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Director of Counseling

Lutheran High School South is seeking to hire a Director of Counseling to develop and manage our counseling program.  The director will be leading a team of academic and wellness counselors who work closely with students throughout their high school years to guide and educate them on high school course selection, matters of mental health and wellness,  career exploration and college preparation.  
To apply for this position:  Email cover letter and resume to: Jonathan Butterfield, Principal: JButterfield@LSlancers.org


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Counseling approximately 250 juniors and seniors each academic year
  • Providing families with information, advice, and counseling as they consider higher education
  • Hiring, supporting and evaluating the counseling team
  • Managing the budget for the department
  • Developing appropriate grade-level programming for families throughout the high school years, including regular seminars for juniors and seniors and evening programs for parents/guardians
  • Providing advice and support as families consider course selection, standardized testing, essay writing, interviewing, visiting schools, and applying
  • Working closely with the School Leadership Team to provide appropriate input into curricular and student support needs
  • Working closely with the admission office to represent the philosophy of the school with prospective families
  • Staying informed on admissions and college counseling trends locally and nationally, and maintaining a presence - and ideally leadership - in SLACC, NACAC, MoACAC, ACCIS and other organizations
  • Establishing and maintaining close working relationships with college and university admissions representatives through hosting events on campus and regularly traveling to colleges
  • Understanding major issues in college counseling - from financial aid to merit scholarships, to all national issues - in order to keep the school community educated and informed about important issues
  • Scheduling and facilitating one-on-one meetings with upperclassmen and their parents
  • Writing letters of recommendation on behalf of students
  • Submitting all counselor supplemental paperwork required for student admission to colleges
  • Processing transcript requests
  • Identifying students for special scholarship or other award opportunities
  • Organizing and administering standardized testing
  • Cultivating ongoing relationships with colleges and universities
  • Offering events and workshops to the school community to enhance knowledge of the college process and to promote successful outcomes
  • Guiding juniors through academic course selections for their senior year and evaluating each transcript to ensure credits are met for graduation
  • Providing supervision to certified staff counselors and any other assigned staff, ensuring compliance with policies and applicable laws and regulations and training and development needs of the assigned employees are being met 
  • Providing performance feedback on assigned staff at least annually and as requested 
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor’s degree required (master’s preferred) in counseling or related field; Missouri certification in School Counseling desired
  • At least 5 years’ experience in academic counseling or related areas, work experience in a school setting preferred
  • Collaborative colleague who is versatile, flexible, and willing to work with counseling team members and school administration.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, organizational, and decision-making skills
  • Experience with SCOIR (or Naviance) and Google tools
  • Effective in working with many details in a multitask, multi-site environment and leading a team in that environment
  • Ability to demonstrate the understanding of cultural differences and cultural adjustment to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Fully accepts our belief statement and actively exhibits these Christian values and behavior in all they say and do, agreeing to limit their personal expression to remain in alignment with the schools stated religious beliefs and those of our sponsoring church, The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
  • Must be a member of and in regular attendance at a Christian congregation, a Lutheran church is strongly preferred
 
COMPENSATION PACKAGE AND TERMS OF SERVICE
For those who qualify, we offer an exceptional benefit package that includes healthcare, retirement and disability plans. The salary is dependent on the level of education and experience and faculty member’s offer of employment is on an annual basis.  Status on the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) official roster (Divine Call) shall be made available to individuals who qualify.  
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