Buffalo Prep

David Johnson
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Job Summary

Job Type

Part Time

Relevant Work Experience

2-3 Years

Education Level

Some College


$18.00 - $20.00 per hour


Ability to work evenings and occasional weekends.

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College Counselor

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The Institution

Buffalo Prep's mission is to provide access and preparation for talented underrepresented youth to achieve success in college preparatory high schools and higher education. We're not a school, but rather, a dedicated organization that works with private, public, and charter high schools to help underrepresented youth take advantage of a first-rate college-preparatory education. Since our founding in 1989, Buffalo Prep has been helping to close the achievement gap for Western New York kids who are bright, talented, but economically challenged. We nurture the dreamer, the leader, the activist, and the scholar in every student, while strengthening the diversity of our partner schools.

Position Summary

The College Counselor works in partnership with the Director of College Counseling (DCC) to help support College Prep scholars to achieve success in high school and prepare for their post-secondary journey. The college counselor assists in administering and coordinating all aspects of the college search, admissions process and the Alumni Prep program.

Social and Emotional Counseling

  • Provide direct support/counseling services to individual scholars and small groups. - Document and communicate scholar/family concerns in a timely manner.
  • Provide SEL resources to scholars and families as necessary. - Complete required trainings and workshops necessary for the position. College Counseling
  • Educate scholars and parents about different types of colleges, the college admissions process, and other post - secondary pathways.
  • Assist scholars with college applications, essay review, and FAFSA completion.
  • Coordinate SAT and ACT prep programming.
  • Work with the Director of College Counseling to coordinate annual college visits, college tours, college fairs, and retreats.
  • Write college recommendations and scholarship letters of reference for seniors as necessary.
  • Assist scholars with identifying scholarships and internships. - Facilitate college and career readiness workshops.
  • Review seniors' financial aid awards and advise accordingly.
  • Assist with the outreach and follow up of seniors during peak months (March - May).
  • Support seniors' transition to post-secondary education/workforce.
  • Work with the Alumni Prep Coordinator to gather contact information, recent graduates' post-secondary plans and alumni programming/events.

Education and Experience

  • The completion of, or working towards a bachelor's degree in education, counseling or related field. 
  • A minimum of two years of experience with counseling with a focus on academic preparation, time management, the college process, socialization, and other skills that pertain to academically gifted students preparing to attend college.
  • Experience working with diverse populations is highly desired. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 
  • Ability to work evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Ability to engage scholars, listen effectively, and provide guidance for scholars attending college preparatory high schools. - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must possess the ability to work with several constituencies including scholars and their families, high school personnel, Buffalo Prep Staff, Board of Directors, and others. 
  • Willingness to engage in study and implementation of culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogy, curriculum, and classroom management.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to network with other community service providers (schools, community groups, colleges, etc.)
  • Ability to work in a team environment.

Application Requirements

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of three references

How to Apply

Please email your resume and other required materials to David Johnson, and indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject of the email .

Application closes on August 11, 2022.