Prospect Sierra is an independent, coed TK–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California, serving 465 students. Prospect Sierra gives students the tools to build a better world by integrating rigorous academics with a deep understanding of human emotions. Every day our exceptional teachers connect students’ academic experiences to ethics, empathy, and social and emotional intelligence. The result is deeper intellectual engagement, greater self-knowledge, and compassionate relationships. Prospect Sierra students develop courage to become not just great students, but great people.
Prospect Sierra School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our hiring process. It is the policy and commitment of Prospect Sierra School that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. People of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Overview of Position
This position is for a High School Placement Counselor. The successful candidate will report to the Middle School Division Head.
Prospect Sierra graduates attend high schools throughout the Bay Area, with about a third each enrolling at independent schools, Catholic Schools, and public schools. The High School Placement Counselor works closely with the 8th-grade team of teachers to ensure adequate academic and social-emotional progress among all of our 8th graders.
As High School Placement Counselor, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:
Assist, guide, communicate, and meet with students and families throughout the high school application process, which begins in the spring of 7th grade and continues through the 8th grade year.
Visit local high schools (both public and private) to understand the array of choices available to families.
Be an ambassador for Prospect Sierra with Bay Area high schools and build relationships with private school admission officers.
Manage a Parent Information Evening in the spring for 7th-grade families and the fall for 8th-grade families outlining the high school process and timeline for public and private schools.
Coordinate a Public School Alumni Panel event in the fall for 8th grade families.
Meet with 7th graders as a group in the spring to familiarize students with the role of counselor and answer questions
Schedule and attend high school lunchtime visits.
Read Prospect Sierra middle school progress reports to get to know students.
Offer a high school application elective, once per week during the fall, focusing on essay writing, interview prep, and test prep.
Be a member of the 8th-grade team and attend team meetings.
Build relationships with students to know and advocate for them.
Write the private school “Principal/Counselor” recommendations.
Submit applications in a timely fashion.
Provide teachers with an up-to-date list of students applying to schools.
Administer the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) – both standard time and with accommodations in November and January at Prospect Sierra.
The candidate must have:
Experience with the high school placement process
Commitment to early adolescent education and social/emotional development
Commitment to creating an inclusive community that allows for a multitude of perspectives to be heard and respected
Ability and willingness to work in teams
Ability to effectively communicate and partner with students, families, and staff
A passion to advocate for Prospect Sierra students
The ideal candidate would also have:
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Familiarity with Ravenna
Sense of humor
Strong organizational and record keeping skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Commitment to cultural competence and identity safety
Awareness of differentiated learning and teaching styles
Duties school-wide include:
Participation on other committees as needed and appropriate
Ancillary duties as needed for school-wide operation
The ideal candidate will be a team player and be willing to take on leadership roles as needed.
The salary is competitive. Benefits included.
How to Apply
Send a résumé (including written recommendations and/or contact information for three references) and one page cover letter to:
Prospect Sierra is an independent, coed TK–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California, serving 465 students. Prospect Sierra gives students the tools to build a better world by integrating rigorous academics with a deep understanding of human emotions. Everyday our talented teachers connect students' academic experiences to ethics, empathy, and social and emotional intelligence. The result is deeper intellectual engagement, greater self-knowledge, and compassionate relationships. Prospect Sierra students develop courage to become great people, not just great students.