The Academy of the Holy Cross is accepting resumes for a School Counselor.
The School Counselor works with students, teachers, colleagues and parents individually and in groups to support the academic growth, personal and social skills, college readiness and career exploration.
The Academy of the Holy Cross, a Catholic college preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross since 1868, is dedicated to educating young women in a Christ-centered community that values diversity. The Academy is committed to developing women of courage, compassion and scholarship who responsibly embrace the, social, spiritual and intellectual challenges of the world.
All faculty and staff must demonstrate a commitment to the Core Values of the Academy: community, Catholic identity, academic excellence, educating the whole person, tradition, diversity, leadership, single-sex education, environment and communication.
Develop and foster effective relationships with students and be available during times when students are not in class
Provide short term and crisis counseling for students (individual or groups) and refer students with significant or long-term issues for therapy/counseling
Track academic performance of all students and intervene when concerns are noted (via teachers, progress notes, drop in grades, etc.)
- Utilize data from Blackbaud to maintain up-to-date computer documentation of grades
- Facilitate meetings between students and teachers
- Place students in Academic Support Program mid-year or at end-of-year review (requires formal meeting with student and parent) and provide weekly follow up with students
- Provide basic study skills, time management assistance, etc.
Consult with the Resource Staff and make referrals to providers of psycho-educational assessments when appropriate
Meet with students, teachers and parents regarding issues of concern
Encourage and support students in exploration of strengths, limitations and new activities
Refer students to school-based academic resources (e.g., teachers, study hall, math lab, HS tutors, etc.) and external tutors, if requested
Ease transition for transfer students and students with social difficulties
Meet with students for course selection and development/review of four year plan
Assist in the development of advisory programs that address academic, personal/social and career development components based on the American School Counseling Association National Standards
Present or bring in speakers or whole school or developmentally appropriate class specific topics as stress management, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, et.al.
Maintain communication with faculty through faculty/staff meetings, team meetings and support staff meetings
Attend all faculty meetings
Present testing data at general faculty meetings as requested
Attend local professional counselor meetings through various professional organizations
Maintain student files and ensure confidentiality (grades and progress notes, test results, correspondence, etc.)
Maintain records of phone contacts, written correspondence, and student office visits
Communicate changes of status and student concerns (death in family, illness, etc.) to faculty and administration
Serve on school committees as needed
Perform other related duties as needed
Masters's degree in Counseling, School Counseling or Counselor Education
Must have Internship or professional experience working as a school counselor
Must be able to work effectively with students, staff and parents from diverse backgrounds
Must have excellent written and oral communication skills
Must have strong counseling and mentoring skills
Must demonstrate a high level of integrity and professionalism and contribute to positive work environment
Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
About Academy of the Holy Cross
The Academy of the Holy Cross, is a private, Catholic high school (grades 9 - 12) for young women located in Kensington, MD. The college preparatory program reflects a holistic approach to education by fostering the intellectual, physical and moral development of the students. The school is sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and has been in continuous operation in the Archdiocese since 1868.