Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0228
Post Date 4/18/2018
Title School Counselor, 2018-2019 School Year
City Indianapolis or Home-based
State IN
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 and Responsibilities

Working from the teaching/learning center in Indiana or from home, the School Counselor will support the mission of the school and help students successfully complete their instructional and career pathway programs. They will virtually assist students and parents/learning coaches with career pathway exploration and selection, course selection, and scheduling and will be the initial point of contact for student concerns that span multiple subject areas as well as non-academic and career readiness issues.

The School Counselor will be responsible for the successful completion of the following tasks:

  • Advise students and families related to academics;
  • Assist students and parents with the high school course selection process according to specific state credit requirements and student needs and interests;
  • Advise students with issues related to dropping courses and changing schedules, seeking support as needed, while ensuring that the school’s course selection and drop policies are adhered to;
  • Review student transcripts and the entry of credits into the online transcript system;
  • Follow procedures to ensure that Connections Academy transcripts are accurate and up-to-date;
  • Work with the administrative assistants to obtain school records from the student’s previous school (where applicable) and forwarding student records when appropriate;
  • Implement programs for students and families related to interpersonal adjustment issues;
  • Work with school teams to identify and help families access school and community resources;
  • Participate in the development of crisis prevention and management plans for the school and serve as a key member of the Student Support Team (SST);
  • Coordinate a team of high school teachers to help identify students who are “at risk” or “in crisis”; act as the main point of contact for these students and families, communicating regularly with them;
  • Oversee and maintain the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) for each student;
  • Implement efforts to secure complete and accurate records for Connections Academy students;
  • Support families through the school withdrawal process, assisting with data collection regarding withdrawal;
  • Report and refer critical incidents that jeopardize student well-being as obligated by law, administrative regulations, or ethical standards. Stay abreast of all state regulations relating to incident reporting and documentation;
  • 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;
  • Communicate with the Curriculum Team to ensure that curriculum offerings meet state requirements;
  • Support professional development activities for teachers and school staff members;
  • Assume teaching and grading duties as necessary including teaching high school elective courses; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
Requirements
  • Must hold a Indiana School Services license
  • Master’s degree in School Counseling
  • Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft Office products)
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Customer focused approach
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • High degree of flexibility
  • Team player with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to travel on occasion for marketing and state testing events (may require occasional overnight travel)
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