The Alumni Counselor reports to the principal. As part of Cristo Rey Jesuit’s founding team, you will blend ambitious vision with clear systems thinking to support high school alumni to and through college. You will forge relationships with students and their families starting in their senior year, including by team-teaching the College Counseling class. You will maintain strong communication with alumni once they are on campus, track and report their progress, and offer flexible support based on their needs. In the spirit of cura personalis, or care for the whole person, you will help ensure alumni’s social-emotional well-being. You will combine empathy, cultural dexterity, and your expertise working with colleges and low-income communities to build lasting partnerships between CRJ, alumni, their families, and college personnel. In addition, you will leverage your extensive knowledge about college admissions, matriculation, financial aid, on-campus resources, and college-success skills to support alumni as well as to nurture and sustain a college-going culture at CRJ. Your interpersonal intelligence, courage, and drive to find solutions will make you an asset to an adult team that is high-functioning, vibrant, and grounded in a deep commitment to the school’s bold mission. By giving generously of yourself, your gifts, and your time, you will build the foundation of a school that serves its students’ diverse needs, cultivates their many talents, and robustly supports its graduates to and through college.
About Cristo Rey:
Cristo Rey Jesuit in Milwaukee is the 29th school in a growing national network of Catholic high schools recognized for transforming urban education by serving an exclusively low-income student body through a unique integration of rigorous academics, professional experience, and spiritual formation. In late spring, 2019, CRJ will graduate its first class of seniors, young men and women who will all have secured at least one four-year college acceptance and will thus be at an exciting transition to the world of higher education. Cristo Rey’s innovative model calls for our students—just under 400 students in total—to attend class four days per week and work in a professional setting five days per month through our Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). Even though some of our students enter high school below grade-level academically, it is the collective mission of our staff to ensure that our students gain admission to—and ultimately graduate from—college. In pursuit of that goal, Cristo Rey has a longer school day and an extended academic year, and our teachers, leadership, and staff innovate, plan, reflect, and practice so that they maximize their impact and deliver on the mission.
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