Position: College Counselor & College & Career Discovery Teacher
Position Description: Teacher Contract 185 days with extended calendar, full time, exempt.
Report to: AHS Principal
College Counseling Responsibilities include:
Providing one-on-one college counseling to students and parents.
Developing and presenting day and evening college information sessions to all grade levels and parents.
Providing evening application work sessions with seniors once a week from Sept-Dec.
Writing recommendation letters for half the senior class and occasional juniors applying for summer programs.
Assisting with the organization, operations and responsibilities associated with the Western Slope College Fair.
Counseling students on local, state and national scholarships. Presenting scholarships at the awards ceremony.
Facilitating the financial aid application process with families.
Presenting financial aid meetings for students and families
Managing the College Counseling budget and the purchasing needs of the office.
Developing relationships with college admissions representatives.
Attending and supporting graduation ceremonies.
Attending weekly committee meetings with counseling, college counseling, student services, and school committees.
Participating in professional development to maintain knowledge of industry.
Preparing and editing written communication with students, parents and staff.
Tracking of admission decisions, statistics, and submitting reports to the superintendent of schools or his designee. Familiarity with Naviance preferred.
Support or facilitate additional programming such as Career Expo, Admissions Case Studies, College Colloquium, etc.
Proctor standardized tests
Other duties as assigned or necessary.
College & Career Discovery Teacher Responsibilities:
Work collaboratively with co-counselor to instruct students in daily classroom lessons focusing on college knowledge and application preparation and self-discovery and career exploration.
Support the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, the exploration of ideas and the development of leadership qualities.
Vetting, on-boarding, and coordinating of speakers and tutors.
Assessing student progress and ongoing improvement through grading and projects.
Working with cross-departmental, administrative, and/or grade level teams to develop goals for improving student achievement for students with support services.
Meeting with families during parent/teacher conferences.
Masters Degree required, five years of experience in college counseling and/or college admissions preferred
An enthusiastic, dedicated, collaborative, knowledgeable, kind, and compassionate professional who is inspired to help students achieve their current and future post-secondary dreams. Be advocates and enthusiastic about teenagers.
Counsel students and families using differentiated strategies appropriate to the student and their circumstances and abilities.
Manage oneself (be organized, prepared, and punctual; manage resources; meet deadlines; follow through on commitments; demonstrate appropriate physical appearance) in a manner that enhances the school community.
Act in ways that directly support the mission of Aspen High School and the Aspen School District.
Use clear verbal and written communication and active listening skills.
Develop and maintain rapport and effective relationships with colleagues, adolescents and adults in carrying out duties and responsibilities by using courtesy, diplomacy, collaboration, cooperation, and professional conduct.
Contribute to the goals and success of all teams and team members through leadership, critical thinking, flexibility in team discussions, and decision-making.
Maintain high ethical standards, legal responsibility, and confidentiality.
About Aspen High School
From its rugged beginnings in silver mining, the rural mountain town of Aspen, Colorado has evolved into an internationally famous year-round resort known for its intellectual, cultural, and recreational opportunities. Aspen High School reflects the town’s diverse interests and embraces the importance of nurturing the “mind, body, spirit.”
Aspen High School is a four-year, public school accredited with distinction by the State of Colorado. Currently, 564 students attend grades 9 – 12, with an average class size of 17.4 students. AHS has 55 certified staff members: 24 hold a master’s degree and one holds a doctorate. The average teaching experience is 12 years.
Aspen High School’s academic program endeavors to produce resilient, independent, and critical thinkers. International Baccalaureate, Experiential Education, Career and Technical Education and Specialized Services support the standard curriculum to meet the needs of our students and ensure the opportunity for a rich and purposeful education.