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Sacred Heart Nativity Schools


Sacred Heart Nativity Schools provide a transformative middle school education to low-income youth in San Jose.  Nativity is a Jesuit, faith-based middle school located in the Washington Gardner neighborhood and  provides a holistic education that supports the growth and development of a child intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.  Nativity consists of two middle schools: Sacred Heart Nativity School for Boys (established in 2001) and Our Lady of Grace Nativity School for Girls (established 2006). Our mission and entire program is for the purpose of breaking the cycle of poverty through education.


The Counselor creates and maintains a comprehensive school counseling program that focuses on the mental, personal, academic, and social health and well-being of all students, alumni and parents.  Works in collaboration with the school support services team, faculty and staff under the direction and supervision of the Principal.


School Wide Support (Current students & families)

Works with existing counseling programs to further students’ capacity to be their own advocates and successfully navigate their academic, social emotional and spiritual journeys.

Maintains required documentation of services provided.  Ensures program compliance, consistent with state standards, requirements, and professional best practices.

Assists with the coordination of the High School preparation application process by providing high school guidance counseling for all Nativity students.

Provides individual or group counseling sessions for students and/or parents. Sessions will include parents/family/faculty/school staff as necessary.

Uses age appropriate assessment and a range of intervention strategies, depending upon the needs of the student, parents and/or family.

Promotes care that is student-centered which considers all needs of students, and/or family.

Responsible for managing a caseload of students to meet regularly to check-in with students about academic progress and social-emotional well being.

Plans and teaches a weekly Cura Personalis (Latin for care of the whole person) class to students using a designated social-emotional learning curriculum which promotes the general well-being of all students and fosters a sense of belonging, safety and community.

Graduate Support Partnership (Nativity alumni & families)

Provides individual or group counseling sessions for alumni and/or parents. Sessions will include parents/family/faculty/school staff as necessary.

Uses age appropriate assessment and a range of intervention strategies, depending upon the needs of the alumni, parents and/or family.

Promotes care that is student-centered and alumni-centered which considers all needs of alumni, and/or family.  This includes high school, college and career guidance counseling for alumni in high school and college.
Works with local high school counselors to assist in the academic and social emotional well-being of Nativity alumni.

Community Partnership

Communicates effectively within the school and outside community partners.  This includes counseling departments for academic, social/emotional, college/career guidance counseling at schools where alumni are enrolled.

Maintains thorough knowledge of public or private community health resources, as well as federal/state laws which affect access to health care.

Identifies community partnerships and potential grant monies for mental health and counseling services and facilitates grant applications in partnership with the Office of Advancement and Principal.


Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree (preferred).

Bilingual (Spanish-English)


Bi-cultural competency or experience working in low-income or urban school settings.

2- 3 years of experience working with middle school students.

Experience working in a faith-based community.


Ability to lift 25 lbs. without help.

Ability to look at a computer monitor for long periods of time.

Ability to sit for long periods of time.

Physically able to assist, when necessary, with event setup and breakdown, including lifting up to 25 lbs.

Ability to work in a highly stressful environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts.


TB testing, Fingerprinting – Must not have felony convictions or other serious violations

Clean DMV driving record


Reports to the Principal

Full-Time, exempt, 12 month position. Work hours may vary (including evenings and weekends)

Eligible for benefits    Salary: DOE


Interested applicants must submit  a cover letter, resume, and professional references to

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY Sacred Heart Nativity Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), genetic information and characteristics, medical condition, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, veteran status, or disability.

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