College and Career Counselor – New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School (2021)

11th and 12th Grade College and Career Lead Counselor

Job Description



New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School is an open-admission public charter school that prepares all students for college admissions and successful careers. Sci High provides a rigorous high school curriculum with an emphasis in science and in a supportive environment of learning and respect that prepares students to make informed choices about post-secondary pursuits.

Position Overview

Sci High defines student success as the pursuit and achievement of any or all of the following pathways: attainment of a university diploma, a jump start technical diploma, and/or a career technical/trade certification resulting in employment upon graduation or further enrollment in technical, workforce, or on-the-job training. The Academic Counselor is a key partner with school leadership to support the implementation of learning pathways for student success. Our Academic Counselor fully supports the school mission and believes in student development, student choice, and self-actualization as a goal for all graduates.

Role-specific Duties: 

As a member of the Academic Guidance Team you are expected to:  

Team Lead

  • Supports the enrollment manager and performs management duties when manager is absent or out of office
  • Provides encouragement to team members, including communicating team goals and identifying areas for new training or skill checks
  • Assists management with hiring processes and new team member training
  • Answers team member questions, helps with team member problems, and oversees team member work for quality and guideline compliance
  • Communicates deadlines and goals to team members
  • Conducts team meetings to update members on best practices and continuing expectations
  • Generates and shares comprehensive and detailed reports about team performance, mission-related objectives, and deadlines

Individual Student Planning/Scheduling

  • Schedule new students and make necessary schedule changes for students as directed by academic and student services leadership. 
  • Support School-wide scheduling initiatives – scheduling fair, student materials, classroom visits and course progression. Create Sci High course request in Power Scheduler based on student choices, course progressions and diploma pathways. 
    • Complete transcript audits for 11th and 12th grade students to determine student graduation status at least three times per academic year (August, January, May) 
    • Schedule and lead individual student meetings for the development of goal setting for diploma and career plans for 11th and 12th grade students.
    • Systematic and regular communication with students and parents about student progress
      • Report cards conferences, progress report nights. 
      • Grade level academic events. 
      • Graduation Requirements and Progress Monitoring.
      • Family Communication in October and March
      • Individual letters for seniors failing required classes at the end of Q1 and Q3.
      • Communication with non-seniors who fail required classes in S1 and/or S2
    • Conduct one-on-one meetings with students and/or families when requested or in the event of a change in grade level or graduation/diploma status


    • Determine and communicate state testing status (LEAP 2025, ACT, PSAT, AP) to students, school personnel, and the district.
    • Facilitate and participate in honor roll and academic celebrations and program referrals for academic partnerships and opportunities. 
    • Organize and supervise assessment records for all students. 

    Responsive Services

    • Coordinate one-on-one meetings with students, teachers and/or families when requested and in the event of student academic struggle or change in academic performance, status. 
    • Work with Academic Leads, Intervention Team, and Student Services team to determine appropriate interventions for students with low academic performance or missing credits.
    • Referral of students to social worker, school-based health clinic, community partnerships, support and social services. 
    • Develop and participate in the drafting of student transition plans and scheduling for special education students.  
    • Identify solutions for student credit recovery needs and communicate student needs to families and students. 

    System Support and Participation

    • Collaborate in Student Services, Counseling Team, SAT, CTE, and Grade Level Team meetings
    • Keep abreast of all district and state requirements for graduation including the Louisiana State Graduation Requirements and Career Pathways
    • Participate in state and district level counselor trainings.  
    • Identify professional development for individual and school team development for academic counseling topics and initiatives. 
    • Deliver faculty training for diploma types and counseling programming. 
    • Any additional activities in collaboration with the counseling team and/or school leadership.
    • Maintain collaboration and open communication with parents, students, teachers, team leads, administrators, district staff.

    School Support

     Consistently communicate about Sci High’s unique history, mission, and current instructional initiatives.

    Fulfill additional school wide duties as needed (such as before school duty, school tours, student recruitment, etc.)

  • Flexibility to respond to changing needs of school community and find solutions in support of school leadership. 
  • Monitor and communicate challenges and demands of Sci High students and develop responsive action planning with school partners to address barriers to academic success and student growth, engagement. 
  • Adhere to the policies outlined in the Sci High Faculty Handbook.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to