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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Please e-mail Mrs. Ashley Bascom, Dean of Counseling and Wellness, at firstname.lastname@example.org the following information:
- Pre-Application Statement (signed);
- Cover letter expressing interest in Cathedral Catholic High School;
- Updated resume;
- College/University transcripts (unofficial is acceptable for the interview process, but official transcripts will be required if offered employment);
- Letters of recommendation and contact information for three references (2 professional and 1 clergy member).