High School College Counselor- U Prep Schools
The College Counselor is primarily responsible for guiding and advocating for high school students in the domains of Academic Development, Personal/Social Development, and Career Development. Further, the counselor must be committed to distributed leadership, actively participate in a professional learning community and embrace families and the community to achieve a common outcome for the student achievement in a school. Candidate should possess strong interpersonal and (oral/written) communication skills; be detailed oriented, independent and flexible; as well as have patience and empathy for adolescents and their families.
This is a full time, year round position with benefits and vacation time.
The College Counselor must possess the knowledge, abilities, skills and attitude to...
• Establish a healthy rapport with students and staff;
• Plan, organize, and implement a Comprehensive Guidance & Counseling Program and supportive
activities according to state standards of practice;
• Implement and follow through on simultaneous projects and tasks;
• Contribute to the development of an objective, positive, supportive environment for staff and students; and
• Maintain knowledge of changing trends and best practices in the area of college counseling and applies knowledge in the schools
• Bachelor’s degree in an educational field is desirable
• Master’s degree in counseling strongly preferred
• Must hold a Michigan School Counselor License (SCL), or an NT endorsement in school counseling, or a preliminary authorization to work as a school counselor (with full licensure within one year)
• Minimum of 1-2 years working in an urban high school setting is strongly preferred
Duties and Responsibilities:
Employee’s duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following
- Support University Prep Schools’ goal of ensuring 90% graduation, 90% post-secondary enrollment, and 90% FAFSA completion through various college and career readiness strategies and initiatives;
- Supervise and assign relevant tasks/projects to College Prep Coordinator, promoting high standards of performance and efficiency; facilitating regular team meetings as a primary communication strategy;
- Manage a school-wide caseload of students and parents; providing counseling services focused oncollege/career planning and its pertinent processes;
- Consult and partner-plan with school administration and Advisors on school policies and pertinentstudent cases;
- Facilitate, coordinate and attend college and career readiness events/activities; i.e. college tours, parent nights, college prep lectures, etc.;
- Coordinate college-level learning opportunities for students; i.e. AP and Dual Enrollment;
- Coordinate fall on-site admissions interviews and admissions presentations with college admissions representatives;
- Utilize relevant theory to facilitate annual Educational Planning (EDP) Meetings with students in need of in-depth planning assistance; utilizing career and interests assessment results as needed;
- Prepare recommendation letters, eSSR’s, and requested college application documents for seniors via the Common Application, etc. as required;
- Manage and implement the Summer Programs’ Initiative for students grades 9-11;
- Assist director with execution of college on-site admissions interviews and admissions presentations;
- Ensure NCAA compliance for student athletes, providing documentation as requested;
- Audit student transcripts to ensure adequate scheduling modifications, timely graduation progress and academic credit recovery;
- Approve and process high school transcripts via the Parchment system; updating transcripts as needed with pertinent information.
- Manage college office files for student caseloads and other pertinent college office resources;
- Utilize relevant technology platforms to manage college prep data and to promote student/parent engagement in relevant college prep tasks and events;
- Provide limited services in crisis intervention and general mental health concerns for students asscheduling permits;
- Make appropriate clinical referrals to partnering agencies for ongoing mental health services asidentified;
- Conduct ongoing research and disseminate information on college admissions, financial aid, and other pertinent post-secondary planning resources;
- Attend high school staff meetings as determined by school site;
- Attend professional development conferences in college admissions and financial aid as required;
- And perform these and other related duties as directed.