May 26, 2023

23-24 Valor Academy High School Counselor

  • Bright Star Schools
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA

Job Description

Position Title: School Counselor

Department: Non-Instructional

Reports to: Principal

FLSA Status: Exempt, Full Time


As the Bright Star Schools organization continues to grow in number of overall students, and enrollment at each school site, it is increasingly important that each of its students and their families has a designated advocate on campus. This role will be that of a School Counselor, someone who provides supports students through the lens of social and emotional learning, and assists in the communication between each student and their teachers, administrators, parents, and prospective supplemental and enrichment programs. The Counselor will be part of all student and family facing functions for the Bright Star Schools Campus, and will ensure the success of their assigned students while they're at Bright Star.

The Counselor Program will focus on two core areas:
  • Student Services
  • Relationship building and mentoring
  • Academic counseling and support
  • Social and emotional support
  • Community resources and referrals
  • Participation in Student Activities i.e. chaperoning
  • Co-facilitation of Morning Meetings and school wide assemblies
  • Restorative Justice Practices within and outside of the classrooms
  • Family Services
  • Parent education sessions on social emotional and academic learning
  • Parent engagement events
  • Provide family resources and referrals for community events
  • Outreach to families with needed interventions

JOB DUTIES (may include, but are not limited to the following)
  • Academic Counseling & Direct Academic Support
  1. Weekly check-ins with teachers
  2. Weekly classroom push-ins for academic and behavioral support
  3. Student support team meetings
  4. Social Emotional lessons within and outside of the classroom
  • Student Mentorship & Counseling
  1. Behavioral guidance and support
  2. Appropriate identification of students social and emotional needs
  3. Provide resources and referrals as necessary
  4. Necessary interventions
  • Parent Liaison
  1. Offer resources and support for family challenges
  2. Home visits may be conducted as needed to ensure home and school partnerships
  • Other Duties may include (based on experience and skill set)
  1. Coordinate Parent Group activities
  2. Develop Parent Education curriculum
  3. Coordinate Student Activities
  4. Morning, lunch and afternoon supervision of students

  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling required
  • A deep understanding of early childhood education and child development is imperative
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including advocacy skills; fluency in Spanish and/or Korean highly desired
  • Ability to connect and build relationships with students and their families (Spanish/Korean required for 85% of our families)
  • Ability to facilitate connections with students and faculty, and to work with tracking systems (organizational skills required).
  • Experience working with at-risk youth
  • Proactive, self-starting and motivating approach essential
  • Familiarity with Social Emotional Curriculum and Illuminate a plus
  • College degree required

Salary and Benefits:

Salary: BSS salary is based on experience and education, and was created in consideration of the longer school day and school year. Please click here for our salary scale. We are also offering a $10,000 signing bonus to all Counselors who join us this 2023-24 school year.

Status: Full Time

Start Date: An exceptional candidate will assume a full time role no later than August 2023.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Benefits: Health, dental, vision, STRS retirement matching, life insurance, short-term disability, optional 403b plan, sick and vacation paid time off, and holidays.

Other Benefits:
  • Laptop
  • Complimentary fitness classes (e.g. boxing, yoga, circuit training, etc.)
  • Job-embedded induction program for new teachers with a preliminary teaching credential
  • Weekly Instructional coaching or mentoring (through induction) for all teachers
  • Instructional Leaders as Principals

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