Southwest Key Programs Inc.

Academic Guidance Counselor

1 month ago
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Job Summary:

The position will work in partnership with a college and career readiness team to provide a broad range of services designed to ensure the enrollment, retention, success and completion of students through academic monitoring, referral to other appropriate support services, and assistance in developing an educational plan. Successful applicants are leaders with strong organizational and interpersonal skills. This position is required to work occasional evening hours and weekends. This is a grant-funded position through the US Department of Education.

Essential Functions:

Case management

  • Manage a caseload of approximately 40 high school students, providing advising services focused on rigorous academic profiles, the high school to college transition, college persistence, college completion, and career readiness
  • Maintain frequent and regular contact with caseload to monitor progress and to troubleshoot academic, financial and socio-emotional issues associated with program retention and academic success
  • Work with support staff from the various student services areas to ensure each is aware of and follows the academic and/or transition plan of each student
  • Work closely with faculty, staff, and administrations both at the service area high schools and off-campus higher education institutions to develop programs
  • Support the development of systems of management of student records and data
  • Regularly collect and analyze data, recording all qualitative data (case notes, etc) and quantitative data (grades, GPAs, EFCs, employment, etc) into database for reporting


Additional program management

  • Support the planning, facilitation, and execution of Southwest Key college and career programs, including but not limited to key components of Upward Bound annual programming, such as the School Year, Summer Academy, Summer Residential and Summer Bridge Program
  • Develop community relationships with various partners in East Austin to promote program goals, participant recruitment, and development of a college-going culture in the East Austin community

Other Functions:

Additional program management

  • Serve on school-based committees
  • Gain and maintain knowledge of all students’ interests, needs and backgrounds
  • Keeps records and appropriate documentation of program activities
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Education, Counseling and/or other related field with 3-5 years' experience
  • Texas Teaching Certificate, with knowledge of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKs)
  • Experience in implementing and monitoring federal educational programs for disadvantaged students required
  • Proven successful classroom experience with assessment and evaluation of curriculum instruction and state tests
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Strong background in working in communities of high-need
  • Demonstrated ability to use data analysis for problem-solving
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work meritoriously as a member of a team
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Grant management experience preferred

Physical Demands:

Must be able to read, write, and communicate both verbally and in written form to express and exchange ideas. While performing the responsibilities of this job, the employee must be able to access all components of work station and other office equipment. Frequent typing, writing, bending and twisting. Must be able to lift up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment:

General office and school environment with moderate noise. This position requires travel to program locations as needed. A busy environment with many unscheduled interruptions. Frequent computer use at workstation for extended periods of time. Public contact position requiring appropriate business apparel.


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