Academic Counselor

Specialized Services - Schools Detroit, Michigan


Position at Catapult Learning

Catapult Learning, a division of FullBloom, provides evidence-based intervention, specialized services and professional learning solutions for public and non-public K-12 schools. We dedicate our careers to improving outcomes for students who have not found success in the traditional classroom. Our team of over 4,000 educators are driven by a common purpose: to positively impact the educational, behavioral and social and emotional welfare of every child with whom we engage. Our purpose drives our performance and we are looking for individuals who want to make an impact. Come explore a career with Catapult Learning.

Academic Counselor

The mission of academic counseling is to assist students in their growth and development. It is a continuous and consistent process which is built upon the basis of frequent, accumulated personal contacts between advisor and advisee. Excellent academic programs will not accomplish the desired end result if students are not properly guided and counseled. Thus, academic counseling fosters the development of the whole student who is a self-directed, motivated, responsible decision-maker and encourages the successful completion of degree requirements and timely graduation.

An academic counselor is responsible for providing educational guidance and assistance for students by assisting in planning schedules, recommending courses and determining appropriate education solutions for different types of students. They must also follow through and track the advancement of students. Academic counselors also aid with at-risk students. The academic counselor supports the numerous goals that the school sets for student achievement and college attendance and works collegially with students and families in accomplishing these goals. The counselor is an integral part of the school academic leadership team and partners with faculty and staff, as well as students and families, to ensure students are supported and equipped to be successful. The academic counselor will focus incoming and continuing students, supporting them with academic development, and college applications and enrollment. Work is performed under the supervision of the principal and director of counseling.

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and people skills.  S/he must be creative, influential, a self-starter, self-directed, and work with limited daily supervision or instruction. Demonstrated experience in managing multiple priorities is required. The candidate will be motivated by the mission of the school and its impact on the families that we serve.

Key Areas of Responsibility

The counselor’s role is an active rather than a passive one and the process of advising and counseling requires the following objectives to be met for each assigned student:

  • Help students define and develop realistic educational career plans through schedule planning for each semester and summer school, if appropriate. Each student should have an up-to-date academic schedule plan through to graduation.
  • Meet with students during orientation to assist with initial adjustment to high school academic life. Special sessions should be scheduled throughout the first academic year.
  • Meet at least once each semester with continuing students to plan for the coming semester (or summer) and to review/revise long range academic program schedules.
  • Assist students in planning a program consistent with their abilities and interests.
  • Monitor progress toward educational/career goals and meet at least once each semester to review the progress toward completing the proposed academic program and to discuss grades and other performance indicators.
  • Discuss and reinforce linkages and relationships between instructional program and occupation/career.
  • Interpret and provide rationale for institutional policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Follow-up with the students on any report of unsatisfactory work (notice of class probation for poor attendance, notice of FA and/or failing grades, incomplete grades from past semester(s), etc.).  Special attention should be paid to students who are placed on academic probation.
  • Approve all designated educational transactions (e.g., pre-registration/registration schedule, drops/adds, withdrawals, waivers, graduation requirements, etc.).
  • Try to make informal out-of-class/office contacts to underscore personal interest in the student as an individual.
  • Maintain an up-to-date Counseling Portfolio, with a summary record of performance to date (grade reports, transcript, requirements completed, etc.), dates of conferences, notation of special circumstances, etc.
  • Inform and, if necessary, refer students to other institutional resources when academic, attitudinal, attendance, or other personal problems require intervention by other professionals. (e.g., Counseling, Dean of Students, Principal, etc.)
  • Proactively contact and be available for student on a regular basis. Office hours should be posted on the counselor's office door and preferably given to the students early in the semester.

Requirements & Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited College/University
  • 2-plus years’ experience working with high school students in academic setting
  • Evidence of administrative experience
  • Demonstrated project management experience/skills preferred
  • Proficient with MS Office suite of programs
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to take the program from vision phase into full, sustainable implementation
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Sensitivity to the ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds of the student body
  • Excellent inter-personal skills – high energy, positive, influential, and collaborative
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Bi-lingual preferred

Candidates for this position must be able and willing to conduct their work both in person as well as virtually, based on the requirements of their state, program or client, with or without reasonable accommodation

FullBloom provides education and behavioral health solutions for children and their families, leading to better life outcomes, regardless of the learning obstacles and other challenges they face. The company’s team of over 5,000 education and healthcare professionals work to achieve measurable and sustained academic and behavioral gains through evidence-based programs that include specialized education, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapies, intervention services, and professional development. Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Camden, New Jersey, FullBloom supports tens of thousands of children and families, over 500 school districts, and more than 25,000 teachers annually through its three operating divisions – Catapult Learning, Specialized Education Services, Inc (SESI), and Little Leaves.