Purcell Marian Seeks Applicants for College and Career Counselor

February 25, 2021
Position Overview:

Reporting to the Dean of Students, the College and Career Counselor is part of the college and career counseling team. This person is responsible for teaching a senior “seminar” once each week, data management, and graduate support aimed at ensuring all CISE/Purcell Marian students secure an appropriate post-secondary plan, including matriculating to a match and best-fit college or securing the required credentials for a specified career pathway.


Key Responsibilities:
Teaching/Outreach (Current CISE Students) 50 %
  • Teach and engage students at all grade levels during the “flex period” focusing on college and career readiness.
  • Help students write and revise college essays and resumes
  • Conduct college, career, and military interview preparation as a function of our Three E Guarantee (the promise of enrollment, employment, or enlistment)
  • Manage registration for the SAT and ACT test, monitor fee waivers, assist with organization of test prep
  • Identify scholarship and summer program opportunities for students and guide them through the application process
  • Collaborate on the planning and execution of events like workshops, financial aid seminars, college fairs, and College Signing Day, career fairs, and military recruiting events
  • Maintain all records and data on students and complete data entry for ongoing accountability and reports
  • Work with departmental colleagues and school administration to develop, implement, and revise a four-year college and career counseling program
  • Other responsibilities as communicated by the Dean of Students


Alumni Support and Advising (CISE graduates from PM starting with the class of 2021) 30 %
  • Manage a caseload of approximately 30 students from the class of 2021 enrolled in two and four-year colleges, providing advising services focused on college persistence and completion, career readiness, academic advising, and transfer options
  • Provide advising support for all graduates pursuing trade-based or other career-oriented positions. 
  • Support students who choose to enlist in the armed forces to and through their first assignment.
  • Identify alumni who desire or may desire to transfer to four-year postsecondary institutions; provide information and guidance regarding university matriculation agreements, transfer policies, and procedures
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive knowledge of and information on financial aid policies and procedures, and support alumni in maintaining/improving college financial aid packages


Data Management and CISE Accountability 20 %
  • Utilize Naviance and any other database for consistent and timely data tracking, including up to date contact information
  • Manage all student demographic and academic, work, or service information 
  • Remain abreast of relevant developments concerning all aspects of college placement: including financial aid, scholarships, applications, and admissions standards
  • Assist families with completion of FAFSA and all other major tasks associated with enrollment, enlistment, or employment
  • Serve as a champion for scholars in need of academic, social, or emotional assistance, and ensure that a viable and powerful post-graduation plan is developed for each student.
  • Meet with CISE as needed to review progress, interventions, and improvement plans for those students on probation
  • Submit an annual report in June to the CISE Director that includes student grades, test scores, extra-curricular involvement, and post-graduate plans. In addition, the school will be expected to submit an annual ‘success story’ that conveys the impact of CISE funds on Purcell Marian High School and its students


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred
  • Counseling certification required or ability to quickly acquire certification 
  • Experience teaching or working in an urban, under-served environment preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making; work collaboratively, and; gather and analyze data, compile information, and prepare reports
  • Proficient in MS Office, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, experience utilizing the Google Suite, Google Classroom, and Zoom
  • Advanced knowledge of Naviance and the Common Application
  • Uphold the core values associated with Purcell Marian, The Marianists, and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati


Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to Micki Spencer at mspencer@purcellmarian.org by March 15th, 2021. All candidates’ cover letters and resumes will be reviewed and each candidate will receive confirmation of receipt. Only those candidates who will be invited for an interview will receive additional communication.

Purcell Marian does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, age, sex, color, or national origin. Compatibility and adherence to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, the educational philosophy of Purcell Marian, and personal values, together with professional competency and certification are factors that will influence the selection process. 

Applicants being considered for the offer of a new contract must: 1) agree to an online background check, FBI and BCI fingerprinting as a condition for employment 2) provide documentation of educational credentials including transcripts of college work and degrees and copies of the required license/certificate for the position. 3) complete an application for employment 4) provide a resume and three professional references. 

All new employees are subject to a criminal background check including FBI and CBI fingerprinting which must be made through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati ​prior​ to working with children.  

Archdiocesan employees will adhere to the Child Protection Decree for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. All employees of the Archdiocese are trained in this decree as a term of employment.  A copy of this decree can be found here.

Every employee must complete ​and maintain their Virtus training by successful completion of monthly bulletins.

Purcell Marian High School is a historic Roman Catholic co-ed high school serving a diverse population of students since 1928. Partnering with the Marianists, Purcell Marian was founded to teach faith and prepare graduates for post-secondary professional opportunities in our ever-advancing world. Purcell Marian is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School, which challenges students to ask questions, think critically, and develop research skills proven to help them later in life. We measure our success on our 3E Guarantee, which guarantees all graduating seniors are either Employed, Enlisted, or Enrolled at the time of graduation.


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