College Counselor - IDEA Toros College Prep (21-22)

Edinburg, TX, United States
Feb 12, 2021
Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools :  


At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that   all   our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!  

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve  over 65,000  students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions an d new launches in  Tampa Bay , FL  (2021) ,  and  Jacksonville, FL (2022) !  


When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.  


To learn more about IDEA, check out this   video .  

About the Rio Grande Valley:


Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a school of 150 students in Donna, TX, to the fastest- growing family of tuition-free, public charter schools in the United States. In the Rio Grande Valley, we are a nucleus of four counties (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy Counties) that work as one unit to support our children academically and holistically. 


RGV is home to a population of just over 1.3 million residents. Children across the region truly benefit from IDEA's mission of college for all, as only 1 out of 17 students currently graduate college ready. Our mission holds true as we have over 5,000 IDEA alumni that currently attend, or have graduated from, 300 colleges and universities across the country.  


Join our passionate team of changemakers in south Texas as we prepare to expand our home region to 55 schools, serving over 38,000 students in 2022. 

Role Mission :  I DEA College Counselors educate students and parents about the benefits of post-secondary education. They are responsible for administering all aspects of the college search and admissions process and ensuring all students are on track for graduation. College counselors also teach college readiness classes, and  are added  to a  College Prep school site  when  grade 9 is add ed to a campus.  



  • Matriculation and College Acceptance  
    • 100% of graduates matriculate to a College/University  
    • 25% of students matriculate to Tier I/Tier II College/University  
    • 50% of students accepted to Tier I/II College/University  

             2.  Student Achievement 
    • 96% students passing all classes (On track to graduate)  
    • 21 average ACT score  

            3.   Student Engagement 
    • 95% of students attend field lessons  
    • 75% of high school juniors attend Summer Away Experience  
    • 100% students complete community service hours  
    • 90% student persistence  
    • 93% high school persistence  


    • Ensure all students are on-track to graduate from high school  
    • Guide students and parents through the college search, admissions, and financial aid processes  
    • Support teachers in planning college field lessons and scheduling college visits to IDEA  
    • Teach RoadToand Through College (RTTC) classes to 9-12th graders  
    • Create the school's master class schedule and schedule all students  
    • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding and respect for the communities in which they identify.   
    • Participate in weekly manager check-ins, grade-level meetings,  parent meetings, parent information sessions,  before and after-school duties, and school wide meetings and functions  
    • Engage in summer and year-long district, school and personal learning and development  
    • Minimum of 40+ hours spent at school per week  


    We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics:  
    • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college   
    • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them  
    • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly  
    • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes  
    • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change  
    • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization  
    • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes  
    • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.  

    • Education:  Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred  
    • Experience:  Teaching experience preferred; Ability to write and speak Spanish preferred  

    Knowledge and Skills:  
    • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills  
    • Ability to adjust and adapt to a multitude of situations in the school environment  
    • Experience in college admissions is preferable  
    • Ability to build solid student and family relationships  
    • Strong command of the English language both verbal and written  


    Salaries for this role typically fall between $57,141 and  $68, 569, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications.   This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment.  

    IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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