Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s Degree, Experience in Career and College Counseling strongly preferred
Application Deadline: Until position is filled
Start Date: Immediately
Answering the Call
Feeling trapped in the box of the traditional educational model? Ready to rethink high school? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could work in a super school that cultivates students’ creativity and makes learning relevant through real-world experiences? A school in which the content standards are the floor and not the ceiling? A school in which relationships are valued more than compliance? Well, here’s your chance!
We are searching for individuals who are comfortable working in an exciting, growing environment, who are risk-takers and are driven to imagine and explore the limitless possibilities for our students, and who are committed to providing an engaging, yet rigorous, project-based and competency-based approach to student-centered learning. Successful candidates will be highly collaborative, yet independent thinkers, and will be comfortable “co-working” with their professional peers and community partners. Do you want to connect with your students on a deeper level and facilitate opportunities for them to develop their passions beyond the core content? You’ll be able to do just that at Crosstown High. Our diverse-by-design, student-centered school is seeking educators who will facilitate “learning that encourages original thinking for an uncertain world”, and will work to develop our young learners as “generous collaborators for tough problems”. If you’re tired of the box of tradition, apply to work at Crosstown High, where the box does not exist.
Crosstown High (XTH) is an innovative public charter high school which opened in August 2018 in Memphis’ city center with an inaugural class of 150 9th graders. In the 2020-2021 school year, we are serving 400 9th-11th graders, and will add a grade each year through the 12th grade, ultimately growing to just over 500 students. XTH is strategically and intentionally located in Crosstown Concourse, a 1.1M square foot vibrant, “vertical urban village” that houses retail, restaurants and residential apartments. XTH students leverage the assets of this redevelopment through hands-on partnerships and academic projects with participating Crosstown Concourse nonprofit and for-profit organizations that span health care, education, and the arts, to name a few.
The idea for XTH was born from an application to the XQ Super School Challenge submitted by a cross section of Memphis volunteers (young people, parents, educators and community members). The Challenge invited teams to reimagine how high schools can better prepare students for college, the workplace and life.
XTH’s approach to education is unique in a number of ways:
Location: The school’s location in Crosstown Concourse provides students with the opportunity to build rich and ongoing relationships with each other and the Crosstown Concourse community.
Curriculum: XTH’s curriculum is project-based and competency-based which provides students with real-world connections to what they are learning in school and allows them to broaden their understanding of content standards through real-world applications. Students also have the autonomy to direct their course of study, allowing them to pursue academic work and projects that inspire them.
Support: XTH utilizes a personalized and highly relational approach to accommodate the learning needs and social-emotional development of students.
Diverse by design: XTH recruits its students from a diverse cross-section of the city to ensure that a broad range of students can take advantage of all the opportunities this school offers. Our students learn with and from one another.
College & Career Coach Position
Figuring out what’s next after high school is not the same as it was when you graduated from high school. And now, thanks to the pandemic, it’s not even the same as it was earlier this year. The world is changing quickly and as we work to rethink high school, we must also rethink how we prepare students for their next steps. At Crosstown, we have pledged to each student that we will help them develop their own unique strengths and interests, and then help them figure out how and where they will continue to grow after they leave us. For many, that will be in a four-year college, but post-secondary opportunities are many and varied these days, and our students and their families need to be aware of all options, and understand how to find the right fit for them.
This position is an exciting opportunity for someone with a vision for developing an innovative college counseling program in a still-new school that helps all students find the right next steps to fit their unique strengths and interests.
In this position, you will:
Train Adults: At Crosstown, every adult needs to be involved in the work of preparing students for their post-secondary steps every day, so you will often be in a train-the-trainer role, coaching our Advisors and other staff members on how to effectively support our students.
Coach Students: From group classes to individual counseling sessions, you must be able to naturally and deeply connect with students in order to help them figure out where they want to go, and how they will get there.
