Upper School Counselor

Posted on: January 2, 2019

Title: Upper School Counselor
Reports To: Building Principal
Terms of Employment: Full-time, school year employee

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Bachelor degree required, Masters preferred.
Positive interpersonal relations with students
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to prioritize tasks and multi-task.
Strong oral and written communication skills
3+ years’ experience in a counselor position
Ability to balance administrative and support services efficiently

Provide student support to Junior and Senior students with a focus on Promotion, Retention, & Attendance.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES *perform other duties as assigned.
The first priority of the counselor is to ensure that students perform their best academically. Counselors in secondary education are tasked with helping adolescents navigate the unique educational, social and behavioral obstacles related to attending high school. The Upper Counselor’s focus is on the Junior and Seniors and they will provide assistance to students in navigating college applications and college preparedness as well as promotion, retention, SAT, and attendance.

Direct Student Services:
school counseling core curriculum
instruction – direct instruction, team teaching, developing learning activities
group activities – planned activities outside the classroom promoting academic, career or social/emotional development
individual student planning
appraisal – assist students in evaluating interests, abilities, skills and achievement
advisement – assist students in goal setting based on academic, career and social/emotional data
responsive services
counseling – in individual or small group settings school counselors provide planned, short-term and goal-focused counseling.
crisis response – provide support and assistance to students and families as they navigate crisis and emergency situations
college support
Cultivate mutually beneficial working relationships with college admissions professionals and local area college counseling colleagues. Facilitate visits between students and college representatives on campus. Arrange and direct visits to relevant colleges and college fairs.

Indirect student services including:
consultation – share strategies supporting student achievement with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations
collaboration – work with other educators, parents and the community to support student
achievement referrals – support for students and families to school or community resources for additional assistance and information.
Assist the administration in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct;
Assist the administration in implementing District goals and policies related to the educational and operational needs of the District;

Use of Naviance
Self-Discovery: Utilize assessments to help students to identify their strengths, personality types and how they can capitalize on these in order to find their educational path.
Career Exploration: Help students to see careers that align with their strengths and personality.
Academic Planning: Help students chart their course toward higher education and the academic path that is necessary to follow to achieve this.
College Planning: Lead students in the exploration of “best-fit” college options, gain an understanding of their admissions chances/opportunities/obstacles, and help them to streamline the complexities that must be navigated in order to reach gain admission to the college of their choice.
eDocs: Instruct and utilize the eDocs component of Naviance as a resource to students in the college search and application process.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and use hand and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and telephone. Frequent sitting and occasional walking are also required.