Job Description: Guidance Counselor
The Guidance Counselor at LEAD Charter School ensures that all students eligible and interested in higher education as their post-secondary placement apply to college and are accepted to and attend their most rigorous post-secondary option. The Guidance Counselor serves an integral role to the mission of the school, working closely with the Head of School to increase student awareness about and excitement for college life, to guide the college search, and to support students through the application process. The Guidance Counselor works with our school leaders, advocate counselors, and teachers to build and sustain highly effective college initiatives including: early college awareness and skills building for students and their families; enrichment and summer opportunities access; college entrance exam management; college advising and financial aid application processes; matriculation and transition to college; and alumni support.
Reports To: Head of School
- Manage all school-based college staff: college counseling, alumni coordination, community programs, etc.
- Execute and monitor systems that ensure an efficient and effective college application process.
- Monitor student credit accrual and work with instructional leaders to create educational opportunities that both hold students to a high academic standard and remedial programming as necessary.
- Codify and institutionalize all processes, procedures and supporting documents for the college application process.
- Provide one-on-one college counseling to a caseload of seniors through the admissions cycle including, but not limited to, creating a college list, writing and revising the personal statement, advising on financial aid, and making final matriculation decisions.
- Arrange strategic college representative visits to school during the application season and market and brand LEAD Charter to all national colleges and universities.
- Build and maintain relationships with colleges and universities to create partnerships benefiting both the school and students.
- Plan and host family planning sessions throughout the year that educate, motivate and activate parents of students.
- Coordinate and support local and state preparation and administration (ex: State Assessment, SAT, ACT, NWEA, Interim assessment).
- Work with and support efforts of the child study team (CST) to support students’ academic needs.
- Coordinating post secondary placement options with network-level staff and school leaders
- Collect, organize, and analyze student post secondary preparation data and inform school stakeholders of areas of growth and opportunities.
- Develop an alumni association
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Valid New Jersey school counselor certification or eligibility or meets requirements
- A minimum of 3 years of urban counseling experience preferred
- Experience with Power School and Power Scheduler highly recommended
- Experience in strategic planning
- Experience managing assessment data and using it to drive programmatic decisions
- Demonstrated ability to multitask effectively and prioritize strategically
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Openness to feedback and a willingness to take personal responsibility for teacher and student success
- Attention to detail