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#97221 K to 14 Academic Prep Specialist 4

Initial Review Date: Fri 1/18/2019

Please note that this is a 90% career part-time position.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/19/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 1/3/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Preuss School UCSD is a charter middle and high school dedicated to providing a rigorous college prep education for motivated low-income students who will become the first in their families to graduate from college. As part of UCSD, a major research institution, The Preuss School also serves as a model school to study and develop best practices in the preparation of low-income urban students for college admission to be disseminated to improve public education.

As a seasoned, experienced professional in K-14 academic preparation, independently works with assigned institutions and organizations to plan and implement a wide range of academic preparation programming. Develops and maintains program visibility in schools. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with K-14 and higher education institutions and / or community entities. Develops collaborative relationships with other college-going programs.

The School Counselor (Certificated) shall implement a comprehensive preventive guidance program which emphasizes problem solving, self-esteem, conflict resolution and decision making. Make recommendations to students regarding class selection that take into consideration the student's abilities, background and interests. Advise students regarding the accuracy and completeness of records and credits. Counsel and monitor students who encounter academic difficulty. Meet with prospective students, parents, the public and others interested in the Preuss School. Coordinate the compilation of a course description booklet. Provide information and skills to parents, school staff, administration and the community to assist them in helping students in academic and social development.

Take a leadership role in the infusion of counseling content into the curriculum, staff development and parent education programs. Promote the liaison and coordination of school activities and resources and communicate between and among home, school, and community agencies. Identify academic intervention strategies to assess and track overall academic success of Preuss Students. Evaluate and act on student transcripts ensuring College or University requirements are met. Coordinate and administer a variety of assessments for the school. Provide direction and oversight for transcript audits. Represent the School on general committees, task forces, and search committees. Serve on various School teams including, Graduation Committee, Transcript Audit, Outreach, and interview panels. Plan, implement, maintain and evaluate the systems necessary for the support, maintenance and improvement of the school counseling program.

  • This position is open until filled.


  • State of California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential with an emphasis in school counseling.

  • Comprehensive experience advising and supporting educationally disadvantaged students regarding post-secondary opportunities and careers. Substantial professional experience in a secondary school advising environment.

  • Advanced knowledge and experience working with educational equity programs serving a diverse student population. Proven cultural competency with respect to race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Ability to work effectively with at risk students in a multicultural environment.

  • Experience in program evaluation and research techniques, strategies and procedures, appropriate curriculum and instructional programs pertaining to students with a variety of aptitudes and varying interests.

  • Advanced knowledge of up-to-date information on K-12 and higher education policies and issues. Ability to assess their impact on program strategies. Knowledge of resources and agencies providing services to students.

  • Advanced knowledge of K-12 and higher education institutions (UC, CSU, CC, etc.), admissions and financial aid and scholarship requirements, and matriculation processes.

  • Advanced knowledge of high school graduation and college entrance requirements.

  • Knowledge of state and national education policies and current education theories. Knowledge of State and Federal laws as they pertain to mandated testing including methods, practices, and terminology used in test administration.

  • Advanced knowledge of youth and adolescent development theory, including issues facing low-income, first generation and urban youth. Knowledge of principles, methods, techniques, strategies, and trends in educational, social and emotional adjustment counseling.

  • Ability to interpret policies and procedures to youth, parents, and school representatives. Ability to evaluate academic data and records and prepare clear, concise and comprehensive reports and recommendations.

  • Ability to prioritize work assignments and manage multiple critical projects with deadlines. Strong project management skills. Ability to coordinate activities and establish priorities to meet workload and time frame needs.

  • Strong interpersonal skills. Leadership and supervisory skills.

  • Demonstrated skills to creatively develop, implement, and evaluate general educational and curricular programs to meet the needs of target populations.

  • Spanish bilingual preferred.


  • FBI/DOJ Live Scan background check required.

  • Tuberculosis (TB) screening required.

Duties will require direct contact with children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form is required.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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$25.67 - $39.56 /hour
East Campus
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri (K-12 School Calendar)