Upper School Guidance and Academic Counselor

Washington D.C.
Apr 03, 2017
May 08, 2017
Full Time

The Kingsbury Center is one of the oldest nonprofit educational institutions in the Washington area that addresses the special needs of young children, adolescents and adults who experience learning difficulties. The Center is seeking an Upper School Guidance and Academic Counselor for the 2017-2018 school year. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and education.

Essential Duties

  • Establish the framework, procedures and protocol to identify the care and post-secondary education needs of Upper School students
  • Conduct regular meetings with students to identify long and short-term goals, strengths, needs and aptitudes to develop post-secondary plans
  • Collaborate with parents/guardians and educators to assist student with educational and career planning and provide recommendations for educational options
  • Counsel and actively support students and parents on college selection, application, financial aid and admission procedures
  • Write school recommendations and oversee the faculty writing of the requested recommendations for student’s college applications
  • Establish relationships with colleges that offer learning support programs
  • Conduct transcript reviews to ensure students are following appropriate course plans and will meet graduation requirements
  • Conduct individual and group sessions to prepare students for the transition to the next level: college, career, post high school activities and post-secondary options
  • Write IEP/ILP Transition Goals for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students
  • Participate in Student Review Meetings
  • Identify and establish positive communication networks and relationships with post-secondary education institutions to support students’ learning profiles and aptitudes
  • Meet with post-secondary education representatives and attend college fairs
  • Coordinate the program and calendar of all standardized testing for students, including scheduling test dates, registering students, arranging for special prep sessions, administering the tests and providing pre- and post-test counseling
  • Plan, coordinate and provide classroom guidance sessions on career and educational development and personal and social development and to assist the student in developing decision-making skills and indentifying life goals
  • Assess student needs and make referrals to appropriate social agencies, community agencies and alternative programs
  • Serve as a liaison to convey the critical daily programming needs of students among faculty and staff related to post-secondary counseling
  • Maintain a database system of information for students pursuing post secondary education options, which includes transcripts, recommendation letters, student essays and other admissions requirements
  • Serve as 12th grade advisor
  • Oversee all 12th grade activities, including retreat, prom, senior sunset ceremony, senior lunch, graduation and any other programs and ceremonies
  • Oversee Upper School award programs and ceremonies
  • Help the registrar maintain accurate permanent records of students’ testing, IEPs/ILPs and academic work
  • Advertise course offerings to students and support the scheduling process
  • Complete the course selection process including updating and editing student course selections
  • Guide, coordinate and support other school staff in implementing school-wide advisory programs
  • Serve as a liaison between social service agencies and the school
  • Prepare and submit a variety of reports and data to ensure the fulfillment of established program requirements
  • Respond to all requests from DCPS or other LEAs for transcripts, graduation data/information, etc. within 24 hours.
  • Develop summary reports on students’ progress on standardized testing to the school community as needed


Qualifications and Requirements

  • Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling
  • Certified or eligible for certification in Guidance Counseling
  • Familiarity with Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Highly developed verbal and written communications skills
  • Able to effectively engage diverse parents/ guardians with varied communication styles, levels of skill and experience to support their child's education experience
  • Able to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Able to stand, move throughout the campus, operate a computer, ascend and descend stairs, stoop, kneel and crouch

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