The Southwest Christian High School (SWCHS) Counselor is responsible to assist the Director of Student Services (DSS) in overseeing the academic programs of SWCHS students; conduct high school, college and career counseling for assigned SWCHS students; counsel assigned students regarding personal, emotional, social and academic concerns; and oversee standardized testing for SWCHS and interested homeschool students.
Primary Job Responsibilities:
Academic Program Support
Act as the primary Counselor for specific students as assigned by the DSS (hereafter referred to as his/her “case load”).
Work with DSS and teachers to provide needed support for students on the Counselor’s case load that are at risk of failing courses and to communicate the risk to DSS and parents in a timely fashion.
Work with students on counselor’s case load that fail classes to ensure credit recovery by helping them to find adequate Distance Education (DE) courses whenever possible.
Promote Post Secondary On-site (PSOS) courses to student body and inform them of Post-Secondary Education Options (PSEO).
Assist SWCHS students in finding alternative course options, such as DE and Independent Study (IS) courses, when current SWCHS, PSOS, and PSEO options do not meet their learning needs or future goals.
Assist DSS in completion of appropriate state, college, and SWCHS paperwork to enroll students in PSOS, PSEO, DE, and IS courses.
Complete audits for transfer students as requested by DSS.
Work with DSS to ensure that students on counselor’s case load are making adequate progress towards graduation.
College and Career Planning
Help students to identify their strengths and match them to certain college majors and careers.
Inform case load students of resources available to them on the Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) and instruct them in how to utilize it effectively for college and career planning.
Present opportunities to SWCHS student body to complete Career Interest and/or Spiritual Gift inventories.
Promote, support, and lead various college related activities including local college fairs, on campus representatives, Career Day, etc.
Ensure that final transcripts for graduates and students transferring away from SWCHS are printed and mailed in a timely fashion.
Publicize scholarship opportunities and financial aid information to students and parents.
Work with Learning Specialists to collaborate with parents of students in case load that have demonstrated need for support to determine the adaptations and/or modifications that are necessary to ensure success in the classroom.
Work with Learning Specialists to ensure that the needs of all students in case load requiring specialized administration for finals and standardized tests are met appropriately.
Counsel with students on his/her case load on an individual and/or small group basis regarding personal, emotional, social and academic concerns.
Consult with parents regarding their student’s academic progress, school adjustment, and secondary and post-secondary plans.
Lead an assigned Discipleship Group.
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g. – School Counseling, Psychology, etc.)
2+ years of working with high school students as teacher or mentor.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to stay organized and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
Motivated, self-started who has the ability to manage changing priorities.
Ability to appropriately handle confidential, sensitive information.
Demonstrated ability to operate a computer, software and necessary classroom technology; willingness to become proficient in the use of various web-based School Information Systems and other academic/counseling data bases.
Ability to develop effective and positive working relationships with students, staff, administrators, parents, and the community.
Maintain professional composure while dealing with a variety of personalities and situations.
Effectively communicate and have interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
Possess strong Christian faith with demonstrated character of integrity and personal reference
Demonstrates a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ and knowledge of God’s Word
Previous work experience in an academic setting
MN License in K-12 or 7-12 School counselling
Previous experience using academic and/or counseling data bases
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates who meet the qualifications above should follow the specific procedures as outlined below.
A summary as to why you’re looking to transition to SWCHS including why you think you would be a good fit for the position, SWCHS’s community, and how you became aware of this position.
About Southwest Christian High School (SWCHS)
Southwest Christian High School (SWCHS) is located just southwest of the Twin Cities metro area in Chaska, Minnesota. SWCHS is an independent, inter-denominational college preparatory high school growing in numbers each year with an approximate enrollment of 360 students, grades 9-12. In January 2019, SWCHS occupied its newly expanded space which will allow the school to grow to a maximum of 500 students. This new space will provide additional classrooms, science and technology labs, and a performing arts auditorium which will seat over 750. Founded in 1996, SWCHS has a tradition of a rigorous academic program and a strong biblical worldview in education, producing graduates who are well-prepared for college and armed with critical thinking skills. Utilizing a discipleship model of education, SWCHS seeks to train students to seek, know, live, and proclaim the Truth of Christ in their academic, athletic, and artistic achievements.
SWCHS hires staff who care about the spiritual and academic growth of their students, who maintain high academic standards, and who love Christ and live daily by biblical principles. We expect staff to participate in the SWCHS... community by not only getting to know their students and fellow staff, but to contribute in co-curricular activities, whether it is leading a Discipleship Group, being an advisor for a student committee, advising a student group or club, or coaching a sport. SWCHS has a fun-loving, close-knit staff and faculty who join together for prayer, devotions, and staff development.
Chaska is an outer-ring suburb of the twin cities, yet within 20 minutes of downtown Minneapolis. Nearby communities have been rated as top in the nation for places to live. The Twin Cities offers a plethora of parks, lakes, and year-round outdoor activities. Find out more about SWCHS at www.swchs.org.