School Counselor

Bard Early College New Orleans
Louisiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 26, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Counsellor Education, Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Counseling, Disabled Student Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
The Bard Early Colleges, tuition-free, satellite campuses of Bard College operated through partnerships with public school systems, are founded on the belief that many high-school-age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education.

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Position Title:
School Counselor (Bard Early College in New Orleans - BECNO)

About the Bard Early Colleges
The Bard Early Colleges (BECs) are founded on the belief that many high school–age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education. The Bard Early Colleges act on this belief by providing younger scholars with a tuition-free, credit-bearing college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades. Students are taught by college faculty in seminar classes; they receive up to 60 college credits and an associate in arts (A.A.) degree from Bard College, concurrently with a high school diploma.

Now in its second decade, the Bard Early College network serves over 3,000 students in campuses in Lower Manhattan and Queens, New York; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; and in Washington, DC. Since 2003, Bard College has awarded more than 3,000 A.A. degrees to its early college students.

Position Objectives

The School Counselor will remain accessible and available to students for advising and counseling in regards to academic, educational, socio-emotional, short-term and long-term intra and interpersonal conflicts. School counselor candidates should be competent in serving as a consultant for students and families, faculty and staff for specific academic, educational, and socio-emotional needs as presented by the campus.

Additionally, the School Counselor will establish relationships with college admissions representatives and help them interpret and appreciate the unique BECNO transcript. The School Counselor also assists with in-house college fairs as well as event/trip planning and data management.

The successful candidate will have strong management and interpersonal skills, will function effectively as part of a team, and will show an interest in our mission and in enabling our students to make a smooth transition to four–year colleges or other appropriate paths. Prior experience with college admissions or advising is preferred.

As part of a small team, BECNO employees work together to ensure the completion of successful initiatives that center student outcomes. A good fit for this position is a motivated individual, a self-starter who is able to plan and execute projects from beginning to end, someone who is creative, solutions-oriented and willing to put in the necessary work to establish this new position at BECNO.

The School Counselor will report to the Head of Early College and will work closely with the BECNO administrative team. This position is for a 12 month contract.


College and financial aid guidance (both in and outside of routine college advisory classroom space)
  • Assist Head of Early College in creating a college access curriculum
  • Coordinate with college faculty and the student activities office on field trips and other experiential learning activities
  • Host parent and family college access workshops or series

Student Emotional and Social Support
  • Provide counseling sessions and support socio-emotional treatment plans to promote positive student well-being
  • Communicate with students and families to best understand students’ academic, socio-emotional and behavioral needs
  • Assist faculty and staff with developing treatment plans to address students’ socio-emotional and behavioral needs
  • Assist at-risk and students with disabilities with early college transitional needs
  • Connect students and families to local resources and supports for assistance and counseling during times of distress or crisis

Student Services Team
  • Participate as a member of the Student Services Team
  • Work closely with the Dean of Students to support in the BECNO admissions process
  • Keep track of student attendance, report data to Student Services Team, and plan appropriate follow up

Teach at least one course per year that fits within the humanities field aligned with their training and expertise
  • Course should qualify as Bard College 3-credit course or 4-credit course option (4-credit specific to Psychology)
  • Course can be in addition to participation in campus-wide Seminar course
Job Type: Full-time
Compensation: Up to $50,000 Annual Salary plus benefits (compensation commensurate with experience)
Job Location: Bard Early College in New Orleans, Louisiana
Start Date Timeline: As soon as possible in 2022 (flexible start date)

Desired Qualifications

The School Counselor should have professional and academic experience that ideally spans both secondary and postsecondary teaching and administration.
The successful candidate for the position will possess the following characteristics and qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree, ABD, or PHD in Counseling/Guidance, Counseling Education, Educational Psychology, or Social Work
  • Minimum of 1 year of school counseling or teaching experience
  • Prior experience with college admissions or advising is preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to centering students
  • Experience with and commitment to working with adolescents
  • Commitment to excellence, and high standards
  • Commitment to growth, demonstrated by giving and eagerly implementing feedback
  • Value for teamwork, flexibility to pitch in, and take duty shifts
  • Commitment to social justice and openness to work using a restorative practices framework

Application Instructions

Please apply directly with Bard College / Bard Early Colleges. To apply, please upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae / resume, and the names and contact information for three references directly with Bard College by clicking on the “Apply Now” button through the Interfolio job application link provided here:


Inquiries may be directed via email to: Tam Lee, Head of Early college, at: [email protected] . Review of applications begins immediately and will proceed until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.


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