College Readiness Counselor

OPPORTUNITY:
We are seeking a mission aligned College Readiness Counselor to join the team at RVLA. Counselors at Green Dot are responsible for providing counseling and guidance services to all students, with an emphasis on preparing students for college. This includes conducting individual and small group counseling sessions for students in need. Expertise with prevention, intervention, developmental and crisis counseling experience is highly desired. Our ideal candidate is hard-working, entrepreneurial, and possesses a strong desire to foster high levels of academic achievement with academically underserved students. We are looking for a School Counselor who is passionate about middle school and excited to become a founding member of a new school community.

Green Dot counselors are committed to continuing their own learning and refining their practice to stay current in the field, ensuring a quality education for all. RVLA offers weekly professional development, specialized cross-network professional development days with collaboration with other school counselors in the network, regular observations, coaching and feedback, and summer training for all staff. We believe strongly in providing training and support to all staff in order to enable strong teaching and learning in every classroom.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Promote a college going culture through various activities on and off campus
  • Design and lead on RVLA’s College Readiness program for all students
  • Conduct conflict mediation program and promote safety for all students
  • Coordinate and implement dissemination of information to students, parents, and community members pertaining to the college knowledge and high school readiness
  • Assist in the creation and implementation of social and emotional curriculum
  • Counsel individuals and small groups of students toward social and emotional and academic growth
  • Provide direct support service to individual students, small groups, and classrooms
  • Provide counseling to students to promote ready to learn skills
  • Complete assessments, referrals, and counseling with students and families
  • Develop and maintain family outreach programs and community partnerships
  • Provide effective counseling strategies to students to replace negative behavior with appropriate behavior
  • Maintain student records to ensure students maintain appropriate academic placements
  • Organize and implement student field trips to promote college awareness
  • Support the school advisory program as a Level I and Level II intervention to address barriers to learning, cultivating a college going culture and promoting leadership and life skills
  • Offer student and parent workshops to provide information and assistance in preparing for high school and beyond
  • Participate in, coordinate and conduct activities that contribute to the effective operation of the overall counseling program at RVLA MS
  • Provide individual and small group counseling to students with IEP counseling needs
  • Work collaboratively with School’s SST, School Psychologist and other academic and mental health support personnel to ensure student success
  • Conduct parent conferences to discuss student academic progress
  • Maintain professional standards and school environment that is productive, safe, and focused
  • Participate in RVLA and individual professional development
  • Participate in other events aimed at promoting or developing RVLA (i.e., student recruitment)

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (required)
  • Valid Washington State Educational Staff Associate (ESA), School Counselor credential (required)
  • A Master’s Degree in School counseling (strongly preferred)
  • Experience with individual and group counseling
  • A passion for improving urban middle schools and driving education reform
  • Experience working in an urban school setting (strongly preferred)
  • Prior counseling experience (mental health), including DIS Counseling
  • Proven management and team building skills
  • Ability to understand student maturity levels and the process of goal selection
  • Ability 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
  • Ability to understand test construction and interpret educational test data
  • Ability to motivate students and provide academic incentives for success
  • Excellent collaborative and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Growth mindset and love of learning
  • A strong ethical base and self-awareness
  • Relentless commitment to and high standards for high quality execution
  • Passionate with a strong sense of personal responsibility towards achieving ambitious goals
  • Strong sense of integrity, ethics, and drive to achieve and grow
  • Humility, sense of humor, and rock-solid commitment to Green Dot’s mission and the Southeast Seattle community
  • Commitment to building programs from beginning to end
  • Ability to multi-task and function in a high-energy environment

Green Dot Public Schools Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives for a balanced, productive workforce, which is diverse in terms of age, gender, and cultural identity. We do not base hiring or promotional decisions on factors other than performance and professional growth potential. Please note that we are unable to sponsor H-1B Visa applicants.

COMPENSATION:
Compensation for this role is competitive and based on education and experience. In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of students in southeast Seattle.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
To apply for a position at RVLA, please  (1) fill out this brief form AND (2) email your resume and a cover letter to apply@myrvla.org.