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  • Guidance Counselor (College and Career Readiness)

    Posted: 04/13/2022

    The College and Career Readiness Guidance Counselor is responsible for assisting students with their academic success and social development.  As a member of the School Support Team, the College and Career Readiness Guidance Counselor will promote and implement equity and access for all students, families, and staff members in service of achieving the mission and vision of creating the nursing workforce of the future.  The RINI College and Career Readiness Guidance Counselor delivers a comprehensive school counseling program that is preventative in design, developmental in implementation and supports RINI students in the areas of academic achievement and personal and social development. The College and Career Readiness Guidance Counselor also serves as a consultant to educators, families, and community partners around building strong personal and academic habits. The College and Career Readiness Guidance Counselor receives technical assistance, guidance, and instruction from the Director of Culture and Community. The Counselor is also responsible for supporting and implementing best practices for disciplinary referrals, attendance, truancy, behavior monitoring plans, advising, and wrap-around supports. 

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Leadership:  Communicates verbally and in writing with the School Leadership Team around problems related to student socio-emotional well-being and academic habits; Establishes an equitable and inclusive school climate, where students are at the helm of educational practices; Establishes, champions, and maintains a college-going culture for all students and staff; Serves as a member of the RINI Nursing Pathways Team; Promotes RINI educational philosophy, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures that directly benefit the student; Communicates and expects a growth mindset for all driven by the belief that all RINI students can succeed in college and nursing careers; Collects, monitors, formulates, disaggregates, and shares as appropriate all data related to college access and success; 

    Community Engagement:  Creates and develops positive relationships with all members of the school community (students, teachers, families) in support of college and career access; Effectively and productively engages with students and parents with the intention of developing strong college-going awareness and engagement in the steps necessary for student success; Provides families with information in a variety of formats and language in a coherent arc of learning regarding colleges and the requirements needed to apply (assessments, course requirements, college selection etc.); Leads school events that encourage community connection to and investment in the school culture and student success, including recognition assemblies, parent workshops, family and community service events; Leads school events that encourage college awareness and opportunities for families and students; Meets with parents to discuss academic, career and personal/social-related plans for their student.  

    Student Support Systems and Activities:  Attends and participates in Student Support Team staff meetings and trainings; Promotes RINI educational philosophy, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures that directly benefit the student; Consults and collaborates with teachers, parents, and administrators on a regular basis in order to develop strategies to help students with issues regarding academic performance, truancy, and individual and classroom behavioral issues, as requested; Assists with student scheduling; Participates on Evaluation and School Crisis Teams; Interprets test results and school records for students, parents, and other faculty members; Assists with the administration of testing, as necessary.

    College and Career Readiness:  Leads implementation of the RINI college and career seminar curriculum across 9th-12th grade, ensuring that content is grade/age appropriate and that students are receiving a coherent experience anchored in high expectations for college and nursing careers across all four grades; Beginning in 9th grade, supports a college-going awareness trajectory for all students, including developing a college and career plan and identifying well-matched school options with each student, supporting students to update their plans on an ongoing basis and in ways appropriate to their grade level; Assists in the application process for college and other extension opportunities, including the financial aid application process; Writes college recommendations for students; Provides information about colleges and the requirements needed to apply. (Assessments, course requirements, etc.); Participates in ensuring timely and accurate report cards of student grades; Develops and interprets extensive summary reports on students’ progress on standardized tests; Provides current transcripts, grade point average and class rank information as requested.; Assesses the transcripts of transfer students to determine the award of credits and the recommended sequence of classes. Interfaces with Common Application procedures and assists students with recommendations; Interfaces with colleges and other educational communities and opportunities to ensure breadth of exposure to students regarding their college options; Ensures professional and productive partnerships are maintained with higher education, practice partners, parents, and other college and career-related stakeholders; Refers parents/students to educational opportunities, as necessary, towards supporting our school mission; Serves as an instructor for various sections of the College and Career Readiness.

    College Application Process:  Leads school-wide efforts to support students in the application process for college and other extension opportunities, including completing the common application and drafting effective college essays; Supports students in navigating both the federal financial aid application process (FAFSA) as well as applying for local and college-specific financial aid opportunities; Provides current transcripts, grade point average and class rank information as requested.; Assesses the transcripts of transfer students to determine the award of credits and the recommended sequence of classes; Writes college recommendations for students and supports students to compile all necessary documentation and other recommendations needed for successful applications.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS:  Current B.C.I.; Citizenship, residency or work visa required; Current and active Rhode Island certification of School Counselor - Grades 7-12; Bachelor's degree required.  Master's degree preferred; At least 5 years of relevant experience; Guidance Counselors must possess the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; Guidance Counselors must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, parents, and the public.

    The Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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