Director of College Advising & Alumni Support
St. Augustine Preparatory Academy (Aug Prep) is a K4-12 multi-denominational Christian School on Milwaukee’s Southside that opened in the summer of 2017. Our school is a student-centered environment where young learners take ownership of their education not only in academics, but also physical health, creativity, and faith. Our graduates will go on to achieve their highest potential and make our city, and ultimately the world, a better place. Aug Prep currently enrolls over 1,400 students, with our first class of seniors graduating in spring 2021.
St. Augustine Preparatory Academy is seeking a Director of College Advising & Alumni Support to lead our K4-12 work preparing our students and their families for college and career success upon graduation as well as the development of our alumni support work. We are looking for someone passionate about Jesus, our community and guiding students’ paths to college and the workforce. As we finalize our strategic plan through 2025, “Opening doors and our student’s eyes to opportunity and preparation for life and their future” is one of our Key Strategies. This leader will play a key role in the success of that work, partnering with administrators, students and families from each level of our school.
Aug Prep’s Director of College Advising & Alumni Support must be skilled at building partnerships with local and national college-preparatory and career development programs, fostering trusted relationships with families and navigating opportunities side-by-side with students as they design and advance down a long-term college/career path. The right candidate is dynamic, resourceful with a vision for opportunities, an excellent communicator and project manager, able to build relationships across multiple constituencies, and has a passion for empowering others’ personal and professional growth.
Job Responsibilities and Roles
Program Leadership & Development
- Model deep connection and belief in Aug Prep’s vision, mission and four pillars.
- Build, lead and empower a high-performing team of post-secondary advisors equipped to best serve Aug Prep students and families on their journey to college and the workforce.
- Demonstrate exceptional team and people management skills; deep commitment to and belief in developing others; ability to influence, inspire trust and motivate others to achieve objectives.
- Lead the design of a K4-12 post-secondary education program, organizing key events, coordinating opportunities and developing learning workshops/seminars for teachers, students and families, as appropriate, at all levels of the school.
- Identify resources for college going experiences (summer programs, college bridge, internships, and participation in other programs like Upward Bound).
- Build a network of post-secondary education organizations that know our graduate’s abilities and value.
- Identify resources for college financing including Advanced Placement credit options and scholarships (academic, athletic, community service).
- Annually set goals/metrics and readiness indicators with updated benchmark targets, dates, strategies/tactics and persons responsible.
- Work in tandem with faculty and administration to ensure that the post-secondary education program is aligned to and integrated within the school’s larger strategic plan.
- Create progress reports for administration, the board, faculty as well as for parents on college going programs, activities, deliverables, events and expectations. (This information will be used for wider school newsletters, websites, etc.)
Advising & Family Engagement
- Create a four-year playbook for each student grades 9-12 for post-secondary education that specifically addresses best-fit options, scholarship/financial aid plans, academic and extra-curricular goals/activities, and service goals.
- Create an annual family engagement plan for grades K4-12 related to key events (parent classes, workshops, fairs, college tours).
- Support and advise families in the decision-making process for post-secondary education, college application/matriculation processes, admission standards including entrance exams, possible majors of study and college freshman course selection.
- Provide families of special education students with options for transition to post-secondary education.
- Create and facilitate parent and student college knowledge group sessions and workshops and college visits.
- Plan, organize and facilitate college fairs, tours and summer ‘college going’ activities as well as organize and lead visits from post-secondary education entities on campus.
- Use data systems like Naviance© to track and maintain individual student academic, college going, application, scholarship, financial, matriculation, possible majors of study and college freshmen courses information.
- Systemic progress monitoring of each student’s progress towards graduation and post-secondary educational goal to update the playbooks and Naviance© files.
- Regular reporting on college going goals/work, readiness indicators college acceptance.
- Analyze student, graduating class, and full-school data to provide information on general trends, areas of focus and school wide ‘wins’ to best advise students, teachers and administration on college preparatory and going work.
- A deep belief in our mission to provide an exceptional, safe and holistic K4-12 Christian education developing our students to be tomorrow’s leaders.
- A belief in the ability of every child and a commitment to ensure excellence for each student.
- Participating member of a local church.
- Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s degree in Career/College Counseling or Education a plus).
- Experience with college and career advising, preferably with high need high school age students and their families. Wisconsin Certification PI-34 desirable, but not required.
- Data-driven with ability to utilize technology to identify & track opportunities as well as student and school-level data. Experience with Naviance or similar system is preferred.
- Effective oral and written communication skills; bilingual in Spanish preferred.
- Strong strategic planning, project management, and organization development skills required; able to balance a focus on big picture priorities while not losing sight of the goals, deadlines and objectives.
- Team player committed to the St. Augustine Preparatory mission and model.
St. Augustine Preparatory Academy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin or any other basis prohibited by law when hiring, promoting, establishing wages, or providing benefits.
As a faith-based institution based on biblical principles, St. Augustine Preparatory Academy hires employees who agree with the school’s Mission Statement and Statement of Beliefs and adhere to biblical standards of conduct.