Academy Instructor

Position Location: San Diego, CA

Position Overview

The Academy Instructor leads cohorts of high school seniors through the college application process and is responsible for delivering a comprehensive, weekly curriculum dedicated to enhancing the college-going culture of aspiring college students, and first generation students in particular.

The services provided by College Apps Academy include but are not limited to: college search, application counseling, personal statement guidance, financial aid and scholarship support, and college survival skills. The Academy Instructor will report to the Director of College Apps Academy.

Measure of Success

● 100% of students apply to a two-year or four-year college or university with the support of the instructor.
● 100% of students apply to financial aid (CSS Profile, FAFSA or California Dream Act Application).
● 100% of fall and spring data completed on time for students who remain in the program for the entire year.
● Recruit students to fill each assigned section to capacity and ensure 80% of students are retained throughout the year.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1.Instruction and academic counseling for students in College Apps Academy:

  • Lead up to 4 classes (sections) of 20-25 students through the entire college application process by learning and enthusiastically delivering the College Apps Academy curriculum.
  • Deliver weekly group presentations/lectures, as well as individual counseling and support to Academy students.
  • Work with students to develop competitive application essays that best reflect their stories, talents, and abilities.
  • Identifying barriers, obstacles, or reasons for academic underachievement and based on these reasons, develop tactics, strategies, and practices to keep students motivated.
  • Be able to troubleshoot issues related to student applications such as personal, academic, and financial aid information as well as application instructions and requirements.
  • Assist with researching colleges appropriate for each student and helping students to secure recommendations and transcripts.
  • Regularly promote Reality Changers/College Apps Academy events, college-going culture, and scholarship opportunities for students.
  • Be available for students and parents during designated office hours, weekends, and seasonal high-demand times like October and November.
  • Collaborate effectively with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, school administrators, and other community resources regarding students with different issues.
    ● Personal college guidance counseling with students dealing with going to college, leaving home, overcoming doubt, financial issues, and self-confidence.

2. General program administration

  • Provide weekly feedback and collaborate with Academy staff to review and update two-year and four-year college curriculum.
  • Assist in recruitment of students and parents/guardians to College Apps Academy.
  • Maintain student progress with academic performance, college selection, and college choice.
  • Maintain paper and/or online files for each student (e.g. transcripts, college acceptance letters, grant-related documents, financial aid award letters, etc.)
  • Participate in weekly team meetings (both remotely and in-person) and provide ongoing feedback and
    ideas for improvement.
  • Attend and participate in Reality Changers’ special events, such as (but not limited to) summer
    leadership camp, college forums, job shadow week, and the end-of-schoolyear scholarship celebrations.
  • Attend a minimum of 2 delegation, fundraising, or community service outings per fiscal year.

3. Maintain positive organizational messaging through community and school relations:

  • Build and maintain the College Apps Academy brand throughout southern California by targeting parents, guardians, students, teachers, counselors, school administrators, ongoing partnerships, and other external groups through coordination of special events, advocacy campaigns, meetings and presentations.
  • Assist the team in the stewardship of new partners and implementation of strategies to promote College Apps Academy and Reality Changers’ core programs, achievements and activities.
  • Perform other duties as needed.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university is required.
  • Teaching/college admissions experience is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and e-mail systems (Gmail or MS Outlook) is required.
  • A valid driver’s license or reliable transportation to and from site location(s), the Reality Changers’ headquarters, and related events.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Strong classroom presentation skills are highly preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills; effectively presents information and responds to questions from prospective clients, students, parents, schools, and community officials.
  • Ability to relate well and network with many types of people, from parents to school officials.
  • Strong attention to detail and good follow-through.
  • Exceptional organization skills and dedication to detail, with experience managing multiple deadlines and complex assignments.
  • Must be highly adaptive, versatile, and responsible, even when confronted with ambiguity.
  • Ability to be based remotely meanwhile maintaining strong communication and delivering key outcomes.
  • Familiarity with the California Community College system is a plus.

Additional Expectations

  • Represent Reality Changers in a positive manner in all public and private settings.
  • Provide positive encouragement to students in all public and private settings.
  • Exemplify commitment to Reality Changers’ mission and values.

Travel & Hours

  • Frequent travel within San Diego will be expected.
  • Frequent weekend and evening work will be expected.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. Due to COVID-19, Reality Changers employees are currently operating in a hybrid model—working in-person from the office and/or remotely from home. Office and meeting space is available on a limited basis in accordance with public health recommendations.

Physical Requirements

This job requires the ability to sit, use hands and arms to perform repetitive motions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus. It requires moderate dexterity, application of basic skills (calculator, keyboard, hand-eye coordination, etc.) and the ability to bend or stand as necessary.

Position range:

This position is full-time, non-exempt, with a range of $20-$22.50 per hour. Benefits for this position include a 403(b) plan, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, paid holidays and vacation.

To Apply

To apply, please submit the following to by July 29, 2022:

  • A thoughtful cover letter outlining your interest in the position and how your qualifications align with the above requirements and Reality Changers’ focus and mission
  • Current resume

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit an application as early as possible as interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Anticipated start date is August 2022. 

Applicants who identify as first-generation college students/graduates are especially encouraged to apply.

Please note:

  • No phone calls
  • Relocation is not available
  • All prospective staff will be fingerprinted and must pass a criminal background check

Reality Changers is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reality Changers is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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