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Director of College Counseling - Various Campuses (2019-2020)

Department: College Initiatives
Location: Houston, TX

POSITION: Director of College Counseling 

REPORTS TO: School Director 

POSITION TYPE: 11-month 

LOCATION: Houston, Texas  


Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 85% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-seven (87%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? Each of YES Prep’s 18 campuses serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind, but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory. This is a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders, and access to excellent educational opportunities. 

As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow 31% between now and 2023 (from just over 13,000 students currently to 17,000).  


YES Prep needs a dynamic Director of College Counseling, with a diverse set of experiences, to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice.  


When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include: 

  • Planning, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive college matriculation and alumni support programs that will fulfill the YES mission 

  • Managing two additional college counselors, one student opportunities coordinator and two seminar teachers – a total of six other staff members 

  • Researching, establishing and maintaining long-term relationships within the college admissions arena 

  • Working with appropriate YES grade level chairs, as well as entire college counseling department, to ensure that every student in every high school grade level is participating in available college-related activities when possible 

  • Managing registration, supervising, and other related issues regarding standardized tests  

  • Coordinating and hosting high school visits and college fairs by college admissions representatives 

  • Coordinating the advising and counseling of the current classes that will grow to serve 90-110 seniors per year, as well as 90-110 juniors along with alumni who have graduated from their respective YES campus 

  • Working closely with college counseling department, as well as appropriate YES grade level chairs and selecting faculty advisors, to coordinate and facilitate the Student/Faculty Advising Program and/or seminar programs among 9th-12th grade levels 

  • Designing and implementing curricular and programmatic components of the Senior Seminar course and the Junior Seminar course (classes taught on a daily basis)  

  • Teaching and leading classes through the Seminar program focused on the preparation for the college admissions/readiness process 

  • Managing college counseling staff members in the following areas and others as they arise (to be determined based on prior levels of experiences): Financial Aid and Scholarships, Texas House Bill 1403/Senate Bill 1528 (working with undocumented students), Testing and Preparation and College Visitations Program 

  • Additional duties as assigned 


We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility. Other traits needed and desired for this role are: 


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution 

  • Previous experience in either the high school counseling and/or college admissions field, as well as managerial and/or supervisory experience in this capacity 

  • Proficiency with all MS Office programs including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook 

  • Possess strong analytical and communication skills 

  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools 

  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback 

  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team 

  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once 

  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress 


  • Master’s Degree 

  • Counseling certification 

  • Instructional experience 

  • Fluency in Spanish 


  • Compensation – This position is an exempt, salaried position; salary offers commensurate with experience. 

  • Health and Supplemental Insurance –  A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc. 

  • Paid Time Off– 12 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar 

  • Paid Leave Programming – In the event you need to be out due to a medical reason, YES Prep offers up to 12 weeks of full paid leave 

  • Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.  


YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. 


If this sounds like your just right job, please apply here

If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team to be connected to a recruiter at

Selection Process

The selection process will follow the below timeline:

  • Application window: December 10, 2018- January 13, 2019
  • Candidates moving forward will be notified of selection activities on January 17, 2019
  • Candidates must submit selection activities by January 20th 2019 at 11:59 pm CST
  • Final Interviews will take place from January 28, 2019- February 8, 2019

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