checks.
  • Must complete Diocese-sponsored Safe Environment Training within 60 days of hire. 

Cristo Rey Research Triangle High School is a 9-12 Catholic, Jesuit learning community that educates young people to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a professional work study experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life. Cristo Rey Research Triangle High School is part of the largest network of high schools in the country that exclusively support underserved youth. Cristo Rey Research Triangle High School is scheduled to welcome freshmen to its campus in the summer of 2021. Classes for sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be added one year at a time towards a full capacity of 400 students by fall of 2024.

Position Start Date: 07/18/2022