Job Title: College Counselor

Overview:  The College Counselor works on a team with three other full-time College Counselors and as part of the CCHS High School Counseling Department. S/he is responsible for guiding students through the successful transition to post-secondary education. S/he must have knowledge of college admissions and financial aid topics and processes.

Minimum Skills/Qualifications:

  • Exceptional people skills;
  • Must have a strong initiative and desire to work in a highly collaborative environment;
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge of school counseling;
  • Excellent time management skills and outstanding communication skills;
  • MA/MS degree in School Counseling from an accredited college or university is required, and a California Clear PPS Credential in School Counseling/Guidance and Catholic high school experience is preferred;
  • An appreciation for the Catholic spiritual and intellectual traditions, and a willingness and comfort infusing the Catholic faith throughout the Counseling Department. A practicing Catholic and experience working in Catholic education is strongly preferred.

Junior Year

  • Meet with students in caseload in a group setting and individually in their junior year (spring) to advise and guide students through the college fit, application, and selection process;
  • Write letters of recommendation on behalf of students for college admission as well as for scholarships, internships, and other opportunities;
  • Host junior parent college information nights during the school year. Prepare content and secure speakers on a variety of admissions topics;
  • Host junior Parent Coffee with counselor meeting;
  • Provide advice and assistance in junior student course selection and its impact on college selection.

Senior Year

  • Meet with students in caseload in a group setting and individually in their senior year (fall) to complete the application process;
  • Host Financial Aid Night for senior parents to provide assistance and guidance to students and families on the overall financial aid process;
  • Host senior parent college information nights during the school year. Prepare content and secure speakers on a variety of admissions topics;
  • Host senior parent coffee with the counselor meeting.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Maintain individual student academic records to include transcript checks, graduation evaluations, ineligibility reports, student meetings, and CCHS schedule changes;
  • Host college fair at CCHS and college representatives for visits at CCHS;
  • With other college counselors, create and present student workshops regarding college admission topics (i.e. college applications, essay writing and college fit);
  • Possess knowledge of and experience with the Naviance software program and provide training and support to students, parents, and teachers in its use;
  • Participate in professional development opportunities that will contribute the individual’s professional growth and keep the college counseling and counseling and mentoring programs abreast of current developments in college admissions (e.g., a College Counseling Certificate);
  • Network and collaborate with college admission representatives, visit college campuses, attend college/university conferences, and related conferences;
  • Maintain membership and relations with appropriate college organizations (NACAC, College Board, etc.);
  • Provide personal/social and crisis counseling as needed;
  • Be prepared to be involved with the various aspects of the Dons community, including but not limited to the faculty retreat, Open House, Baccalaureate Mass, and the graduation ceremony;
  • To abide by the guidelines stated in the employee handbook, and to be consistent in applying the policies of the school as stated in the student handbook and curriculum guide.

To apply:

Please e-mail Mrs. Ashley Bascom, Dean of Counseling and Wellness, at abascom@cathedralcatholic.org the following information:

  1. Pre-Application Statement (signed);
  2. Cover letter expressing interest in Cathedral Catholic High School;
  3. Updated resume;
  4. College/University transcripts (unofficial is acceptable for the interview process, but official transcripts will be required if offered employment);
  5. Letters of recommendation and contact information for three references (2 professional and 1 clergy member).