College Readiness Teacher – Uncommon Schools – Brooklyn, NY

College Readiness Teacher

Uncommon Schools

9 reviews

Brooklyn, NY


The College Readiness Teacher at Uncommon Preparatory Charter High School is responsible for executing our school’s college-ready mission with a primary focus on grades 9-11.

The College Readiness Teacher will ensure that we reach our goal by developing a college readiness program focused on student knowledge, skills, and character. It is the ultimate goal of the college counseling department at Uncommon Preparatory Charter High School, through guidance and education, to ensure that all UPC graduates enter, succeed, and graduate from a 4-year college. The College Readiness Teacher will work with the College Placement Coordinator to assure proper college matches for students regarding school community, size, location, secular versus Christian, single-sex versus coeducational, trimester versus semester, student to teacher ratio, teaching universities versus research universities, academic interests, financial aid, and extracurricular interests. It is important to research student support systems, both academic and social, and verify they that are in place at the university level.


  • Meet all of the standards and responsibilities of a Uncommon Preparatory Charter High School (UPC) teacher
  • Plan and teach the Grades 9-11 College Readiness at UPC (develop a scope and sequence, weekly lesson plans, assessments, and materials that highlight the Uncommon College Readiness Standards)
  • Host college representatives’ visits to UPC and manage information sessions for Grades 9-11
  • Host college information events for Grades 9-11 families
  • Plan grade-specific evening and weekend events for parents to address specific college readiness needs of each academic year
  • Be available during Report Card Nights to meet with parents
  • Plan and execute college visits for Grades 9-11
  • Plan and execute career trips for Grades 9-11
  • Serve as Job Shadowing Coordinator
  • Manage all aspects of coordinating the junior year internships including the project plan and the building and maintaining of relationships with participating companies
  • Support College Placement Coordinator in the fall semester by navigating 12th grade students and tracking their completion in the college application process that include, but are not limited to: Creating an appropriate list of colleges to apply to, Personal statement and other required essays, College applications Resumes, Recommendations, Financial aid, Scholarships
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with colleges, universities, outreach programs, and scholarship programs
  • Attend state-wide and national conferences
  • Field calls from admission counselors needing information about individual students
  • Own responsibility of data management in the Naviance college tracking system (or other electronic tracking system)
  • Develop task-oriented project plans for college readiness initiatives and programming
  • Complete all clerical tasks associated with above responsibilities (organizing, filing, copying, etc.)
  • By the time that employment begins, candidates must have received a Bachelor’s degree from a College or University. For teaching roles in New York and Massachusetts, candidates must have also earned a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher by the time employment begins. For teaching roles in New Jersey, the candidates must have earned a cumulative 2.75 GPA (for candidates graduating before September 1, 2016) or 3.0 (for candidates graduating on or after September 1, 2016).

College Counseling Department Goals

  • In order to ensure that our students are eligible and prepared for entrance to and graduation from college, the College Placement and College Readiness Coordinators work collaboratively as a department and strive to:
  • Teach college success skills such as time management, rigorous study habits and academic goal setting.
  • Actively research all aspects of college placement: financial aid, scholarships, applications, and standards.
  • Increase student independence through management of their college application process.
  • When necessary, advocate relentlessly on behalf of student(s) with college officials to assist with admissions process, financial aid process, and any other obstacles that may arise.
  • Create a college-readiness culture for UPC students, helping 9th-11th graders grow in their knowledge of college and their readiness for the undergraduate experience in all areas.
  • Encourage continued character development reflective of Uncommon Preparatory Charter High School’s core values.
  • Establish and work closely with the grade level department heads to ensure that UPC college placement plan provides all students in the school the opportunity to participate in college planning activities.
  • Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds, characters and lives of students both in and out of school.
  • Show unwavering commitment to urban youth achieving greatness.
  • Create a positive, structured learning environment to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and strict code of conduct.
  • Implement curricula and activities to meet academic standards.
  • Design and implement assessments that measure progress towards academic standards.
  • Use data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices.
  • Participate in the collaborative curriculum development process.
  • Provide consistent rewards and/or consequences for student behavior to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and strict code of conduct.
  • Exhibit resilience to persevere and turn challenges into opportunities.
  • Focus constantly on student learning, thinking critically and strategically to respond to student learning needs.
  • Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues.
  • Engage families in their children’s education.
  • Commit to continual professional growth, participating actively in department meetings, faculty meetings, and other meetings.


We offer a generous compensation package. All staff members are equipped with the tools needed to succeed, including a dedicated work space, laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies.

The foregoing information is requested for mandatory government reporting purposes only. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law._ _

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

Required experience:

  • College Counseling: 1 year

9 reviews

The 2013 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, Uncommon is a nonprofit network of public charter schools in New York, New Jersey and…

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