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Counselor 2018-2019 SY

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Los Angeles, CA

Where Exceptional is the Rule


ABOUT ALLIANCE COLLEGE-READY PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter school organization in Los Angeles, serving nearly 13,000 low-income scholars across 25 free public middle and high schools on 28 campuses. In our 14th school year, Alliance has a proven record of success: though our scholars come to Alliance on average four grade-levels behind in reading, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 77% to a four-year university in 2017. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, with a goal of 75% of Alliance graduates completing a four-year college degree. We also value our people, illustrated by being in the top 10% of Gallup’s global Best Place to Work survey. Now is the time to join our collaborative community to make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.

 

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:

The primary mission of an Alliance High School Counselor is to develop and support students to be prepared for, admitted to, and successful through college.  The counselor develops strategies and implements activities to address the needs of the students to meet this goal; consults and collaborates with school staff; and works with parents/guardians to support students’ success.

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide guidance to support high school completion:

  • Provide orientation activities for incoming 9th graders and students new to the school
  • Participate in orientation programs for parent/guardians and students
  • Inform students and their parents/guardians of test results and their implication for educational planning
  • Provide resources and information to assist students to develop  a rigorous academic course schedule, aligned with students’ skills and interests
  • Evaluate students graduation status and inform students of their status for graduation
  • Assist in registration and schedule changes/conflicts for all students
  • As necessary, develop or support development of 504 plans, participate in Individual Education Plan meetings, and contribute in the development of the Student’s Individual Transition Plan (ITP)
  • Facilitate and/or participate in Student Success Team (SST) meetings
  • Counsel, motivate and work with students who are underachieving or performing poorly academically
  • Coordinate at-risk programs

 

Provide guidance to support college matriculation and completion aligned with student personal interests and strengths

  • Create college-going culture across the school, at all grade levels
  • Coordinate career awareness activities across all grade levels such as career fairs and guest speakers
  • Support students in identifying path towards post-secondary options, developing list of colleges and universities to which to apply, applying to colleges and matriculating to college
  • Informs and provides access to local, state and national scholarship opportunities
  • Develop and implement programs related to financial readiness for all grade levels
  • Develop and implement opportunities for FAFSA completion
  • Take on designated alumni tracking and communication responsibilities 

 

Support personal development of students

  • Conduct structured, goal oriented, data driven guidance to meet the identified needs of individuals or group of students
  • Conduct guidance learning activities in the classroom to facilitate the infusion of guidance as integrated to the total education curricula.
  • Refer students, as needed, to district and community resources in consultation with their parents/guardians
  • Consult and coordinate the referral process with other school and district personnel including school psychologists, social workers, nurses, administrators, teachers and other community resources
  • Consult and collaborate with teachers, staff and parents/guardians regarding the developmental needs of students

Provide systems support by coordinating and conducting activities that contribute to the effective operation of the school consistent with the approved school counseling program:

  • Use district technology, e.g. Power School, Pinnacle, Naviance, QuickPermit to inform and drive the counseling program
  • Establish effective liaisons with all grade levels
  • Build community resources to promote students’ academic, personal/social & career success
  • Act as an advocate for students as appropriate in conjunction with other staff
  • Conduct professional development/in-service programs for school staff and/or other counselors
  • Collaborate with parent engagement specialists to provide opportunities for parent education programs
  • Participate with the administration and faculty as a team member in building and district committees
  • Actively participate in Alliance, local, state and national professional associations/meetings that foster the development and improvement of school counseling; read professional journals; attend workshops and conferences, and continue coursework

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education and Experience
      • A Master’s Degree in School Counseling, Education, Psychology, Social Work, or another related field
      • Possess a valid California Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) with an authorization in School Counseling
      • Two years of high school counseling experience
  • Skills
      • High Expectations: Commitment to serving students from urban setting in achieving their aspirations. Confidence that all students can be successful to and through college.
      • Constructive mindset:  Fortitude to handle and overcome daily challenges with positive, can-do attitude.
      • Strong communication skills: Effective written and oral presentation skills.  Ability to establish rapport with students, parents and school staff.
      • Data – driven and systems level thinking:  Analyzes data regarding services provided and make adjustments as necessary. Effectively develops and implements systems to improve efficiency and scale services to students and families.
      • Initiative: Actively seeks out resources that benefit students and families for a variety of personal, academic, college related themes.
      • Strong counseling practices:  Demonstrates understanding of best-in-class counseling practices and interventions related to high school completion, college selection and success, and student personal development.  Understands the legal and ethical issues surrounding students and families.
  • Fit with Alliance Organizational Culture
      • Ability to learn quickly and effectively function in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
      • Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team
      • Flexible, optimistic approach, and comfort with change and ambiguity
      • Commitment to the success of all Alliance students and specifically to raising the academic achievement of children in high-poverty communities

 

 

COMPENSATION:

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools prides itself in offering its employees a competitive salary and a rich group benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage for the employee and her/his eligible dependents. Retirement benefits are also offered and include a generous employer match/contribution.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

To apply, visit www.laalliance.org/careers to submit a resume and cover letter. Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are free public charter schools which do not discriminate against any student, parent, community member, or employee on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

 

See where our schools are in Los Angeles 

Map Key:

  • Red Dots: Middle Schools
  • Green Dots: High Schools
  • Yellow Dot: Alliance Home Office

About Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

About Us In 2004, the first Alliance public school opened at the corner of Western and Martin Luther King Blvd., starting with a small group of dedicated educators serving a few hundred families who wanted something better for their children. Alliance sought to prove that an exceptional education is possible for all students, regardless of their background or zip code. Today, Alliance is the largest charter school network in LA and larger than 75% of all school districts in California yet successfully educating 12,500 students in 25 high-performing, tuition-free high school and middle school academies. Today we have more than 6,000 graduates, and continuing to make a difference in the lives of every one of our students. See more successful performance details in our 2016 Annual Report. Alliance's founding principle of school autonomy with accountability helped build a culture that supports teacher innovation at each school and strives to understand what works to prepare students to succeed in college. As a result, Alliance schools significantly outperform traditional public schools while still sharing a common mission and core values. Today, Alliance supports a network of independent schools by providing operational services, resources, training, guidance, and oversight to ensure that all schools operate effectively and provide educational services that address the individual needs for every student including: Facilitating the definition and support of key educational and operational parameters that are shared across schools. Serving as the charter holder of record and local operator of its schools.

Want to learn more about Alliance College-Ready Public Schools? Visit Alliance College-Ready Public Schools's website.