Middle School Counselor at KIPP Summit Academy

KIPP Summit Academy

Middle School Counselor

About KIPP Summit Academy

KIPP Summit Academy is a free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter middle school in San Lorenzo, California. Since opening in 2003, KIPP Summit has been committed to creating an empowering, successful, college-preparatory school of choice in San Lorenzo, one of the most under-resourced and overlooked communities in the Bay Area. With a “no excuses and no shortcuts” philosophy, KIPP Summit fosters within its faculty, students and their families the desire, discipline, and dedication necessary to achieve a college education. The majority of KIPP Summit students go on to enroll at KIPP King Collegiate High School, located on the same campus.

About KIPP Bay Area Schools

In the San Francisco Bay Area, five KIPP middle schools and two KIPP high schools are closing the achievement gap between low-income students and their more advantaged peers. These innovative, tuition-free, college-preparatory schools are located in the underserved neighborhoods of Bayview Hunters Point and the Western Addition in San Francisco, East San Jose, San Lorenzo, and West Oakland. KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 109 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 32,000 students. Nationally, KIPP students are enrolling in college at a rate of more than 85 percent, which is double the rate of community averages.

Position Overview

Under the direction of the Principal, the School Counselor works independently to provide social work and therapeutic counseling services to middle school students (grades 5-8) and their families using various social work methods, including individual, group, and family intervention and counseling. The School Counselor also works as part of a multidisciplinary team including teachers, administration, and Learning Specialists to develop behavior intervention plans and school-wide presentations and interventions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assessing the social and emotional needs of students.
  • Participates with interdisciplinary team members in implementing and developing school policies and interventions.
  • Provides direct counseling/social services to students referred by self, faculty, administration, and other school staff.
  • Serves as a liaison for parents and families within the school to address the social and emotional needs of students.
  • Connects parents with community resources available to further support student emotional and social health.
  • Communicates and coordinates with staff, administration, and teachers where necessary to inform of student circumstances.
  • Teaching and leading small-group and large classes on specific topics identified as student needs are identified.
  • Collaborating with teachers, parents, and Learning Specialists to develop and implement treatment plans and behavioral intervention plans for students with social and emotional health needs.
  • Provides direct guidance and counseling services, which are relevant to the sequential development of students as related to educational, social and vocational objectives.
  • Provides individual and group counseling therapeutic services from a strengths-based perspective to help a student understand and accept him/herself and to help him/her in the development of personal decision-making competencies in resolving special problems.
  • Understands and utilizes a variety of therapeutic frameworks and approaches, including brief intervention models, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing.
  • Collects, coordinates and interprets meaningful information about each student which helps to identify students with special abilities and needs and shares this information with staff members, parents, and others who are professionally concerned, under the guidance of confidentiality policy as outlined by California state law and the NASW code of ethics.
  • Maintains cooperative liaison between the school and community agencies and makes appropriate referrals.
  • Conducts small groups to assist students with life skills, problem solving, and management of self.
  • Works on special projects related to the welfare and well being of the students and families at the school.
  • Conferences with parents and assists them with problems and decisions which relate directly to the educational welfare of the student
  • Collects and analyzes data to evaluate the effectiveness of the counseling program.
  • Attends staff meetings, multidisciplinary team meetings, and grade-level team meetings to collaborate and support teacher and student needs.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Principal.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Social Work and valid license or associate registration in Social Work through the BBS
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) and experience working with Latino families (preferred)
  • Ability to engage and diffuse crisis situations
  • Ability to work effectively with adolescents, families, professionals, and other personnel from a wide range of cultural, social, and economic backgrounds
  • Experience working with middle school students, preferably in a low-income or high-needs population
  • Familiarity with the challenges and opportunities for first-generation college students
  • Experience managing parent and community partnerships
  • Strong organization and planning skills
  • High degree of initiative, vision, creativity, and tenacity
  • Strong work-ethic, exceptional leadership and flexibility, and proven written and verbal communication skills across a wide variety of stakeholders (students, teachers, families)
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Summit Academy’s mission and values

Salary & Benefits

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, depending on experience and qualifications.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and a detailed cover letter demonstrating your interest in working for KIPP Summit Academy via our online application found at http://kippcareers.force.com/JobDetail?id=a0Xd0000004HOxr

Oakland, California
KIPP Summit Academy

1404 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA, 94612, US