Academic Advisor (SMART, 2022-2023)

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Academic Advisor (SMART, 2022-2023)

Posted date
May 23, 2022
School level

Denver, CO

Employment Type

Position: Academic Advisor

Reports to: Director of College Access 

Location: STRIVE Prep - SMART High School

Salary: $50,000-$60,000 starting salary based on years of experience

Status: Full time, Exempt, In-person position

Start Date: Flexible

STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them to discover and develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond. We encourage you to read our 2021 Impact Report and learn more about what a career at STRIVE Prep is like here. 

We seek dedicated educators that live STRIVE Prep’s core values of achievement, justice, & perseverance every day and are committed to growing as an anti-racist educator. 


Do you want to play an integral role in a best-in-class school culture focused on completing graduation requirements on time and positioning students for success in post-secondary education?


Work alongside the campus college access teams to increase the number of students matriculating to college. Ensure students have access to understanding the connection between education and college and career opportunities.  Support with achieving STRIVE’s college going culture and mission.


Do the following must haves resonate with how you are wired and demonstrable in your unique talents and experiences? If so, we invite you to apply and can’t wait to learn more about you!

Comfort and grace working in fast-paced school environments
Excellent organizational and task management skills
Ability to meaningfully engage and empathize with scholars and families on matters of schedules, credits earned, and progress toward graduation. 
Desire, commitment and ability to build community partnerships
Organization and management of internal and external partners
Research, program development and assessment skills; career counseling/advising capabilities;
Proficiency with general office technologies including email, Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and experience with data management systems. 
Proficient in oral and written communication in both English and Spanish.


Demonstrates capacity to problem-solve, manage logistics, and coordinate details in a fast-paced environment that directly supports a STRIVE Prep campus.
Demonstrates exceptional communication skills and the ability to manage multiple responsibilities, high-stakes relationship, and engagements simultaneously, with a high degree of personal accountability and professionalism.
Is passionate about educational equity and dedicated to academic success for all students.
Is committed to constant growth and reflection through regular coaching and professional development.
Proficient in the use of basic business software and Google Suite
Bachelor’s degree


Fluent in oral and written English and Spanish
Proficient use of student information systems including Infinite Campus and advanced spreadsheet skills
Possesses in-depth knowledge of registration and student file requirements, policies, and procedures, including origination and compilation student records, campus course/activity schedules, and matriculation and graduation requirements.


The highly qualified candidate will be trained to assume Registrar roles and responsibilities in the case of absences or vacancies.  Duties include: 


Thought partner with registrars to develop Master Schedules in collaboration with Principal and AP of Operations
Support with creating student schedules that are aligned to graduation requirements
Support with Concurrent Enrollment placement and registration
Support with managing schedule request process and schedule changes
Work with the Director of Campus Support to ensure that all classes are coded and weighted properly in our student information system of record (Infinite Campus).

College Access

Work in collaboration with Directors of College Access to provide resources to schools and Alumni Support team to provide career-connected education opportunities appropriate for different ages and grade levels.
Track scholar applications and oversee the internship process of programs specific to STRIVE’s internship program.
Support the planning of an annual conference-style Career Day program  featuring industry panels and coordinate with External Affairs team and industry partners to provide formalized career exploration and volunteer opportunities.
Streamline information-sharing to scholars and alumni about career exploration and development opportunities.
Support with state testing, Accuplacer, and Clep testing
Works with Alumni Manager on alumni tracking and events

On Track to Graduate:

Thought partner with registrars to track student progress toward graduation requirements. 
Facilitates 1:1 academic advising/consulting with students to review and remediate progress toward graduation
Support with ensuring student grades and credits earned are accurately applied to transcripts at the end of each term.
Support the campus with communications with the DPS Transcripts team to resolve any transcript discrepancies.
Support students and other STRIVE administrators in producing and distributing current transcripts, including uploads into web-based college readiness platforms. 
Run Edgenuity (and/or other credit recovery options) for the campus

Additional Duties

Support with ensuring that student records are complete and conform to state standards and procedures, protecting confidentiality of student information.
Maintains current knowledge of all DPS Registrar processes and systems through ongoing professional development and district-/network-sponsored training events. 
Support with school events such as back to school night, welcome events, and parent teacher conferences.


For most of our positions, we hire on a rolling basis. Therefore, we recommend that you submit your application as soon as you are able. Most processes include a 30 minute phone interview with a member of our Talent Team then a 1-2 hour final interview over Zoom unless otherwise noted by your interviewer. You can read more about our process as well as get tips on preparing for an interview here!  


Employee retention is a top priority at STRIVE Prep. Therefore we offer competitive compensation and benefits including the following:

Excellent Healthcare Plan: 100% of employee-only monthly premium paid by STRIVE Prep. 
Recognition for Years of Service: All STRIVE Prep employees will receive an additional $3,000 in their base salary after the 3rd year, 5th year, and 7th year of service at STRIVE Prep.  
Celebrated for Multilingual Abilities: We value our multilingual staff and the impact they have on our students and community. Therefore, staff that speak a language spoken by our families are eligible to receive an additional $2,000 to their base salary. 
Time Off To Refresh: Industry high 8+ weeks of annual vacation/PTO. Hard work is rewarded with ample time to refresh. 
Based on hire date, employees are eligible for up to 8 days of PTO 
All employees receive 2 floating religious holidays
All employees receive summer vacation based on work location and position
Community: Opportunity to work with passionate, mission-driven colleagues who are invested in your personal and professional growth. Join one of our Affinity Groups to build connections with staff across the network who share common identities. 
Career Support: Access to our Talent Team to support internal movement. We want you to grow your career at STRIVE!
Family & Well Being Focus: Parental and medical leave of 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid for a total of 12 weeks.
Mental Health Assistance: We value the wellness of our students and staff. That’s why we offer access to mental health support through our Employee Assistance Program with Optum. 
Resources and Development For Success: Equipment provided: laptop, Weekly coaching sessions 
Retirement Planning: Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k option.
For more information, you can view our compensation and benefits FAQ here. 


STRIVE Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias. 

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