School Counselor - MERS Goodwill - St. Louis Excel Center
Position: School Counselor
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: Life Coach
Job Location: Mers/Goodwill Excel Center: North County, St. Louis
Beginning: Immediately
Deadline: Oct 15, 2022**
District: MERS Goodwill - St. Louis Excel Center
St. Louis, MO 63103
Telephone: 314-655-4828
Job Description:
Position Overview
MERS Goodwill is looking for a Life Coach to join our North County Excel Center.  The Excel Center runs five 8-week terms a year. Life coaches have a caseload of 80-120. Students attend classes between 8:30 am and 8:30 pm four days per week (Monday-Thursday). Fridays are reserved for weekly staff/student support meetings, tutoring & planning. Life coaches hold primary responsibility for student support through barrier removal, coaching, scheduling, credit tracking, attendance tracking, and one-on-one meetings with students. We seek life coaches who are committed to continuously improving the support, experience & success of students through collaboration. The life coach will facilitate enrollment, progress, and graduation for students attending The Excel Center- meeting students where they are and guiding them to academic and career success. Our goal is for life coaches to find joy in guiding students to reach their potential, and approach student support with compassion, grit, integrity, and innovation. 
Primary/Essential Functions
  • Participate in recruiting and enrollment activities and events
  • Assess student needs for, and barriers to, successful completion of the program
  • Schedule students into classes aligned to their academic assessments, availability, transferred credits, and career goals
  • Manage a caseload of 80-120 students by building strong rapport, maintaining professional boundaries, collaborating with community partners, and creating a positive school culture
  • Maintain detailed, comprehensive records of all meetings, strategies, and identified barriers
  • Monitor attendance and grades in collaboration with teachers to support student success
  • Intervene and manage occassional student crises, altercations, and behaviors, including identifying appropriate resources and community social programs
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited Educational Institution in one of the following areas: Health Science, Clinical Research, Health Care, Corporate Wellness, Psychology, Sociology, Education, or Social Services
  • Must be available to work between the hours of 8:00 am and 9:00 pm
  • Must be able to work with a diverse group of students, staff & co-workers
  • One or more years experience in a related field, 2 years preferred
  • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills as well as computer literacy
  • Knowledge of Missouri educational requirements to receive a high school diploma and experience writing clinical notes is strongly preferred
Benefits at MERS Goodwill
  • Employer subsidized individual & family medical benefits
  • Employer subsidized individual & family dental and vision
  • Employee retirement (403b) with company matching 50% up to 6% of employee wages after 1 year of employment
  • Employer contributed retirement (401a) annually after 1 year of employment (contributing to social security; not part of PSRS)
  • Employer contributed life insurance (twice W2 wages)
  • Optional short-term disability, additional life insurance, & accidental death & dismemberment offered
  • Employee discount
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid vacation, holiday, & sick time
MERS/Goodwill’s mission is “Changing lives through the power of work.” One barrier to employment is dropping out of school. Adults without a high school degree struggle to further their education & obtain employment with a family-sustaining wage.  There are 500,000+ Missourians without a diploma who lose ~$400,000 over their working lives.  This is your chance to play a key role in helping adults earn their high school diplomas. Goodwill, supported by DESE and MO DSS, runs 4 adult high schools in Missouri. Our schools serve almost 1,000 adults. We marshal resources to support students with flexible scheduling, life coaching, transportation assistance, on-site daycare, & outside resources. Students pick up where they left off to complete the remaining credits they need to earn a MO high school diploma. Students are also able to earn Industry Recognized Credentials (IRC). Currently, 41% of our graduates enroll in college/advanced training & about 60% graduate with dual credit or an IRC. Click HERE to hear from some of our graduates!   

The north St. Louis county center will open in winter 2022/2023.  The center hopes to serve +200 students. 

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.