School Counselor - San Diego

San Diego, CA
School Support – Student Services /
Full-Time 2024-2025 School Year /
Who We Are

KIPP SoCal Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that operates 23 tuition-free, open-enrollment charter public schools, within 20 Local Education Agencies (LEA), educating more than 10,000 students and supporting 6,800 alumni to and through college and beyond.

What We Believe

KIPP SoCal believes that the purpose of education is for liberation. This means that we see, develop, and inspire the limitless potential in each and all of our KIPPsters.

What We Do

At KIPP SoCal we build trusting relationships that are strengthened by high expectations and collaboration alongside laughter and joy. We set ambitious goals and hold each other accountable for students achieving their greatest potential. We work together with each other and in partnership with families and communities in the active pursuit of a more equitable world. We do the right thing, even when it's not always comfortable standing up and speaking out against anti-blackness, racism, oppression, and injustice. We persevere through obstacles and treat failure as an opportunity to learn and grow.

You Should Apply If

You have previous experience as a School-based Mental Health professional, providing social-emotional support to children in grades K-8; You are an excellent communicator who enjoys working with teachers, administration and other school staff. You are passionate about developing students' social-emotional skills to support their ability to access their educational program.

What You'll Do

    • Provide school-based individual and group counseling services to students with IEPs with Designated Instructional Service (DIS) counseling goals/needs
    • Maintain documentation within compliance of KIPP SoCal regulation and procedures
    • Provide advocacy, child welfare, and case management services to students
    • Collaborate with all school staff including Resource Specialist (RSP), School Psychologist and Lead Education Specialist for the continued evaluation of current DIS counseling students
    • Assess, identify and provide clinical interventions to students with emotional, social, attendance and/or behavioral concerns within the general education population.
    • Provide threat assessment and risk management crisis services.
    • Collaborate with community-based agencies and provide referral services
    • Participate in the development of school-wide prevention, initiatives and policies related to safety, violence prevention and positive culture, social/emotional health, and the welfare of students
    • Supports the training and education of MSW interns as a field instructor or preceptor, depending on experience
    • Facilitate staff trainings and professional development bringing knowledge of developmental social/emotional needs of students
    • Perform consultations with classroom teachers and be a resource for school site personnel on mental health and social/emotional issues that may affect classroom performance
    • Identify student needs and provide prevention and intervention for concerns such as substance use, gang affiliation, sexual education, etc
    • Provide and manage peer mediation and group counseling lessons (identification of students, selection criterion, training, facilitation, etc.)

You'll Be Qualified If You Have

    • Master’s in Social Work (MSW)/Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT)/Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), Masters in Counseling or Associate/Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC/LPCC) required
    • Pupil Personnel Services Credential required
    • At least one year of supervised employment in the field of school-based mental health with school-age children or one year of supervised field placement experience (accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs or Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy in Education) in a school mental health setting working with school-age children
    • Training in clinical interventions and providing evidence-based therapy to youth and families
    • Knowledge of special programs, guidance and scheduling preferred
    • Knowledge of district policies and procedures related to special education and DIS services
    • Ability to work as a part of multiple teams
    • Knowledge of and experience with RTI/SST programs and interventions
    • Demonstrated commitment to students’ wellbeing and learning
    • Ability to connect with people from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds (including but not limited to homeless and LGBTQ youth)
    • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills

Joining KIPP SoCal Means the Following

    • Working at an organization committed to the hard work necessary to ensure education is for liberation 
    • Spending time with students and families in the best communities of LA, Compton, and San Diego
    • Support and care from fellow regional team members
    • Ongoing professional development and coaching from manager 

Benefits & Compensation

    • Very competitive and transparent  compensation package inclusive of a generous benefits package (follow link and refer to slides 8/9 for salary scale. This role is in Group SS2). Salary is based on years of experience at KIPP SoCal only so all team members will come in at Year 1.
    • 100% of healthcare premium costs covered by employer, dependents added at 50% of the cost
    • Employer-paid KIPP SoCal life insurance
    • 401(k) plan with up to 6% match by KIPP SoCal
    • Voluntary Benefits (Pet Insurance, Supplemental Life, Accident, Short Term Disability, etc.)
    • Generous paid time off program includes 22 holidays, sick leave, and vacation
    • Other great benefits (Flexible spending account, EAP,, etc.)

KIPP SoCal Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation/gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

KIPP SoCal strives to ensure that our careers website is accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, please contact us. You can find our contact information on our website, Information will be sent to a talent acquisition representative who will provide assistance to ensure appropriate consideration in the hiring process.