Bard Early College New Orleans
Director of Guidance and CounselingPosition Objectives: The Director of Guidance and Counseling will satisfy two main objectives at Bard Early College in New Orleans (BECNO):
1) Academic Counseling: To assist all BECNO students with the preparation to successfully transfer to a four-year institution or advance in their desired career path.
2) Mental Health Services & Restorative Practices: To direct mental health services on our campus and promote psychosocial wellness and development for all students through individual supports and interventions as well as campus-wide systems and best practices.
Key Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Director of Student Resources center on five main areas:
- Mental Health Services
- Recognize and respond to the need for mental health and behavioral prevention
- Create early intervention and crisis services systems that promote psychosocial wellness and development for all students
- Address barriers and assess ways to maximize students’ success in and outside of school by offering education, prevention, and crisis and short-term intervention until student is connected with available community resources
- Build and update a bank of reliable community resources and serve as BECNO’s main liaison to outside services
- Implement campus-wide systems and structures relating to mental health and wellness with the support of the Dean of Students and the Student Services Team
- College and financial aid guidance (both in and outside of the weekly college advisory classroom space)
- Lead and develop curriculum for a weekly college advisory class for high-achieving, low-income students.
- Coordinate with the Director of Student Services & Enrichment to align 11th grade college advising with the scope and sequence of 12rh grade college advising
- One-on-one college guidance with students and families.
- Establish relationships with and work hand-in-hand with college counselors at BECNO’s partner high schools to align collegiate support.
- Coordinate scholarship outreach and support on campus
- Restorative Practices
- Design and lead community and restorative circles
- Partner with Dean of Students and Director of Student Services and Enrichment to promote restorative practices and community building on campus through development of proactive structures and systems that build community and belonging
- Maintain schedule of regular one-on-one check-ins with students
- Campus Registrar
- Act as a liaison to Bard-Annandale, the Louisiana Department of Education on all issues related to alumni grades and transcripts
- Manage annual campus enrollment in the Supplementary Course Academy (SCA)
- Lead outreach to registrar and admissions offices of colleges and universities to coordinate on credit transfer and establish relationships with local institutions.
- Support the Dean of Studies with grade submission to Bard College Registrar
- Create and maintain systems to streamline the credit transfer process for alumni and track credits transferred.
- Build towards Student Services goals as an active and energetic member of a small team centered around student resources, supports/interventions and belonging
- Actively track attendance and academic data and observe classes to maintain a strong sense of campus culture and the performance of all students
- Participate and lead portions of weekly Student Services Meetings
- Participate in one-on-one partnerships with faculty and students
- Lead planning and implementation of certain special events
- Support campus outreach to parents/families
- Support the Director of Student Services and Enrichment with alumni support and data management
- Support with campus class and duty coverage (enrichment, advisory, study periods, etc.)
Preferred Qualifications (including educational and work experience):
- Experience with college access work including but not limited to career planning, college choice guidance, college application guidance, and FAFSA counseling
- 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 psychosocial and academic development for low-income students
- Self-starter with a passion for young people and their development as both intellectual scholars and their personal growth
- A demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and coordinate with adolescents and their stakeholders.
- Personable, comfortable establishing relationships with students, families, partners and registrar/admissions representatives at outside institutions
- Knowledge of the New Orleans' school system
- Strong organizational skills
- Experience with large event or logistics programming
- Basic computer skills
- Access to transportation/driver's license
- A commitment to working for equity in higher education
To Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter and three to five references through Interfolio.com at: http://apply.interfolio.com/66159.
Bard welcomes candidates who contribute to its commitment to diversity.