High School Counselor, Maryknoll School

May 16 2023
Job Description
High School (Grades 9-12)
REPORTS TO: Director of Student Support Services, PK-12 EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2023
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, 12-month, Exempt
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The High School Counselor is responsible for collaborating
with the Student Support Services team to establish, maintain and enhance a comprehensive school
counseling program addressing academic achievement, career and college planning, and personal and
social development for students in the middle level grades.
The High School Counselor will provide services to meet the needs of assigned students, individually
and in group settings; consult with teachers, staff and parents to enhance effectiveness in helping
students; and provide support to other campus and schoolwide programs.
Primary Responsibilities
• Assist students in the areas of academic achievement, college and career planning and in
personal, social, emotional development.
• Provide individual and small group counseling in a variety of settings.
• Consult and collaborate with teachers, staff and parents in understanding and meeting the needs
of students in the school setting.
• Make appropriate referrals of students and parents to outside agencies and specialists.
• Plans, coordinates and provides classroom guidance to meet the identified guidance and
counseling competencies in the areas of academic achievement, career and educational
development, and personal and social development to assist students in developing decision-
making skills and identifying life goals.
• Collaborates on the development and implementation of the comprehensive school counseling
program with the Director of Student Support Services, the Elementary Level (grades PK-5) and
Middle Level (grades 6-8) counselors.
• Participate in activities that contribute to the effective operation of the school.
• All other duties as assigned by the Director of Student Support Services.
Major Responsibilities
• Provide individual counseling to students in any or all of the following areas: academic planning
and success, college and career explorations and social/emotional development.
• Conduct structure goal-oriented counseling in systematic response to identified needs of groups
of students. Themes may include academic skill building, social skill development, career
awareness, conflict resolution, family issues and making healthy choices.
• Assist in the transition from middle school to high school.
• Provide individual counseling in response to student, teacher or parent requests.     • Review and interpret tests, student data and other assessment results appropriately in the
counseling setting.
• Assist with academic advising and course registration.
• Review the school counseling program annually with counseling staff and administrators.
• Provide information and skills to parents, school staff, administration and the community to
assist them in helping students in academic, college/career and social development.
• Take a leadership role in the infusion of counseling content into the curriculum, staff
development and parent education programs.
• Assist parents in addressing school related problems and issues. Refer students and their parents,
as needed, to appropriate specialists, special programs and/or outside agencies.
• Cooperate and collaborate with others in enhancing the education of students. Communicate with
the administrators, teachers and staff, parents and students as to the role of the school counseling
program in the overall educational process of the school.
Individual Planning
• Prepare and communicate Student Accommodation and Academic Support Plans.
• Coordinate parent education programs to assist students in making a smooth transition to high
Curriculum Management:
• Assist with implementing a social-emotional curriculum / program in the high school grades.
• Plan and deliver developmentally appropriate and relevant counseling curriculum in a systematic
manner using diverse strategies and settings.
• Establish a planning calendar for activities.
• Maintains positive and professional relationships with and provides excellent service to all
constituents, including but not limited to students, parents, faculty and staff.
• Adheres to the ethical standards and preferred practices of state and national school counselor
• Demonstrates professional responsibility and leadership.
• Demonstrates personal growth and pursues professional development opportunities.
• Demonstrates knowledge of local policies and state and federal laws pertaining to school
• Supports and implements the mission/philosophy of Catholic education and the school.
• Participates in building the faith community.
• Contributes to a program of public relations that supports the counseling program and Student
Support Services Department.
• Participates in school decision-making and in activities that contribute to the effective operation
of the school.     Qualifications & Skills
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
• Prefers Master’s degree in School Counseling or Psychology. Will consider a master’s degree in
a related field with relevant work experience.
• Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in school counseling in a high school setting.
• Computer and technical competency.
• Excellent written, oral, interpersonal, presentation and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in teams and empower others.
• Growth mindset with interests in self-development and cultivating leadership.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Willingness to work some nights and weekends.