Summary

Student Support Services | Guidance Counselor | Minnesota Transitions Secondary School | Available: ASAP

Description

Guidance Counselor 
Location MTS Secondary (7th Grade – 12th Grade)

TYPE OF POSITION:
F.T.E.
1.0
 
REPORTS TO:
Building Principal
 
SUPERVISION:
None
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
Required:

  • Current Counseling license issued by the MN Department of Education 

Required Experience:

  • Leading through an equity lens to promote student success
  • Strong technology, organization, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent team player
  • Demonstrates initiative and ability to lead
  • Understand student confidentiality
  • Strong work ethic

 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Counseling/Assessment/Outreach

  • Fosters the personal growth, educational development, and emotional well-being of all students
  • Provides one-to-one and group counseling to students who need support in areas such as social skills, grief/healing, transition, and anger management
  • Creates a positive, caring and nurturing learning environment for all students
  • Consult with teachers, staff, parents and other significant people regarding the needs of students
  • Participates in appropriate meetings concerning student placement and programs
  • Collaborates with community resources to provide support for students dealing with family issues such as family change, grief, homelessness, abuse, alcoholism or incarceration
  • Provides family outreach and serves as a school-family liaison in situations where parents are unable or hesitant to become involved with the school
  • Makes arrangements for hospital or homebound instruction when needed and provides liaison service for school and treatment-related situations

Career and Post-High School Counseling (secondary grade level only)

  • Arranges for representatives from post-high school institutions and the military services to come in to visit with interested students
  • Provides financial aid information, materials, and direction to students and parents
  • Writes letters of recommendation for current and past students for employment, post-high, and scholarship applications
  • Assists classroom teachers in planning/implementing career instruction
  • Maintains up-to-date materials on careers and training programs in Guidance Center
  • Promotes teachers’ use of career materials in the classroom
  • Coordinates student involvement in community career explorer posts
  • Organizes in-school career seminars for various career clusters
  • Reviews credits and approves diplomas for students who are completing work at the Area Learning Center; holds re-entry conferences for any students returning to the mainstream from ALC
  • Dispenses information to students about individual courses, assists them individually to choose those courses best suited to their individual needs and goals; registers all students
  • Reviews curriculum changes and course offerings for registration information booklet
  • Provides pre-registration materials to non-public schools for any incoming freshmen

Promotes and Recognition of Student Achievement (secondary grade level only)

  • Disseminates information and guidance regarding scholarships, honors and recognition
  • Selects and identifies students receiving honors
  • Serves on local scholarship committee
  • Conducts Awards Program

Registration & Curriculum Involvement

  • Makes recommendations for needed changes in master schedule for the following year and assists administration in preparation of schedules and class lists for opening of school

Inservice and Professional Development

  • Participates in data retreats and leadership/intervention teams to respond to the needs of the students and set site improvement goals
  • Provides in-service education to other school personnel to enhance their ability to promote healthy functioning and respond appropriately to student difficulties
  • Participates, as necessary, in orientation sessions for new teachers and student teachers
  • Represents guidance department on various faculty committees
  • Acts as resource person for college classes or other interested groups
  • Participates in the planning, implementation, evaluation and revision of district-wide comprehensive, developmental group guidance curriculum

Maintenance of Records in 

  • Keeps accurate records of grades and credits for all students
  • Approves all requests for transcripts
  • Maintains official class rank
  • Keeps accurate and up-to-date student accountability records and compiles a report on each graduating class
  • Completes guidance department annual report for Superintendent

Other duties as assigned
 
PHYSICAL FACTORS:

  • Frequent:  walking, standing, sitting, hearing, talking, and seeing  

Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) is a unique collaboration of charter schools that help each learner make the transition from classroom to post-secondary/career and meet the responsibilities of a changing future. We were one of the nation’s early leaders in charter school development. Charter schools offer the chance for parents to choose the best education possible for their family. Special education and EL services are provided wherever needed in all of our programs. MTS offers a learning environment emphasizing small classes as well as strong career training and academic preparation. We offer a traditional High School with many career options, Middle School and Elementary School as well as a Virtual High School, Connections Academy (a virtual K-12 program) and Banaadir Academy which has a focus on serving Somali students. Learn more at mtcs.org

 

Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) does not discriminate in employment or in any of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, sexual orientation, age or genetic information.

FLSA Status:       Exempt