High School Counselor

  • Pope John Paul II Preparatory School
  • Hendersonville, TN, USA
  • Feb 06, 2023
Full time Counseling

Job Description

Start Date: July 1, 2023

Job Goal: The high school counselor works to further Pope John Paul II Preparatory School’s mission of developing students that are strong in mind, body, character, and spirit. The high school counselor must have a deep commitment to holistic student development and an enthusiasm for working with adolescents in a Catholic community. This position will serve as the primary high school counselor for approximately 175 students, which includes college planning, academic support, and brief individual counseling. The high school counselor is also responsible for collaborating with other counseling team members and faculty/staff and consulting with parents/guardians in an academic setting. As a counseling team, we look to help each student foster academic independence, empathy for self and others, and various post-secondary opportunities.


  • A Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling is required.
  • Candidate must be currently certified in the state of Tennessee or willing to pursue certification. Prior college admissions/college counseling experience preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in a high school setting is preferred.
  • Experience with test coordination preferred.

Classification: Full-time, 12 months, Exempt position. Occasional evening or weekend work will be required to assist with special events and test coordination.

Reports to: Director of Counseling

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide personalized individual college counseling for a caseload of approximately 50 senior students and their families.
  • Assist in developing and implementing college counseling programs, including the annual college fair, Junior College Workshop, and classroom lessons.
  • Co-facilitate presentations for students and families in grades 9-12 regarding the college search and application process, standardized testing, and the financial aid process.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with college admissions representatives throughout the application cycle.
  • Assist in data collection and analysis related to academic and college/post-secondary counseling services.
  • Lead, coordinate, and implement testing for PSAT, SAT/ACT, and AP Exams
  • Manage all facets of testing to include: inventory, ordering, scheduling, and distribution of score deports
  • Work with the Director of Student Support to ensure students receive appropriate testing accommodations
  • Provide brief personal/social and academic counseling for a caseload of approximately 175 students in grades 9-12.
  • Assess for student social-emotional needs/safety concerns and help connect families with appropriate outside resources.
  • Communicate with parents when a student’s emotional well-being becomes a concern or is impacting the academic environment.
  • Provide input on wellness programs and curriculum for students.
  • Consult with faculty on student social/emotional issues.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with outside mental health care providers.
  • Participate as an active member of the Student Support Team, including identifying and implementing targeted student support interventions.
  • Communicate and consult effectively with students, families, faculty/staff, and community stakeholders.
  • Participate in counseling professional development each year consistent with the maintenance of licensure.
  • Perform all duties following American School Counselor Association (ASCA) best practices.
  • Participate in the broader spiritual and extracurricular life of the school.

Interested candidates should email Director of Counseling Erin Springstead (erin.springstead@popeprep.org) with the following:

  • A cover letter explaining why you want to work at Pope Prep, highlighting personal strengths that make you an ideal fit for the position.
  • A resume emphasizing educational and professional experiences.
  • A brief description of your school counseling philosophy.