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Social Emotional Counselor - IDEA College Prep San Benito (19-20)

IDEA Public Schools – San Benito, TX

IDEA Public Schools:

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all of our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 58% of our students graduate from college in 6 years thats 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEAs co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 45,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near youwith continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tarrant County (Fort Worth/Arlington), New Orleans, Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2021), and Tampa Bay (2021)!

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video.

About the Rio Grande Valley

Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a school of 150 students in Donna, TX to the fastest- growing family of tuition-free, public charter schools in the United States. In the Rio Grande Valley, we are a nucleus of four counties (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy County) that work as one unit to support our children academically and holistically.

RGV is home to a population of just over 1.3 million residents. Children across the region truly benefit from IDEAs mission of college for all as only 1 out of 17 students graduate college-ready. Our mission holds true as we have 2,400 IDEA alumni that currently attend, or have graduated from, 150 colleges and universities across the country.

Join our passionate team of change makers in south Texas as we prepare to expand our home region to 55 schools, serving over 38,000 students in 2022.

Role Mission:
The role of the Social Emotional (SE) Counselor is to create and maintain a comprehensive social emotional learning program that is integrated into all aspects of the school community. This includes designing and leading professional development for faculty and staff, designing lessons for students to be given by teachers and/or the SE Counselor, leading the preparation of presentations for families and community members, collaborating with instructional coaches to coach and support teacher development on climate and culture (Guidepost 2 of the Guideposts for Excellent Teaching Rubric), overseeing the Peer Mediation Program, connecting families with community resources, providing direct student support when needed, and leading the implementation of any other new, research-based SE initiative(s), all of which will help the school address the social emotional learning needs of students that often serve as barriers to academic growth and achievement and overall well-being.


  • Schedule individualized and reoccurring sessions to address mental health needs
  • Establish individualized counseling goals for scholars
  • Use knowledge and understanding of the reciprocal influences of home, school, and community to intervene for scholar success via such practices as assessment, crisis intervention, home visits, conflict resolution, individual and group counseling, consultation, program development, dropout prevention and coordination of school and community services
  • Inform Lead Team every time there is a potential persistence concern
  • Communicate with family to figure out root cause and develop solutions to address concerns
  • Collaborate with lead team to create a joyful, respectful school culture where scholars want to come to school
  • Assist with campus joy factor, events and celebrations
  • Collaborates with teachers of concern to develop a plan to address failing grades concerns.
  • Communicates with families regarding weekly progress as needed.
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding and respect for the communities in which they identify.
  • Participate in weekly manager check-ins, grade-level meetings, parent meetings, parent information sessions, before and after-school duties, and school wide meetings and functions
  • Engage in summer and year-long district, school and personal learning and development
  • Minimum of 40+ hours spent at school per week

We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics:

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None


  • Education: Bachelors degree required; Masters degree in Counseling or in a related field preferred
  • Experience: Minimum 3 years of teaching experience or equivalent experience working with adolescents

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to adjust and adapt to a multitude of situations in the school environment
  • Ability to build solid student and family relationships


  • Salaries for this role typically fall between $51,650 and $58,947 and commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment.

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