Bishop O’Dowd High School is seeking excellent candidates for a full-time high school counselor for the 2020-2021 academic year. Bishop O’Dowd High School utilizes a comprehensive, holistic counseling model in support of student personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth and success. The high school counselor is the initial touchpoint for each student, and serves as a strong force for improving students' abilities to understand themselves and how they learn. The counselor partners with students and families throughout their four years at O’Dowd. The counselor encourages students to gain the most from their educational experience and encourages personal growth and development. The counselor also serves as consultant to the instructional staff and/or parents and families in solving interpersonal and learning and behavior issues.
Founded in 1951, Bishop O'Dowd High School is a Catholic college preparatory high school serving 1,200 diverse students in grades 9-12 who come from all parts of the East Bay and beyond. Informed by Catholic values, the mission of O'Dowd is to educate and inspire its students to build a more just, joyful, and sustainable world. For more information, visit the school's website at www.bishopodowd.org.
Finding God in all things calls us to
community in diversity
strength of character
kinship with creation
The successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills, a strong work ethic, and a desire to work with a diverse group of students and their families. The candidate should possess the flexibility, energy and commitment to teamwork that life in a Catholic school requires. We seek someone who possesses both an appreciation for adolescents and a collaborative spirit.
Enact the Catholic mission and charism of the school.
Exercise good judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action(s).
Act as a role model to students and peers.
Assist students with issues of educational, emotional, personal, and social development and adjustment.
Participate actively in the scheduling of students for proper course placement, graduation eligibility and college readiness.
Arrange conferences with students upon referral from parents, teachers, administrators, or from the individual student.
Maintain confidentiality and clearly communicates to others the need for, and limits of, confidentiality.
Maintain log notes and records as appropriate.
Assist student in understanding and accepting him/herself as an individual.
Support development of student’s ability to cope with and solve problems, and become self-advocates.
Assist with the school-testing program.
Participate in evening events (e.g., College Nights, Course Information and AP Night, etc.).
Communicate regularly with Director of Counseling.
Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues, administrator and families regarding student progress and student needs.
Communicate with Director on all student issues detailed in the Counseling Department Handbook.
Assist students and parents in identifying and obtaining the services of public and private agencies in the community when issues require more intensive intervention.
Help students understand school policies and foster positive attitudes toward them.
Maintain professional standards and competence by attending workshops, seminars, and membership in organizations related to the counseling field.
Help students establish a specific study program, and access academic supports and/or tutoring, when needed.
Maintain familiarity with current college admissions requirements & scholarship information for academic and college advisement purposes.
Develop working knowledge of computer software and improve the skills necessary to effectively use these applications and other software as they pertain to the department.
Coordinate specific program(s) (i.e. Career, Testing) with department members at the discretion of the Director of Counseling and Associate Principal.
Bishop O’Dowd High School is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in its employment policies and procedures. It follows the Diocese of Oakland's policies prohibiting illegal harassment, retaliation or discrimination. However, as a Roman Catholic high school with a stated mission, goals and objectives that clearly reflect the teachings and educational philosophy of the Diocese of Oakland, Bishop O’Dowd High School reserves the right to require all current and prospective employees to commit to carry out their duties and responsibilities in a manner that clearly and unconditionally demonstrates support of and respect for the school’s mission and Catholic identity. Persons who in good conscience are unable to agree to this commitment should not seek or accept employment at Bishop O’Dowd High School.
As a faith-based institution, we reserve the right to use religion as a criterion in hiring decisions, as permitted by law, as it relates to performing essential job duties.
Qualifications for this position
Bachelor’s degree in related field required
Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology or other relevant field preferred
A California Pupil Personnel Services Credential preferred
High school counseling experience preferred
Experience working with students with diagnosed learning differences, and ADD/ADHD
Ability to successfully provide comprehensive support and guidance to a caseload of approximately 200 students
Ability to work collaboratively as a member of the counseling team
About Bishop O'Dowd High School
Founded in 1951, Bishop O'Dowd High School is a Catholic college preparatory high school serving 1,250 diverse students in grades 9-12 who come from all parts of the East Bay and beyond. Informed by Catholic values, the mission of O'Dowd is to educate and inspire its students to build a more just, joyful, and sustainable world. For more information, visit the school's website at www.bishopodowd.org.