Feb 22, 2018

High School Counselor

  • IES Schools
  • iCademy Global, Homestead Drive, Zeeland, MI, USA
Full time Counseling

Job Description

The School Counselor’s primary role is to support students with any barriers hindering their progress as they work towards completing their high school diploma. This Position will collaborate and consult with teachers and other school personnel in providing them with strategies, support, and resources that will contribute to the student’s success. 
Responsibilities include:


  • Provide counseling and mentoring for students struggling socially or emotionally.
  • Work with school personnel and community agencies to provide support services to behaviors that interfere with school success 
  • Reinforce executive functioning skills, such as but not limited to communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, optimism, and resilience 
  • Enhance understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and backgrounds 
  • Provide referrals to community support services 
  • Cultivate relationships with community organizations 
  • Respond to crises by providing direct services and coordination with appropriate community services 


  • Support student skills, attitudes, and knowledge that contribute to effective learning 
  • Assist students in developing strategies to achieve success in school 
  • Assist students in understanding the relationship of academics to careers, life at home, and in the community 
  • Design and implement interventions that support student success 
  • As part of a multidisciplinary team, review eligibility for special education services 

College & Career

  • Encourage all students to engage in life-long learning and develop career paths 
  • Provide the foundation for the acquisition of skills, attitudes, and knowledge that empowers students to make a successful transition from school to career 
  • Provide a comprehensive plan of career awareness, exploration, and preparation 
  • Support postsecondary opportunities through presentations and special events (e.g. guest speakers, college fairs, college trips) 
  • Assist students in navigating the college search and application process 
  • Facilitate college admission and financial aid workshops for students and parents 
  • Assist with testing processes and information pertinent to college (e.g. PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc.) 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local colleagues and employment programs 
  • Record progress and information in the student information database 

Student Retention 

  • Integrate Personalized Learning strategies in student and staff interactions to improve students' educational experience. 
  • Understand Learning Styles​ and the implications of each learning style in relation to students' educational experience. 
  • Apply knowledge of various counseling techniques to improve and support student retention 

Counseling Program and School-Wide Collaboration 

  • Implement school-wide programs that help maintain positive school climates 
  • Promote school policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students by reducing school violence, bullying, and harassment 
  • Participate in staff meetings, professional development, graduation, and school activities 

Desired Education:  MA/MS degree in School Counseling or related field 

Minimum Qualification, Job Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Enthusiasm for technology
  • Must be computer literate and extremely familiar with on-line technologies. Must be adept at word processing, email, search engines, and web browsing.
  • Urgently and relentlessly pursues high academic student achievement
  • Experience working with at-risk student populations
  • Experience with prevention, intervention, developmental, and crisis counseling
  • College, community, and social/youth agency partnerships
  • Use of data to inform decisions and drive continuous improvement
  • Proficient in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to initiate, develop, and coordinate programs and services based on student/site needs
  • Ability to effectively handle challenging and sensitive situations with students, parents, and staff
  • Ability to work with a variety of learning styles and abilities, including those with special needs and low skill level
  • Ability to develop varied approaches to a problem and/or situation
  • ​Valid Michigan School Counselor License





Level of Education

Master Degree

Citizenship Required


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