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After School Counselors - Middle School Enrichment Program

After School Counselors - Middle School Enrichment Program

Career Area 
School Support
Brooklyn Ascend Middle School
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Counselors will provide the direct supervision of scholars in their after school enrichment activities and ensure they are meeting our high behavioral standards. They will serve as the primary adult role-models and must maintain a high level of professionalism, respect and joyfulness. Additionally, counselors will work closely with their group leaders, activity specialists and education specialists to connect after school learning opportunities with school day curricula, leveraging hands-on after school activities to further reinforce literacy, STEM and Arts. In most cases, counselors will help lead specialized activities in conjunction with activity specialists. Counselors may also be asked to develop and execute lesson plans in a specialized enrichment activity. After school counselors must be available to work 3:30-6:30pm M-Th, and 1:30-5pm on Fridays at our Brooklyn Ascend Charter School, East 98th Street location.


We’re excited about after school counselors who get fired up about learning - who want to spend their time discussing, preparing, and immersing themselves in their enrichment programs. We’re passionate about counselors who truly listen to what students are saying - who create a space for students to think their own way through to answers, and praise their insights and curiosities along the way. We value a hunger for feedback and the desire to engage in an ongoing process of reflection and growth.


We look for counselors who are excited to embrace a restorative approach to discipline and who believe that family and community partnerships are crucial.


Above all, we look for educators who are passionate and committed to urban education and our ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap in Brooklyn.


Why teach at Ascend Charter Schools?


Ascend is a network of urban, college-preparatory K-12 charter schools in Brooklyn. Educators at Ascend are driven by our mission to equip every student with the knowledge, confidence, and character to succeed in college and beyond. Today, we educate over 3,500 students at five lower schools, three middle schools, and one high school.


We are passionate about guiding our scholars to think critically and independently, and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that fosters curiosity and enables our scholars to adapt to new ideas and practices, while gaining a fundamental understanding of math and science. 


We foster a school culture where scholars feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. We utilize comprehensive practices such as advisory and collaborative problem-solving that promote respect, develop leadership, and strengthen relationships.


Our school buildings


We believe that our school buildings should reflect the incredible accomplishments that happen within their walls. All Ascend schools are housed in inviting, newly renovated buildings where every detail is chosen to communicate our aspirations for teaching and learning. See where we work.


Counselors for after school enrichment will provide supervision of students in the enrichment program, ensuring high quality programming consistent with school day expectations. Additionally, counselors will

  • Support and monitor the growth and development of the after school team and partners who impact student learning and achievement 
  • Serve as a role model/mentor to our students
  • Develop and execute lesson plans for specified enrichment activities
  • Help monitor student participation, skill development and program quality through a student information system 
  • Reinforce and maintain the school’s culture of high academic and behavioral achievement by utilizing the Ascend Learning tools of responsive discipline
  • Work with parents, families and caregivers to build and maintain strong relationships throughout the course of the school year.
  • Maintain a safe, orderly and joyful environment that supports strong program outcomes
  • Work collaboratively with the activity specialists, group leaders, program director, Ascend Learning academic team members, external agencies, community partners, and others to achieve ambitious program goals
  • Actively participate in school and network-led meetings and professional development workshops
  • Support other school programs as needed

Staff and reporting relationships


Counselors for after school program report to the education manager.


  • High school diploma, with some college preferred; current college and graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply
  • At least one year of professional experience, preferably in an educational organization or summer camp 
  • Experience working with middle school aged population is preferred
  • Expertise or experience planning activities in the areas of literacy, arts or STEM is preferred
  • Strong leadership and team building skills
  • Insistence on behavioral and academic excellence and rigor at all times 
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Strong professional relationships, ability to function in a team of people with diverse backgrounds and skills
  • A hunger for feedback and an openness to engage in a process of self-improvement
  • Alignment with the educational philosophy and core beliefs of Ascend Learning



Ascend offers a competitive hourly salary that is commensurate with experience. Please visit to learn more about the benefits of working at Ascend.


Ascend Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.