Position Title: Counselor
Counseling Job Description:
The Academy of Our Lady Peace is seeking a professional School Counselor who wants to make a positive impact on the lives of students, especially young women. We are seeking a visionary counselor who will help implement our vision of becoming the leading high school for young women in Southern California. Specifically, the position available is expected to counselor an alphabetical section of students in grades 9-12.
The professional School Counselor models and communicates the school mission, philosophy, and core values while modeling behavior that inspires excellence, helping students grow to become young women of heart, faith and courage in the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Interested applicants should apply via edjoin.
School Counselors at The Academy of Our Lady of Peace, seek to aid each student in
recognizing her uniqueness and her personal worth and value in relation to her family, friends,
and the Christian community. Guidance is a part of the whole educational process. Counselors
work closely with students, their families, teachers, and administrators to help students reach
their full potential.
Specifically, counselors help students to:
- Develop their academic & college goals
- Maximize their strengths and gifts
- Recognize and minimize their limitations
- Become aware of alternative actions/behaviors
- Learn effective decision making skills
- Become responsible and independent
- Cope with the social, moral, and spiritual dilemmas common to teenagers
- Discover and develop their passions
Counselors provide professional assistance to the student in three domains:
Academic Development, College and Career Development, and Personal/Social
Development. As a result, the student explores who she is, what she values, and what she
wants to become as a human being. Each member of the school counseling department serves
the whole child. In this capacity, a school counselor must be proficient at the following services:
1. Personal Counseling:
- Understanding self/building self-esteem
- Maximizing one's abilities
- Health problems
- Family concerns
- Interpersonal/social skills
- Support groups
- Therapeutic Referrals
- Resource materials
2. Academic Counseling:
- Achievement and academic progress review and support
- Quarterly review of D/F list and meet with parents and students as needed
- Complete academic probation contracts and share with Assistant Principal
- Resource for tutoring services
- Parent/teacher/student conferences
- Identifying learning difficulties
- Coordinating classroom accommodations
- Coordinating home study/independent study programs
- Concurrent enrollment (Adult schools and/or community colleges)
- Study skills evaluation
3. Academic Scheduling:
- Meet individually with every student to review potential course selection
- Make schedule changes as needed
- Review and refer to the Course Description Guide for pre-requisite
- Create programming around the scheduling process to ensure a smooth registration (coordinate grade level workshops, parent programs, marketing, etc)
- Communicate with academic departments and administration with questions or concerns
4. College & Career Counseling:
- College selection and admissions procedures
- Write Letters of Recommendation
- College Information Presentations for Parents/Students
- Individual student meetings for college preparation
- Arranging for college representatives to visit campus
- Maintain resource materials/college catalogs
- Provide information about testing procedures, interpretations, and timelines (AP, SAT, ACT, etc)
- Coordinate early testing programs such as PSAT, Pre-ACT
- Provide students with career planning assessments & interpretation
- Explore career options resources
- Offer workshops to support student understanding about career environments using current career trends (Holland Codes, Myers Briggs, etc)
- Supervision and administration of scholarship resources (currently through Naviance
- Collect and maintain historical data on college admissions decisions via Naviance including administering the senior graduation survey
- Tutoring programs
- Psychological services and agencies
- Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists
- Child Welfare programs
- Alcohol and other drug counseling programs
Additionally, counselors should be aware of the following support programs. Generally, however, one counselor is identified as the point of contact for the following programs.
6. Advanced Placement Testing Program
7. Sisters and Scholars Coordinator:
- Coordinate services for students with documented learning differences
DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE TO: Counseling Department Chairperson and the Assistant Principal for Curriculum & Instruction
- 1. Master’s degree in counseling or related field
- 2. Prefer 3+ years counseling at a high school level
- 3. Must have a California PPS (Pupil Personnel Services) Credential; or be in the process of earning the credential
- 4. Evidence of knowledge of counseling support in the three domains: Academic, College/Career, and Personal/Social
OLP is a school of 750 students and a diverse educational community that strives to educate young women to the needs of society. As a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school, OLP places a strong emphasis on 21st-century learning skills across the curriculum. The professional culture at OLP is committed to continuous improvement and lifelong learning. Students are passionate about being involved in the school community, and OLP prides itself on graduating women leaders who are making a difference in STEAM fields.
Candidates should currently possess or be working towards a California Pupil Personnel Services credential and should have earned at least a Master's degree in the study of counseling.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Placement on the faculty salary schedule is based on education and experience.
Find out more about our school at www.aolp.org.
At the time of submitting your application, OLP requires both a cover letter and resume, along with three references from supervisors who have seen your work directly, a CA PPS credential, or proof of current enrollment in an accredited credential program. Upon hiring you will be required to complete a TB test, Livescan fingerprinting, and provide all official transcripts.