Apr 16, 2022

CA: Counselor

  • Green Dot Public Schools
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA

Job Description

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Counselors at Green Dot Public Schools are responsible for providing counseling and guidance services to all students, with a particular emphasis on preparing students for college. This includes ensuring that students have taken the necessary coursework to fulfill the California State University and University of California A-G requirements; taken the appropriate college entrance exams; as well as assisting the students in completing their college applications. This position also requires conducting individual and small group counseling for students in need. Expertise with prevention, intervention, developmental and crisis counseling experience is highly desired.

We require all counselors to have a Clear California PPS credential in School Counseling, and a master's degree in School Counseling is highly preferred.

Our talented staff is committed to continuing their own learning and refining their practice to stay current in the field ensuring a quality education for all. We offer weekly professional development days, monthly observations, summer training, new staff support meetings, and opportunities for staff to attend conferences. Recognizing the importance of professional empowerment, counselors are represented by the Asociación de Maestros Unidos (AMU), an affiliate of the California Teachers' Association, and the National Education Association. Visit https://tinyurl.com/5y82w84 to view our Los Angeles locations.

Organize and maintain college catalogs, brochures, handbooks, and other appropriate resource materials
Coordinate and implement dissemination of information to students, parents, and community members pertaining to the college admissions process
* Provide specific information regarding entrance requirements, applications, scholarships, costs, tuition, financial aid, and testing deadlines
* Provide college counseling services through group and individual counseling
Help students become aware of all phases of post-secondary school options
Maintain student records regarding post-secondary plans
Provide faculty and staff with current information related to the college admissions process
Coordinate visits by college representatives during the school day
Organize and implement field trips to college campuses
Organize a system of transcript dissemination to colleges and universities for student applicants
Provide assistance to faculty and staff in writing letters of recommendation and secondary school reports
Write letters of recommendation for students regarding admissions and financial aid scholarships
Provide necessary information and materials for students regarding PSAT, SAT I and II, and ACT
* Determine eligibility of students applying for test fee waivers
* Administer PSAT and interpret results for students, parents, and staff
Coordinate and administer school and community scholarships
Initiate scholarship fundraising efforts
Maintain contact with graduates concerning scholarships and post-secondary school activities
Facilitate processing of student forms and applications
* Coordinate application procedures for financial aid
* Offer student and parent workshops to provide information and assistance in completion of accurate forms
Provide follow-up interpretation of financial aid packages
Provide individual and small group counseling to students in need (prevention, intervention, as well as DIS counseling, if designated on student IEP)
Work collaboratively with School's SST, School Psychologist and other support personnel to ensure student success
Create and implement curriculum with regards to Advisory, college readiness, and career readiness courses
Available for contact with parents, students and staff to discuss student progress and problems after class, at night or on weekends (via cell phone or in person)
Maintain work hours extending beyond school hours for other professional duties or functions such as staff meetings, etc.
Maintain professional standards and a school environment that is productive, safe and focused
Participate in Green Dot and individual professional development
Participate in other events aimed at promoting or developing Green Dot and its schools (e.g., student recruitment)

As an ideal candidate, you

have a California Clear PPS Credential in School Counseling/Guidance (required)
have a master's degree in School Counseling from an accredited college or university (highly desirable)
have experience with individual and group counseling (highly desired)
are bilingual in English/Spanish (highly desired)
have a passion for improving urban high schools and driving education reform
are knowledgeable about bilingual education
have experience working in an urban school setting
have prior counseling experience (mental health), including DIS Counseling
have demonstrated leadership capabilities
have proven management and team building skills
have excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills
are able to work with parents, students, faculty, post-secondary educational representatives, as well as school community groups
are able to represent the school in a positive way
are able to understand student maturity levels and the process of goal selection
are able to help students gain an awareness of interests and abilities and to help them make course choices that will lead to appropriate careers commensurate with interests and abilities
are able to understand test construction and interpret educational test data
are able to understand school graduation requirements and parallel entrance requirements for post-secondary institutions
are able to motivate students and provide academic incentives for success
are able to understand the relationship between school curriculum and college programs
are able to understand the unique social-emotional needs of individual students
are dependable, humble, have a sense of humor and a rock-solid commitment to Green Dot's mission and the communities we serve
will need to pass a TB test and background check at time of offer
will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (submission of proof of vaccination will be required)

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to perform the job

Our current step and column salary scale ranges from $56,938- $108,518, based on education and experience.

In addition, Green Dot offers one of the most robust and comprehensive benefits packages in the industry (for both you and your dependents), as well as generous paid time off for an overall work-life balance:

PPO, EPO and HMO choices for medical, dental and vision coverage - including a 100% employer-paid option (visit https://www.mygreendotbenefits.com/ for more information).
Employee Assistance Program (100% employer-paid)
Life and AD&D Insurance (100% employer-paid)
Optional Term Life & AD&D Insurance
Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance (100% employer-paid)
Flexible Spending Accounts (health and dependent care)
Wellness programs and resources
Financial planning/coaching access
Student Loan forgiveness access
Asociación de Maestros Unidos (AMU) membership, an affiliate of the CTA and NEA
California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) participation, with both employee and employer contributions
Higher 'longevity' salary step increase in years 4, 8 and 12*
Annual 'exemplary attendance' bonus*
Potential 'returning teacher' bonus*
Potential 'new hire' signing bonus*
Potential opportunities for paid stipend work (as needed by each school site)
Approved family care and/or medical leave (unpaid)
199-day work year*

Green Dot also offers generous paid time off for an overall work-life balance, while giving employees the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all students:

10 days of paid time off during the school year for personal illness/injury (a portion of which may be used for personal necessity)
Additional paid time off during the school year for our Fall (1 week), Winter (2 weeks) and Spring (2 weeks) breaks* (which include the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays) as well as an additional 6 annual paid holidays (MLK Day, President's Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veteran's Day)
3-5 days of paid bereavement leave (if needed)

*subject to change

Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted, and we hire on a rolling basis. We are looking to fill our current openings as soon as possible.

Green Dot California Home Office, Los Angeles, CA

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