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College Counselor

Verbum Dei High School (Los Angeles)






The College Guidance Counselor reports to the Director of Counseling and is primarily responsible for facilitating the successful application(s) process of Verbum Dei students in terms of college/university liaison, completing applications, completing scholarship and financial aid applications, and assisting students with choosing a college and program to help assure their continued personal/social/academic/spiritual growth and progress and maintaining relationships with appropriate organizations. This counselor will be responsible for facilitating two College Guidance periods meeting four times per week.

• Promotes Catholic-Jesuit-Cristo Rey identity.
• Knowledgeable, sensitive, and inclusive of all cultures, in particular those served by Verbum Dei and of the local community.
• Understands, appreciates, and supports the Corporate Work Study Program.
• Encourages community through presence/participation at administration-faculty-staff meetings and events, liturgies, Christian Service Saturdays, athletic events, other co-curricular events.
• Facilitates two College Guidance periods meeting four times per week.
• Seeks input/assistance from appropriate administration, faculty, staff and others as necessary to successfully complete duties.

• Collaborates with Principal in ensuring course listings are current.
• Coordinates and facilitates standardized testing on campus and off campus and communicates preparation options
• Create and lead workshops and classroom presentations for 9th- 11th grade students including but not limited to the college application and financial aid processes, college planning topics, and test registration.
• Write letters of recommendation for students.
• Ensure UC/CSU & NCAA course listings are current.
• Communicate and plan test preparation opportunities for our students.
• Review student transcripts twice a year for grade deficiencies, as well as for, accuracy and completeness
• Collaborates with and counsels students with regard to grade remediation and post high school options
• Collaborates with Athletic Director to support student athletes through NCAA eligibility process.
• In collaboration with the Jesuit Volunteer, manage the college visit program.
• Coordinate with the junior and senior English teachers to assist the students in preparation of their college essays.
• In collaboration with the Jesuit Volunteer, ensure the maintenance of the scholarship and summer program lists and assist students with these applications.
• In collaboration with the Jesuit Volunteer track and support needs of alumni
• Facilitates the organization of trips to college fairs and local college campuses- one per grade level.
• Facilitates year parent meetings.
• Assist parents/ guardians in the completion of the FAFSA, CSS Profile and other required forms.
• Work collaboratively with the Principal and Academic Board to promote a college going culture.

• Establishes and teaches the college counseling curriculum for 12th grade students (daily).
• Meets with 12th grade students individual each quarter.
• Assist students in the completion of the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and other required forms.
• Utilizes Naviance college curriculum/ lessons, including pre-and post- assessments –or- create curriculum/lessons that include pre-and post- assessments.
• Coordinate with senior English teacher for the application essays.
• Assists each senior in the completion of the parts and process of applying to cc-colleges-universities.

• Visits college campuses through counselor tours to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with college admissions staff.
• In collaboration with college guidance counselor and Jesuit Volunteer, ensure Verbum Dei hosts a minimum of 50 college representatives to the campus each year, taking special aim at attracting those colleges who have favorable graduation rates for students like those at Verbum Dei.
• Publicizes college rep visits to all students.
• Provides resources and assistance to students seeking information on colleges, universities, etc.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and organization, proficient computer skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Ability to multitask and work in a dynamic, fast paced educational environment.
• Ability to analyze data and present reports to stakeholders.
• Experience with working with working-class families
• Commitment to the Jesuit tradition and Cristo Rey’s Corporate Work Study Program
• Fluency in written and oral Spanish strongly preferred.


• Master’s Degree Counseling or related field
• PPS credential strongly preferred.
• Bilingual (Spanish) strongly preferred.
• Knowledgeable, sensitive, and inclusive of all cultures, in particular those served by Verbum Dei and of the local community.
• Mission-oriented to provide a quality education in a Catholic setting.

Interested candidates should submit a Letter of Intent explaining your interest in Verbum Dei High School. Please include ways in which you would contribute to the mission and what elements of your background and experience make you a good candidate for our community. Please also attach a resume with your submission. Intent letter and resume should be emailed to Maribel Andrade, Principal’s Assistant,

Information/Application Contact

Verbum Dei High School (Los Angeles)

11100 S Central Ave

Los Angeles, California