Job Title: School Counselor
Job Type: Full-time (2019-2020)
Position Summary: Utilizing leadership, advocacy and collaboration, School Counselors promote student success, provide preventative services, and respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the academic, career and personal/social development for all students.
Development and Management of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program:
- Develops and maintains a written ASCA aligned plan for effective delivery of the comprehensive school counseling program;
- Develops and maintains a written plan for activities, programs and services for each of the NASCA 8 Components of College and Career Readiness (5 components for elementary program;
- Communicates the plan and goals of the comprehensive school counseling program to stakeholders (e.g. school governance board, LSAC, PTSO, administrators, teachers, parents and community/business leaders);
- Maintains current and appropriate resources and effectively communicates to stakeholder groups (i.e. school and community based resources);
- Uses all available data (e.g. formative, summative, testing/assessment, standardized) to develop programs and services that meets students' needs.
- Implements developmentally appropriate and prevention-oriented group activities that meets students’ needs;
- Incorporates into counseling program life skills that students need to have in order to be successful in the 21st century;
- Assists all students, individually or in groups, with developing academic, career and personal/social skills, goals and plans;
- Interprets and utilizes student data accurately and appropriately;
- Collaborates and communicates with parents, guardians and teachers in the development of educational, career and life plans;
- Develops and implements an appropriate student referral process and follow-up process as needed;
- Provides individual and group counseling to students with social and emotional needs;
- Implements school wide prevention/intervention programs to support the emotional, social and behavioral needs of students;
- Assists teachers, parents/guardians and students and others in interpreting and understanding student data;
- Utilizes all available technology resources effectively, including Student Information System, in the implementation and monitoring of comprehensive school counseling program;
- Conducts annual program review to evaluate extent of program implementation and effectiveness;
- Measures results of comprehensive school counseling program activities and shares.
- Participates in professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills;
- Promotes positive relationship with students, parents, school staff, and community;
- Communicates effectively and often with parents about program, activities, and services to support academic, college/career and personal goals of students;
- Utilizes technology and effective communication tools (email/newsletter, website, school messenger, social media, parent nights, etc.), as appropriate, to inform students, parents and other relevant stakeholder groups about programs, interventions, activities and supports;
- Performs other duties as assigned by the appropriate administrator.
Education: Master’s Degree in School Counseling is required.
Certification/Licensure: NJ Standard Certification as a school counselor is required.
Experience: Minimum 2 years of experience in counseling students as individuals and in groups and experience interpreting standardized testing results. Experience with I&RS, 504, behavioral support, and HIB is preferred.
- Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate a guidance and counseling program based on student needs;
- Proven skill in counseling/advising individuals and groups;
- Ability to convey accurate information regarding academic and career guidance;
- Ability to consult with teachers, staff, and parents regarding the needs of students;
- Knowledge of available school, system and community resources;
- Awareness of cultural diversity and its implications for school counseling;
- Must be able to successfully manage multiple tasks, projects, and responsibilities;
- Ability to apply critical thinking skills in rendering solutions to various issues;
- Must be able to collaborate effectively with District personnel, the general public, and work with diverse groups of people.
Central Jersey College Prep Charter School ("CJCP") is a K-4, 6-12 Public Charter School located in Somerset, NJ. The mission of CJCP is to provide academic and social challenges and opportunities for students to attain the skills necessary for success in post-secondary education. CJCP serves its mission by offering rigorous academic programs, college and career counseling, and extracurricular enrichment activities.