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Social-Emotional Learning Counselor - Access Opportunity

Social-Emotional Learning Counselor

Location: Boulder, CO

Access Opportunity’s vision is equity in opportunity for all students. Our mission is to create opportunities for high-potential students from low-income households to define their individual paths through high school, college, and career, ultimately benefiting the lives of others.

Our program begins with a selective admissions process at the end of 10th grade, and continues through graduation from a four-year college. Our students are ambitious leaders who hope to use their education to make change in their communities. The ultimate goal of Access Opportunity is to help students, their families, and their communities reach their full potential.

POSITION OVERVIEW:
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is intentionally integrated into every aspect of our program. As our SEL Counselor, you will report to the Program Director and be responsible for facilitating our six-year SEL curriculum, including one-on-one counseling, group workshops, and community outreach. You will work most closely with first-year college students as their assigned counselor, supporting them as they navigate an often challenging but crucial transition. Additionally, you will be a part of the Program Team and will support the rest of the student’s journey from recruitment into the program to graduation from college.

To be successful in this role, you must be a trained mental health professional with strong leadership and relationship-building skills. You must have a track record of creating and fostering positive relationships with diverse youth, including crisis intervention when needed. Above all, you must be committed to access, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Direct Student Services
Facilitate onboarding of new students upon enrollment into the program to determine initial service needs and provide referrals and recommendations for additional resources
Provide one-on-one counseling and therapeutic support to students of all class years, connecting to appropriate outside resources/assistance programs as needed
Serve as primary counselor for caseload of 15-20 first-year college students, helping them to successfully navigate the college transition and find support on campus
Facilitate culturally responsive, trauma sensitive, identity-affirming group programming on key SEL topics throughout the program lifecycle
Engage student’s families through initial home visits, workshops, letters, and individual meetings when needed, empowering them to support their students' educationsl goalsw
Identify additional student needs surrounding social-emotional learning, and run supportive or psychoeducational groups as needed (often virtually)
Follow Access Opportunity curriculum and maintain timely and regular contact with students, including helping students meet program benchmarks and requirements
Document all interactions to track students’ progress and follow-up as needed Program Support
Review applications and conduct interviews of prospective students through a need-based lens, recommending candidates who would benefit most from our support
Train, supervise, and support a group of AO peer mentors
Develop and maintain strategic external partnerships with local high schools, colleges and universities, individuals with lived experience, and community organizations to highlight an array of perspectives in your SEL programming and increase the familiarity of our work within our broader community
Meet regularly with Program Director to set and assess goals related to student support as well as your own professional development
Research and stay on top of best practices in our industry
Ensure the delivery of high quality, consistent services within our program by accurately recording data, effectively using folders to track program activities and student outcomes, and providing regular reports on student metrics
 

Other
Provide support with development activities such as Raise a Class and other campaigns
Assist with general office administration including logistics for workshops, ordering supplies, and other duties as needed
Assist with managing interns and volunteers for our program
 

QUALIFICATIONS:
Master’s degree in social work, counseling, or a related field
Clinical licensure (LCSW, LPC, LMHC, or similar) preferred but not required; Access Opportunity may be able to provide clinical supervision for those pursuing licensure
Demonstrated commitment to Access Opportunity’s vision and mission
Experience building strong, supportive relationships with diverse youth
History of building alliances with community-based organizations and schools
Familiarity with (or excitement to learn more about) the core SEL competencies defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed mental health counseling principles, methods, procedure, and standards, including group facilitation
Collaborative leadership style with mature interpersonal skills and an openness to professional feedback and growth (both delivering and receiving)
Ability to effectively manage a large volume of work
Strong analytical and organizational skills
Excellent written and verbal communication
Any bilingual language skills are a huge plus (please let us know in your application)
Priority will be given to those with lived experiences and/or identities that reflect those of our students
 

Access Opportunity is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We live by our vision of equity in opportunity and seek to hire team members representative of the diverse communities we serve. We would love to hear about how you will bring your identities and lived experiences into your work. While our working hours are generally 9am-5pm M-F, this position also requires occasional evening and weekend availability to meet the needs of our students. Please anticipate up to one Saturday per month for student programming (with the ability to take time off later in the week to compensate). You must have the ability to periodically travel to meet with students and other constituents throughout the Denver Metro area. To build strong relationships with students, we also ask for the ability to make a two-year commitment. Note: Access Opportunity has a physical office space that can be utilized as desired, as well as regular in-person meetings and gatherings. Otherwise, team members are welcome to work remotely.
 

COMPENSATION:
The salary range for this position is between $50,000 to $60,000 (commensurate with experience), with a
generous benefit package. These benefits include a professional development budget of $1,000, fully covered
health and dental insurance, unlimited paid time off, enrollment into a 403b retirement plan after one-year of
service with a 3% company match, and mileage reimbursement.
 

TIMELINE:
This position will remain open until filled. Our ideal start date is June 6, 2022, but we are willing to be flexible
for the right candidate. Above all, we hope that our SEL Counselor is able to attend and participate in our full
program workshop from June 13-17, 2022. The hiring process will begin with a one-on-one interview with our Program Director. Select candidates will then participate in two panel interviews: one with other members of our staff team, and another with current students. Interviews will take place virtually.
 

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send to Natalee Deaette (ndeaette@accessopportunity.org) your:
Resume
Cover letter
3 professional references
Thank you for your interest!

 
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