Common Ground High School is Seeking a Part Time College Advisor

Part Time College Advisor

Immediate opening for SY 21-22

Job Description: 

About Common Ground High School

Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive, powerful community of learners and leaders. These students benefit from a unique learning environment: an urban farm and 20-acre site, home to state of the art school facilities, adjacent to West Rock Ridge State Park, and located in the City of New Haven. We strive to create a learning environment grounded in foundational building blocks: rigor, responsive relationships, relevance that’s rooted in the local community and environment, and real roles & rights. Common Ground’s graduation rate consistently surpasses the state average, and between 97 and 100% of our students are accepted to college each year.

Common Ground High School is part of a community nonprofit organization that also operates an urban farm and community environmental education center. As a whole, Common Ground is a center for learning and leadership, inviting people across ages and identities to connect to their urban environment, build community, grow into their full potential, and contribute to a just and sustainable world. We work toward this mission through active, authentic learning rooted in justice and our environment: a farm, in a forest, in a city.

About the Position:

We are seeking a Part Time College Advisor to join our team for the 2021-2022 School Year.

Salary is commensurate with experience per the Common Ground High School Teacher Salary Scale.

All Common Ground students and staff are fully in person for the 2021-2022 school year.

Responsibilities of the Part Time College Advisor are as follows:

  • Leading the college exploration and admissions process — ensuring that all students graduate with at least one college acceptance, and make successful transitions to post-secondary education.
    • Manage the four-year progression of college exposure/exploration opportunities — helping all students see themselves as college material, and explore multiple pathways to post-high school success with the support of the pathways team. 
    • Work directly with seniors and their families to finalize post high school plans
    • Support the college application process by ensuring that 100% of seniors have college plans, complete college applications, FAFSAs, and scholarship applications. 
    • Oversee rollout of Naviance as a platform for college/career planning. 
    • Conduct one on one meetings with students to ensure academic alignment to the states requirements 
    • Organize an onsite college tour visit 
  •  Support Common Ground’s four-year guidance program through lesson planning ideas as needed — our advisory system is  a key aspect of our school model. 
    • Work with pathways team members to continue to strengthen the four-year guidance curriculum/sequence — including social-emotional learning, academic support/success, college and career exploration, and leadership & agency — ensuring that this curriculum supports students’ pathways progress and integrates state-required content.

We are looking for candidates who demonstrate the following:

  • Deep understanding of the college admissions process and the full range of post-high school options, and the ability to support students and families in pursuing those options, with a particular focus on first-generation college students.
  • Experience in implementing a strong advisory model, with a  commitment to advisory as a core structure for guiding students.  
  • A deep belief that every student can be a powerful leader, succeed in college, find a meaningful life-sustaining career, and lead a happy, healthy, sustainable life — and practical experience helping students pursue these pathways.
  • Experience working directly with racially, economically, academically diverse high school-aged young people and their families, and with low-income young people and people of color in particular. 
  • Understanding of the systemic barriers to success that some students face, and a track record of working relentlessly and strategically to work to remove those barriers.
  • Experience working with Google applications, Naviance or other colleges/career readiness platforms, online course management platforms, and other online learning tools.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Please describe your interest and fit for this specific position in your cover letter. Please specify the job you are applying for in the subject line of your email.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Common Ground is particularly eager for candidates who can help us to fulfill our commitment to building a racially and culturally diverse faculty and staff. Common Ground has a commitment to examining the intersection of social, environmental, and food justice issues; how systems of oppression, including white privilege, impact the organization’s work; and how resistance to those systems can offer windows into a more sustainable society.

Common Ground is committed to the recruitment and retention of staff that is reflective of the communities we work with. We strongly encourage applicants from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people whose native language is something other than English, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

It has been the policy and will continue to be the strong commitment of the Common Ground and all contractors and subcontractors who do business with Common Ground to provide equal opportunities in employment to all qualified persons solely on the basis of job-related skills, ability and merit. Common Ground will continue to take Affirmative Action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, mental disorder (present or past history thereof) age, physical disability (but not limited to blindness), marital status, intellectual disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and criminal record. Such action includes, but is not limited to, employment, promotion, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, professional development, attendance at conferences or other opportunities for advancement. Common Ground, its contractors and subcontractors will continue to make good faith efforts to comply with all federal and state laws and policies which speak to equal employment opportunity. The principles of Affirmative Action are addressed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments of the United States Constitution, Civil Rights Act of 1866, 1870, 1871, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VI and VII of the 1964 United States Civil Rights Act, Presidential Executive Order 11246, amended by 11375, (Non-discrimination under federal contracts)

Discrimination against Criminal Offenders (46a-80), definition of Blind (46a-51(1)), definition of Physically Disabled (46a-51(15)), definition of Intellectual Disability (46a51(13)), cooperation with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (46a-77), Sexual Harassment (46a-60(a)-8), Connecticut Credit Discrimination Law (360436 through 439), Title I of the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972. This Affirmative Action Policy Statement re-affirms Common Ground’s commitment to equity in the workplace and the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity



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