College Counselor

Position Details

  • Job Title: College Counselor
  • Department: High School
  • Job Category: School or Instructional Leader

The Opportunity

Harlem Village Academies is a K-12 charter network committed to the ideals of progressive education. Based in Harlem, HVA is also the demonstration site for the Progressive Education Institute

HVA High has a solid track record of success, with 95% of students accepted to college every year since inception. The College Counselor will manage the college admissions process and systems at HVA High. S/he will join a dynamic team of educators and will take our work to the next level, continually improving the quality of colleges to which our students are accepted. 



College Process

  • Create, execute, and monitor systems that ensure an efficient and effective college application process.
  • Provide one-on-one college counseling to a caseload of seniors through the admissions cycle including, but not limited to, creating a college list, writing and revising the personal statement, advising on financial aid, and making final matriculation decisions.
  • Arrange strategic college representative visits to HVA.
  • Collaborate with HVA marketing to promote HVA to national colleges and universities.
  • Build and maintain relationships with colleges and universities to create partnerships benefiting both the school and students.
  • Build strong relationships with teacher teams.
  • Create communication systems to work effectively with students and parents.
  • Track and ensure progress of all college initiatives.
  • Accountable for accomplishing goals including but not limited to 95%+ of students accepted to four-year colleges as well as goals related to college matriculation and college selectivity.

College Readiness 9-12 Curriculum and Courses 

  • Collaborate with the team to teach and/or co-teach College Readiness courses, working directly with students. 
  • Collaborate with teachers and advisors to implement college and career curriculum. 

College Admissions Testing & Reporting 

  • Maintain relationships and manage college testing processes for PSAT, SAT, ACT and IB, including but not limited to test dates and score reporting. 
  • Oversee ACT or SAT prep programs, both in-house and external, to meet goals. 
  • Ensure timely uploading and sharing of test data to inform college and school practices. 
  • Evaluate test results to identify possible school-wide intervention strategies. 

College Culture 

  • Use data-driven practices to inform yearly benchmarks calendar, college lists, and financial aid timeline. 
  • Coordinate with advisors and grade level leaders to ensure collaboration and support of college initiatives in the school. 
  • Ensure operations and academic teams are informed, aligned and supporting the needs of the college team, e.g. transcripts, data imports from student information systems. 
  • Plan and execute strategic college visits aligned to the 9-12th grade scope and sequence. 
  • Develop strategic events that celebrate the success of HVA Seniors and build a school-wide college going culture. 



  • Masters in higher education, school counseling, or related field preferred 
  • At least three years of demonstrated success in advising low-income, first generation college applicants and their families in all phases of the college and financial aid application processes including student admissions to selective colleges and favorable financial packages. 
  • Experience developing early college awareness programs resulting in student motivation. 
  • Wide knowledge of east coast and national colleges including degree programs, opportunity programs, diversity programs, admissions criteria, defining fit for first-generation low-income students, as well as familiarity with admissions personnel. 
  • Effective participation in local, state, and national college admissions counseling events and professional organizations leading to increased results for student admissions
  • Experience with college prep and/or college readiness curriculum development 
  • Teaching or training experience preferred 
  • Excellent organizational skills and acute attention to detail 
  • Strong analytical and writing skills 
  • Focus on results and the flexibility and willingness to do “whatever it takes” 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment  
  • Solid technical skills and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.


Organizational Culture

All team members are passionately and deeply committed to the mission, vision, and values of Harlem Village Academies; have a positive and professional attitude; exhibit a very strong work ethic; and possess an inner drive for personal and professional excellence. The ideal candidate will thrive working within an entrepreneurial and results-driven environment.


Harlem Village Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity among our staff.  Applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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