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Lighthouse Academies Academic Counselor in Gary, Indiana

Academic Counselor

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    Job Description

    Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy in Gary, IN is currently seeking an Academic Counselor for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Essential Qualities

    We are seeking a full-time entrepreneurial Academic Counselor (AC) who is dedicated to achieve a 100 percent acceptance rate to four-year colleges and universities for our graduating classes. The AC helps to transform teenagers’ lives by creating opportunities for a brighter future. We are seeking an AC who will make the commitment to lead with determination, integrity and purpose, embodying these essential qualities:
  • Past experiences and actions reflect a commitment to the LHA mission, vision, core values

  • A passion and ability to build and sustain the LHA K-12 model in a high need, urban environment

  • Work demonstrates a sense of urgency and the relentless pursuit of high academic student achievement

  • Reflective, self-aware and adaptable to communication and work styles of others

  • Critical thinker and problem solver who takes initiative

  • Belief in the power of collaboration and works to build a collaborative culture with LHA network, community, staff, families and students

    Essential Functions

    A Lighthouse Academy Academic Counselor works to create and enhance a college focused culture of achievement and respect where high expectations and results are the norm in the College Prep Academy (CPA). The AC is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing all aspects of the college search, admissions and alumni support processes. The AC’s actions must always be aligned with our mission, vision, core values and education program. The essential functions for the AC are as follows:


  • Create and execute educational programs and materials for students, parents and teachers regarding the college application process.

  • Educate students, staff and parents in the K-12 Lighthouse Academies community about colleges, the college admissions process, trends, procedures and testing.

  • Meet with students, individually and in groups, to talk about the admissions process, individual college choices and high school curricular choices.

  • Compile an annual school profile and collaborate with office manager to maintain student records including grade point averages, transcripts, and graduation progress.

  • Facilitate an Advisory program that focuses on 1) social and emotional development 2) postsecondary planning 3) community building 4) academic advising.

  • Serve as testing coordinator AP, PSAT, ACT, SAT, Explore, PLANexams.

  • Teach students and staff about various college entrance exams.

  • Lead workshops for family members and students regarding the college admissions and financial aid processes.

  • Collaborate with other DCTs and the LHA education team to refine and implement advisory class curriculum as it relates to college admission and preparation for the various college entrance exams.

  • Collaborate with teachers to support the development of student essays for college applications.

  • Create and execute professional development opportunities for staff to build their capacity to support college preparation and admissions processes.

  • Coordinate at least two college visits for students each year.

  • Coordinate, schedule and arrange guest speakers from local organizations and colleges to present at CPA.


  • Develop relationships with and serve as a liaison to college admissions offices.

  • Facilitate meetings between college admissions representatives and our students.

  • Support the CPA principal and staff to identify community resources (tutors, after school programs) that will support academic enrichment opportunities.

  • Support the CPA principal and staff to implement a community-based internship program for juniors and seniors.


  • Advise students and families as they go through the college application process.

  • Coordinate letter of recommendation process for each students who is applying for grants and scholarships.

  • Develop and oversee system of tracking applications, acceptances, etc.

  • Develop and oversee support systems, alumni networking and data collection for CPA graduates


  • Collaborate with colleagues to continuously improve personal practice, classroom instruction, assessment, and student achievement, as well as the overall goals and mission of the school and the network.

  • Attend the week-long summertime conference for the entire LHA network.

  • Participate in a summertime professional development institute before the opening of school.

  • Access meaningful learning experiences and exercises judgment in accepting findings as valid for application in classroom practice and teacher improvement.

  • Reflect critically upon the college coordination experience; identify areas for further professional development as part of a professional development plan that is linked to grade level, school, and network goals; access meaningful learning experiences; and listen thoughtfully to other viewpoints and respond constructively to suggestions and criticisms.

  • Use feedback to update Individual Talent Development Plan.

  • Fulfill all outlined and related functions professionally, timely and thoroughly.

  • Complete any other tasks or duties as assigned by the principal

    Skills & Requirements

    Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree; Counseling, Education Administration or Teaching

  • Minimum of two (2) years prior teaching and/or counseling experience working in an innovative, urban program

  • Proven track record of achieving ambitious goals to prepare students to be successful applicants to and succeed in college

  • Experience planning and facilitating a high school Advisory program preferred


  • Mission Focused

  • Driven towards Excellence

  • Influential

  • Relationship Builder

  • Talent Manager

  • Organized & Planned

  • Creative

  • Constant Learner


  • Ability to turn best practices into high quality, goal-driven results

  • Highly effective writing, oral and interpersonal skills to communicate with a varied audience

  • Proven track record of leveraging community resources for schools

  • Proven track record of developing and implementing systems for college application and alumni support processes

  • Data managements tools, organizational tools, computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook)