Manager of Career and College Advising

KIPP Baltimore

Job Description


Company Description

Founded in 2002, KIPP Baltimore operates joyful, academically excellent public charter schools and alumni support programming that prepare students with the skills and confidence necessary to successfully pursue individual pathways to careers of highest aspiration. KIPP Baltimore enrolls approximately 1,500 kindergarten through eighth-grade students in two schools on a shared campus in the former Walbrook High School building in West Baltimore: KIPP Harmony Academy (grades K-5) and KIPP Ujima Village Academy (6-8). Including our signature KIPP Forward (formerly KIPP Through College) program, we support more than 3,000 current students and alumni.

KIPP Baltimore is part of the national KIPP Public Schools network. KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) began in 1994 with 47 fifth-graders as a college-preparatory program housed within a public middle school in Houston, Texas; today, we are a network of 280 schools, 15,000 educators, and 175,000 students and alumni. All KIPP public charter schools are locally-run, non-profit organizations; each region is governed by a board of directors

Job Description

The Manager of College and Career Advising (MCCA) prepares KIPP alumni to successfully matriculate to postsecondary pathways that will lead them to careers of highest aspiration. Using data analysis and effective counseling strategies, the MCCA guides students through various parts of the process including wishlist creation, application completion, FAFSA submission, and enrollment decision-making. The MCCA also facilitates the Countdown to College summer program, which prepares rising Seniors for the upcoming year. Throughout the year, the MCCA works closely with the students’ high schools, parents and community organizations to ensure that all alumni have the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to enter and persist in their post-secondary pathways. The MCCA reports to the Director of KIPP Forward.


The Manager of Career and College Advising responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Advising approximately 90 Seniors attending area high schools (70%)
    • Conduct outreach and form relationships with students using strategies such as:
      • High school visits
      • Cold calls to students and families
      • Text messages
      • Email
    • Create balanced post-secondary wishlists that reflect students’ interests and career aspirations (fit), academic profiles (match), and financial fit
    • Support students in developing and implementing application completion plans
    • Guide students and families through the federal, state, institutional and private financial aid processes
    • Assist students in college admission exam preparation and registration
    • Collaborate and communicate with families, high school counselors, colleges, CTE programs and external partners to best support the student throughout the application and matriculation process.
    • Host events or small group gatherings to support students with tasks such as FAFSA and application completion
    • Help students and families analyze post-secondary offers and financial aid award letters to make best-fit matriculation decisions
    • Execute the transition plan with the Alumni Persistence team to ensure a continuity of support as students begin their post-secondary programs.
    • Continuously stay informed on college, career and job training programs in Maryland to provide students with most up-to-date and relevant advising.


  • Collecting and analyzing alumni data (15%)
    • Manage alumni data in the KIPP Database including contact notes and application progress
    • Participate in alumni data analysis meetings, inclusive of regional match meetings
    • Regularly review caseload data and progress toward goals, then use the analysis to inform strategy and next steps
    • Create and maintain student benchmarks that capture student career aspirations, academic match, and financial profile.


  • Supporting the Countdown to College Summer Program (15%)
    • Assist with recruiting 11th grade alumni to participate in the program
    • Engage in program planning throughout the Spring
    • Lead in the summer curriculum development and personnel training
    • Manage summer program instructors and support curriculum implementation
    • Act as one of the leaders of the summer program, helping with daily program execution and management


  • Serving as a full-time and engaged member of KIPP Baltimore’s staff.
    • Meet regularly with the KIPP Forward Director as well as the KIPP Forward Team.
    • Develop positive, appropriate relationships with current students and alumni as well as with fellow staff members
    • Support team events such as alumni reunions
    • Attend, and actively participate in, all regional staff meetings
    • Other duties as assigned by KIPP Forward Director


  • A passion for the mission of KIPP Baltimore
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in education, counseling or social work
  • At least two years of experience teaching or working with middle/high school students and/or college students
  • Experience helping students and families who have been traditionally underserved navigate college admission, financial aid and scholarship application processes.
  • Knowledge of the high school and college landscape in Baltimore City and Maryland is preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to consistently engage in alumni outreach (including cold calls), and persist even when students are not initially responsive
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings, when needed (i.e. to make student calls and/or hold events and facilitate programming). Must be regularly available between 3-6 pm
  • Ability to travel to high schools and post-secondary institutions to meet with, support, and provide connecting experiences for students. Must have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to equity, inclusion and anti-racism
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build authentic relationships with students, families, and the team
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high high-energyronment with a proven ability to juggle multiple deadlines and tasks
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively with teammates and other stakeholders
  • Unwavering attention to detail and commitment to accuracy
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing environments
  • Ability to facilitate group workshops for a range of audiences
  • Excellent program management and data analysis skills
  • Willingness to ask questions and genuine openness to feedback and learning
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Platform including Excel
  • Lives the KIPP Baltimore values of:
    • Affirmation
    • Optimism
    • Joyful Excellence
    • Collective Power
    • Community

Additional Information

Salary is commensurate with experience within the range of 62-66K annually. A full benefits package is offered and includes a 4% 401K match

STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: KIPP Baltimore is committed to the ideal of diversity in its student body and in its faculty and staff. KIPP Baltimore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnicity. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

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