Life After Sora Counselor, College and Career (Remote)
Atlanta, GA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2024
About Sora Schools
Our mission is simple: build the replacement for the broken U.S. education system. No compromises, no reform. Most schools continue to do the same things they’ve always done: making students memorize content, test them, score them, and rank them. Unsurprisingly, students are losing their creativity and motivation, and are utterly unprepared to succeed in the real world. In our virtual program, middle and high school students work on passion-based projects that they get to create and take wherever they wish. They don’t attend lecture-based classes or read old textbooks — they’re building video games, writing fantasy novels, conducting scientific research, and more!
We connect them with industry mentors to expose them to new careers and fields of study. Students learn not only the full breadth of academic subjects but also important soft skills and subjects such as financial literacy, philosophy, and more. Our school is organized in small, tight-knit cohorts so every group of students and faculty can feel close and engaged in their community. We’ve embarked on our journey to accelerate students toward their wildest dreams. We can’t wait for you to join us!
As a relatively young institution, Sora Schools seeks to identify an experienced college placement professional to serve as our Life After Sora Counselor. The incumbent will work with the school leadership team to design, build, and lead an innovative, mission-appropriate, comprehensive college and career counseling function.
As Life After Sora Counselor for Sora Schools, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the academic and personal growth of our students, particularly those in their final two years of Sora. This multifaceted role combines the administrative leadership of a team of dedicated House Advisors with a student-centric approach to college counseling.
$75,000 - $86,000 DOE
This is a fully remote role. To be considered for this role, you must reside in one of the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia
If you are not living in one of the states listed above, unfortunately, you will not be considered for a position at this time.
We are delighted that you are interested in this role! If you decide to apply, please do not contact Sora about your application. We will contact candidates directly regarding next steps if we would like to move forward.
Key Responsibilities Part 1: Life After Sora
- Equip House Advisors to support student exploration and discernment of Life After Sora, including academic and professional development outside of Sora as well as their post-high school paths, including college and career options.
- Oversee the implementation of a supportive, non-intensive college guidance program spanning all four years of high school, including program opportunities for each grade level and parents/guardians, a guidebook for Sora families regarding standardized test options, and dates, and deadlines, resources for examination preparation for college admissions.
- Provide general support and resources, including referrals to external services when necessary. Provide resources and recommendations for families regarding financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
- Oversee the design and implementation of career exploration programming for students. Keep High School Directors, Head of Schools, and other relevant parties at Sora informed of college and career trends.
- Collaborate with High School Director and Head of Schools on transcript design and output.
- Develop and maintain relationships with colleges/universities and other postsecondary institution placement departments.
Key Responsibilities Part 2: Team Leadership and Support
- Work closely with House Advisors, providing them with the necessary support and resources to effectively guide and mentor students, including Advisory and campus-wide programming.
- Foster a collaborative environment that encourages professional growth and development among team members.
- Collaborate with the Dean of Students on creating “ritual experiences” for 11th and 12th-grade students and their families to strengthen their identification with Sora and momentum for retention.
Key Responsibilities Part 3: Administrative and Community
- Collaborate with the High School Director and the Deans of Students to ensure a cohesive educational experience across all grades.
- Oversee and manage enrollment of coursework outside of Sora, including the ASU Universal Learner Program, Acadeum, and other accredited work for students who are at 50% or more of graduation progress.
- Oversee and assist students and families managing various state programs, i.e. Georgia HOPE, NCAA, and other organizations. Serve as the contact and liaison for the College Board, Common Application, SCOIR, and other college platforms.
- Oversee and ensure transcript submissions to other institutions as well as maintenance of graduated student records and files. Participate in administrative meetings, policy development, and strategic planning.
- Design and implement a comprehensive program of college counseling that serves individual students and families well and positions Sora as an industry-leading virtual school.
- Attend school, campus-wide, and parent events.
- Engage with parents and guardians to support student development and post-graduation planning.
- Represent the school in various community and educational forums.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Education, Counseling, or a related field is strongly desired.
- Proven experience in an educational leadership role, preferably in a high school setting.
- Experience in college counseling and/or career guidance.
- Strong leadership and team management skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Familiarity with virtual learning environments and project-based learning methodologies.
- Ability to work collaboratively and adapt to a dynamic educational landscape.
- Commitment to the school's vision and educational philosophy.
- A passion for working with and guiding young adults through critical stages of their academic and personal lives.
Equal Opportunity Statement
Sora Schools is an equal-opportunity employer that is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, age, gender, religious or political beliefs, national origin or heritage, marital status, disability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran or any characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion not only reflects our values but also enriches our ability to do our work.
Please let your Sora contact know if you would like to request reasonable accommodations during your application or interviewing process.
All full-time team members are required to go through a background screening prior to employment upon hire. Additionally, if you are based in the U.S., we are required to complete an I-9 to confirm that you are authorized to work in the United States. We participate in E-Verify.