Location: 7415 S East End Ave, Chicago, IL 60649
Reports To: School Director
Start Date: August 2020
The Mission of Distinctive Schools, an educational practice leader committed to social justice and the elevation of access and achievement in historically marginalized communities, is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism.
The Art in Motion School Counselor will serve as a vital team member of the school’s educational leadership team, to provide comprehensive, developmental supports within the academic, personal/social, arts and career domains to ensure that AIM students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. The School Counselor works with students, administrators, teachers, families, community organizations, and other stakeholders to promote student success and respond to identified student needs. Also, the AIM 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. School counselors are uniquely trained professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. As such, the School Counselor will also team with the AIM Student Support team to proactively implement delivery of programs and services to help all students achieve success in school. This person will:
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 with a focus on arts integration
Communicate goals of the comprehensive school counseling program to administrators, teachers, students, and families
Maintain current and appropriate counseling/college/career/arts resources for students and families
Be accountable for the implementation and management of the school counseling program
Use data to develop comprehensive programs that meet student needs
Assist teachers, families, and other stakeholders in interpreting and understanding student data
Adhere to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school counseling profession
Delivery of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Implement the components of the comprehensive school approved counseling program in coordination with AIM’s CREATIVE framework and Be You expectations
Integrate CASEL’s SEL Core Competencies of self-awareness and self-management, social awareness and relationship skills and responsible decision making into whole class, individual and small group lessons
Implement developmentally appropriate and prevention-oriented activities to meet student needs and school goals
Individual Student Planning
Develop individual college, career, arts and personal goals, and plans for caseload of students
Collaborate and assist students and families with scholarship, college entrance, and financial aid applications
Preventive and Responsive Services
In collaboration with the Student Support Team, provide counseling, in consult and collaboration, with families, teachers, administrators, and other educational/community resources to caseload students with identified concerns and needs
Implement and effective referral and follow-up process for caseload students as needed.
Monitor caseload students’ academic performance, behavior, and attendance and facilitates appropriate interventions
Accurately and appropriately use assessment procedures for determining and structuring individual and group counseling services for Tiers I, II, and III
Measure and analyze 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 communicate college going processes, financial aid application, scholarship information, etc.
Design staff professional development in coordination with the Student Support Team focused on trauma-informed instruction, SEL, and restorative practices
Other duties as assigned
Master’s Degree in counseling, or related field
Possess a valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) or equivalent
Possess a valid Illinois School Counselor’s License or equivalent
Must hold permanent residency in the United States
Candidate must be able to demonstrate the academic progress of students under their leadership and articulate the methods used to achieve those results
Passion and experience with the Arts
The nature of the work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment, and the ability to communicate and exchange information, collect, compile and prepare work documents, set-up and maintain work files. Physical demands include the ability to stand, bend, reach high and low, stoop, and walk around the classrooms and school building 60% of the day. In addition, candidates must be able to lift and/or push and pull 15 to 20lbs. for short periods of time, and walk up and down stairs several times a day.
Majority of work is 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.
Why Join the Distinctive Schools Team:
We are a collaborative team of professionals supporting each other to instill a love of learning in our students
We empower students, families and staff to contribute to our mission in a meaningful way
We make an impact in our communities by serving some of the most historically marginalized in the city
We offer a great benefits package for full time employees (Medical; Dental; Vision; PTO; 403b match, discounted gym membership, tuition reimbursement options, referral bonus)
4% pension contribution
Salaries starting at $50,000 for licensed teachers
Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.