Director of High School Prep and Alumni Support | Equitas Academy

About Equitas Academy

Equitas Academy Charter School was founded in 2009. We are a network of free public schools for families who believe their children deserve a high-quality education and challenging school experience. We currently serve over 1,000 scholars in Kinder-8th grade in two elementary schools and one middle school and will open up our second middle school in August of 2017. Equitas Academy is based in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

Our Mission

To provide a structured, achievement-based community that prepares students (scholars) to graduate from college-preparatory high schools, four-year colleges, and universities.

We Value:

High Expectations. Structured and disciplined classrooms, school-wide behavioral code of conduct, and school uniforms

College Readiness. Extended school day and year, enrichment activities, and preparation to enter top-performing middle, high schools, and, ultimately, college

A Family Partnership. Ongoing communication with parents about academic and behavioral progress, at-home visits by staff, and family workshops

A Safe & Supportive School Community. We help our children make positive choices through our school values of curiosity, optimism, gratitude, grit, self-control, social intelligence, and zest.

Position Description

The Director of High School Preparation and Alumni Programs, is charged with ensuring the fulfillment of our mission: ensuring that each of our scholars graduates from a 4-year college or university. The Director will be responsible for developing and implementing the strategy and direction of our High School Preparation and Alumni departments and supporting our scholars and families to and through college as our alumni base grows to over 500 strong in the next five years.

Responsibilities: High School Preparation

  • Develop and oversee strategy for preparing our K-8 school community for college readiness on the bridge to high school
  • Ensuring all 8th graders gain admission to and attend high quality High Schools in the Los Angeles area
  • Researching and advising families and scholars on the highest quality high school options
  • Holding individual high school preparation advising meetings with each 8th grade scholar and their family in order to develop individualized plans for the scholars’ high school applications
  • Supporting families of eligible students through the financial aid process and researching scholarships
  • Assisting students in preparing for and administering high school entrance exams (ISEE, HSPT, andSSAT)
  • Coordinating high school fairs, high school visits, meetings, and panel discussions to educate parents and students of all grade levels about the process of gaining admission to target high schools, affording independent schools, and succeeding in target high schools
  • Advising students and families once they have received their high school acceptances
  • Tracking all student and family contact information, test scores, grades, applications for admission, applications for financial aid, and high school selection data
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with school leaders and admissions officers at partner High Schools
  • Implementing family workshops and events
  • Partnering with middle school teachers to design and implement a high school preparation scope and sequence 

Responsibilities: Alumni Program

  • Develop the strategic plan for alumni programs and support
  • Developing and maintaining positive relationships with alumni and their families
  • Tracking information on alumni related to their placement and academic performance
  • Planning events to maintain connections with alumni to Equitas Academy such as alumni panels, school visits, and fundraising
  • Informing alumni of opportunities to be involved with Equitas through mentorship and volunteering
  • Developing and disseminating a contact list of students support services, community resources, and enrichment opportunities for alumni
  • Closely monitor and support high risk alumni to ensure their matriculation to and through college  
  • Develop and implement a mentorship program

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s level or advanced degree preferred
  • At least five years experience leading a program
  • At least two years experience with middle and/or high school students
  • Experience working with educationally underserved students and their families
  • Bilingual Spanish speaker highly preferred but not required
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of high quality Los Angeles schools
  • Knowledge of scholarships and other forms of financial aid
  • Knowledge of the ISEE, SSAT, and HSPT
  • Ability to research and effectively communicate information in various forms
  • Self-­‐starter and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Ability to develop relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Ability to gather and analyze data, compile information, and report out
  • Flexible and able to multi-­‐task within a fast-­‐paced environment
  • Excellent project managements kills, with an ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Proficient in MS Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Salaries and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary based on experience. Benefits include medical/dental/vision coverage and paid sick and vacation time off.