High School Placement & Transition Counselor

Los Angeles, CA
Regional Support – Regional Support
Full-Time Immediate
About Us

KIPP SoCal Public Schools (KIPP SoCal) is a nonprofit organization that operates tuition-free, open-enrollment, public charter schools focused on preparing students in systemically under-resourced communities in Southern California for choice filled lives. In July 2019, KIPP LA Public Schools and KIPP San Diego Public Schools united to become KIPP SoCal Public Schools to better meet the needs of our students. We currently operate 19 schools, educate approximately 8,200 students and support an additional 4,300 alumni who are attending high school and college.

The Opportunity

    • KIPP Through College’s (KTC) High School Placement & Transition team is responsible for guiding the matriculation of KIPP SoCal students into high schools that will prepare them for success in college. The High School Placement & Transition (HSP&T) Counselor will work closely with staff, students, and families at an assigned KIPP SoCal middle school in East Los Angeles, providing quality advising and programming. The HSP&T Counselor will report to the High School Placement & Transition Manager and work alongside seven other HSP&T Counselors who also support families throughout the region. They will collaborate with other KIPP SoCal staff to develop and foster a college-going culture amongst KIPP SoCal middle schools.

High School Exploration, Readiness & Application Process

    • Conduct advising sessions with students and parents/guardian
    • Coordinate student participation in academic enrichment and placement programs
    • Develop and coordinate effective application processes for families and staff at school site; provide hands-on support with high school applications
    • Lead student and parent education at school site, focused on high school exploration, readiness, and application processes, including monthly High School Readiness sessions for students
    • Facilitate high school exploration opportunities and programs for students and families
    • Track and maintain accurate student application data in regional database

High School Transition Support

    • Provide targeted advising to a caseload of 9th grade students from assigned middle school
    • Conduct office hours for 9th grade students at assigned middle school

Relationship Management

    • Cultivate authentic communication and rapport with families through regular communication, accessibility, and a strength-based approach
    • Maintain regular and effective communication with School Leaders, school staff, and regional KTC team to collectively support students and families 
    • Collaborate with school staff to foster strong parent engagement and college-going culture within the school community 
    • Build and maintain positive relationships with high school administrators, counselors, admissions staff, and community organizations on behalf of KIPP SoCal

The Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree is required
    • Minimum of 2 years experience teaching, advising, or working with families in a middle school, high school or college access setting
    • Spanish fluency is required
    • Experience working in communities historically underrepresented in higher education
    • Knowledge of the high school landscape in Los Angeles
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and build relationships with diverse stakeholders
    • Excellent communication skills and keen attention to detail 
    • Unquestioned commitment to educational equity, youth, and KIPP SoCal’s mission
    • Ability to work evening hours and weekends as necessary

The Perks

    • Very competitive compensation package inclusive of a generous benefits package
    • 100% of healthcare premium costs covered by employer, dependents added at 50% of the cost
    • Employer-paid KIPP SoCal life insurance
    • 401(k) plan with up to 6% match by KIPP SoCal
    • Voluntary Benefits (Pet Insurance, Supplemental Life, Accident, Short Term Disability, etc.)
    • Generous time off program includes 22 holidays, sick leave and vacation
    • Other great benefits (Flexible spending account, EAP, tuition reimbursement for dependents, etc.)
KIPP SoCal Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation/gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

KIPP SoCal strives to ensure that our careers website is accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, please contact us. You can find our contact information on our website, http://www.kippsocal.org/. Information will be sent to a talent acquisition representative who will provide assistance to ensure appropriate consideration in the hiring process.