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The School at Marygrove - K-8 School Counselor

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Date Posted: Feb 17, 2023

Job Description

Job Title


  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate course work in an Accredited School Counseling Program

Position Title: K-8 School Counselor- The Schools at Marygrove

Location: Marygrove Elementary

Salary: DFT Salary Schedule

Reports to: Principal

Bargaining Unit: Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT)

Benefits Eligible: Yes

In accordance with the Agreement between Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) and the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, the following vacancy is announced.

Position Summary:

The Schools at Marygrove are a new, one-of-a-kind preK-12 campus serving students in the city of Detroit, housed at the historic Marygrove College Campus. The elementary and high school are a special collaboration between the Detroit Public School Community District and the University of Michigan. While the high school will be entering its fourth year and graduating its first cohort of seniors in 2022-23, the new Marygrove Elementary will be opening its doors for the first time to welcome children in grades K-2.

Marygrove Elementary will provide opportunities for young learners to:

  • explore their curiosities and interests through projects, play, and other active learning activities;
  • nurture and affirm their cultural, linguistic, and other identities;
  • grow their capacity to tend to their own social and emotional wellbeing while also caring about and supporting the wellbeing of their fellow community members;
  • build the foundation required to understand themselves as important, powerful people who can and will use their education to improve social conditions and to advance justice.

Ultimately, the vision for the Schools at Marygrove are to engage learners in a coherent birth through Grade 12 curriculum in which our students learn to use their academic learning to improve lives, strengthen communities, and make the world a safer, more just, more loving place.

We are looking for a skilled and innovative counselor who understands the care, support, and respect that young children need and deserve in order to do their best work at school. Applicants must be ready to think creatively about how to best meet the needs of the whole child in partnership with teachers and families, work hard to develop and implement support systems that get the appropriate support to the right students at the right times, and care deeply about all students, their families and communities, and the city of Detroit.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must possess and provide evidence of a minimum of a master’s degree from an institution accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools or an equivalent agency.
  • Candidates must possess and provide evidence of a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate with a Guidance Counselor (NT) Endorsement OR a School Counselor License issued by the State of Michigan Department of Education.
  • Candidates may be requested to demonstrate writing proficience
  • Ability to relate warmly, sensitively, and positively with students, colleagues, families, and community members
  • Ability to work with other professionals in a collaborative manner to make sure support for children is coherent and consistent.
  • Ability to enlist community-based partners and provide community-based resources and recommendations to families and children.
  • Ability to engage young children in whole-class lessons, read-alouds, and other activities that support their social-emotional growth and well-being.  
  • Experience and ability running counseling groups and affinity groups with young children
  • Commitment to supporting the vision of the school, which includes using teaching and learning to advance social justice and the ability to identify and intervene on sources of inequality.
  • High level of interpersonal skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Familiarity with and/or eagerness to learn about restorative and culturally relevant approaches to counseling, mindfulness and well-being, grief-sensitive and trauma-informed practice.
  • Sensitivity and awareness to the ways in which race, gender, and other cultural and social identities impact the counseling relationship
  • Awareness of how social injustices and structural inequities impact the well-being of individual children and families, and an interest in partnering with community-based organizations that are intervening on these impacts.

Essential Functions:

  1. Communicate effectively and collaborate successfully with other staff members, families and caregivers, and community members.
  2. Develop and contribute to an environment and climate that is safe, welcoming, and supportive for all members of the campus community.
  3. Ensure families and other community members are meaningfully integrated into school life.
  4. Work collaboratively with the Marygrove Early Education Center and the Marygrove High School to ensure that student support services are cohesive and aligned across the entire preK-12 spectrum.
  5. Administer Pre/Post Needs Assessments to students, families, and staff.
  6. Provide professional guidance and counseling services that assist in creating a learning environment that contributes directly to student growth and well-being.
  7. Participate on Resource Coordinating Teams with support services personnel. (RCT).
  8. Counsel students individually and in small groups on a regularly scheduled basis.
  9. Coordinate and facilitate meaningful connections between the school and the community, including business/labor industry,   community foundations/organizations, and other local resources.
  10. Consult with teachers, parents, administrators, and others about the School Counseling Program  and other educational-related activities, procedures and plans.
  11. Participate in data aggregation and interpretation with students, parents, staff and counselor colleagues.
  12. Participate in webinars, site training programs, professional conferences/workshops and other professional growth experiences.
  13. Serve on the School Improvement Team and participate in other staff development activities.
  14. Evaluate guidance program progress; and
  15. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.

External Applicants

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.

Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.

All DPSCD employees are required to disclose their vaccine status, however COVID-19 vaccines are strongly encouraged but not required.

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or




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