Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0133
Post Date 6/25/2018
Title Manager of Counseling Services
City Columbus
State OH
Description

Company Summary:

At Connections Academy, helping students maximize their potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program is at the core of our mission. Connections Academy was founded in 2001 to deliver high-quality, highly accountable online education to students in grades K-12. Hallmarks of Connections Academy-supported online schools include personalized learning, an award-winning curriculum and Education Management System (EMS), dedicated state-certified teachers, and a supportive school community.  Parents of enrolled students consistently share their satisfaction with Connections Academy: 92% “would recommend the schools to other families” and 95% say the curriculum is “high quality.” In 2017, Connections Academy-supported public schools serve students in 27 states, while the private online school, International Connections Academy meets the online school needs of students worldwide. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum and leadership, Connections Academy is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. Connections Academy is part of the global learning company, Pearson, and its Online & Blended Learning group. For more information, visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.

Position Summary:

From our office in Columbus, Ohio, the Manager of Counseling Services will establish processes and procedures to implement a high quality school counseling program in the virtual school.  The Manager of Counseling Services will provide direction to the counseling staff and will assist students and parents in understanding and meeting graduation requirements, course selection and scheduling, post-secondary school planning, and crisis intervention.  The Manager of Counseling Services will support the entire educational program of the school with special emphasis on the secondary school (grades 6 – 12). 

The job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop, plan and implement counseling programs for students and families related to academic and career planning and graduation;
  • Oversee the Guidance Department and develop processes to maintain the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) of each student;
  • Keep abreast of all high school graduation requirements, including special requirements such as community service, and communicate this information to the High School Coordinator and the principal;
  • Plan and supervise the secondary school course selection process according to specific state credit and graduation requirements and student needs and interests;  An integral part of this process is assisting students and parents to develop a Four Year Plan for meeting graduation requirements;
  • Counsel students with issues related to dropping courses and changing schedules;
  • Supervise the review of student transcripts and the entry of credits into the online transcript system;
  • Develop and implement procedures to ensure that Connections Academy transcripts are accurate and up-to-date;
  • Supervise efforts to secure complete and accurate records for Connections Academy students;
  • Generate and authorize official transcripts for families upon request;
  • Counsel families through the school withdrawal process, assisting with data collection regarding withdrawal;
  • Develop, plan and implement counseling programs for students and families related to interpersonal adjustment issues;
  • Design and implement crisis prevention and management plans for the school and provide leadership to the Crisis Management Team;
  • Report and refer critical incidents that jeopardize student well-being as obligated by law, administrative regulations, or ethical standards;
  • Lead the advisory team in identifying school and community resources and maintain an up-to-date list of those resources, making them available to school teams and to families;
  • Coordinate and staff to develop and implement processes to regularly and frequently review the status of each secondary school student related to attendance, participation, and performance;
  • Ensure that the counseling staff is able to assist teachers when students enroll mid-semester, making sure that teachers receive guidance on integrating the students into their coursework, and ensuring that previous grades, credits, and evaluations are handled appropriately;
  • Research, develop and implement special programs such as Advanced Placement support, SAT and ACT Preparation, and college entrance preparation;
  • Understand the requirements for and facilitate the administration of all high school testing, including exit exams, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP exams;
  • Design and implement professional development activities for teachers and school staff members that enhance staff knowledge of state requirements and protocols for crisis intervention;
  • Design and coordinate high school graduation ceremonies;
  • Coordinate a team of middle and high school teachers, helping to identify students who are at risk or in crisis;  the Advisory Teacher will be the main point of contact for parents and students for these issues; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
Requirements
  • Master’s Degree in School or Guidance Counseling
  • Minimum 3 years of counseling experience in a secondary school setting preferred
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Customer focused approach
  • High degree of flexibility
  • Occasional travel
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in fast-paced environment
  • Team player with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Technologically proficient (especially with Microsoft Office products)
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