The Assistant Director of Counseling helps develop, maintain, organize and implement programs and classes which help foster adolescent development of HGP students. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years counseling in the high school setting or its equivalent. Certification in counseling with a master’s degree is preferred. The candidate’s primary focus is to work with existing programs and special initiatives to promote the social, emotional and academic development of college-bound young men. This person will also help us build out and further enhance a best practices approach for our social and emotional programs, as well as developing appropriate academic support strategies for students and faculty.
The candidate will work closely with the Counseling Department and the Principal in support of the students’ social and academic needs. Candidates should have a strong interest in working in a collaborative environment with highly motivated students and an experienced faculty. This is a full-time, twelve month position.
I. Adolescent Development - School counselors should demonstrate an understanding of:
Barriers to student learning and use of advocacy and data-driven school counseling practices.
Individual counseling, group counseling and classroom instruction to promote academic success and personal development.
The continuum of mental health services, including prevention and intervention strategies to enhance student success.
Time management, including long- and short-term management.
Adolescent development programs on drug and alcohol awareness, conflict resolution, self-esteem, and stress management.
Learning styles, aptitudes, and the personal and social issues confronting students.
II. Abilities and Skills - School counselors should be able to accomplish and demonstrate the following:
Maintain and manage a caseload of underclassmen students.
Assist in the development of our orientation program for freshmen.
Teach and coordinate curricular units for guidance classes.
Help oversee academic support for students in the Montgomery Program.
Serve as a team member for our “COR” program, a social and emotional well-being program.
Educate the faculty, students, and parents regarding learning styles, aptitudes and social issues confronting adolescent boys.
Assist in the coordination of extended time testing.
Arrange for assignmentstobegatheredfromfacultyforstudentswithextendedillnesson an as needed basis.
III. Documentation of Student Files - School Counselors should be able to document for each applicable student the following:
Subjective Data - an analysis and summary of the counselor's subjective data on the student.
Objective Data - an analysis and summary of the counselor's objective data on the student.
Assessment - the counselor's assessment of the student based on the above data.
Plan - using the knowledge, abilities and skills delineated above, the counselor's plan for student improvement and success with appropriate, time-bound, and measurable remediation steps.
Documentation with both students and parents should be available in a timely and concise manner in both paper and electronic format.
IV. General - The Assistant Director of Counseling will also perform other duties as assigned.
Essential Skills, Requirements, Education and Experience:
Commitment to embracing Catholic education, specifically the mission of Holy Ghost Preparatory School.
A team player and team builder that has a passion for and commitment to achieving excellence in all aspects of the School’s mission.
Working knowledge of a student-centered environment which focuses primarily on the continuum between academic and social development.
Minimum five years counseling high school students.
Major in counseling or related field.
Empower student leadership.
Strong organizational, leadership, and written and verbal communication skills.
About Holy Ghost Preparatory School
Holy Ghost Preparatory School (HGP) is an independent private Roman Catholic secondary educational institution founded by the members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Spiritans. HGP is dedicated to the quality education of college-bound young men through a commitment to excellence in liberal arts and sciences education and through a deep concern for moral, spiritual and ethical values grounded in the traditions of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. This tradition fosters the development of community in “one heart and one mind”, the cultivation of each student’s unique gifts, academic excellence, and generous service to the poor.