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6 May 2020

School Network Staff Secondary School Counselor (6-12)

Lotus School for Excellence
 Aurora, Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States

Job Description


***To be considered, please submit both a cover letter and a resume***

About Lotus School for Excellence:

Lotus School for Excellence is a K-12, college-prep public charter school with a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) focus.

All employees at Lotus School for Excellence (LSE) work together to create academic, social, and ethical leaders. The thoughts reflected in this description provide structure to the responsibilities and accountability for this position. However, LSE expects to employ professionals who will work beyond job descriptions, creating both a fulfilling career environment and successful outcomes for our students.

General Description:

  • Comprehensive school counseling as defined by the American School Counselor Association provides developmental, preventive, remedial, and responsive services.
  • Promotes and enhances the learning process for all students through an integration of academic, social/emotional, and post­secondary development
  • Contributes to and/or manages the School Counseling Program using the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model
  • Delivers and evaluates data driven counseling services relevant to student outcomes and achievement through classroom lessons, small groups, and individual counseling
  • Effective school counselors in the state of Colorado have the knowledge, skills, and commitments needed to provide excellent and equitable learning opportunities and growth for all students
  • School counselors strive to support the whole child’s growth and development, close achievement gaps and to prepare diverse student populations for postsecondary and workforce success
  • Effective school counselors utilize root cause analysis to employ and adjust evidence-based strategies and approaches for students who are not achieving mastery of standards and students who need acceleration
  • Develop students skills, interests and abilities necessary to be lifelong learners, as well as for democratic and civic participation
  • Communicate high expectations to students and their families and utilize diverse strategies to engage them in a mutually supportive teaching and learning environment
  • Engage in collaboration, continuous reflection, on-going learning and leadership within the profession
  • Provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve school success
  • Establish a rapport with families, students and colleagues
  • Responsible for using effective counseling techniques
  • Professional School Counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the changing world of the 21st century

Direct Student Services:

  • Support academic achievement, career exploration, and social/emotional developmental needs of all students through individual counseling, small groups, and classroom lessons.
  • Assist with transitions
    • Middle School primarily assists grades 5th to 6th and 8th to 9th grade
    • High School primarily assists 8th to 9th grade and 12th to post secondary
  • Counsel students to encourage and support student achievement in all ASCA domains (social/emotional, academic, and career-readiness)
  • Counsel students regarding educational issues such as course and program selection, school adjustment, study habits, attendance and college and career readiness planning
  • Counsel individuals to help them understand and overcome social/emotional or behavioral problems affecting their educational or vocational situations
  • Provide crisis intervention to students when difficult situations occur at schools
  • Identify root causes affecting students’ development
  • Work with families to discuss their children’s progress and to determine priorities for their children and resource needs
  • Support students’ future thinking and goal development to prepare students for later educational experiences by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks
  • Uphold ethical standards as outlined by ASCA such as maintaining the confidentiality of all students

Indirect Student Services:

  • Observe and evaluate students’ performance, behavior, social/emotional development, and physical health in collaboration with other professionals and stakeholders
  • Assist families to identify and access community-based services as needed and requested
  • Contribute to and/or manage the School Counseling Program using the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model by collaborating with building administration
  • Utilize the ASCA National Model to evaluate and interpret data for school counseling program modification to determine programming which support student needs
  • Use data to design counseling services which support student achievement, analyze data results and use results to inform stakeholders and continuously improve programs
  • Create and update accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations
  • Confer with families, teachers, other counselors, and administrators to resolve students’ behavioral, academic, and other problems
  • Advise teachers and other school personnel on methods to enhance school and classroom atmosphere to provide motivating educational environment
  • Collaborate with teachers, staff, and families regarding meeting the needs of students.
  • Advocate for equitable educational access and opportunity, and collaborate efforts enhancing students’ educational experiences
  • Participate in on­going professional development and engage in leadership opportunities

Education and Licensure:

  • Master’s or higher degree in School Counseling
  • Holds a Colorado Special Services Provider license or is currently eligible for one with the appropriate endorsement for this position


Condition of Employment:

As a condition of employment, the individual selected for this position will be expected to complete the APS-sponsored Linguistically Diverse Educator (LDE) Certificate Program within the first three years of employment. New hires are expected to begin this program during the 2020-2021 school year.


Reports to: Executive Director

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $48,800.00 to $70,167.67 / year



How to Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to:

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: School Network Staff. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.