Citizens of the World Los Angeles

School Counselor (Mar Vista Campus)

US-CA-Los Angeles
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The mission of Citizens of the World Los Angeles (CWC LA) is to provide a socio-economically, culturally, and racially diverse community of students in Los Angeles with an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each student's confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world. CWC schools:

  • Service a socioeconomically, culturally, and racially diverse community;
  • Develop students’ social and emotional skills to prepare them to become citizens of the world in an ever-changing future; and
  • Promote academic rigor through a constructivist, project-based learning approach, to support and develop children’s natural intellectual curiosity 

The CWC LA network is growing at a rapid rate and currently enrolls 1,900 students in three high-performing schools:

  • CWC Hollywood (opened in September 2010, renewed charter approved in December 2014, currently TK-5th grade);
  • CWC Silver Lake (opened in August 2012, renewed charter approved in November 2016, currently TK-8th grade); and
  • CWC Mar Vista (opened in August 2013, currently TK-6th grade and growing to 8th grades over the next two years).

CWC LA has a Regional Support Office that supports all CWC LA schools. We work with our network partners at Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWC Schools), linking the schools in Los Angeles to CWC schools in New York City and Kansas City.


Our core values are embraced by the entire community:

  • Excellence: we demand lasting quality
  • Diversity: we are better and stronger because of our differences
  • Authenticity: we are our true selves in this work, and we are candid
  • Community: we care deeply about people. We share and build partnerships. We celebrate, laugh, and seek joy, even in the tough times
  • Change: we welcome the unknown, embracing the unexpected and new. We adapt to meet the ever-changing times. We find new ways. 

Position Description

CWC Mar Vista is seeking an enthusiastic, skilled, and creative part-time counselor to support students’ social emotional well-being and development. In addition to providing individual and group counseling services, the individual must be passionate about collaborating with staff to maintain a rich social-emotional program in all grades. The school counselor will collaborate with teachers, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.


The School Counselor’s job responsibilities include:

  • Providing individual and group counseling sessions for students in grades TK-5.
  • Developing tools to support students’ positive behavior
  • Facilitating social study work groups for students who need more skill-building in this area
  • Supporting faculty in maintaining a coherent program to support students’ social-emotional growth both in and outside of the classroom
  • Developing and assisting with implementation of student IEPs and 504 plans
  • Maintaining student records and appropriate documentation of services provided
  • Participating as an active member of the community to provide stewardship of the school and adherence to its mission and guiding principles
  • Maintaining a high-level of professionalism including meeting deadlines, and commitments to self, students, and the community.
  • Conferring with teachers, school leaders, other instructional personnel, and external education agencies to aid in the development of robust, appropriate, educational programming and supports to students who are at risk of failure, not meeting school academic goals, and/or currently being supported by a formal IEP.  


The ideal School Counselor candidate will have:

    • A Master’s Degree
    • A valid CA Pupil Personnel Services Credential
    • A minimum of two years’ experience teaching in relevant elementary grades 
    • Experience working in a socio-economic, racial and culturally diverse classroom setting.
    • Ability to effectively mange and instruct small groups of students
    • An exhibited ability to work with children in a caring and respectful manner in order to create 
a joyful, caring classroom environment where instructional time includes community building, conflict resolution, skill-building, and empowering students to be peacemakers and agents for positive social change
    • Experience working with diverse populations, including English language learners and students with special needs
    • Knowledge of and experience with Welligent and other SPED related computer programs to document services, notes, write IEP's and run all necessary reports.
    • Fluency in a second language (ideally Spanish or Korean) is preferred.
    • Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and a can-do attitude
    • Personal investment in creating environments in which social emotional learning is the foundation 
of the culture
    • Belief and willingness to ensure that all students can learn and achieve at high levels
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate to a diverse audience


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