School Counselor

About us

The Lincoln Academy is a new K4-12 charter school in the city of Beloit, Wisconsin.  We will serve 700 scholars when fully enrolled after four years.  We will offer K4 through 3rd grade and 6th through 10th grade this year.  We will add a grade in elementary and high school each year until we grow into K4-12.


The Lincoln Academy has three pillars - Academic Rigor, Character Expectations and Career Pathways.

  • Academic Rigor:  We will ensure all scholars are prepared with foundational skills and will be on grade level within three years of enrolling.  This will be accomplished through specifically designed curriculum, longer instructional day, interventions/enrichment, blended learning opportunities, strong professional development, coaching and a growth mindset expectation.

  • Character Expectations:  A strong emphasis on character development and citizenship will build our school culture.  Civic responsibility, service learning and community outreach will play an important role in developing character in our scholars.  Restorative Practices and the Jubilee framework for character education will guide TLA in a joyous, collaborative and healthy school environment where all scholars thrive.

  • Career Pathways:  Career exploration will begin in K4 and scholars will develop an Individualized Learning Plan by 8th grade to help guide them in their course selections in high school.  Scholars will set career goals and be fully prepared to graduate high school.  They will be able to have choices to enroll in a 2 or 4 year college or technical school, enlist in the armed forces or be employed in a living-wage job.

Vision: The Lincoln Academy will be the premier K4-12 school in the state of WI providing college and career pathways for scholars to lead happy, choice-filled lives.  We are committed to an equitable environment with rigorous instruction, joyous interactions, and strong community partnerships.

Values:

  1. Children First-Every decision we make is in the best interest of the scholars we serve.  We are completely focused on their education and their well-being and we always act accordingly.

  2. Trusting Community-We model and expect transparency, honesty, open communication and respect to collaborate with one another and push each other to always be our best.

  3. Get it Done-We are fiercely determined to do whatever it takes to ensure scholars reach their goals.  Innovation and productivity will drive our quest.

  4. Find the Joy-The work is challenging.  And in the face of those challenges, we choose joy.  We choose positivity.  We choose to find the wins.  We choose to lift each other up.

  5. Community Focus -We work alongside our families and community partners to build alliances that afford our scholars unique learning opportunities.   Shared voices will be honored and help us grow.

Job Description

The school counselor is the person responsible for supporting scholar success in living happy choice filled lives. The counselor is also the person responsible for building a functional school schedule to assure academic success for all scholars.  It is the expectation that this individual will work with colleagues, parents, and scholars to create a school environment that is focused on student achievement, character and success beyond high school. TLA is a school where scholars and families are supported, while maintaining high expectations for all.  The school counselor is expected to fully embrace the school’s methodology and uphold the high expectations of The Lincoln Academy.  The school counselor will support an equitable environment with rigorous instruction, joyous interactions, and strong community partnerships. Though it is impossible to list all roles the school counselor will fill, specific job responsibilities include:


Essential Functions:

  • Maintain data regarding scholar course requests and build a balanced and functional master schedule by assigning teachers to class periods and classroom spaces

  • Provide scholar support on course selection and specific programs

  • Schedule scholars in appropriate classes depending on post-secondary plans in conjunction with parents, teachers and school leadership

  • Assist scholars with the applications for post secondary jobs, schools, scholarships and financial aid

  • Promote equity, access and academic success for every scholar

  • Design and support college and career visits in conjunction with the Director of Career Planning and Partnerships

  • Support all scholars in making decisions, setting goals, and taking appropriate action to achieve goals

  • Monitor each scholar’s course requirements and transcripts for graduation

  • Ensure scholars have the required credits to graduate

  • Support credit recovery program

  • Monitor, track outcomes and support TLA alumni

  • Organize and promote educational and career success programs, which may include scholar choice of classes, special programs, work-based learning and dual credit programs.

  • Support all scholars in developmentally appropriate academic preparation essential for a wide variety of post secondary options

  • Work collaboratively with the School Leadership Team when preparing for testing, including but not limited to: standardized testing, Aspire, ACT, SAT, Civics Exam, and AP Exams

  • Support scholars while applying to participate in Start College Now or Early College Credit Program as well as postsecondary institutions after high school and submit transcripts to institutions

  • Work with all scholars to develop strategies to achieve future success to live happy choice filled lives

  • Adhere to ethical standards and confidentiality

  • Demonstrate interpersonal relationships with scholars, staff, and parents

  • Other duties as requested

Skills/Attributes:

  • Alignment with The Lincoln Academy’s vision and values

  • Strong people skills and leadership ability to develop a team environment

  • Belief in maintaining high expectations for learners at every ability level

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced setting with high expectations

  • Demonstrate professionalism and integrity

  • Strong critical thinking skills and strategic problem solving skills

  • An ability and passion to work with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds

  • A joyous attitude and drive for personal excellence

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to adapt to change quickly and efficiently

  • Interpersonal skills that encompass strong relationship building and communication

  • Ability to use technology and data to drive toward exceptional outcomes for scholars

  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic

  • Adaptability in working with various age groups ranging from Kindergarten to high school

  • Commitment to professional growth and personal development

Requirements

Education

Master’s in School Counseling


Experience

Experience teaching in an urban setting preferred

Experience with scheduling preferred


Licensing

WI DPI School Counselor (7054)


Physical Demands/Working Conditions: The majority of this job involves walking, sitting or standing necessary to observe classroom and school activities, mostly indoors. The ability to physically perform the duties and work in the school setting is required.  Some conditions include:

  • Must be able to stand up to 2 hours instructing staff or instructing a classroom of learners

  • Must be able to sit and look at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing for up to 2 hours at a time

  • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs on a frequent basis

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.