Bilingual High School Transition Counselor

Posted on: March 7, 2020 | |


KIPP Chicago Schools is a local network of 8 charter schools that is part of the nationally renowned Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). Our schools are completely free, and there are no requirements for enrollment except residency in the city of Chicago. Students and families choose to enroll in our schools because they perceive them as the highest quality option in their neighborhoods. Currently we serve 2,400 students in grades K – 8 across 8 campuses and approximately 1,500 high school and college age alumni. Our mission is to empower our students with character and academic skills necessary to succeed in top-quality high schools and universities, to be happy in the competitive world, and to have a positive impact on their communities. Our student demographics consist of 99% are African American or Latino; 96% qualify for free and reduced price lunch; and, 16% are identified as diverse learners. In Chicago, our campuses are located on the south and west sides of the city in communities broadly referred to as “low income.” KIPP Chicago alumni from these communities graduate high school at a rate of 90%, matriculate to college at a rate of 87%, and earn a four-year degree at a rate of 36%, compared to national averages of 72%, 45%, and 12%, for “low income” students. In addition to rigorous instruction in our K – 8 classrooms, our students receive continued support in high school and college through our KIPP Through College (KTC) program and team of KTC advisors.

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The KIPP Through College (KTC) Team supports KIPP Chicago alumni in developing the tools and knowledge needed to attain a college degree. By offering a mix of programs and services designed to reach every student and family — from one-on-one student meetings, to financial aid counseling, academic advising, life skills training, mentoring, college guidance, and more — KIPP Through College provides KIPP Chicago Schools alumni with the tools for success in high school, college, and the competitive world beyond.

KIPP Chicago seeks an experienced individual for the position of High School Transition Advisor at our KIPP One campus, located at 730 N. Pulaski in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood on the west side. 40% of students in this school speak Spanish, and fluency in Spanish is required for this role. KIPP One was ranked the top performing elementary school in the entire city of Chicago on the SQRP rating system for the 1718 and 1819 school years. The HSTA is an integral part of the KIPP Through College team; working with our families as the first point of contact on the journey “to & through” college. This is a full-time position. The HSTA will report to the Director of KIPP Through College.


The responsibilities for the High School Transition Advisor includes, but are not limited to, the following:

High School Exposure & Choice
Conduct 1:1 high school placement meetings with each 8th grade student and parent/guardian regarding high school options and scholarship opportunities
Review and submit all high school and scholarship applications for each 8th grade class
Use student achievement data to develop a high school application plan that maximizes options for each student
Oversee matriculation to high schools for all 8th grade students
Track and maintain accurate student application data in regional database

College Going Culture
Assist students and families in applying to enrichment and summer programs
Plan and deliver high school placement presentations for staff, students, and families
Collaborate with school staff to foster a college-going culture within the school community

Alumni Support
Advise KIPP alumni caseload of 9th and 10th grade students
Plan and implement visits to various high schools to meet with alumni students
Gather and maintain information regarding alumni experiences and records at the various high schools

Self & Others
Maintain regular and effective communication with School Leaders, school staff, and regional HST team to collectively support students and families
Collaborate effectively with the High School Transition Advisors at other KIPP Chicago schools and the larger KIPP Through College team
Build and maintain positive relationships with high school administrators, counselors, admissions staff, and community organizations on behalf of KIPP Chicago

Fluency in oral and written Spanish (required)
A bachelor’s degree or greater (required)
Minimum of two years experience teaching, advising, or working with families in a middle school, high school or college access setting (preferred)
Knowledge of Chicago-area high schools (required)
Excellent oral and written communication skills (required)
Excellent organizational skills and detail orientation (required)
Strong typing and technology skills, specifically with Microsoft Office and Google Drive (required)
Strong interpersonal skills (required)
Personal initiative and follow through (required)
Demonstrated passion for and commitment to the KIPP mission (required)


KIPP Chicago Schools offers a competitive compensation and benefits package:
Salaries based on experience
Competitive rates for medical insurance and short-term disability insurance. Dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance are offered at no cost.
An optional 403(b) retirement account with employer matching contributions
Robust professional development


Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Recruitment via email at


KIPP Chicago is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic background.