Network Enthusiastically: You come with an already-developed network of relationships with colleges and other post-secondary options, particularly in the Mid-South region, and you’re eager and equipped to grow it.
Be a Constant Learner: You are the kind of person who is always looking at what's next, and how we can prepare our students to meet emerging opportunities. You’re reading the books, listening to the podcasts and attending the conferences that keep you ahead of the curve.
Be a Systems Thinker: We need to work over the coming years to develop a best-in-class overall college counseling program that allows students in our project-based, competency-based, relationship-based, diverse-by-design school to shine!
Essential Job Functions
Work to ensure course progressions are in line with students’ college and career goals
Actively participate in the College & Career Readiness PLC
Develop and implement methods for college and career exploration
Create and coordinate innovative college and job fairs, and other college awareness events
Work closely with our Internship Coordinator in the Crosstown Internship/Work Study program
Plan and host parent education events related to college preparedness
Maintain social media presence related to college readiness (ACT/SAT preparation, college and scholarship acceptance, etc.)
Set up and communicate college visits
Assist with college and scholarship applications and essays
Ensure that students have ample opportunities to prepare for ACT/SAT
The strongest candidates will have the following certifications, skills, and experiences:
An undeniable enthusiasm for and commitment to authentically engaging youth
Ability to develop a natural rapport with the adults supporting our students (parents/guardians)
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Exceptional organizational and planning skills
Experience in College and Career Counseling strongly preferred
Evidence of excellence in working in a student-centered and rigorous environment
Willingness to learn, explore, experiment, question, create, critique, and enhance as we RETHINK HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION.
We offer a competitive salary, Tennessee State retirement, a 401k plan, YMCA membership, and an exceptionally positive work environment. Below are the job descriptions for each of our available positions.
Email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the position you are applying for in the subject line.
In your cover letter, please address some or all of the following (no more than two pages, please):
What about Crosstown High’s mission or model most speaks to you?
What makes you a good fit for this role at XTH?
What are a few creative ideas you have for getting students excited about college and career?
What are resources you use in your own professional growth?
Thank you for your interest in Crosstown High!
Experience as a college and career counselor strongly preferred
About Crosstown High
Crosstown High is a public charter school in its third year, located inside Crosstown Concourse (www.crosstownconcourse.com), in Memphis, TN. Crosstown High is an XQ Super School (www.xqsuperschools.org), and is working to rethink high school. We currently serve 400 students, 9th-11th grades, and will grow to just over 500 students when we serve all four grades next year.
The key elements of the Crosstown High model:
Project-based: Learners engage at a deep level in real-world challenges with our partners in Crosstown Concourse and beyond. Students’ authentic work is driven by their interests and passions and the needs of our community. Through project-based learning, students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. Read more about high-quality project-based learning.
Competency-based: Learning at Crosstown High is designed to allow students to demonstrate their progress toward proficiency in twelve competencies necessary for success in life after high school. These competencies include not only the traditional standards of the courses that are req...uired by the state of Tennessee for students to graduate, but also the knowledge, skills and dispositions that complete our well-rounded vision for an XTH graduate. Students at all levels can find success as they receive timely, differentiated support to progress toward proficiency in all of the competencies. Read more on competency-based learning.
Relationship-driven: We believe that students can only learn when they feel safe and supported. All XTH students spend significant time each week with their Advisory -- a group of about a dozen students paired with one staff member. Advisory is designed to support students’ social-emotional development, enhance leadership and advocacy skills, as well as provide academic support. Crosstown High use restorative practices to promote and strengthen positive school culture and enhance social relationships within the school community and among our community partners.
Diverse by design: In order to prepare for an increasingly globalized society, we believe that young people from diverse backgrounds must learn with and from each other. Therefore, we work each year to recruit a student body that represents the full richness of our community. We have no entry requirements, meaning that any student zoned to a Shelby County School has an equal chance of being selected in our annual enrollment lottery.