Guidance Counselor

About Great Oaks Charter Schools

At Great Oaks, students will shape the world, not be defined by it. Therefore, we believe that children learn best through a combination of project-based, authentic learning experiences, and direct instruction to support skill development and accelerate learning. Instruction and culture are grounded in our design principles of Mastery, Leadership, and Community. As part of the model, Great Oaks Americorps Fellows provide students with additional opportunities to engage in critical content, which helps to close academic achievement gaps and level the playing field. We are seeking talented, tenacious people who share our belief that all students deserve a high-quality education. 

About Great Oaks Charter School – Bridgeport

Great Oaks (GO) Charter School - Bridgeport opened in the Fall of 2014 and has a focus on serving students who are English Language Learners. In the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, Great Oaks – Bridgeport will serve grades 6th through 12th.

Position Summary

Guidance Counselors, through comprehensive school counseling programs of developmental, preventive, remedial, and responsive services, address academic development, career development, and personal/social development of students. The comprehensive school counseling program aligns with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national model and standards and current counseling skills and competencies. Key responsibilities & outcomes include:

  • Uses data to develop comprehensive programs that meet the needs of students; establishes the school counseling program and develops activities and resources to implement and evaluate the program; develops and maintains a written plan for effective delivery of the school counseling program. 
  • Effectively implement a data-driven, grade-level appropriate college and career readiness program for all students. 
  • Collaborates with parents/guardians and educators to assist students with educational, career, and life planning.
  • Utilize data to determine college readiness and to determine interventions needed to assist students to access post high school options. 
  • Uses data to guide program planning; conducts a yearly program audit to review extent of program implementation and effectiveness. 
  • Monitors student academic performance, behavior, and attendance and facilitates appropriate interventions. 
  • Provides individual and group counseling services to meet the developmental, preventive, and remedial needs of students. 
  • Consults with students, parents, teachers, and other school and community personnel to assist in meeting the needs of students. 
  • Coordinate all counseling services for students and assists with the coordination and implementation of student services in the school. 
  • Implements developmentally appropriate and prevention-oriented group activities to meet student needs and school goals. 
  • Assists all students, individually or in groups, with developing academic, career and personal/social skills, goals, and plans. 

Competencies and Qualifications

The successful candidate will be committed to providing compassionate care to all students and be adept at partnering with families and school staff to promote health and wellbeing.

The successful candidate will also have:

  • Master's Degree from an accredited college or institution Preferred. 
  • Certified as a School Counselor/Guidance Counselor by the State of Connecticut. 
  • Familiarity with the Naviance program is a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Proficient in the knowledge and use of Technology and computer applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
  • Experience in urban schools is preferred. 
  • Knowledge of current research and trends in school counseling and guidance. 
  • Knowledge of current research and trends in college and career readiness.
  • Knowledge of crisis prevention and arbitration techniques. 
  • Ability to analyze data.
  • “GRIT” – must have the ability to persevere and succeed at a challenging task.
  • Relationship-building; must show evidence of building and leveraging strong relationships.
  • Relentlessness – must be willing to do whatever it takes to constantly improve student achievement, including occasional evening and weekend commitments.
  • Communicate Effectively – must be able to clearly communicate with peers and supervisors.
  • Organization – excellent skills of organization and follow-through.

Compensation

The starting salary will commensurate with experience.  A comprehensive benefits package is included. 

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