Aug 02, 2021

GD CA: Counselor

  • Green Dot Public Schools
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
School Leadership

Job Description

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OPPORTUNITY

Counselors at Green Dot Public Schools are responsible for providing counseling and guidance services to all students, with a particular emphasis on preparing students for college. This includes ensuring that students have taken the necessary coursework to fulfill the California State University and University of California A-G requirements; taken the appropriate college entrance exams; as well as assisting the students in completing their college applications. This position also requires conducting individual and small group counseling for students in need. Expertise with prevention, intervention, developmental and crisis counseling experience is highly desired.

We require all counselors to have a Clear California PPS credential in School Counseling, and an MA/MS degree in School Counseling is highly preferred.

Our talented staff is committed to continuing their own learning and refining their practice to stay current in the field ensuring a quality education for all. We offer weekly professional development days, monthly observations, summer training, new staff support meetings, and opportunities for staff to attend conferences. Recognizing the importance of professional empowerment, counselors are represented by the Asociación de Maestros Unidos (AMU), an affiliate of the California Teachers' Association, and the National Education Association.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Organize and maintain college catalogs, brochures, handbooks, and other appropriate resource materials
Coordinate and implement dissemination of information to students, parents, and community members pertaining to the college admissions process
* Provide specific information regarding entrance requirements, applications, scholarships, costs, tuition, financial aid, and testing deadlines
* Provide college counseling services through group and individual counseling
Help students become aware of all phases of post-secondary school options
Maintain student records regarding post-secondary plans
Provide faculty and staff with current information related to the college admissions process
Coordinate visits by college representatives during the school day
Organize and implement field trips to college campuses
Organize a system of transcript dissemination to colleges and universities for student applicants
Provide assistance to faculty and staff in writing letters of recommendation and secondary school reports
Write letters of recommendation for students regarding admissions and financial aid scholarships
Provide necessary information and materials for students regarding PSAT, SAT I and II, and ACT
* Determine eligibility of students applying for test fee waivers
* Administer PSAT and interpret results to students, parents, and staff
Coordinate and administer school and community scholarships
Initiate scholarship fundraising efforts
Maintain contact with graduates concerning scholarships and post-secondary school activities
Facilitate processing of student forms and applications
* Coordinate application procedures for financial aid
* Offer student and parent workshops to provide information and assistance in completion of accurate forms
Provide follow-up interpretation of financial aid packages
Provide individual and small group counseling to students in need (prevention, intervention, as well as DIS counseling, if designated on student IEP)
Work collaboratively with School's SST, School Psychologist and other support personnel to ensure student success
Create and implement curriculum with regards to Advisory, college readiness, and career readiness courses
Available for contact with parents, students and staff to discuss student progress and problems after class, at night or on weekends (via cell phone or in person)
Maintain work hours extending beyond school hours for other professional duties or functions such as staff meetings, etc.
Maintain professional standards and school environment that is productive, safe and focused
Participate in Green Dot and individual professional development
Participate in other events aimed at promoting or developing Green Dot and its schools (ie student recruitment)

QUALIFICATIONS
A California Clear PPS Credential in School Counseling/Guidance is required
MA/MS degree in School Counseling from an accredited college or university highly desirable
Experience with individual and group counseling highly desired
Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly desirable
You have a passion for improving urban high schools and driving education reform
You are knowledgeable about Knowledge of bilingual education
You have experience working in an urban school setting
You have prior counseling experience (mental health), including DIS Counseling
You have demonstrated leadership capabilities
You have proven management and team building skills
You have excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills
You are able to work with parents, students, faculty, post-secondary educational representatives, as well as school community groups
You are able to represent the school in a positive way
You are able to understand student maturity levels and the process of goal selection
You are able to help students gain an awareness of interests and abilities and to help them make course choices that will lead to appropriate careers commensurate with interests and abilities
You are able to understand test construction and interpret educational test data
You are able to understand school graduation requirements and parallel entrance requirements for post-secondary institutions
You are able to motivate students and provide academic incentives for success
You are able to understand the relationship between school curriculum and college programs
You are able to understand the unique social-emotional needs of individual students
You are dependable, humble, have a sense of humor and a rock-solid commitment to Green Dot's mission and the communities we serve
You will need to pass a TB test and background check at time of offer

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to perform the job

COMPENSATION
Our 2021-22 annual teacher/counselor salary scale ranges from 54,228- $103,350, based on education and experience. In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits plan including (but not limited to) medical, dental, vision, life insurance and STRS participation, as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all students. (Visit https://careers.greendot.org/benefits-salary/ to learn more, as well as to obtain an estimate of your potential salary.)

Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted, and we hire on a rolling basis. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible

Green Dot California Home Office, Los Angeles, CA

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