The Academic Counselor will support the overall mission of the Road to College program by promoting a college going culture and college readiness curriculum. Academic Counselors promote student success by working with school faculty and staff, students, parents and community to plan, implement and evaluate a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program. Academic Counselors identify student specific needs and interests and counsel them to fully develop their academic, career, and social abilities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide counseling to individuals and small groups relative to their concerns with emphasis on those students identified as failing or most at risk of failing to meet the state’s student performance standards.
- Help students continually build and strengthen their college ready resumes by counseling them in the course selection process and helping them apply to extra-curricular enrichment activities.
- Guide individuals and groups of students to develop education plans and career awareness.
- Plan school guidance and counseling programs to ensure that they meet identified needs, priorities, and program objectives.
- Comply with policies established by federal and state law, State Board of Education rule, and board policy in guidance and counseling area.
- Comply with all district and campus routines and regulations.
- Help coordinate registration, supervision and other related issues regarding standardized tests.
- Plan and implement high school dual credit and online class programs.
- Identify, research, and acquire programs, products, and resources necessary to improve efficiency and productivity of the academic counseling program on the campus level.
- Maintain and encourage a positive attitude towards the RTC program.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
TRAITS OF AN UPLIFT ACADEMIC COUNSELOR
- Strong analytical, communication and writing skills
- Ability to work well with students and their families and colleagues
- Ability to travel via auto and air to support Uplift students
- A high threshold for stress and a tireless commitment to excellence in all endeavors
- A “Whatever it Takes” attitude
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree (B. A./ B.S.) from four-year college or university required. Master’s Degree is desirable but not required. Previous 9th – 12th grade educational experience highly desirable. Demonstrated successful work with teens and parents highly desirable.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from parents, students, and administration. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should be competent in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel) and ability to learn and use computer software as necessary. Ability to use basic office equipment.
SAFETY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Every Uplift employee has an obligation to know our safety rules and procedures; to teach what they know to others; to recognize unsafe actions and situations; to warn others of unsafe
situations; to react to emergency situations and to report hazardous or unsafe practices to those in a position to correct them.
PHYSICAL / MENTAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described below 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 position, the employee is regularly required to sit and use the wrists, hands and/or fingers. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods of time.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level is moderate and may have frequent interruptions. There may be activity from other employees and students of a distracting nature.
Satisfactory criminal records check, pre-hire and annually thereafter, if applicable. Must be eligible to work in the United States and provide work authorization.
MODIFICATION OF DUTIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Uplift Education retains the right to change and/or modify the duties and essential functions of this position at any time. This job description is not intended to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee.
This job description has been reviewed with me and I fully understand the requirements. I am able to perform the essential functions of this job.