Somerville Public Schools
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Somerville High
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3095495 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: May 7, 2019 Starting Date: August 26, 2019

Job Description
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR


Job Goal:
The College & Career Counselor will work in collaboration with the Director of College & Career Readiness and the SHS School Counseling department to support Somerville High School students in postsecondary planning. The College & Career Counselor will assist in the continuous evaluation and development of a comprehensive and proactive postsecondary planning program for all students at SHS

• Bachelor’s degree or higher relevant field.
• Valid Massachusetts School Guidance Counselor (Grades 5-12).
• Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole speaking ability a plus.
• Experience in college counseling, particularly with low-income, first generation college students a plus.
• Ability to use data to drive decision making.
• Exceptional organizational skills and time management.
• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with students, parents, and colleagues.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include:
? Managing a caseload of students around postsecondary planning which may include:
? Individual meetings with students and families,
? Guiding students when creating college lists,
? Communicating with student, family, school counselor, and teachers on student’s college process as needed,
? Reviewing applications and essays,
? Reminding students about their timely submission of applications and financial aid materials,
? Supporting students in the scholarship application process,
? Assisting students by reviewing their resume and providing workforce development coaching,
? Coaching students in interview techniques,
? Supporting students in understanding and selecting career training programs, and
? Providing career and postsecondary information consistent with students’ aspirations, abilities, and interests.
? Working collaboratively with the school counseling department.
? Maintaining detailed records of student interactions in order to ensure the best experience and outcomes for students.
? Tracking, analyzing, and reporting on data regarding key indicators for student success in college/career counseling (i.e. ? student meetings with counselor, participation in college tours, Scholastic Achievement Test/American College Test (SAT/ACT) scores, etc.).
? Assisting with college entrance testing administration (SAT, ACT, Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test (PSAT), Advanced ? Placement (AP).
? Assisting with management of college entrance test prep programs.
? Managing student applications and supporting materials on Naviance.
? Arranging and chaperoning college tour field trips.
? Planning and delivering post-secondary workshops to students in a classroom setting.
? Planning and delivering post-secondary events for families.
? Overseeing successful student transition to first year of college.
? Participating in professional development necessary to remain current with college & career counseling practices.
? Participating in ongoing meetings with supervisor to ensure that counseling practices are consistent with current standards, and legal and ethical guidelines as determined by the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), American ? Counseling Association (ACA) and American School Counseling Association (ASCA).
? Other duties as assigned as appropriate to the core elements of the job description.

Terms of Employment: This position is a STA Unit A position and the work year will consist of 196 days which will include summer days and paid at a per diem rate. Schedule to be determined by counselor and supervisor collaboratively each year.

Position Reports to: Principal of Somerville High School or Department Head

Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.
Date posted: May 7, 2019

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Somerville High!

The primary goal of Somerville High School is to prepare students to lead satisfying and successful lives by helping them to become:

?Effective readers
?Effective writers
?Effective users of technology
?Effective critical and creative thinkers.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
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    Contact Information
    Melanie Kessler
    81 Highland Ave
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
    Phone: (617) 625-6600