Lead School and College Counselor: Secondary Level
Lead School and College Counselor is an experienced member of the counseling team and is responsible for serving students in grades 9 – 12, and reports to the Vice Principal of Academics. The Lead School Counselor will provide leadership in the development and delivery of a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the academic, social, and emotional development of each student. A major focus of the School and College Counseling program is to guide students thoughtfully and carefully through their college search process, taking into account current college enrollment trends and practices, as well as financial aid opportunities. Through individualized meetings, large and small group meetings, the Counselor will work closely with students, parents, guardians, teachers, and other school personnel to ensure the needs of all students are appropriately addressed. At Spellman, we encourage our community to strive for excellence. This role has the opportunity to inspire and provide growth opportunities for our students and families. We are seeking a candidate with experience in supporting practices that are culturally competent and inclusive of all students and families. This is a 10-month position (with 5 days required in the summer).
The School and College Counselor serves as the key resource for high school students to seek personalized assistance with academic, social, emotional, and college/career advising issues and opportunities. To this end, the Counselor:
Consults and collaborates with students, their families, and teachers to provide recommendations and/or implement strategies that will contribute to student success in and out of the classroom.
Provides individual counseling related to academic performance, social experiences, and mental health challenges.
Tracks student progress by conducting regular check-ins, adjusting care plans, and proactively communicating status updates to necessary parties while maintaining confidentiality as appropriate.
Provides crisis intervention, re-entry, and transition support to students, families, faculty, and staff in accordance with established protocols.
Supports diversity and inclusion for all students and families.
Works closely with each family to establish college application goals and lists.
Submits required admission credentials via Naviance by established deadlines to each student’s desired college and university and tracks outcomes accordingly.
Conducts outreach to college admission officers to advocate for students in the application review and yield processes.
Coordinates the administration of standardized testing for appropriate high school grade levels.
Participates in on-and off-campus events as well as virtual gatherings related to the college admission process.
The Lead Counselor works with the Counseling Department in the Development and Delivery of the Cardinal Spellman High School Counseling Curriculum.
Participates in curriculum development as well as specific lesson planning and teaching of guidance seminar classes to all high school grade levels.
Facilitates classroom learning in Counseling seminar classes and contributes to the developmentally appropriate curriculum as it relates to social skills, conflict resolution, stress management, bullying, and other relevant topics specific to the age group.
Participates in professional learning committees, professional development workshops, in-service training, and administrative meetings to keep abreast of new trends and techniques in the field of guidance, counseling and youth development.
Master’s degree in school counseling or guidance is required along with a minimum of 5 years of work experience in an academic environment, ideally at the secondary school level.
An understanding of, commitment to, and appreciation for a Catholic, co-educational environment and the mission and core values of Cardinal Spellman High School.
A mindset that supports the social-emotional growth of all learners and a commitment to student success
Strong interpersonal, collaboration, communication, and motivational skills
Knowledge of theoretical frameworks of intellectual, social, and emotional development
Cultural competence in working with diverse populations
Understands how bias affects families and provides support to ensure success
Ability to analyze, problem-solve, and multi-task, managing multiple priorities and adjusting as needed.
Willingness to work with school administrators to promote the vision of the school and objectives of the School and College Counseling Department.
Highly organized with a strong standard of professionalism, accountability, and customer service.
Welcoming, thoughtful, and energetic attitude with sincere commitment for collaborative work.
About Cardinal Spellman
Cardinal Spellman is Catholic Independent Coeducational High School within the Arch Diocese of Boston MA, which serves approximately 500 students from 40 cities and towns across the south shore of MA. Cardinal Spellman was founded in 1958 by the Sisters of St. Joseph and incorporated in 2004.