5058 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60644
Full-time


We are the Phoenix—Rise with us

At CJA, we know our students will be the next generation of leaders in Chicago. We believe all students have the right to an excellent education and we are looking for dedicated professionals who share that belief.

Our students come from under-resourced neighborhoods in Chicago and work incredibly hard to improve their academic skills and, therefore, their future. We are looking for counselors who see education as a vocation, work with soul and see excellence as a habit.

The College-Persistence Counselor serves in the College-Persistence (CP) Office at Chicago Jesuit Academy. We are looking for someone eager to push our alumni to be their best. Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing a caseload of CJA students and alumni and executing the department’s core programs as described below.

The person in this position works in close partnership with the vice-president of College Persistence and the CP Team. The position occasionally requires non-traditional work hours to run evening or weekend events and respond to alumni needs as they arise.

The College-Persistence Counselor will:

  • Coordinate services and supports for various alumni issues, including high school success, tutoring, transfers, college admissions advising, crisis management, and application support for jobs, internships, and summer programs.
  • Visit students at their current schools and assess the level of care being provided by these schools.
  • Support the high school admissions process and summer program placements for current CJA students
  • Assist in executing alumni summer programming, including the high school and college bridge workshops, work program, ACT prep course, college visits, and employment support.
  • Conduct individual and group parent meetings with current students and alumni.
  • Update and maintain alumni records in the College-Persistence database.
  • Maintain the order and confidentiality of alumni files.
  • Actively communicate with and engage families in events and programming.
  • Build and maintain relationships with partner schools and community organizations.
  • Support the Academy’s development efforts by sharing his or her work with friends and benefactors who support the scholarship needs of Academy students and the ongoing needs of CJA alumni.
  • Execute other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will believe in the long-term care of students and an education that forms the whole person—cura personalis in the Jesuit tradition. This person will have strong communication and organizational skills. Experience teaching, in education, or in a social services organization is preferred.

The application can be found on our website: www.cjacademy.org

Mission: Chicago Jesuit Academy offers children with educational and economic needs access to a Catholic, college preparatory middle school education in the Jesuit tradition. Additionally, CJA provides advocacy and the long-term resources to help students develop the moral and intellectual foundation to succeed in college prep high schools, universities and their adult roles as family, business and community leaders.

Vision: Chicago Jesuit Academy offers a rigorous academic environment that develops the whole student academically and socially in accord with the Jesuit mission and tradition. CJA invites students to become persons for others who aspire to be loving, intellectually competent, open to growth, religious and committed to doing justice in the service of others. Chicago Jesuit Academy actively shares best practices with other institutions. CJA partners with the broader community to promote transformative educational resources, greater social justice and a deeper understanding of the obstacles to equality.

Means: Chicago Jesuit Academy is a full-scholarship institution. The success of CJA’s mission is made possible by the ongoing and disciplined sacrifices of the Academy’s students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, volunteers and benefactors.

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