Orenda Education - COUNSELOR, PART-TIME

Job Details

Region: 13
School District/Employer: Orenda Education
District Category/Employer: Campus
Position: Counselor
Assignment Level: Level
  • Elementary
  • High School
  • Middle School
School: Gateway College Preparatory School
Campus Description: Gateway College Preparatory School is an open-enrollment public charter school offering grades K - 12 on one 40 acre campus to students in Williamson County and north Travis County areas. Gateway is uniquely designed to provide a college preparatory curriculum for all grades with advanced placement courses and international studies offered. Gateway is known for its exceptional academic program with the primary emphasis of the campus on the integration of 21st Century Skills throughout the curriculum. All courses are taught by certified and “Highly Qualified” teachers according to the No Child Left Behind Act. There is NO TUITION to attend Gateway and enrollment is open to all students until available seats have been filled.
Smaller and more intimate by design, Gateway offers a public school education that feels and functions like a private school. With a senior class of about 100 - 125 students each year -- Gateway is about 1/8 to 1/4 the size of other area public high schools. This smaller size is critical, because it offers a “human scale” to the learning environment, and allows students greater access to teaching staff, resources and school activities.

Conceived around the ideal “Citizen, Scholar, Athlete,” Gateway represents some of the best thinking in educational innovation, and differs from the large traditional high school model in several ways, from the smaller student body and incorporation of the "flipped classroom", "blended-learning" instructional techniques, to single-gender learning opportunities and full integration of new technology to enhance the learning experience.

A fine arts program and competitive athletics are offered. Gateway is a member of the University Interscholastic League (UIL), the organization primarily responsible for offering sound, educational extracurricular activities to Texas public school students for over 100 years. As a UIL member, Gateway competes against UIL assigned district schools and schedules non-district competition with local private, parochial and public schools that have a similar size student body.

Gateway College Preparatory School is a part of the Orenda Charter Schools system. Orenda Education is the sponsoring entity for Orenda Charter Schools. Orenda Education is a non-profit educational organization incorporated in 1995 that is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas.

Gateway Academic Accolades
Based on the recent 2014 state-wide STAAR accountability ratings on Texas public schools, Gateway College Preparatory School score of “Met Standard” with five (5) distinctions in mathematics, science, reading/ELA, social studies and post- secondary readiness exceeded the ratings of most other public schools in Central Texas.

Compared to all 65 schools in the Round Rock ISD and Georgetown ISD combined, only 7 schools received a better rating than Gateway Prep.

In a 2014 report on “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” conducted by and published in the Washington Post, Gateway College Preparatory School was ranked 42nd in Texas and number 4 in the greater Austin area. The report ranked schools in the nation based on a ratio of the number of college credit exams (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education) taken at a high school each year compared to the number of graduating seniors.

In a September 1, 2014 Dallas Morning News article on the Texas public school academic accountability ratings, the Orenda charter school district was listed as one of the top 25 public school districts in Texas (traditional and charter school districts combined with at least 1,000 students) that significantly exceeded state averages in student academic growth.

Another significant achievement, and one of which we are very proud, is that our boys are performing just as well as our girls academically and, in many subjects, exceeding our girls. This is a significant development because in America the trend has been that boys are not doing as well as our girls in school.

Today, women outpace men in college enrollment by a ratio of 1.4 to 1 and the gap has been growing for well over a decade. Research shows that schools like Gateway Prep, with high expectations and stronger academic climates for both genders, can be a difference maker for boys. In other words, boys are better prepared and more likely to be college ready if they attend a secondary school that only offers college level core courses.
Date Posted: 12/2/2019
Deadline: Until Filled
Openings: 1
Commitment: Part Time
Description/Notes: POSITION SUMMARY:
Work with school faculty and staff, students, parents, and community to plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program at Gateway College Preparatory School. Counsel students to fully develop each student's academic, career, personal, and social abilities and address the needs of special population students.

• Provide counseling to students as needed to support an emotionally safe and supportive learning environment.
• Provide counseling as a related service to special education students including completing formal evaluations and periodic IEP progress reports, and attending ARD meetings.
• Make referrals to outside agencies as needed.
• Document student needs and suggest related services as appropriate.
• Provide teachers with resources and support for appropriately managing student behaviors.
• Assist with implementation of a school-wide anti-bullying and character education programs.
• Promotes and contributes to campus-wide initiatives.
• Consult with school staff, parents, and other community members to increase student effectiveness and promote student success.
• Deliver classroom guidance, group guidance and serve as a consultant to teachers.
• Support and participate in meeting the objectives of the campus/department improvement plans.
• Protects confidentiality of students and their families.
• Support the mission and vision of the campus and district.
• Adheres to policies and procedures of the campus and district.
• Comply with policies established by federal and state law, including but not limited to State Board of Education and local Board policy.
• Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Experience Required:
* Master's degree in counseling from accredited college or university
* Texas Counseling Certification
* Minimum of three years school counseling or classroom teaching experience
*Prefer to have 3 years experience working as a social and emotional needs counselor
*Experience with Special Education students and IEP's required.

Knowledge of:
* Counseling procedures, intervention strategies and student appraisal systems
* Academic programs, policies and procedures
* Community-based organizations and resources

Ability to:
* Interact effectively with parents and community partners
* Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
* Analyze complex information and data
* Operate standard computer and software applications, including, but not limited to electronic mail, word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations
* Communicate and collaborate between and among various areas of the district to support healthy students, high student achievement and customer satisfaction
* Organize and prioritize work responsibilities

Salary Range: Compensation is $25,867.20 - $32,655.36 annually depending on experience.

* Salary is listed for part-time (20 hrs)
*Calendar: 192 Days
*Schedule: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday
Benefits: Should you enroll in TRS medical, Orenda Education makes a $378 monthly contribution towards employees' premiums.

TRS ACTIVE CARE Aetna Health Insurance
* Active Care 1-HD
* Active Care Select
* Active Care II
* First Care (Goldthwaite, TX only)
* Scott & White HMO
How To Apply: Visit www.orendaeducation.org OR www.gatewaycps.org under careers to submit an application.

Please attach Cover Letter, Resume and References

Contact Person:

Name: Teresa Moreno
Email: teresa.moreno@orendaeducation.org
Address: 2951 Williams Drive
City: Georgetown
State: TX
Zip: 78628
Phone: (512) 869-3020