Equity Education
  • Detroit, MI, USA
  • $15 - $18
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Full Benefits Package inclusive of health, dental, vision, 401K with match, wellness reimbursement, etc.

JOB TITLE: High School Guidance Counselor Assistant

DEPARTMENT: Counseling

REPORTS TO: Principal/Guidance Counselor



EQUITY Public Schools

Detroit Leadership Academy Elementary K-5 www.dlachampion.org

Detroit Leadership Academy Middle/High School 6-12  www.dlachampion.org

Detroit Innovation Academy K-8 www.diachampion.org

Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy 9-12 www.detroitdeltaprep.org/

Detroit Collegiate High School 9-12 www.detroitcollegiate.org


Why Join EQ?

At EQUITY, we believe that creating and sustaining excellent and equitable schools for all children is the most critical issue today and that high-quality education is the only way to change the life trajectory and outcomes for kids. We are relentless in our pursuit and refuse to accept anything less than remarkable schools for our kids, regardless of their zip code.

We know the most effective way to make lasting change in schools is by recruiting, developing, and retaining strong people who are committed to their own development and to our belief that all students have the potential to be remarkable. As a values-driven organization, we seek talent whose values align with ours: empathy, relentless pursuit of quality, embracing the unconventional, taking initiative, tenacity, and commitment to teamwork.

The mission of EQUITY Education is to build a system of remarkable neighborhood schools for traditionally underserved students by manifesting potential.

EQUITY believes that access to a remarkable education is the most fundamental social justice issue today. As an organization, we aim to ensure access to the type of high quality education that grants students success in college and life as we work to dismantle systemic educational inequities.

EQUITY is a steadily growing organization. Student enrollment has increased from 900 students in 2014 to over 1,400 students in 2018. Because of our rapid growth, we need YOU!

We offer one of the most comprehensive compensation and benefits packages in the city of Detroit. EQUITY employees earn competitive salaries and a robust benefits package, including:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield Healthcare PPO including vision and dental with employer covering 80%
  • 401K with match options
  • Free Short- and Long-Term Disability
  • Free Basic Life Insurance
  • Free Basic AD&D
  • Supplemental insurance plans available
  • Wellness benefits
  • Free State Continuing Education Clock Hours offered
  • Paid time off, varying by role
  • Career development opportunities
  • Performance Bonuses


Who are we looking for?

We are seeking tenacious staff members who operate with empathy and will settle for nothing less than excellence for their students. Professionals with a passion for urban education and the city of Detroit align best with our needs and goals. Our top performers are focused on building positive relationships with students and families are driven by data and student outcomes.

What are the major job responsibilities?

The counselor assistant works with the counselor to advise students on post-secondary options and opportunities as well as administer and interpret career assessment tools. (S)he also supports the counselor in assisting students in developing educational and occupational goals and plans. A successful employee is a consummate professional, upholding the mission, goals and objectives of the organization.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist counselor in all aspects of his/her role, including: supporting students to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral obstacles affecting their lives and/or educational or vocational situations.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Prepare students for later educational experiences by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Evaluate students' abilities, interests, and personality characteristics using tests, records, interviews and/or professional resources.
  • Counsel students regarding educational issues, such as course and program selection, class scheduling and registration, school adjustment, truancy, study habits, and career planning.
  • Coordinate college visits, education fairs, parent information events, and collaborate with teachers about SAT prep initiatives.
  • Assist students, along with their parents/guardians with the college admission process and applying for scholarships and federal aid (FAFSA).
  • Complete all necessary paperwork as required by law and school policy including certifying and auditing transcripts.
  • Work closely with the Community and Family Outreach Coordinator to develop strong relationships with local colleges and potential employers to generate a wide variety of potential college or career opportunities for graduating students.
  • Coach teachers in grade level meetings to diagnose student concerns based on data and create subsequent action plans to ensure the student's academic and social/emotional success.
  • Help lead staff to create a pervasive "college-going" culture in all aspects of the school environment.
  • Ensure care of provided instructional materials, curricula, technology, and classroom furniture
  • Perform other duties as assigned by manager


What are the required qualifications?

  • Hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Endorsement in High School Counseling
  • Two to four years of related experience
  • Experience with working in diverse, low-income communities; sensitivity to and awareness of the needs of culturally diverse urban adolescents and families
  • Outstanding organizational skills and strong attention to detail; excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to manage priorities and workflow
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
  • Ability to audit high school transcripts to ensure students are scheduled in correct courses
  • Commitment to the belief that all students can learn and succeed
  • Experience and demonstrated success in designing and executing interventions for struggling students
  • Experience and success in supporting families
  • Possess the desire and willingness to develop own skill set
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain constructive group relationships


EQUITY Education does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.


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