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Academic Counselor/Lead Counselor for Early College Counselor Starting @ $55,000

St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy (Downey)






Grades 9-12
1. Responsible for the academic counseling of students assigned to him/her.

  • Is familiar with High School Graduation requirements as well as knowledgeable with Early College courses and requirements.
  • Implements the general guidelines of the school regarding guidance and counseling, and applies them as best fits students’ needs.
  • Provides referral sources for students who need outside agencies for assistance with problems (personal, health or drug related).
  • Authorizes schedule changes were deemed appropriate and enters changes into computer system.
  • Advises returning students regarding course selections to ensure proper placement in classes.
  • Meets with individual students regularly who are doing poorly as evidenced by unsatisfactory progress reports and/or report cards.
  • Compiles and maintains a comprehensive file of student development over four years, including test results, report cards, progress reports, and other pertinent data.
  • Does individual follow-up, where necessary, regarding the interpretation of test results.
  • Resolves schedule conflicts during the school year.
  • Facilitates parent-teacher conferences.

2. Serve as Lead Counselor for the Early College Program. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Guide college enrollment process for ECP caseload.
  • Be the liaison between PMA & Cerritos College personnel
  • Supervise ECP students during non-ECP instructional minutes
  • Report student progress to the principal on a weekly basis

3. Meets with parents and students on a drop-in basis before school, at break and lunch, and after school. Other meetings are by appointment.

  • Maintains office hours before the start of the academic year and between the end of school and the beginning of summer school as directed by the Principal
  • Is available to students during assigned hours and by appointment to discuss concerns.

4. Conducts admissions interviews with Admissions Board

5. Disseminates college information in both individual and group sessions to students and parents including the College Night program for all students.

  • Orders all appropriate forms for college counseling (i.e. SAT/ACT registration materials and UC/CSU applications)
  • Coordinates the availability of college catalogs.
  • Schedules college visits for appropriate students
  • Regularly updates and maintains information regarding college, career and military options for students with in the counseling office.
  • Maintains up-to-date financial aid and scholarship information for colleges as well as off-campus sources of scholarship and grant money.
  • Monitors graduation requirements
  • Coordinates nominations/applications for award programs such as Bank of America and National Merit, etc.
  • Write recommendations as requested.
  • Attends UC/CSU annual conferences to stay current with admission policies.
  • Attends workshops on financial aid in order to remain current.
  • Coordinates Financial Aid Night
  • Orders and disseminates financial aid forms (FAFSA) to interested seniors.
  • Tallies and distributes census for senior class as to their future plans after high school.
  • Tallies and disseminates scholarship award amounts to be announced at the Senior Farewell Night.

6. Plans, schedules and implements an annual Career Day and College Fair.
7. Arranges for the academic awards assemblies.
8. Publishes the honor roll and sees that the permanent records reflect honors and awards.
9. Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean of Student success and/or principal.


Qualifications, Skills, Experience, Profile:
1. Bachelors Degree in School Counseling or equivalent
2. Master’s Degree in School Counseling and/or Pupil Personnel Services Credential strongly preferred
3. Experience with college counseling at the high school level & college level
4. Ability to handle sensitive and/or confidential information with parents, teachers, and administrators
5. Ability to exercise sound judgment and decision making
6. Strong commitment to the mission of the Catholic Church.
7. Excellent communications skills, verbal and written
8. Ability to present to small groups of parents and students.
9. Knowledge of the college admissions process, collegiate and federal financial aid practices, and familiarity with colleges and universities nationwide.
10. Possess requisite computer skills sufficient to navigate school systems and databases
11. Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing at all levels.
12. Self-motivated individual with the ability to work autonomously or as a team member
13. Relate to students, creating a bond that lasts for the duration of the students’ high school experience and beyond.

Submit Cover Letter, Resume, References, Letter of Recommendation to


Wage Range

The rate of pay offered to the selected candidate is based on internal pay policy and budget. New hires are commonly paid at the minimum of the wage range or within the lower part of the range. We consider a number of factors when making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience, training and other department needs.

Information/Application Contact

St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy (Downey)

7851 Gardendale Street

Downey, CA 90242