Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
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Director of Counseling
at Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Openings as of 3/21/2019
Student Support Services
- Director of Counseling JobID: 1134
- Position Type:
Student Support Services/Guidance Counselor
- Date Posted:
St. Thomas High School
- Date Available:
St. Thomas High School
DIRECTOR OF COUNSELING
Role: The Director of Counseling plays a critical role in helping St. Thomas High School achieve its mission of teaching goodness, discipline and knowledge. This innovative educator will lead a dynamic best-in-class Counseling Department to assist all students in the developmental process in intellectual, social, and personal growth and to assist students in making informative and appropriate choices. The Director of Counseling is directly responsible for the acclimation of new students to St. Thomas High School, care of the students while here and the successful transition of students to the college of their choice.
Accountability: Immediately responsible to the Assistant Principal.
Duties: The Director will supervise all counselors in the Counseling Department in providing the following services to their students as well as carrying his/her own counseling load.
Responsibilities for Academic Guidance:
1. Assist and advise students in the development of a four-year plan which anticipates preparation for college admission as well as fulfills all requirements for graduation, and assist each student with selection of courses which fulfill those requirements.
2. Advise students with placement in Advanced and Advanced Placement courses when appropriate. Explain the requirements of the advanced program to students and parents. Research and recommend Dual Credit Program for possible implementation at St. Thomas to supplement the Advanced Placement program and provide St. Thomas graduates with earned college credits.
3. Consult with parents who ask for assistance in academic or personal matters which concern their student. Make suggestions and put parents in contact with teachers. Foster an open door policy for parents and students and be prepared for walk-in and emergency meetings.
4. Along with the Learning Enrichment Center, meet with and guide students who need academic assistance. Assists students to develop a plan of action to improve academic performance.
5. Along with the Learning Enrichment Center, monitor progress of students on Academic Probation. Meet with those students, assist them in developing a study plan, and measure improvement utilizing periodic progress reports and grade checks.
6. Organize and administer standardized tests and Advanced Placement Examinations. Act as supervisor and/or administrator of SAT tests in October and May. Coordinate and support test preparation activities which will require summer, after school, or weekend offerings.
7. In coordination with the Learning Enrichment Center, maintain and explain the results of educational testing to students, parents, and teachers. Assist students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability. Assist with proctoring students who need to have extended time to complete their final examinations.
8. Provide information to students and parents about credit recovery and academic probation.
Responsibilities for College and Career Guidance:
9. Has thorough working knowledge of Naviance software and assists students and families with successful use of the tool.
10. Develop and maintain professional relationships with college representatives; continue to increase knowledge of and connections with colleges and universities nationwide. Administer a program for college representatives visits to the school campus. Coordinates, works, and represents St. Thomas High School at Catholic High School College Night held. Serve as a liaison with College admissions offices throughout the year.
11. Provide individualized support to students in selecting schools and navigating the application process.
12. Provide information sessions and support for families in understanding the college application process and financial assistance programs. Organize and disseminate information on scholarship opportunities for students and assist students with applications for scholarships.
13. Keep parents informed through regular communications which may include an email newsletter, the St. Thomas web site and/or monthly mailings. Sponsor a Career Awareness Program and Shadow Program for all students.
14. Develop an annual College Counseling calendar that informs and engages parents and faculty in the college application process.
15. Work individually with rising juniors and their families beginning the summer before junior year by conducting a series of informational sessions and workshops. These workshops may be offered outside of normal school hours or calendar year.
16. Process students’ college applications, including the writing or overseeing of the writing of individual school recommendations letters for each senior.
17. Support and train faculty in writing recommendations; facilitate timely distribution of critical information to faculty to ensure highest quality recommendations are written for students.
18. Track and communicate admissions decisions and statistics, and create a report to the Board of Trustees, Office of Advancement, and School Administration.
Responsibilities for Personal Counseling:
19. Act in accordance with state law and professional discretion to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect to appropriate agencies.
20. Provide short-term counseling to students with personal and emotional concerns.
21. Provide information to students, parents, and teachers regarding such concerns as alcohol and drug abuse by referral to the Choices Counselor.
22. Along with the Choices Counselor, provide crisis and grief counseling in times of crisis and emergencies.
23. Along with the Choices Counselor, make referrals to individual health professionals and mental health agencies when appropriate.
24. Along with the Choices Counselor, promote faculty, staff, and parent awareness of issues related to adolescence.
Miscellaneous Guidance and Counseling Responsibilities:
25. Maintain a current School Profile.
26. Keep informed of developments in the field of guidance and counseling. Lead Counseling Department activities including professional development and team building.
27. Being aware of issues and trends in college admission, higher education, testing, and keep up-to-date about specific colleges. Maintain membership in professional organizations: the College Board, the National Association of College Admission Counselors, etc.
28. Participate in at least once college counselor fly-in per school year.
29. Attend NACAC or TACAC conferences annually. Providing professional growth stemming from those conferences.
1. Master’s degree in Counseling, Student Affairs, Education or related field is required.
2. 5-10 years prior experience as a College Counselor at a college preparatory high school with a successful track record of student admissions to preferred colleges or similar experience working in the Admissions Office of a university.
3. Familiarity with the goals, objectives and mission of Catholic education in a college preparatory school.
4. The ideal candidate will have previous leadership experience or training, strong interpersonal, communication, computer and organizational skills; familiarity with the goals, objectives; the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and demanding student and parent population; knowledge of colleges, their academic programs, admission policies, and financial policies and procedures.
5. Willingness to take initiative and create a dynamic team.