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Academic Counselor

Academic Counselor

Job Description

The Summit Education Group Academic Counselor will provide social-emotional support while accessing community support services for students and families. The Academic Counselor is also responsible for supporting students, families, and Summit staff through the successful implementation of students' Individual Career and Academic Plans.

What does a Summit Education Group Academic Counselor do?

The following essential duties describe the general nature and level of work required for this position.  These statements are not intended to be all-inclusive.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work with community agencies to access services for students and assist Academic Coaches in training of accessing services for students and families.
  • Refer students to the Student Support Services Coordinator to assess individual needs for additional social/emotional services.
  • Work with Student Support Team in healthy student engagement strategies.
  • Training of staff regarding “Wraparound Services" to students and families.
  • Actively participate as a team member of the student support team to assist staff regarding students who are not progressing within the Every Opportunity to Succeed Process. Arrange and coordinate initial student intake and subsequent meetings.
  • Decipher transcripts, make credit transfer judgments, and create student course schedules.
  • Determine appropriate grade levels and course placements for every student.
  • Maintain records on every student which include specific student plans, work records, agreements, and adjustments that have been utilized to personalize an individual student’s graduation requirements.
  • Coordinate and oversee concurrent enrollment processes and meetings with each recommended student.
  • Support students in their postsecondary options, including military, Career and Technical as well as college options.
  • Workforce Readiness Certificate oversight: Create and oversee internships, job shadowing, and apprenticeships.
  • Assist students with connecting to and participating in internships, job shadowing, and apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Experience and understanding in working with a culturally diverse population.

General Responsibilities

  • Assist in student recruiting and retention.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with students, parents, and Summit staff to enhance the instructional environment.
  • Maintain a high level of communication both verbal and in writing with other Summit staff, students, and parents to deliver program information and address individual student needs.
  • Model professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, staff, and community.
  • Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits, such as meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating resources and meetings in an effective and timely manner, and demonstrating respect for others.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Training:

  • MA required.
  • Current/Active Special Services License in School Counseling required. LPC or LCSW licensures are considered additional professional training, supportive of, but not replacing the Secondary School Counseling License.
  • High School Counselor experience preferred but not required.

Skills, Knowledge, and Equipment:

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, time management, oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of data analyses, educational measurement principles, collaborative decision-making, relationship building, group facilitation, conflict management, problem-solving, as well as resource allocation and prioritization.
  • Evidence of knowledge, interpretation, and analysis of a wide variety of Colorado High School transcript.
  • Willingness to learn the vagaries of transcripts from other U.S. and foreign countries.
  • Knowledge of the special needs of students who are credit and/or academic skill deficient.
  • Knowledgeable and comfortable working with technology; able to competently apply problem-solving skills towards technology issues.
  • Well-versed in conflict-resolution skills.  Ability to mediate conflicts (e.g., between students, staff, parents, or community members) while effectively promoting the core values of the Summit Education Group among all stakeholders.
  • Willingness to travel regionally as required.
  • Understanding the benefits of continuous learning; takes personal responsibility for professional development.
  • Able to support the professional development of staff.
  • Able to serve as part of a leadership team.
  • Ethical, honest, and good-humored.
  • Strong work ethic to achieve both school and personal goals.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with regard to issues and needs of students and families.
  • Must possess a valid Colorado driver’s license.  Must maintain insurance in accordance with state and/or organization requirements and maintain an automobile in good working order.

Compensation: $34,000 - $44,000, commensurate with education, and experience.

  • Computer provided.

Contract Length:

  • Year-round full employment, with Initial Probationary Contract of 60 days.

Location:  Colorado, Pueblo or Colorado Springs

Closing Date: Open until filled

About Summit Education Group:

Summit Education Group is an accredited Colorado-based Education Management Organization which provides services and support to public and private schools. Summit Education Group individualizes each student's Academic and Career Plan according to their needs, talents, and desires. Summit Education Group provides services and support to a wide range of students including Gifted, At-Risk, and Special Needs. Many students we serve are prior dropouts, many of whom are seeking a more flexible environment to fulfill their academic goals. Summit Education Group employees do not work in a traditional school setting. Staff members typically work from locations located in retail environments where the workday is longer than a traditional teaching environment. Staff members work with students and families with whom they are expected to build and maintain healthy positive role model relationships for the duration of the time they provide service and support to the student.

To apply: Please submit a resume and letter of interest along with a one-page explanation of your specific abilities and/or experiences related to items one through four under "Specific Duties and Responsibilities."

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Summit Education is a Regionally Accredited School Management Organization and Education Service Provider. We are a Public Benefit Corporation that believes in the interdependence of all stakeholders to ensure students achieve their individual maximum potential.  




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