Counselor
CPS - Office of School Improvement - Chicago, IL

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School Counselor OSI Transformation Schools Reports to: Principal Purpose of Position: The Counselor will administer all aspects of one of the counseling positions available, which typically include a concentration in one of the following areas: Freshmen on Track, Credit Recovery, Restorative Justice, and Post-Secondary Access. The counselor will work with the leadership and faculty of a particular high school to design and implement an ASCA based counseling program comprised of data-informed projects that will be expected to lead to measurable gains in student achievement, conduct, and/or attendance and ultimately support students in successfully graduation from high school and pursuing the post-secondary opportunities they desire. Candidates must be self-starters who are capable of managing projects ranging from school-wide prevention to student-focused intervention, conducting program evaluation so as to strategically improve performance over time, and effectively collaborating with others to optimize the influence and scope of the counseling department's impact. QUALIFICATIONS

Must be thoroughly versed in the ACSA counseling model and be able and willing to assist "all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development" while documenting the impact of your professional efforts.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational ability and the ability to meet deadlines.
Strong leadership, collaboration, and communication skills; ability to work a diverse group of professionals around a clear goal
Predisposition to be proactive and a self-starter; ability to stay several steps ahead and to anticipate and address problems before they develop; comfort with ambiguity and ability to troubleshoot and to devise targeted, ad hoc solutions
Willingness to take risks and propose solutions or strategies outside of traditional or current paradigms
Ability to develop strong, empathetic relationships with students and their families; comfort with entire school community including home visits to at-risk students and their families and outreach to community-based organizations
Expertise in any one of the following areas is highly desired:

Post-Secondary Preparation and Access
Restorative Justice or an ability to build an alternative system of communal justice that places repairing harm done to relationships and people over and above the need for assigning blame and dispensing punishment.
Online, alternative learning and counseling programs that can be used to support off-track students in remediating credit deficiencies and successfully graduating.
Freshmen student development and a familiarity with the evidence based strategies and tactics that improve the Freshmen On-Track (FOT) across schools.

Type of Education Required:
Type 73 certification is required and an advanced degree in school counseling, social work or mental health related field is preferred.

Desired Experiences Include:
2-3 years of experience in an urban high school or related setting preferred
Experience in college admissions or high school college counseling, career counseling, vocational training teaching experience, and computer skills are plusses
We are looking for educators who know that a history of failure does not preclude the possibility of success; that the difference between a dropout and a graduate can be one great educator.

Bilingual Candidates Encouraged to Apply

Current schools with vacancies include but are not limited to:

Fenger High School
Marshall/Harper PASS Program
Benito Juarez High School
Richards High School

How to Apply:
Interested candidates please visit http://www.cpstransformation.org

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