Closing Date: Until Filled Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Chicago, IL
Reports To: School Director
The UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) believes that all students deserve the opportunity to realize their highest potential. Increasing in diversity but rooted in Hispanic communities, our educational model is anchored by strong parent partnerships, structured learning environments, rigorous curriculum, and an individualized approach that develops and empowers our students. For us, academic success is not a hope; it is an expectation.
Our vision is to develop a diverse group of intellectually curious and passionate civic leaders who act with integrity and who compete and excel locally, nationally, and globally.
Excellence – High Expectations, Growth, Achievement
Integrity – Transparency, Communication
Community – Teamwork, Collaboration
Innovation – 21st Century Learning Environment
Tenacity – “No Excuses, Whatever it Takes”, Passion
The High School Counselor will work with students, administrators, teachers, parents, community organizations, and other stakeholders to promote student success, and respond to identified student needs. Also, the High School Counselor will implement a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses college, career, and personal development for all students. In addition, the High School Counselor will be responsible for advising and/or planning with students and families as it relates to college and career goals.
Development and Management of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Develop and maintain a written plan for effective delivery of the school counseling program based on the Developmental Counseling Model for Illinois Schools, current school achievement plan, and current individual school data.
Communicates goals of the comprehensive school counseling program to administrators, teachers, students, and parents.
Maintain current and appropriate counseling/college/career resources for students and families.
Is accountable for the implementation and management of the school counseling program.
Uses data to develop comprehensive programs that meet student needs.
Assists teachers, parents/guardians, and other stakeholders in interpreting and understanding student data.
Participates in professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills.
Adheres to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school counseling profession.
Delivery of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Implements the components of the comprehensive school approved counseling program.
Implements developmentally appropriate and prevention-oriented activities to meet student needs and school goals.
Individual Student Planning
Develops individual college, career and personal goals, and plans for caseload of students.
Collaborates and assists students and families with scholarship, college entrance, and financial aid applications.
Preventive and Responsive Services
Provides counseling, in consult and collaboration, with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and other educational/community resources to caseload students with identified concerns and needs.
Implements and effective referral and follow-up process for caseload students as needed.
Monitors caseload students’ academic performance, behavior, and attendance and facilitates appropriate interventions.
Accurately and appropriately uses assessment procedures for determining and structuring individual and group counseling services.
Measures and analyzes data results of the comprehensive school counseling program activities and shares results as appropriate with relevant stakeholders to help guide program direction and emphasis.
Host family meetings to communicated college going process, financial aid application, scholarship information, etc.
Other duties as assigned.
Commitment to Equity: Passionate about ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.
Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations. Builds positive relationships in and out of the organization.
Focus on Data-Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the improvement of UCSN Network performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.
Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.
Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic organization; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.
Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others.
Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed work plans, and balancing of multiple priorities.
Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.
Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment. Requires ability to communicate and exchange information, collect, compile and prepare work documents, set-up and maintain work files. Physically demands require the ability to stand, bend, reach high and low, stoop, walk around the classroom 60% of the day. In addition, walking up and down stairs several times a day. Must be able to lift 15 to 20 pounds for short periods of time and push and pull 15 to 20 lbs.
Majority of work performed in a general office environment. Position requires availability for extended hours plus non-traditional hours required to perform job duties. Also requires participation and attendance at organization-sponsored events and meetings.
NOTE: The foregoing list of essential duties and responsibilities is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.
The UNO Charter School Network is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals. The UNO Charter School Network does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
Master’s Degree in social work, counseling, or related field (required).
Bilingual (English/Spanish) (preferred)
Active Illinois Professional Educator’s License (required)
Active Illinois School Counselor Endorsement (required)
At least one year of teaching experience (preferred)
Experience working with children who have been educationally underserved
Candidate must be able to demonstrate the academic progress of students under his/her leadership and articulate the methods used to achieve those results.
The UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) believes that all students deserve the opportunity to realize their highest potential. Increasing in diversity but rooted in Hispanic communities, our educational model is anchored by strong parent partnerships, structured learning environments, rigorous curriculum, and an individualized approach that develops and empowers our students. For us, academic succes...s is not a hope; it is an expectation.Our vision is to develop a diverse group of intellectually curious and passionate civic leaders who act with integrity and who compete and excel locally, nationally, and globally.