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School Counselor / Social Worker

POSITION: School Counselor / Social Worker

REPORTS TO: Principal

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

SCHEDULE: Full-time

About Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Cristo Rey Jesuit (CRJ) Milwaukee is part of the growing national Cristo Rey Network (CRN) of 39 high schools that feature a unique integration of college-prep academics, professional experience, and spiritual formation with a focus on students of limited financial means.  At CRJ’s $33 million campus, just across the Menomonee Valley from Marquette University in the heart of Clarke Square, Cristo Rey serves a diverse student body of approximately 450 young men and women and 350 alumni.  Students attend class four days per week and work in a professional setting one day per week through our innovative Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP).  It is the collective mission of our staff to provide our students with a Jesuit education that ensures they gain admission to – and ultimately graduate from – college.  In pursuit of that goal, Cristo Rey staff collaborate, reflect, and practice to maximize their impact each day.

Job Description

As part of Cristo Rey’s collaborative team, you will educate students in mind and spirit.  Your sense of empathy, compassion, and discretion will draw students to you for counsel and encouragement.  You will combine interpersonal intelligence with clear systems thinking to ensure a supportive, strengths-based student culture.  Your dexterity with adults will enable you to support faculty, staff, and leadership to maximize their talents in sustaining a culture of compassion and challenge.  In the spirit of cura personalis, care for the whole person, you will ensure students are connected to organizations and opportunities that assist them in maintaining full health.  Ultimately, by giving generously of yourself, your gifts, and your time, you will build the foundation of a school that serves its students’ diverse needs and cultivates their many talents.

The School Counselor/Social Worker provides social-emotional counseling and mental health support to Cristo Rey students and connects them to effective external resources as needed.  The Counselor/Social Worker also provides professional development to teachers, coaches and staff on adolescent development and related topics so all faculty and staff can be attuned to and address the social and emotional needs of students. This is a one-year position from August 2024 – June 2025.

Responsibilities

Student Counseling and Support

  • Create and follow an organized schedule to ensure you meet individually with each student in your portfolio, gain insight into their needs and areas of strength, and provide proactive, differentiated support, including one-on-one and small-group counseling as well as grade-wide and school-wide mental health programming.
  • Collect, protect, and analyze information about students’ social emotional health to ensure responsive counseling and to identify patterns in student needs.
  • Create, identify, and execute high-impact PD in response to identified students’ needs so that staff and faculty have the tools to appropriately support students
  • Provide as-needed, real-time support to students in instances where social, emotional, familial, and other challenges or crises arise.
  • Seek out and coordinate community-based student-support services and volunteers, and help students and families take advantage of these resources as needed.
  • Actively collaborate with fellow Counseling staff, Grade Level Teams, the Student Success Team, the Dean of Students, the AP for Student Success, Campus Ministry staff, the School Nurse, and others to enhance a culture of cura personalis, provide responsive student care, and preserve student safety.
  • Oversee the process of identifying and supporting students with special needs and disabilities to ensure the school provides robust support and is in full compliance with Individualized Education Plans and 504 Plans.
  • Maintain organized, confidential records pertaining to students’ use of counseling and social work services.
  • Maintain consistent, productive communication with parents and families of students receiving or in need of counseling or social work services.
  • Conduct quarterly and annual reviews of key counseling data to identify areas of strength, improvement, and further study in the spirit of continuous improvement.

Professional Presence

  • Approach your professional practice through a developmental lens, and enthusiastically participate in professional development; seek and apply feedback from leadership and from colleagues in the interest of growth; demonstrate drive and independence in accessing resources to further your own improvement.
  • Contribute fully, intentionally, and constructively to the team in a range of contexts: shaping a supportive culture with the investment of all stakeholders, identifying students in need of support, problem-solving unanticipated challenges that arise within the school; collaborate with integrity, humility, commitment, and joy to ensure the foundation of trust that will enable the team to accomplish its ambitious goals.
  • Embrace the team’s goals and the results we achieve as the collective responsibility of the entire faculty and staff; collaborate with colleagues to maximize the team’s impact; seek opportunities to push the team, to laugh with colleagues, and to recognize and celebrate your peers’ accomplishments.
  • Engage students and parents with respect, fairness, and empathy to enable full partnership with the school.
  • Model values consistent with Catholic, Jesuit education and service to others.

School-wide Support

  • Actively monitor transitions, meals, and/or other common times to ensure a calm and orderly environment; chaperone and moderate school events, including retreats, field lessons, college visits, and dances.
  • Serve as a Graduate-at-Gradation Student Formation program advisor, and collaborate with Campus Ministry staff and others in planning the Formation sessions.
  • Seek areas of growth for the school, and volunteer where possible to coach, manage a club, plan a school-wide event, or otherwise contribute to the life of the school.

Required Qualifications and Skills

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School encourages applicants of all backgrounds and provides equal employment opportunities to candidates of any race, ethnicity, religion, sex, or national origin.  Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged.

Successful applicants will embody the mission-alignment, openness to growth, commitment to equity, optimism and zest that are central to the character of our staff, and they will meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or school counseling (master’s degree preferred)
  • License as a school counselor or school social worker or demonstrable progress towards obtaining licensure
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus
  • Proficiency using technology to track and provide support to students
  • Record of effective student support with middle school or high school students
  • Flexibility and adaptability as school operations develop
  • Ability to communicate well with both Cristo Rey Jesuit students and parents
  • Sensitivity to the ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds of the student body
  • Ability to work a 40-hour work-week as needed, plus occasional after-school, evening, or weekend commitments

Apply

To apply, attach the following to an email, in pdf format, to [email protected]. Indicate the position in the subject line of your email (for example, “Faculty: Math”).  Direct questions to [email protected].

  • Resume
  • Cover letter underscoring your interest in and readiness for the position
  • Two professional letters of reference or contact information for two professional references