School Counselor - MERS Goodwill - St. Louis Excel Center
Position: School Counselor
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: College and Career Readiness Specialist
Job Location: MERS/Goodwill Excel Centers, downtown St. Louis
Beginning: Immediately
Deadline: Open until filled **
District: MERS Goodwill - St. Louis Excel Center
St. Louis, MO 63103
Telephone: 314-655-4828
Job Description:
Position Overview:
MERS Goodwill seeks a College and Career Readiness Specialist (CCR) to join our Excel Center.  The Excel Center runs five 8-week terms a year. Students attend classes between 8:30 am and 8:30 pm 4 days per week (M-Th). Fridays are reserved for staff/student support meetings, tutoring & planning. CCRs traditionally work M-F 8 AM to 4 PM plus one evening/week. CCRs help develop & design career pathways for targeted, industry-driven programs with dual enrollment, noncredit, and credit certificate options. We seek an innovative, outgoing leader who can forge strategic partnerships with a variety of organizations. CCRs also establish relationships with our students to support their academic success, identify career goals, and successfully pursue training, college, apprenticeships, or employment. Our goal is for CCRs to find joy in guiding students to reach their potential, and approach students with compassion, grit, integrity, and innovation. 

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Work w/Excel staff & industry networks to develop student exposure to on-the-job opportunities, internships or job shadowing, & other experiential learning
  • Make sound recommendations on student placement into specific opportunities
  • Develop innovative, career-focused marketing & recruitment strategies to promote career pathways
  • Conduct, gather, & coordinate the development of research and performance measures for credential completion, educational attainment, & efforts that bridge educational systems for career-path employment 
  • Align job training & education programs to jobs with strong local prospects
  • Meet w/key stakeholders in education & training, workforce, & economic development
  • Oversee and support students in all certification and dual-credit classes
  • Coordinate college prep testing for students (ACT, SAT, etc.) 
  • Provide information on college fairs, campus visits, scholarships, etc. to students, teachers, & alumni
  • Create and maintain outreach efforts to Excel Center alums to support and track graduates in their post-secondary pursuits
  • Other services/duties as assigned
  • Bachelor’s Degree in education, social work, or psychology required 
  • Master’s degree and teaching or training experience preferred 
  • Must have strong verbal and written skills and be able to work with a diverse group of students, staff, and co-workers.
  • Knowledge of MO community colleges, technical schools, and adult training schools preferred. 
  • One year experience in career counseling and job placement preferred. 

Benefits at MERS Goodwill
  • Employer subsidized individual and family medical benefits
  • Employer subsidized individual and 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, and accidental death and dismemberment offered
  • Employee discount
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid vacation, holiday, and 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!   

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