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Academic Counselor Posted: 04/03/2017

POSITION:  Academic Counselor (Grant Funded Position)


REPORTS TO:  Dean of Curriculum and Instruction


SUMMARY:  The Academic Counselor is responsible for coordinating and managing services provided to students identified as needing additional academic support.. Additionally, he or she will deliver counseling services to students, families and staff specializing in academic support counseling for struggling/low-achieving students.  This position is an eleven-month position, beginning of August until late June,  Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm.



Hire, develop and retain highly-qualified, outcomes-driven, risk-taking, innovative, flexible, collaborative, reflective, faith-filled and generous women and men whose hearts are on fire.

-from Saint Martin Bold Initiatives 2014



Saint Martin de Porres High School is an urban Catholic college-preparatory high school dedicated to working exclusively with students of modest means.  Our program includes an innovative Work-Study component:  we partner with local corporations who recognize the importance of investing in young people to develop habits of mind and spirit that will lead them to college and career success.  Eighty percent of our students will be the first in their extended families to attend college.  Saint Martin was founded in 2004 and is chartered by the state of Ohio and accredited through the Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association. Our mission is to transform urban Cleveland one student at a time; we are committed to the values of work, study, service, leadership and prayer. We are a member of the Cristo Rey Network of schools founded in 2001.


  • Collaborate with school psychologist, social workers/counselors, Dean and faculty in identifying students in need of academic supports
  • Develops and manages effective student Individual Success Plans
  • Coordinates parent/teacher Conferences
  • Coordinates testing modifications
  • Manages after school academic support
  • Manages a case-load of approximately 75 students (Fluctuates depending on student enrollment and school needs).
  • Maintain regular communication with parents of students with an ISP
  • Maintain communication between counselors, teachers, and the Corporate Work Study Program administrators regarding students receiving services
  • Coordinate assessment and services for students with Learning Disabilities
  • Implement an effective referral and follow-up process as needed for students.
  • Accurately/appropriately uses assessment procedures for determining and structuring academic support services.



  • Bachelors degree in Education, School Counseling, or related field.



  • Masters degree in Social Work or Counseling from accredited University/College.

LSW or PC preferred.

  • Masters degree in Education or Special Education/Intervention Specialist.




  1. Experience in the area of high school discipline and intervention.
  2. Minimum of three years working in an urban and/or Catholic high school.
  3. Able and willing to work an extended day. Required hours are 8:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. approximately 11 months per year. Additionally, the Academic Support Counselor will support the Assistant Principal of Student Success by assuming some responsibility for late departure supervision of students. Faculty and staff typically work 55-60 hours in a week including planning and extra-curricular activities.
  4. Preferably, has successful experience working with students in an urban setting. Understands the requirement to talk, listen and actively intervene with students.
  5. Is comfortable in an educational setting that has a philosophy founded in a professional collaborative effort, peer review, and multidisciplinary lesson planning.
  6. Has an understanding of the high school reform movement.
  7. Has demonstrated an ability and is prepared to continue to be flexible in all matters involving school administration and program and curriculum development.



  • Committed to urban education
  • Flexible and open to growth
  • Effective communication, both oral and written
  • Collaborative
  • Well-organized and attentive to details
  • Outcomes-driven
  • Self-initiating



  • Understands and completely embraces the Saint Martin de Porres High School mission and the Cristo Rey Network’s Ten Standards for Mission Effectiveness
  • Person of faith but not necessarily Catholic
  • Animated by a love of teenagers and a commitment to social justice
  • Appreciates that the school is driven by its Catholicity which focuses on the highest level of ethical, moral and social behavior of its students, staff and volunteers
  • Able and willing to do what it takes to get the job done even if it is not directly related to your job description
  • Strong sense of being a team player


Benefits include:


For more information regarding Saint Martin de Porres High School and the Cristo Rey Network, please visit www.saintmartincleveland.org and www.cristoreynetwork.org.

Interested candidates may send a cover letter and resume to Mrs. Kerry Capka, Human Resources Manager at careers@stmdphs.org



Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy 

Saint Martin de Porres High School encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to our mission.

Saint Martin de Porres High School is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.