Maya Angelou Public Charter School: Youth Development Counselor (2014-2015)

Youth Development Counselor

The Organization

Since it began operating in 1997, the See Forever Foundation’s mission has been to create learning communities in lower income urban areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in traditional schools, can succeed academically and socially. The Foundation operates the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools in DC, as well as the Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings’ secure facility for committed youth in Laurel, MD. Our students develop the academic, social, and employment skills they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change.

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Position Overview

Maya Angelou Public Charter High School is seeking a youth development counselor for the 2014-2015 school year. Maya Angelou Schools and See Forever Foundation operate three campuses serving students in 9th through 12th grades (high school diploma and/or GED) and are accepting applications for our high school campus.


The Youth Development Counselor will report to the Dean of Students and will assume a range of activities, including:

  • Helping students to establish consistent behavioral standards throughout the day
  • Instilling in students a sense of responsibility by using youth/adult partnerships to develop and share clear rules and provide daily opportunities for success
  • Supervising student daily break periods and evening activities; especially in halls
  • Participating in frontline discipline issues throughout the day and serve as lead staff during evening hours
  • Facilitating peer mediation and restorative justice discussions
  • Leading detention and or in-school suspension during mid-day and/or evening hours
  • Serving on school climate and disciplinary committees
  • Participating in discipline and counseling meetings
  • Provide feedback, growth experiences, and recognition for youth to enhance confidence and self-esteem through positive student activities and after-school student groups
  • Communicating and working well with colleagues, students, parents, and others to share effective strategies, build meaningful relationships, celebrate achievements, and address critical needs
  • Engaging in collaborative efforts with teaching faculty to help students develop healthy social and emotional outlooks that will help them succeed in class and beyond
  • Supporting all civic engagement and social justice programming
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Ideal candidates will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in: social work, education, psychology, counseling, or related field;
  • A desire to help students proactively address a variety of emotional challenges that make it difficult for them to form trusting, lasting, relationships with adults and others
  • A belief that all students can succeed, particularly those who have not been successful in their past school environments
  • Willingness to work beyond the traditional school hours and the traditional school year in order to create an environment filled with hope and high expectations, where students will radically improve their academic, employment, and social skills
  • Experience in working with various segments of the local community in challenging situations in a cooperative manner, and the skill to diffuse dysfunctional situations;
  • Capacity to formulate innovative, but functional approaches to resolutions of problems, and the ability to effectively convey those thoughts and approaches to various parties;
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in working with youth at risk;
  • Works well independently and serves as a positive and integral member of a team;
  • Demonstrate leadership, creativity and good organizational skills;
  • Possesses a valid driver’s license to travel to student homes & community resources
  • Belief in a strengths-based approach to education and discipline
  • Prior experience efficiently working in MS Word and MS Excel*
    • Competencies:
  • Honesty & Integrity: Does not cut corner ethically. Earns trust and maintains confidence. Does what is right, not just what is politically expedient. Speaks plainly and truthfully.
  • Persistence: Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  • Strategic thinking/visioning: Able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way; determines opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends
  • Flexibility/adaptability: Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions; copes effectively with complexity and change
  • Enthusiasm: Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Has can do attitude.

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salaries are comparable to those offered by other public schools in the District of Columbia. In addition, See Forever offers a robust benefits plan, including health care coverage, a 403(b) retirement savings plan, and the opportunity to positively impact students with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and contact information for three references here: Youth Development Counselor at Maya Angelou Public Charter School. Resumes and references should be in MS Word or PDF.

See Forever is an equal opportunity employer. We believe a diverse staff is a better, more effective staff. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Washington, District of Columbia
See Forever Foundation

5600 East Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC, 20019, US