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Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley invites applications for the position of College & Academic Counselor for the 2020-2021 school year. This is a full-time 205-day position.

Saint Mary’s is a Lasallian Catholic College-Preparatory co-educational high school of 630 students in grades 9-12. Our school reflects the rich diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area while embracing a strong, inclusive community spirit.  We operate on a trimester system; follow a curriculum that emphasizes the Humanities; and employ progressive, research-supported policies in instruction, assessment, and grading. We are proven change-makers in students’ lives. We are sponsored by the Christian Brothers of the San Francisco District and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA).

The ideal candidate is qualified to provide excellent college and academic counseling to a diverse ethnic, socio-economic, multicultural population of students and families; advise and guide students & families in all aspects of the educational planning and college admission process; and develop and implement programs to meet the needs of our students.

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS/JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Is a member of the College Counseling and Counseling Departments.
Support the Director of College Counseling in administering the College Counseling Office.
Support students, in conjunction with the School Counselors, in students’ social and emotional development and advise students regarding their academic planning needs.
Remain current regarding information on colleges, scholarships, financial aid, issues and trends in college life, college admissions, & testing.
Attend professional conferences, meetings, and workshops to gather information and sharpen professional skills.
Visit a select number of college and university campuses on sponsored tours each year to learn more about those institutions and to raise their interest in Saint Mary’s students.
Advise seniors and juniors regarding their academic planning and advise juniors with course selection for senior year.
Co-teach, in collaboration with the Director of College Counseling, the College Advisory course for seniors each fall.
Meet in private meetings with students and parents–roughly 70 seniors each Fall & Winter and 70 juniors each Winter & Spring.
Present college opportunities & options, assist with college applications and financial-aid applications, and provide support for scholarship searches for students and parents.
Write approximately 70 acknowledgement letters and letters of reference for seniors.
Complete Secondary School Reports for students needing references for private colleges and scholarship programs.
Upload and add student information on Naviance and the Saint Mary’s College Counseling website about opportunities in admissions, financial aid, scholarships, and testing.
Respond to email and phone messages from parents, students, and universities.
Plan and present informational workshops for students on UC & CSU application processes, essay writing, and financial aid.
Host college representatives who visit Saint Mary’s before school, at lunch, and after school.
Make presentations to the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior classes, educating them regarding college, college applications, admissions procedures, and standardized testing opportunities.
Make presentations to parent and student groups on all aspects of college admissions.
Plan, publicize, and present eight evening programs for parents and students, including Case Studies Night.
Support the Director of College Counseling in administering the College Board suite of standardized tests and Advanced Placement exams.
Administer Saint Mary’s Test-Retest and Test-Prep programs, which use The College Board’s suite of exams. This includes coordinating the October and April Testing Days, ongoing reviews of student test results in the student advisory period, presenting test results to faculty twice a year, coordinating the school’s on-campus SAT and ACT Prep classes offered in late winter in the early evenings.
Serve on various school committees.
Other duties as they may arise.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Guidance Counseling, or Special Education.
Membership in the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC).
A certificate in College Counseling or its equivalent.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Practicing Catholic and a commitment to the Lasallian Catholic mission of Saint Mary’s.
  2. A commitment to actively and positively supporting the spiritual, academic, & social lives of students.
  3. Experience in high-school college counseling or college admissions.
  4. Excellent writing skills and public-speaking skills.
  5. Ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse student and parent population.
  6. Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
  7. Collaborative working style, able to organize and sequence activities.
  8. Innovative, enthusiastic, energetic and flexible.
  9. Engaging interpersonal skills and strong speaking presence.
  10. Deep knowledge of colleges and universities, including their academic programs, admissions policies, financial policies, and other pertinent procedures.
  11. An interest in and facility with data analysis.
  12. Familiarity with computer-based transcripts, schedules (i.e. Power School), and computer-based college search software (i.e. Naviance).

Compensation:  A competitive salary & full benefits package is offered, commensurate with the candidate’s training and experience.

Please email a cover letter and resume to The Assistant to the Principal, Elizabeth Haro, at eharo@stmchs.org.  Please include your name and “College Counselor” in the Subject Line.

To apply for this job email your details to eharo@stmchs.org