Guidance and College Transfer CounselorBard Early Colleges are founded on the belief that many high-school–age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education. Bard Early Colleges act on this belief by providing younger scholars with a tuition-free, credit-bearing college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades. Students are taught by college faculty in seminar classes; they receive up to 60 college credits and an associate in arts (A.A.) degree from Bard College alongside a high school diploma. Bard Early Colleges begin preparing students for college work as early as the 9th grade and offer ongoing guidance and academic support.
Now in its second decade, the Bard Early College network includes campuses in Manhattan, Queens, and Hudson, New York; Newark, New Jersey; Cleveland, Ohio; New Orleans, Louisiana; and the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City.
Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Baltimore, a partnership between Bard College and Baltimore City Public Schools, invites applications for dynamic individual who will join our School Counseling team in July 2018.
The Guidance and College Transfer Counselor’s responsibilities will include:
- Provide one-on-one and group guidance to students to support them throughout their time at BHSEC;
- Identify, develop, and implement intervention strategies for socially, emotionally, and academic at-risk populations with integrated approaches using all available resources and allies including parents, faculty, and community agencies and services for individual and school-wide needs;
- Work with students individually to identify necessary supports in the classroom, community, and throughout the college experience;
- Work with community and other nonprofit organizations in Baltimore to connect students with wrap-around services;
- Work closely with faculty in collaboration with the Administration to monitor and support students who are struggling;
- Develop daily advisory lesson plans and lead staff advisors in implementation;
- Investigate partnerships and initiatives that can further support the objectives of the counseling department and Bard Early College Baltimore;
- Actively pursue and participate in current trends and professional developments in the field of school counseling;
- Other duties assigned by administration.
- Provide one-one-one and group advising on the career, college exploration, college application, college transfer, and high school-to-college process.
- Assist in Financial Aid application and reward interpretation
- Develop and lead weekly college counseling classes for Year 1 and/or Year 2 college students
- Incorporate families into the college application process.
- Organize resources for students and parents around the college application and transfer process, including the College Fair, the Year 1 College Trip, and financial aid workshops for families.
- Work with colleges and universities across Maryland to educate them on Bard Early College’s associate’s degree program at BHSEC and to develop credit transfer agreements;
- Manage college enrollment and persistence data in collaboration with the BHSEC Baltimore administration;
- Actively pursue and participate in current trends and professional developments in the field of college counseling;
- Other duties assigned by administration.
- M.S.W., L.C.S.W., M.S., or M.A. in fields of Applied Psychology or Related Field; Master’s degree and certification in School Counseling preferred.
- Experience successfully promoting the psycho-social and academic development of urban student populations;
- Self-starter with a passion for young people and their development as both intellectual scholars and their personal growth;
- Experience with college access work including but not limited to career planning, college choice guidance, college application guidance, and FAFSA counseling;
- A demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and coordinate with adolescents and their adult stakeholders.
- Strong organizational and communication skills;
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to its diversity. Position is contingent on availability of funds and criminal background check.